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2017 Call for Nominations

This Lectureship was established in 1981 by ARS to honor the memory of Sterling B. Hendricks and to recognize scientists who have made outstanding contributions to the chemical science of agriculture.

Dr. Hendricks contributed to many diverse scientific disciplines, including plant physiology, soil science, mineralogy, agronomy, geology, and chemistry. He is most frequently remembered for discovering phytochrome, the light-activated molecule that regulates many plant processes.

The 2016 Sterling B. Hendricks Lecture will be presented during the American Chemical Society National Meeting in Philadelphia on August 23, 2016.


2016 Sterling B. Hendricks Memorial Lecturer

May R. Berenbaum, Department of Entomology, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

How to Eat a Plant—Phytochemical Detoxification in Bees vs Butterflies

In 1961, H.T. Gordon postulated that the propensity of herbivorous insects to develop resistance to pesticides is "the result of selection for endurance of prolonged biochemical stresses" associated with dietary phytochemicals. Thirty years later, at the 202nd national meeting of the American Chemical Society, Rene Feyereisen and his colleagues presented their findings on patterns of expression of CYP6A1 in the house fly Musca domestica-the first cytochrome P450 assoc-iated with insecticide resistance. A year later, the first P450 involved in phytochemical detoxification, CYP6B1, which detoxifies furanocoumarins in Papilio polyxenes, was characterized. In 2016, the 25th anniversary of the characterization of the first xenobiotic-metabolizing cytochrome P450, entire CYPomes are available from insects with a broad diversity of diets and a substantial literature suggests that plant-feeding insects vary enormously in how they detoxify the phytochemicals in their food. The structural, functional, and regulatory diversification of cytochrome P450s in herbivorous insects is reviewed in the context of the Gordon's remarkable insight.


Call for Nominations

2017 Sterling B. Hendricks Memorial Lectureship

This Lectureship was established in 1981 by ARS to honor the memory of Sterling B. Hendricks and to recognize scientists who have made outstanding contributions to the chemical science of agriculture. Dr. Hendricks contributed to many diverse scientific disciplines, including soil science, mineralogy, agronomy, plant physiology, geology, and chemistry. He is most frequently remembered for discovering phytochrome, the light-activated molecule that regulates many plant processes.

The lecture should address a scientific topic, trend, or policy issue related to the chemical science of agriculture, including bioenergy, biobased products, and food processing. Nominees may be outstanding, senior scientists in industry, universities, or government positions. Current ARS employees are not eligible. (Presenting the Lecture is a requirement of the honor.) The Lecture will be held at the American Chemical Society's Fall National Meeting in Washington D.C., August 20-24, 2017.

The Divisions of Agrochemicals and Agricultural & Food Chemistry co-sponsor the Lecture, which will be held in a joint session of these divisions. The lectureship is presented at an AGFD symposium in even-numbered years and in an AGRO symposium in odd-numbered years. The award includes an honorarium of $2000, a bronze medallion, and expenses to present the lecture.


Nomination Process

Nominations for the Agricultural Research Service Sterling B. Hendricks Memorial Lectureship are accepted beginning in October. Please send:

  1. A letter explaining the nominee's contributions to chemistry and agriculture
  2. Nominee's current curriculum vitae

To: Kim Kaplan, Lecture Coordinator
ARS Office of Communications, Room 1-2253
5601 Sunnyside Ave., Beltsville, MD 20705. 301-504-1637

(Using a carrier other than USPS is advisable. Nominations may not be faxed or emailed)

The deadline for nominations is December 16, 2016 (COB, EST).

Nominees may be outstanding senior contributors in industry, universities, or government positions. Current ARS employees are not eligible.

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