This Lecture 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 2018 Sterling B. Hendricks Lecture will be presented during the American Chemical Society National Meeting in Boston on August 21, 2018 at 11:00 a.m.
2018 Sterling B. Hendricks Memorial Lecturer
James N. Seiber, Department of Environmental Toxicology, University of California, Davis
Pathogens And Pesticides—Research Topics In Food And Environmental Safety
Food safety has become a familiar topic in food and agriculture. It crosses paths ranging from nutrition, to sustainability, health and well being, and marketability. Important risk elements include pathogens in foods—keeping them at bay, and understanding behaviour from farm to fork. A joint effort from roughly 2005 involving industry, Universities, USDA-ARS, FDA and other state and federal agencies, was mounted to confront the issues with pathogens in foods and remove them from front page headlines in the U.S. and internationally. Another of longer standing is chemical based food and environmental safety, from pesticides to heavy metals to endocrine disruptors, acrylamide and other chemicals that enter the food supply intentionally or inadvertently. and those that become widespread environmental contaminants. This lecture will address both, and include recent research at USDA -ARS, University of California, Davis and other Land Grant Universities. These are critical issues as the world population and globalization of the food supply expand, land and water devoted to agriculture is at a premium, climate change exerts pressure on the nexus of food, energy, and water, and as consumer expectations for food quality and healthfulness expand.
2019 Sterling B. Hendricks Memorial Lecture
This Lecture 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 San Diego, August 25-29, 2019.
The Divisions of Agrochemicals and Agricultural & Food Chemistry co-sponsor the Lecture, which will be held in a joint session of these divisions. The lecture 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.
Nominations for the Agricultural Research Service Sterling B. Hendricks Memorial Lecture are accepted each year beginning in October. Please send: email (in pdf format only) to HendricksLecture@ars.usda.gov
- A letter explaining the nominee's contributions to chemistry and agriculture
- Nominee's current curriculum vitae
The deadline for nominations is December 12, 2018 (COB, EST).
Nominees may be outstanding senior contributors in industry, universities, or government positions. Current ARS employees are not eligible.