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Sterling B. Hendricks Memorial Lecture

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2018 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 2017 Sterling B. Hendricks Lecture will be presented during the American Chemical Society National Meeting in Washington D.C. on August 22, 2017 at 11:45 a.m..


2017 Sterling B. Hendricks Memorial Lecturer

John A. Pickett, Michael Elliott Distinguished Research Fellow, Rothamsted Research, Harpenden, England

New Opportunities for Sustainable Food Production from the Chemical Science of Agriculture

Chemical science has served agricultural food production well with low risk and highly efficient pesticides. For increased sustainability, this chemistry needs to be delivered by the food-producing plants and other organisms themselves, which raises opportunities beyond broad spectrum eradicant activity to stress-related signaling, and to traits relating directly to food yields and quality. Pesticides have frequently been developed from natural product lead compounds, but now the natural biosynthetic routes to lead compounds, and to a wider range of biologically active compounds, offer a route to delivery by exploiting secondary metabolism in plants and other organisms. There are further opportunities for enhancing activity of compounds naturally produced by synthetic biology, illustrated specifically for the isoprenoid pathway.


Call for Nominations

2018 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 Boston, August 19-23, 2018.

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; Kim.Kaplan@ars.usda.gov

((Paper nominations are preferred. Using a carrier other than USPS is advisable. Nominations may not be faxed; if nominations are emailed, ARS takes no responsibility for formatting issues)

The deadline for nominations is December 12, 2017 (COB, EST).

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

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