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Webinar topics are selected and organized by the AGRO Webinar Committee made up of government, academic and industry scientists. Webinar topics can be proposed at any time to the committee chair Clair Terry of Dow AgroSciences. Other members of the webinar committee are Stephen Duke (USDA-ARS), John Clark (U Mass Amherst), and Laura McConnell (Bayer).

Lunch and Learn Webinar Series

Co-Sponsored by EAG Laboratories

February 14, 2018
12 noon to 1PM Eastern US Standard Time (5PM GMT)
Moderated by George Cobb of Baylor University

“Urbanization and climate change: a recipe for disaster for coastal ecosystem and human health”
Geoff Scott, Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina
Co-organized with ACS Division of Environmental Chemistry (ENVR)


Dr. Geoff Scott is a Clinical Professor and Chair of the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at the Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina.

Results from several studies assessing coastal development impacts will be presented in light of the additive effects of climate change including enhanced impacts on ecosystem health (e.g. enhanced occurrence of multiple antibiotic resistance pathogens and increased mobilization of both legacy chemicals from global ice flows as well as recent inputs of Contaminants of Emerging Concern) and public health (sea food safety and contact recreation concerns). In addition, the effect of increased chemical contaminant exposure on altering thermal tolerances of marine organism will also be discussed as a body of evidence is emerging that chemical contaminants may possibly lower upper thermal tolerances of marine species. Also impacts from “Contaminants of Emerging Concern” such as nanomaterials, flame retardants and Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products will be discussed from both an urbanization/climate change perspective.


March 14, 2018
12 noon to 1PM Eastern US Standard Time (5PM GMT)
Moderated by John Clark of University of Massachusetts Amherst

“Mechanisms of synergism for increased insecticidal action”
Jeff Bloomquist, University of Florida
Winner of 2017 AGRO International Award for Research in Agrochemicals


Dr. Bloomquist is the 2017 winner of the AGRO International Award for Research in Agrochemicals. Read more on his research…

Dr. Bloomquist’s presentation will review the major known mechanisms of insecticide synergism involving penetration, metabolism, and mode of action.  Additional material will cover new mode of action data on the antifeedant flonicamid and its synergistic interactions with the pyrethroid, permethrin.



April 11, 2018
12 noon to 1PM Eastern US Standard Time (5PM GMT)
Moderated by Ken Racke of Dow AgroSciences

“Exposure data quality in environmental epidemiology: 2,4-D as a case study”
Judy LaKind, LaKind Associates, LLC, Cian O’Mahony, Crème Global & Carol Burns, Burns Consulting


Judy LaKind

Carol Burns

Judy S. LaKind, Ph.D. is President of LaKind Associates, LLC, and Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, University of Maryland School of Medicine. She is a health and environmental scientist with expertise in exposure science, assessment of human health risks, biomonitoring, scientific and technical analysis for regulatory support, and state-of-the-science reviews.  Dr. LaKind is also the President of the International Society of Exposure Science.

In general, evaluations of epidemiology studies focus on the consistency of positive (or negative) associations with a specific outcome (i.e. 2,4-D and non-Hodgkin lymphoma).  Checklists and meta-analyses are common tools to aid interpretation of a collection of studies.  Assessing the quality and transparency of the underlying data and harmonizing the exposure and outcome measurements contribute to weight of evidence interpretation of epidemiology data.


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