Dr. Kenneth D. Racke is a global research leader with Dow AgroSciences in Indianapolis, Indiana. He received a BA in Biology from Trinity Christian College in 1981, a MS in Entomology from The University of Wisconsin in 1984, and a PhD in Entomology from Iowa State University in 1987. Ken has been with Dow since 1988 and has served in a variety of roles related to insecticide development and regulation. His interests include environmental chemistry, risk assessment, pesticide residues in food, and international trade standards.
Ken is a long-time member of and scientific program organizer for AGRO, and past symposia he has helped organize include sessions on enhanced biodegradation of soil pesticides, fate and significance of pesticides in urban environments, crop protection products for organic agriculture, pesticide residues in food and international trade, and pesticide regulation and endangered species protection. Ken has chaired the AGRO Young Scientist Recognition Committee and the International Activities Committee, and has served as a member of the Executive Committee and Long-Range Planning Committee.
During 2011, he served as Chair of the AGRO Division, following his role of Chair-Elect for 2010 in organizing the AGRO program for the spring ACS meeting in San Francisco.
Ken has also been active for the past 20 years in promoting international crop protection chemistry activities through the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC). Through IUPAC, he has led the organization of international and regional pesticide chemistry workshops and projects which promote internationally harmonized approaches to evaluation and regulation of agrochemicals.
In serving as co-chair for organizing the 13th IUPAC International Congress of Pesticide Chemistry on behalf of AGRO for the Fall 2014 ACS meeting in San Francisco, Ken is bringing together his long-standing science and international interests and his commitment to both AGRO and IUPAC.