2013 Sterling B. Hendricks Memorial Lectureship Award

Sponsored by USDA-Agricultural Research Service
Co-Sponsored by AGFD & AGRO Divisions

Arriving at the truth: Weight of evidence for assessing risks of agrochemicals

Keith SolomonDr. Keith Solomon is Professor Emeritus and Associate Graduate Faculty in the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of Guelph. He is also Director of the Centre for Toxicology. Professor Solomon teaches in areas of toxicology and pesticides at the University of Guelph and advises graduate students. He directs an active program of research into the fate and effects of pesticides and other substances in the environment, exposure of humans to pesticides and industrial chemicals, and risk assessment.

He has, and continues to serve on several advisory committees on matters related to environmental toxicology and pesticides in Canada, the USA, and internationally. He is a member of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, the American Chemistry Society (Agrochemistry and Environmental Chemistry), and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is the recipient of the 1993 Society for Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry-ABC Laboratories award for Environmental Education, was elected as a Fellow of the Academy of Toxicological Sciences in December 1999, and is recipient of the 2002 American Chemical Society International Award for Research in Agrochemicals. In 2006, he was awarded the SETAC Europe Environmental Education Award and the Society for Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry Founders Award.

He is co-author of the book, Pesticides and the Environment, which has been translated into Spanish and Portuguese and is used as a teaching text at the University of Guelph and in a number of universities around the world. He graduated of Rhodes University with a B.S. (Honors) in Chemistry and Zoology and holds M.S. degrees from Rhodes University and the University of Illinois as well as a Ph.D. from Illinois. He has more than 40 years of experience in research and teaching in pesticide science and toxicology and has contributed to more than 400 scientific publications and reports in the fields of pesticides, environmental toxicology, and risk assessment. To date, he has advised or co-advised eight Post-Doctoral Fellows, 41 Masters Students, and 31 Doctoral Students and has given a large number of short courses on pesticides in Canada and around the world.