2016 AGRO Division Fellow – Pamela Rice

Pamela RicePamela J. Rice is a Research Chemist at the US Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service in Saint Paul, MN, and an adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota. Pam has been an active member of AGRO since graduate school and was awarded AGRO’s Young Scientist Pre-doctoral Research Award. Since then, she was invited to participate in the division’s Strategic Planning Workshops and was elected to the Executive Committee, serving multiple terms through 2013. In 2014, she assumed a more active leadership role when she was elected Vice Chair, serving as Program Chair last year and Chair this year.

Pam has co-organized a number of symposia at ACS national meetings on a multitude of subjects. For the 13th IUPAC Pesticide Congress, she co-chaired two symposia and served on the Organizing and Scientific Programming Committees and on the Outreach to Younger Chemists, Communications, and Social Committees. In 2008, she was a co-chair of the first symposium sponsored by an ACS division at a Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) Annual meeting. Last year she initiated collaborative programming with SETAC and ACS-ENVR at the ACS Boston meeting with a symposium that brought SETAC’s Global Horizon Scanning Research Prioritization Project to AGRO members. The goal was to give AGRO a voice in a global research needs survey and to use the topics identified for collaborative future symposia with SETAC and ACS meetings.

The focus of Pam’s research is characterizing the environmental fate and transport of plant and animal protection products and contaminants of concern, the relationship of land use with the occurrence of contaminants in surface waters, and the assessment of mitigation strategies to reduce the off-site transport and potential ecological effects of contaminants. She is currently serves as Lead Scientist on multi-scientist research project in ARS.