The ACS International Award for Research in Agrochemicals is given to a scientist who has made outstanding contributions to the field of agrochemicals at the international level. Their vision and sustained contributions will have opened new horizons for other investigators in their field and beyond. Nominations are now being sought for the 2021 Award winner to be presented at the ACS Fall 2021 National Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia. Deadline for nominations is December 31, 2019. For details on the nomination process, see the the Call for Nominations.
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2019 Award Recipient
Vincent L. Salgado, a Principal Scientist at BASF Corporation in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, is being recognized for his work promoting the understanding of insecticide modes of action.
Vince was born in Akron, Ohio, as the second of four children, and attended schools in New Jersey and Southern California. His interest in neurophysiology while an undergraduate at the University of California at Riverside brought him to the lab of Professor Thomas A. Miller, where he was inspired by the enthusiasm and dedication of the many interesting and talented people studying insects and insecticides. After obtaining his BS (1976), he spent the summer setting up a neurophysiology lab at Burroughs-Wellcome in Berkhamsted, England, where he worked with leading British insecticide researchers there and at nearby Rothamsted Experiment Station.
Back in Riverside, Vince returned to Miller’s lab, where he obtained his PhD in Entomology (1981) working closely with postdoc Stephen N. Irving to show that like DDT and the type I pyrethroids, type II pyrethroids were working on sodium channels and not at another target, as was thought by some scientists. His postdoctoral research under Professor Toshio Narahashi at Northwestern University Medical School provided a deeper understanding of the mechanism of action of type II pyrethroids on sodium channels using axonal and single-channel voltage clamp methods.
Vince went into the chemical industry to apply his expertise in neurophysiology and insect toxicology to the discovery of insecticides with novel modes of action. During his time at Rohm and Haas, Dow AgroSciences, Rhone-Poulenc Agro, Aventis CropScience, Bayer CropScience, and BASF, he contributed to many research projects and discoveries of novel modes of action, including block of voltage-dependent sodium channels (IRAC Group 22), allosteric modulation of nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (IRAC Group 5) and, in collaboration with Professor Martin Goepfert at Goettingen University and Alexandre Nesterov and other colleagues at BASF, modulation of TRPV channels in chordotonal stretch receptor organs (IRAC Group 9).
Vince’s work has also led to new insights into insect neurotransmitter receptors and insecticides acting on them. He defined the two major classes of nicotinic acetylcholine receptors in insect nervous systems, desensitizing and non-desensitizing, which serve as targets for neonicotinoids (IRAC Group 4) and spinosyns (IRAC Group 5), respectively. With Xilong Zhao at BASF, he has also published extensively on ligand-gated chloride channels in insects, identifying two glutamate-gated chloride channel (GluCl) subtypes and demonstrating that fipronil acts on both types, in addition to its known action on GABA receptors.
Vince has recently made groundbreaking contributions to the science of ectoparasite host-seeking and repellent action with the discovery that ticks hone in on hosts using radiant heat and that repellents potently disrupt their ability to do this.
Vince has also contributed more broadly to the advancement of pesticide science by serving on grant review boards and the editorial board of the journal NeuroToxicology, as well as by organizing symposia at meetings of the ACS and the International Congress of Entomology. He has also helped the chemical industry’s effort to promote the sustainable use of insecticides by serving on the Insecticide Resistance Action Committee (IRAC) for more than 10 years. He has published more than 50 research articles and reviews, holds eight patents, and has mentored three graduate students and postdocs.
In his free time, Vince enjoys woodworking, metalworking, sailing, kitesurfing, and spending time with his partner Suzanne Hixson and his two adult sons Robert and Michael.
Stephen Powles, University of Western Australia, Australia
Jeffrey Bloomquist, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida
Yoshihisa Ozoe, Shimane University, Japan
Keith D. Wing, formerly of Rohm and Haas and DuPont Crop Protection, Wilmington, DE
Ralf Nauen, Bayer CropScience, Monheim, Germany
René Feyereisen, National Institute of Agronomic Research (INRA), France
Thomas C. Sparks, Dow AgroSciences, Indianapolis, IN
George P. Lahm, DuPont Crop Science, Newark, Delaware
Shinzo Kagabu, Gifu University, Gifu, Japan
R. Donald Wauchope, USDA-ARS (retired), Tifton, Georgia
David M. Soderlund, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York
Gerald T. Brooks, University of Sussex (retired), Brighton, UK
Fredrick J. Perlak, Monsanto, St. Louis, Missouri
Joel Coats, Iowa State University, Ames
Isamu Yamaguchi, Agricultural Chemicals Inspection Station, Tokyo, Japan
Robert Krieger, University of California-Riverside
Janice E. Chambers, Mississippi State University, Starkville
Stephen Duke, USDA-ARS, Oxford, Mississippi
John Marshall Clark, University of Massachusetts-Amherst
Hideo Ohkawa, Kobe University, Japan
Bob Hollingworth, Michigan State University, East Lansing
Marinus Los, American Cyanamid, Princeton, New Jersey
Keith Solomon, University of Guelph, Canada
Ralph Mumma, Pennsylvania State University, University Park
Donald Crosby, University of California-Davis
Herbert B. Scher, Zeneca, Richmond, California
George P. Georghiou, University of California-Riverside
James Seiber, University of Nevada-Reno
Don Baker, Zeneca, Richmond, California
Leslie Crombie, University of Nottingham, England
George Levitt, DuPont, Wilmington, Delaware
Izuru Yamamoto, University of Tokyo, Japan
Fritz Führ, Institute of Chemistry and Dynamic, Jülich, Germany
Klaus Naumann, Bayer AG, Leverkusen, Germany
Günther Voss, Ciba, Basel, Switzerland
Mohyee Eldefrawi, University of Maryland-Baltimore
Koji Nakanishi, Columbia University, New York, New York
Toshio Fujita, Kyoto University, Japan
Morifuso Eto, Kyushu University, Fukoka, Japan
Bruce Hammock, University of California-Davis
Stuart Frear, USDA-ARS, Fargo, North Dakota
David Schooley, University of Nevada-Reno
Toshio Narahashi, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois
Ernest Hodgson, North Carolina State University
Fumio Matsumura, Michigan State University, East Lansing
James Tumlinson, USDA-ARS, Gainesville, Florida
Junshi Miyamoto, Sumitomo Chemical Co., Japan
Jacques Jean Martel, Roussel Uclaf, Paris, France
Karl Heinz Buechel, Bayer AG, Leverkusen, Germany
Jack R. Plimmer, USDA-ARS, Beltsville, Maryland
Philip C. Kearney, USDA-ARS, Beltsville, Maryland
Milton S. Schechter, USDA-ARS (retired), Beltsville, Maryland
Julius J. Menn, Stauffer Chemical Co., Mountain View, California
Francis A. Gunther, University of California-Riverside
Morton Beroza, USDA-ARS (retired), Beltsville, Maryland
Michael Elliot, Rothamsted Experimental Station, Harpenden, England
T. Roy Fukuto, University of California-Riverside
Hubert Martin, British Crop Protection Council, London, England
Ralph L. Wain, Wye College, University of London,England
Robert L. Metcalf, University of Illinois, Champagne-Urban
Richard D. O’Brien, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York
John E. Casida, University of California-Berkley