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The AGRO Fellow Award recognizes members for dedicated and enthusiastic service to the division.

Criteria for nominees shall be: “Continued and substantial contributions of time, talents, and service to the AGRO Division of ACS and to the agrochemical science over a period of at least six years.” Nominations include a letter, noting the contributions to the Division, and a current curriculum vitae. Deadline for submitting nominations is March 31st of each year. Nominations should be submitted to the chair of the Awards Committee: Dr. Qing Li, 808-956-2011.

2021 AGRO Fellow Award Recipients

Michael E. Krolski graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a BS in Chemistry and earned his PhD in Synthetic Organic Chemistry from Iowa State University, studying with Prof. George A. Kraus. Mike started his agricultural career in 1987 at Mobay, which was formed as a joint venture between Monsanto and Bayer, performing plant and animal metabolism studies at the Research Farm in Stilwell, Kansas. He worked in various capacities at Bayer sites in Monheim, Germany and Research Triangle Park before Bayer’s purchase of Monsanto brought him back to the Midwest, where he currently is stationed at the research facility in Chesterfield, MO but works in his basement due to the pandemic lockdown. His current position at Bayer CropScience is Senior Principal Scientist in Human Safety where he is on the Operator and Residential Exposure team performing worker and residential risk assessments. During his time at Bayer, Mike has done research in plant and livestock metabolism, environmental fate, method development, residue analysis, crop field trials, ADME (adsorption, distribution, metabolism, and excretion), PBPK (physiologically based pharmacokinetics),  and human exposure.

Mike has served on the AGRO Division Executive Committee and participated in the AGRO Strategic Planning Retreat in 2016. He has organized symposia for the AGRO Division, the Pan-Pacific Conference, and the 2014 IUPAC Congress. He is currently co-editing his second ACS Symposium Book, Task Force Data Generation for Risk Assessment. Look for it at your local bookseller. Outside of ACS, Mike is the Technical Chair for the Agricultural Handler Exposure and the Agricultural Reentry Task Forces and is on the technical committee for the Council for the Advancement of Pyrethroid Human Health Risk Assessment.

 

 

Qing X. Li received his BS in agriculture from Shandong Agricultural University, China, his PhD in agricultural and environmental chemistry from the University of California-Davis in 1990, his post-doctoral training at University of California-Berkeley. He joined the University of Hawaii (UH) at Manoa in 1995. He was director of the pesticide residue chemistry laboratory at the University of Hawaii at Manoa from 1995 to 2013. Since 2011, Qing has served as director of the UH-Manoa Proteomics Core Facility.

Qing has been an ACS member since 1989. He has co-organized many symposia and served on the AGRO Executive Committee and on the AGRO Awards Committee. He now chairs the AGRO Awards Committee. Qing has also served as AGRO Vice Chair in 2020 and is currently the 2021 AGRO Program Chair. He will be the AGRO 2022 Chair. He is also an Associate Editor for the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry since 2015.

His research addresses fundamental issues in agricultural chemistry with emphasis on pesticide chemistry, remediation, proteomics, phytopharmaceuticals, and food chemistry. His work has resulted in about 400+ peer-reviewed scientific publications, of which approximately 70 were published in ACS journals. His papers were cited more than 11K times. His research has been well recognized by numerous awards including the ACS AGRO Award for Innovation in Chemistry of Agriculture (2017) and the ACS International Award for Research in Agrochemicals (2020).

In 2020, Qing received the University of Hawaii’s Medal for Excellence in Research. He has mentored 19 MS students, 28 PhD students, 32 post-doctoral fellows, 20 junior researchers, and 43 visiting scientists in leadership positions around the world. Since 2005, Qing has been an international honorary scientist and advisor, Korea.

 

Kalumbu Malekani (Malek) is Technical Director, North America and Director of the Environmental Fate and Metabolism Department at Smithers ERS. He holds a BS in Chemistry from the University of Zambia, an MS in Soil Science and Applied Analytical Chemistry from the University of Aberdeen (Scotland), and a PhD in Environmental and Soil Chemistry from South Dakota State University. After his postdoctoral research at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, under the direction of Joe Pignatello, Malek joined Bayer CropScience in Stilwell, Kansas, as a Senior Research Chemist performing regulatory environmental fate studies. After five years, he then joined DuPont Crop Protection in Newark, Delaware, working in the Environmental Risk Assessment, Registration, and Regulatory Sciences for eight years.

At Smithers, Malek supervises a team of scientists in charge of conducting a broad range of regulated studies, primarily in agricultural products, pharmaceutical API, and industrial chemicals. He manages the department’s operations and activities related to the conduct, analysis, evaluation, and reporting of contracted studies in Environmental Fate, Plant, and Animal Metabolism, ensuring conformance to the department’s technical, quality assurance, and financial performance, including P&L responsibility. He also provides technical expertise to Business Development and supports the development of customer relationships. His career highlights include representing Smithers ERS on The American Chemistry Council (ACC) Biocides Panel for two years, assisting member companies in understanding the conduct of the environmental studies.

Malek joined ACS as a graduate student member in 1991 and has been active in the AGRO Division for more than 12 years. He has co-organized many symposia with topics ranging from the environmental fate of agrochemicals to handling of mixtures in the environment and ecological implications. He has served on the AGRO Executive Committee, on the 2016 Strategic Planning Committee, as the co-chair of the AGRO Liaison Committee, and as mentor/coach for the Early Career Scientist Symposium organizers. He is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the new Agricultural Science & Technology Journal.

Carmen Tiu earned a Bachelor of Science in chemistry engineering and a Master of Science in organic chemistry from Timisoara Politehnic in Romania. She began her agrochemical experience with Dow Chemical now Corteva Agriscience and has spent thirty-three years accumulating expertise across R&D areas related to Formulation Chemistry, Regulatory, Government and Public Affairs, Global Risk Assessment (humans and environment), Global Residue Expert and Leader for Residue, Comp, and Agronomics, and Global MRL and Import Tolerances strategies.

Carmen has contributed at external regulatory advocacy events and publications to set global regulations (OECD, Codex, others) for global residue programs, proportionality of residues with rate, climatic zones, seasonality, and the Global ONE-MRL scheme where the first registration country prompts Codex to set MRL, adopted by all 188 member countries. Carmen and has many internal and external recognitions in the residues, risk, and food standards areas.

She has been a member of AGRO for many years, has organized symposia, and served on the Executive and the Development Committees.

Past Awardees

2020

Cheryl B. Cleveland
Aaron D. Gross
Heidi B. Irrig

2019

Leah S. Riter

2018

John J. Beck
Julie E. Eble

2017

Thomas Stevenson

2017

Steven Lehotay

2017

Marja Koivunen

2017

Jay Gan

2017

Diana Aga

2016

Sharon K. Papiernik, USDA-ARS

2016

Pamela J. Rice, USDA-ARS

2016

Kevin L. Armbrust, Louisiana State University

2016

Del A. Koch, Evans Analytical Group

2014

Jeanette M. Van Emon

2014

Aldos C. Barefoot

2013

Teresa A. Wehner

2013

Stephen O. Duke

2013

Kenneth D. Racke

2013

Cathleen J. Hapeman

2012

John J. Johnston

2012

Jeffrey J. Jenkins

2011

Laura L. McConnell

2008

Allan S. Felsot

2007

John M. Clark

2007

Donald Wauchope

2007

Ann T. Lemley

2006

Terry D. Spittler

2005

Rodney Bennett

2003

Judd O. Nelson

2001

Robert Hoagland

2000

Barry Cross

1998

Paul Giesler

1998

Hank Cutler

1996

John Bourke

1994

Willis Wheeler

1994

Ralph Mumma

1994

James Heitz

1993

Larry Ballantine

1992

Joel Coats

1992

Guy Paulson

1992

Don Baker

1991

Nancy N. Ragsdale

1990

Joseph Fenyes

1988

Jan Chambers

1988

James N. Seiber

1987

Willa Garner

1986

Gunter (Jack) Zweig

1985

Richard C. Honeycutt

1985

Henry Dishburger

1983

John Harvey, Jr.

1981

Robert M. Hollingsworth

1981

Gino J. Marco

1980

John B. Siddall (Posthumous)

1980

G. Wayne Ivie

1979

Rodney D. Moss

1978

S. Kris Bandal

1978

Paul Hedin

1977

Gustave K. (Bob) Kohn

1976

Marguerite L. Leng

1976

Jack R. Plimmer

1976

Gerald G. Still

1975

Maurice B. Green

1975

Hank F. Enos

1975

Charles H. Van Middelem

1974

Morton Beroza

1974

Joe C. Street

1974

James P. Minyard, Jr.

1973

Philip C. Kearney

1973

Mr. Roger C. Blinn

1973

Julius J. Menn

1972

Wendell F. (Bud) Phillips

1972

Elvins Y. Spencer

1972

Donald G. Crosby

1971

Tom H. (Bucky) Harris

1971

Louis Lykken

1971

Herman Beckman (Posthumous)

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