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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. James Seiber, Department of Food Science and Technology, University of California, 530-752-1141

2019 AGRO Fellow Award Recipient

Leah Riter, Bayer US, Crop Science Division

Leah S. Riter holds a BS in Chemistry from University of Florida and a PhD in Analytical Chemistry from Purdue University. After a post-doc at Eli Lilly where she focused on proteomics for pharmaceutical discovery, she joined Monsanto (now Bayer Crop Science) in 2005.

Leah’s first role was in the R&D Chemistry organization where she developed analytical screening tools which enabled pipeline advancement decisions on crop protection and biotech products. After transitioning to Monsanto’s Regulatory Sciences organization in 2012, she has contributed to safety assessments for global registration and stewardship of crop protection products and herbicide tolerant biotech crops through innovations in analytical science. She has authored 27 papers in peer-reviewed journals and is a member of Monsanto’s Scientific Fellow Program.

Leah has been a member and an active volunteer for the AGRO Division since 2011. She has contributed to the development and execution of the mission of AGRO through service to numerous committees. She has been a member of the Executive Committee, Strategic Programming Committee, Membership Committee, and Communications Committee. In addition, she has served as the Chair of the Membership Committee and was recently elected the 2019 Vice-Chair of the AGRO division.

Leah has also been involved as a co-organizer for numerous symposia and is a topic champion for Advances in Agrochemical Residues, Analytical and Metabolism. Other service to ACS AGRO includes judging for the New Investigator Award, training of new symposia organizers, and organization of the graduate student luncheon at national meetings. In addition to volunteering with ACS AGRO, Leah enjoys supporting local scientific outreach efforts including Missouri’s Science Bowl.

Past Awardees

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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