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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.

2020 AGRO Fellow Award Recipients

Cheryl B. Cleveland holds a B.S. in chemistry from Furman University in South Carolina and a Ph.D. in physical chemistry from Cornell University. For the last 7 years, Cheryl has been employed at BASF in RTP, North Carolina, within the Global Consumer Safety Group; before that she was a long-term employee at Dow AgroSciences in the Midwest.

Her 31-year career within the agricultural industry spans roles ranging from the conduct of GLP environmental chemistry studies, development of sales force technical product training, internal quality control as a Six Sigma black belt, evaluation of global commodity trade patterns relative to MRLs, and the important application of risk assessment principles for human health for various agencies around the globe. Most of her career experiences have focused on traditional agricultural active ingredients, but have also included projects on animal vaccines, biotech traits, and commodity chemicals.

Cheryl has been privileged to serve on multiple external committees and enjoys working collaboratively within the scientific community. She chaired the CropLife Dietary Team for several years and has been an active member in several other committees within CropLife International, ECPA (European Crop Protection Association), and CropLife America, and is a member of the CARES NG (Cumulative and Aggregate Risk Evaluation System Next Generation) technical team. A career highlight was serving two terms as an industry appointee to EPA’s Pesticide Dialogue Program Panel and subcommittees.

Within AGRO, Cheryl has held positions as an Executive committee member at large, vice chair, program chair and is the current AGRO Division Chair, and she is an active member of the AGRO 50th GALA planning team. Additionally, she has played a key role in development of the inaugural VIP event in 2018 and has co-organized multiple AGRO symposia focusing on a wide range of emerging issues within the agrochemical sciences including sustainability, climate change, and pollinator topics and human health risk assessment for agricultural products or innovations.

 

Aaron D. Gross is an Assistant Professor at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in the Department of Entomology. Originally from Minnesota, he received his Bachelor of Science degrees in Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences from St. Cloud State University (minor in Criminal Justice). Graduate training was performed at Iowa State University of Science and Technology in Toxicology (M.S. and Ph.D.) with minors in Neuroscience and Entomology; Joel Coats and Michael Kimber served as his graduate major professors. Postdoctoral training was at the Emerging Pathogens Institute, University of Florida, under the direction of Jeffrey Bloomquist.

At Virginia Tech, Aaron is affiliated with the School of Neuroscience, Fralin Life Science Institute, Virginia Tech’s Center for Emerging Zoonotic and Vector-borne Pathogens, and the Virginia Tech Center for Drug Discovery. He teaches Insecticide Toxicology along with Insect Physiology and Molecular Biology. Aaron’s lab (Molecular Physiology and Toxicology Laboratory) focuses on controlling arthropod pests that have an impact on human health, animal health, and agriculture with the goal of helping growers, producers, and public/animal health officials make informed pest control decisions. Research interests include understanding the molecular mechanisms that are involved in insecticide/acaricide resistance, and the use of G-Protein-Coupled Receptors (GPCRs), GPCR-related pathways, and ion channels as targets for insecticide/acaricide development. His lab is also investigating the molecular mechanisms that are involved in tick-associated red meat allergy and the ability of ticks to evade the mammalian immune response during blood feeding.

Aaron has been a member of the American Chemical Society since he was an undergraduate student and has been active in the AGRO Division since graduate school (2007). Aaron was the recipient of the 2016 AGRO New Investigator Award for work on insect muscarinic acetylcholine receptors. To date, he has co-organized eight symposia in the division and co-edited three symposium series books. Aaron’s services to the division include serving as a member of the 2016 Strategic Planning Committee, the Executive Committee to which he is recently reelected, the Long-term Programming Committee, and co-chairing the Early Career Scientists Committee.

 

Heidi B. Irrig earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Merrimack College and a Master of Science in Environmental Science from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell. Beginning her agrochemical experience determining pesticide levels in soils and water in support of the new agrochemical registration process, Heidi currently works at Syngenta to advance U.S. growers’ trade of crops treated with agricultural chemicals.

As a member and active volunteer for the AGRO Division since 2012, Heidi has contributed to the development and execution of the mission of AGRO by serving on numerous committees. Elected to the Executive Committee in 2016 and 2019, she is currently serving her second term as an Executive Committee Officer. By acting as a co-organizer to younger chemists eager to participate in the AGRO meetings, Heidi has extended her expertise in organizing symposiums to new members.

In addition to serving as a co-organizer, speaker, and workshop moderator for numerous symposia, she and John Johnston worked together on an Innovative Program Grant (IPG) in 2017. Their full day symposium entitled Pesticide Registration, Monitoring, and Enforcement: The Big Picture was condensed and presented to Congress. This presentation increased Congressional staffers’ understanding of U.S. government processes to maximize the benefits and minimize the risks of pesticides in the U.S. food supply.

In 2019, Heidi’s IPG to promote advancements in agriculture as part of the AGRO 50th anniversary was approved. Heidi’s team is currently focusing on organizing an agricultural tour at the Fall 2021 AGRO meeting in Atlanta.

Past Awardees

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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