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This Lectureship was established in 1981 by ARS to honor the memory of Sterling B. Hendricks and to recognize scientists who have made outstanding contributions to the chemical science of agriculture. Hendricks contributed to many diverse scientific disciplines, including soil science, mineralogy, agronomy, plant physiology, geology, and chemistry. The deadline for nominations is January 14, 2022.  For more information, direct inquiries to HendricksLecture@usda.gov.

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2021 Awardee

 

Fereidoon Shahidi is internationally recognized for his basic and applied research on food lipids and phenolic antioxidants. He has made outstanding and pioneering contributions to both the fundamental and applied areas of food and nutraceutical science, food technology, functional foods, and antioxidant phenolics and has significantly advanced the discipline of food, nutrition, and agricultural science at the national and international levels.

Fereidoon obtained his PhD in physical-organic chemistry from McGill University in 1977 and is a University Research Professor in the Department of Biochemistry at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada, where he also has cross-appointments with the Department of Biology, the Department of Ocean Sciences, and the aquaculture program. He is renowned for his studies in food chemistry, food biochemistry, seafood and aquaculture, nutraceuticals, and flavor research, and has received twelve patents for his development of alternative meat-curing systems as well as green tea catechin derivatives and methods of their use. The results of his seafood and seafood byproduct research has greatly supported Canada’s seafood and marine oil industries.

Fereidoon is one of the most highly cited researchers in food science, nutrition, and agricultural sciences, being listed 814 out of nearly 160,000 individuals by the Stanford University’s World’s top 2% scientists. His groundbreaking scientific achievements have resulted in numerous awards, including the American Oil Chemists’ Society (AOCS) Stephen S. Chang Award, the Alton E. Bailey Award, and the Supelco AOCS Research Award. He is also the recipient of several awards from the ACS, including the Advancement of the Application of Agricultural and Food Chemistry Award and Distinguished Service Award. He is also a Fellow of ACS and its Agricultural and Food Chemistry Division as well as seven other societies. He is currently the chair of the Scientific Council of the International Union of Food Science and Technology (IUFoST) and is the principal founder of the International Society for Nutraceuticals and Functional Foods (ISNFF) as well as the Nutraceuticals and.Functional Food Division of the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT).

Since 1987, Fereidoon has obtained more than $12 million in outside funding for research support, and his work has resulted in the publication of more than 1,000 research articles, book chapters, and patents. The editor and/or author of 78 books, he also now serves as the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Food Bioactives and Food Production, Processing, and Nutrition.

Throughout his career, Fereidoon has collaborated with many other universities in different countries in South America, North America, Asia, and Europe. In his role as a mentor, guide, and educator, he has trained 35 PhD and 46 MS students, and more than 50 research associates, postdoctoral fellows, and assistants, as well as visiting professors and scholars. His former students, now his colleagues, occupy key positions as faculty members, government workers, and industry leaders in over twenty countries on five continents, attesting to the vital role he has played in educating the next generation of scientists.

Past Awardees

1981

Norman E. Borlaug, Nobel Laureate, International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center, Mexico City, Mexico

1982

Warren L. Butler, University of California-San Diego

1983

Melvin Calvin, Nobel Laureate, University of California-Berkeley

1984

Frederick Ausubel, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts

1985

Alan Putnam, Michigan State University, East Lansing

1986

Ralph Hardy, Cornell University and BioTechnica International, Ithaca, New York

1987

Mary-Dell Chilton, Ciba-Geigy Corporation, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina

1988

Bruce N. Ames, University of California, Berkeley

1989

Sanford A. Miller, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Texas

1990

Roy L. Whistle, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana

1991

Peter S. Eagleson, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge

1992

John E. Casida, University of California-Berkeley

1993

Philip H. Abelson, Deputy Editor, Science, and Scientific Advisor to AAAS, Washington, DC

1994

Wendell L. Roelofs, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York

1995

Winslow R. Briggs, Carnegie Institution of Washington, Stanford, California

1996

Hugh D. Sisler, University of Maryland, College Park

1997

Ernest Hodgson, North Carolina State University, Raleigh

1998

Morton Beroza, USDA-ARS (retired), Beltsville, Maryland

1999

Bruce D. Hammock, University of California-Davis

 

 

2000

William S. Bowers, University of Arizona, Tuscon

2001

Malcolm Thompson, USDA-ARS (retired), Beltsville, Maryland

2002

Irvin E. Liener, University of Minnesota, St. Paul

2003

Kriton Kleanthis Hatzios, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg

2004

Robert L. Buchanan, Food and Drug Administration, College Park, Maryland

2005

Donald L. Sparks, University of Delaware, Newark

2006

Stanley B. Prusiner, Nobel Laureate, University of California, San Francisco

2007

Bruce E. Dale, Michigan State University, East Lansing

2008

Fergus M. Clydesdale, University of Massachusetts-Amherst

2009

Charles J. Arntzen, Arizona State University-Tempe

2010

Chris Somerville, Director of the Energy Biosciences Institute, Berkeley, California

2011

Deborah P. Delmer, University of California-Davis

2012

Eric Block, University at Albany, State University of New York

2013

Keith Solomon, University of Guelph, Canada

2014

Robert T. Fraley, Monsanto, Company, St. Louis, Missouri

2015

James Tumlinson, Penn State, University Park

2016

May R. Berenbaum, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

2017

John Pickett, Rothamsted Research, United Kingdom

2018

James N. Seiber, University of California, Davis

2019

John W. Finley, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge

2020

Thomas C. Sparks, Corteva Agrisciences, Wilmington, DE

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