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.
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.
Norman E. Borlaug, Nobel Laureate, International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center, Mexico City, Mexico
Warren L. Butler, University of California-San Diego
Melvin Calvin, Nobel Laureate, University of California-Berkeley
Frederick Ausubel, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts
Alan Putnam, Michigan State University, East Lansing
Ralph Hardy, Cornell University and BioTechnica International, Ithaca, New York
Mary-Dell Chilton, Ciba-Geigy Corporation, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina
Bruce N. Ames, University of California, Berkeley
Sanford A. Miller, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Texas
Roy L. Whistle, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana
Peter S. Eagleson, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge
John E. Casida, University of California-Berkeley
Philip H. Abelson, Deputy Editor, Science, and Scientific Advisor to AAAS, Washington, DC
Wendell L. Roelofs, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York
Winslow R. Briggs, Carnegie Institution of Washington, Stanford, California
Hugh D. Sisler, University of Maryland, College Park
Ernest Hodgson, North Carolina State University, Raleigh
Morton Beroza, USDA-ARS (retired), Beltsville, Maryland
Bruce D. Hammock, University of California-Davis
William S. Bowers, University of Arizona, Tuscon
Malcolm Thompson, USDA-ARS (retired), Beltsville, Maryland
Irvin E. Liener, University of Minnesota, St. Paul
Kriton Kleanthis Hatzios, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg
Robert L. Buchanan, Food and Drug Administration, College Park, Maryland
Donald L. Sparks, University of Delaware, Newark
Stanley B. Prusiner, Nobel Laureate, University of California, San Francisco
Bruce E. Dale, Michigan State University, East Lansing
Fergus M. Clydesdale, University of Massachusetts-Amherst
Charles J. Arntzen, Arizona State University-Tempe
Chris Somerville, Director of the Energy Biosciences Institute, Berkeley, California
Deborah P. Delmer, University of California-Davis
Eric Block, University at Albany, State University of New York
Keith Solomon, University of Guelph, Canada
Robert T. Fraley, Monsanto, Company, St. Louis, Missouri
James Tumlinson, Penn State, University Park
May R. Berenbaum, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
John Pickett, Rothamsted Research, United Kingdom
James N. Seiber, University of California, Davis
John W. Finley, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge
Thomas C. Sparks, Corteva Agrisciences, Wilmington, DE