Clark receives American Chemical Society award

John Marshall Clark, professor of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, received the American Chemical Society’s International Award for Research in Agrochemicals on Aug. 23 during the organization’s annual meeting in Philadelphia.

Co-sponsored by the society’s Division of Agrochemicals and DuPont Crop Protection, the award recognizes career achievements and is the highest honor bestowed by the ACS division. In addition to receiving a $3,000 cash prize and plaque, Clark was honored at a full-day symposium and an awards dinner.

At the symposium, Clark gave the opening address, “The Challenges & Future of Pesticide Toxicology.”

“John has made numerous contributions to the study of agrochemicals and has been an active member of the Agrochemical Division of ACS for 28 years,” said Ralph O. Mumma, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Environmental Quality at Pennsylvania State University, who organized the symposium in Clark’s honor.

Mumma said Clark’s research has contributed substantially to the basic understanding of pesticide mode of action, resistance mechanisms and management, and environmental fate and exposure assessment. Clark has published more than 150 research and review articles and six edited symposium books.

Clark has been the director of the Massachusetts Pesticide Analysis Laboratory since 1984 and, in addition to federal enforcement aspects related to pesticides, has conducted research that addresses critical concerns that occur as urbanization encroaches on agricultural areas. His analytical research group has contributed new methodology for pesticide analysis and identification of active metabolites, means to detect and evaluate chemical trespass following the application of pest control agents, and the critical evaluation of recreational exposures following application of turfgrass chemicals using combined environmental residue, dosimetry and biomonitoring approaches.

He has been active in various professional groups, including the Society of Toxicology, Society for Neuroscience and Society for Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, and serves on four editorial boards of scientific journals. Clark also has served on many grant review panels for the National Institutes of Health, Environmental Protection Agency, National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He is currently a member of the scientific program committee for the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry’s 11th International Congress of Pesticide Chemistry to be held in Kobe, Japan in 2006.