September 20, 2017 -- GAINESVILLE -- University of Florida entomology professor Jeffrey Bloomquist is known to have a restless curiosity about everything, ranging from insecticide toxicology to mosquito control and resistance.
That boundless need to know has paid off for Bloomquist, a faculty member with the UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. He recently was honored with the American Chemical Society International Award for Research in Agrochemicals, an award that recognizes a lifetime of achievement in agrochemical research.
Bloomquist studies how to develop novel insecticides and repellents to help control disease-transmitting arthropods, especially mosquitoes, with implications for improving human health. “My laboratory is developing new insecticides around novel chemistry and novel targets for disease transmission control,” he said.
“It is indeed an honor to be included in such distinguished company,” said Bloomquist, who’s also affiliated with the UF Emerging Pathogens Institute. “It is the expressed esteem of colleagues who have served as mentors, friends and research collaborators throughout my career that means the most.”
Past winners of this award, which began in 1969, include pioneers who originated studies on the chemistry and toxicology of the insect control products that have had a major influence on human well-being, Bloomquist said.
According to a nomination letter from University of Massachusetts environmental toxicology professor John Clark, Bloomquist:
In another nomination letter, Joel Coats, distinguished professor of entomology and toxicology at Iowa State University, said “Bloomquist has a very good grasp of the ‘big picture,’ which is essential for a leading researcher to function effectively in today’s science arena.”
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