The highest honor given by the Society for In Vitro Biology is the Lifetime Achievement Award. It is presented to scientists who are considered pioneers or highly influential researchers to the science and art of cell culture. They are men and women who have devoted their careers to exemplary research and/or teaching. The recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award are selected by vote of the Board of Directors from a list of nominations recommended by the Awards Committee. The Society for In Vitro Biology honored Dr. Cynthia Lenz Goodman with the SIVB Lifetime Achievement Awards at SIVB 2021: In Vitro OnLine.

Cynthia Lenz Goodman, PhD

2021 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient

Cynthia Lenz Goodman, PhD

Dr. Cynthia Goodman, Entomologist, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Research Service (ARS), Biological Control of Insects Research Laboratory, was recipient of the Society for In Vitro Biology 2021 Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award.  Dr. Goodman was recognized for her significant scientific and humanitarian career that spans over 33 years of pioneering contributions to the fundamentals and advances for in vitro insect cell biology and development of biorational insecticide screening technologies.  These pioneering accomplishments include, but are not limited to:

  • Development & characterization of >40 immortal cell lines from pests and beneficial insects, as tools to study insect biology/viruses, insecticide discovery;
  • Development and testing of cell culture media, including serum-free medium and cryopreservation technology, to study and develop novel insect cell lines; as well as insect propagation medium to study bio-control agents; 
  • Clonal subcultures of selected cell lines identified with enhanced abilities to propagate commercially available baculovirus;
  • Developed methods to understand pest juvenile hormone synthesis, insect immunity and toxicology; 
  • Identified & characterized insect protein antigens recognized by monoclonal antibodies for ecological predation studies;
  • Developed method for quantifying nodule formation in insects, to improve understanding of pest insect immune response.

Dr Goodman received a doctorate in Entomology, University of Missouri, an M.S. degree in Toxicology, University of Kentucky and an undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences, University of Connecticut.  Fellow of Invertebrate Biology, she serves as contributing scientist and consultant to the agriculture industry; as an ARS Entomologist, she is involved in the development of the world-wide partnership for the interactive cell line database, as part of a project funded by the Center for Arthropod Management Technologies. 

As a contributing scientist and consultant to the agriculture industry, Dr. Goodman continues to mentor undergraduate and graduate students, as well as postdoctoral scientists.  Her awards include: USDA-ARS-BCIRL Performance and Spots Awards, Hauseman Memorial, Lloyd E Adams and CV Riley Entomological Society Awards, Fellowship University of Kentucky, SIVB Distinguished Service Award.

Dr. Goodman accepts the 2021 SIVB Lifetime Achievement Award.

Dr. Goodman’s scientific publications include numerous peer-reviewed publications, presentations, and technology transfer licenses and patents for insect cell lines. She serves as ad hoc reviewer for prestigious journals and granting agencies, to include: Insect Science, Biological Control, Phytoparasitica, Biotechnology Progress, J. Agric. Food Chem, J. Economic Entomology, Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, J. Invertebrate Pathology, Archives of Insect Biochemistry and Physiology, J. Comp. Physiology B, Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology, J. Experimental Zoology, J. Insect Physiology, Pest Management Science, African Journal of Agricultural Research, Viruses, Agronomy, AAAS Research Competitiveness Service, USDA Competitive Grants,  and National Science Foundation.

An active, contributing and dedicated member of the TCA/SIVB since 1990, Dr. Goodman has served as Chair/Co-Chair International Conferences on Invertebrate & Fish Culture; Chair/Co-Chair SIVB Annual Meetings; World Congress Scientific Advisory Board, Program Committees, Symposium Contributor; Associate Editor, Journal In Vitro Cellular & Developmental Biology-Animal; Officer Invertebrate Section (now IVACS); SIVB Board of Directors; and valued member of the Publications and History & Records Committees.

The Lifetime Award recognizes Dr. Goodman’s scientific achievements and pioneering excellence in developing in vitro tools for insecticide discovery programs and the advancement of fundamental insect biology research efforts.  She is recognized for her lasting legacy and contribution of pest immortal insect cell lines, from difficult to culture and under-represented species, as invaluable research tools for the industrial agriculture and academic sectors.

The emeritus scientists that nominated and supported Dr Goodman’s Lifetime Achievement Award include: Dr. Bryony Bonning, Dr. Sven Geibel, Dr. John Harbell, Dr. Lucy Lee, Dr. Jessica Monserrate, Dr. Subba Reddy Palli, Dr J. Denry Sato, Dr. Sandra Schneider, Dr. Guy Smagghe, Dr. David Stanley, Dr Tamra Reall. Bayer AG and BASF generously funded this award for Dr. Goodman.

Submitted by:
Dr. Sandra L Schneider, DrPH, EMBA, FCT

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