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American Association of Pesticide Safety Educators

Protecting Human Health and the Environment through Education

Life Member - Barry Brennan, Ph.D.


Barry Brennan (left) with AAPSE President Mike Weaver at 2014 AAPSE National Workshop in Harrisburg, PA. Barry was awarded special recognition for his years of service to AAPSE including his recent service as JPSE Associate Editor.
  • Associate Editor of JPSE (2009-14).
  • AAPSE Special Recognition (2014, 2001, 1999, 1997)
  • AAPSE Life Member (2009)

  • AAPSE Fellow (2005)

  • Immediate Past President - 1999-2001

  • AAPSE President – 1997-99

  • President-Elect - 1995-97

  • AAPSE Charter Officer, Member – 1993 to 1997

  • AAPSE Founder (1991, 1993)

  • Multiple committee chairs and memberships, JPSE author, reviewer, editor
  • Cherished Friend, Colleague, Mentor

  • Described by many as the "father of AAPSE" -- Barry Brennan was one of the early founders of AAPSE. He was the catalyst that started the organization. He along with his colleagues started the discussion in 1991. That year a charter was drafted to establish the precursor to AAPSE -- the National Association of Pesticide Educators (NAPE). AAPSE became a reality officially in 1993 - members signed the second charter in a New Orleans PACT workshop. Had it not been for Barry the organization might not have existed. He also was instrumental with Mike Weaver for the idea of AAPSE hosting an academic journal. The Journal of Pesticide Safety Education (JPSE) was started in 1999. Barry served in multiple leadership roles including President. Barry's leadership will forever be known as a significant contribution to pesticide safety education. He led the University of Hawaii program for years. In the 1990s he spent time as USDA-CSRS Extension program leader in pesticide safety -- servicing in Washington, DC for several years. His connections there helped AAPSE and his colleagues. Barry was an excellent ambassador for the program. Barry also spent years in the Army Reserves. He was an amazing colleague and friend to all who knew him.
  • Barry Brennan was the University of Hawaii’s Pesticide Coordinator and the Pesticide Applicator Training Coordinator from 1976 until 2001, when he was appointed Associate Dean and Associate Director for Cooperative Extension. He was the co-PI (along with Lee Yudin) for the 1994 train-the-trainer project. From 2003 to 2006 Brennan served on both the Western Region IPM Centers Steering and Advisory committees. He was responsible for obtaining funding from Tropical Subtropical Agriculture Research (T-STAR) program to conduct Pest Management Strategic Plans (banana, papaya, coffee) and crop profiles (banana, taro, coffee, pineapple, watercress) for several crops grown in the Pacific.

    In 2001, Brennan was the PI for a Western Region IPM Center grant (American Pacific Pest Management Information Program). Pest management issues are often unique to this region because of crops, cropping systems, environmental conditions, and pests. Regulatory decisions affecting crop production practices can have a major impact on ultra-minor crop production as is found in the Pacific. The American Pacific Pest Management Information Network (the Network) allowed stakeholders to respond to federal regulations that affect use and usage of pesticides.

  • 2014 Recognition Award:  for more recent contributions to the organization...

"Barry Brennan is one of those people who has served AAPSE in practically every way possible. One of AAPSE's founders, early presidents, fellow, and leader of practically every aspect of the organization, Barry retired in 2009. At least we think he did. At the time, we were able to convince him to serve as associate editor of the Journal of Pesticide Safety Education. Barry has contributed to JPSE as an author, reviewer, editor, and founder. His other career involved his service as PSEP coordinator, and later, an Extension administrator at the University of Hawaii, Manoa. After years of distinguished service, Barry has passed the baton as associate editor to Fred Whitford. The role of associate editor is the most demanding job associated with JPSE. This editor must clock in all of the submissions; work with the authors, reviewers, and other editors; read each manuscript; and provide feedback at every stop in the review and editorial process. It is a very consuming job. Barry did it well and yet took a great deal of flak from authors and reviewers in trying to do his job. Being the patient and congenial person that he is, the process worked very well. The number of articles submitted to the journal during his tenure has risen significantly, in no small part because Barry has promoted the journal and made the editorial process flow. With Barry's retirement from the journal board, Fred is going to have to fill some mighty big shoes. It was actually Barry who convinced Fred to replace him. In doing so, Barry put JPSE in very good hands. With this recognition, AAPSE thanks Barry for his dedication to and hard work for the organization through his most recent support of JPSE, the AAPSE anniversary in 2011, and working with the AAPSE Board to organize this year's national workshop." (written by Mike Weaver, Sept. 2014) 
  • Barry is now enjoying his retirement in Hawaii and Arizona.
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Updated on: Saturday, March 10, 2018
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