Dr. Van R. Starner is the Research Planning Manager, at IR-4 Headquarters (HQ). Van joined IR-4 HQ as an Associate Coordinator/Study Director in entomology/plant pathology in 1999, after serving in various research, product development and regulatory affairs positions in the AgChem industry for 18 years.
He has served in his current position since 2006, with responsibilities in the Food Use Program that include coordinating annual project/product review meetings with IR-4’s numerous registrant partners; maintaining accurate/up-to-date project database information for all specialty crop stakeholder requests; overseeing preparation for and conduct of annual Food Use project prioritization processes and stakeholder workshops, and internal finalization of the annual Food Use research plan; helping monitor EPA-required Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) aspects of IR-4’s Food Use research as part of the HQ Testing Facility Management team; serving as an outreach liaison between HQ and IR-4 Regional personnel, and as chair of the national IR-4 Education and Training Committee; and organizing annual mid-Atlantic agricultural, educational bus tours for colleagues in the Office of Pesticide Programs at the EPA.
Van received BS and MS degrees in Entomology from the Pennsylvania State University, and his Ph.D. in Entomology and Economic Zoology from Rutgers University.
Van is an ardent BIG10 fan, especially all things Penn State, and particularly sports teams like women’s volleyball, football and wrestling.