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The U.S. National Committee for Soil Sciences (USNC/SS) represents the interests of the U.S. soil science community in the International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS) and provides leadership in the advancement of soil science nationally and internationally. The committee advises The National Academies in all matters pertaining to the IUSS and supports U.S. participation in the international arena. To identify relevant issues for the committee to address, the USNC communicates with professional societies and organizations.
Chair of USNC/Soils Joins National Academies' "New Voices" Initiative Asmeret Asefaw Berhe is one of eighteen professionals selected for the "New Voices in Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine" inaugural cohort. This group of early career scientists will meet over the course of two years to discuss current issues of importance and attend events centered around science policy. For more information on cohort members and activities, see the New Voices press release on the National Academies website, or the UCMerced press release.
The USNC/Soils congratulates Dr. Berhe on this tremendous honor.
Congratulations to Diana Wall, New NAS Member The U.S. National Committee for Soil Sciences extends heartfelt congratulations to Diana Wall, who became a member of the National Academy of Sciences in 2018. Dr. Wall was a founding member of the UNSC/SS and has participated in a number of committee activities over the last twenty years. Most recently, she was a presenter at the Soils: The Foundation of Life workshop in 2016. Eighteen Travel Fellowships Awarded from the Wilford Gardner IUSS Congress Fellowship Program Congratulations to the eighteen graduate students and researchers who have received Wilford Gardner fellowships to attend the 20th World Congress of Soil Science in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in August 2018. This USNC/Soils - Soil Science Society of America joint fellowship program is administered by the USNC/Soils, and funded by generous grants from the National Science Foundation, the Soil Science Society of America, and the American Society of Agronomy. We are grateful to the University of California-Merced for additional assistance. The USNC/Soils-Soil Science Society of America fellowship program is named in honor of the USNC/SS's founding chair and SSSA past-president, Wilford R. Gardner. In alphabetical order, the eighteen recipients are:
Dinesh Adhikari, University of Nevada-Reno Diego Barcellos, University of Georgia Aaron Betts, University of Delaware Erin Bush, Kansas State University Thomas Close, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Jennifer Cooper, University of Florida Chelsea Duball, University of Wyoming Claire Friedrichsen, University of Florida Aaron Joslin, University of Georgia Kay Kastner-Wilcox, University of Florida Kimber Moreland, University of California-Merced Anna Paltseva, City University of New York Joshua Sanchez, University of Delaware Tyler Sowers, University of Delaware Zachary Stewart, Kansas State University Ligia Faria Tavares de Souza, University of Kansas Adrian Wackett, University of Minnesota Joseph (Jay) Weeks, Kansas State University
Additionally, organizers Asmeret Asefaw Berhe, Ronald Amundson, and Ester Sztein composed a July 2017 article about the workshop entitled "Healthy Soils for Healthy Societies" for EoS. It is available here.
Media from the December 5, 2016 Soils: The Foundation of Life Workshop Now Available Visit our workshop subpage to learn more. Additionally, Nora Goldstein, editor of BioCycle Magazine, recently published a piece on her involvement with the Soils workshop, which can be viewed here.
Several past and present USNC/SS members and staff were involved with the planning and execution of the U.S. activities for the International Year of Soils coordinated by the SSSA. The IYS 2015 website serves as a repository for classroom resources, colorful infographics, social media tips, and an interactive blog.
USNC/IUSS Members Publish Paper in Science Journal Four members of the USNC on Soil Sciences have published “Soil and human security in the 21st century” in the May 8, 2015 edition of Science. Ronald Amundson (UC Berkeley), Asmeret Asefaw Berhe (UC Merced), Ester Sztein (BISO), and Donald Sparks (University of Delaware), in collaboration with Jan Hopmans (UC Davis) and Carolyn Olson (USDA), contend that human activity is responsible for soil erosion at an unprecedented rate. Understanding these challenges, they argue, is imperative for human survival and stability. Read the University of Delaware and University of California, Merced press releases, or read the full paper here.
Since its release, "Soil and human security in the 21st century" has been cited and reviewed by several publications of note, including:
A list of American and international press on the Science paper can be found here. The paper has also been cited in the October 2015 edition of the Journal of Applied Ecology, and on the Wikipedia page for "Peak Phosphorus." As of January 29, 2017, the paper has been downloaded a total of 12,165 times from various platforms and the abstract read 41,994 times. In the 1.5 years that the review has been out, it has been cited 96 times (according to Google Scholar).
2015 Declared the International Year of Soils In December 2013, the United Nations General Assembly designated December 5 as World Soil Day and declared 2015 as the International Year of Soils (IYS). The designations were made in recognition of sustainable soil management’s essential role in food security, hunger eradication, climate change adaptation, poverty reduction, and sustainable development. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations has been nominated to implement the IYS 2015, within the framework of the Global Soil Partnership and in collaboration with Governments and the secretariat of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification. More information can be found on the 2015 IYS website, and a comprehensive calendar for IYS events is available on the 2015 IYS events website.
This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number ICER-1312037. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.
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