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.
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.
Soils: The Foundation of Life: December 4, 2015 - USNC/SS and SSSA Workshop
The United Nations has designated 2015 as the International Year of Soils (IYS) to raise awareness and promote sustainability of the soil resource. The U.S. National Committee for Soil Sciences, in collaboration with the Soil Science Society of America, is celebrating this year in the U.S. by hosting a workshop in Washington, DC. Soils: The Foundation of Life will be held at the U.S. National Academy of Sciences on December 4, 2015. This workshop will bring together policy makers, foundations, and government agencies with experts of the major fields in soil science and other allied disciplines. The goals of this event are to increase awareness of the complexity of soils and their great importance beyond agriculture and to examine the societal links that exist between soils and health, water, climate change, food, environment, the economy, military infrastructure, and national security. More details will be announced closer to the event date.
20th World Congress of Soil Science, Jeju Island, Korea“Good Mentors Are Made, Not Born: A Mentor/Mentee Primer” Session
The 20th World Congress of Soil Science (WCSS) was held in Korea at the Jeju International Convention Center from June 8-13, 2014. A highlight of the event was the election of Rattan Lal (The Ohio State University) as President of IUSS. He will serve as President-Elect until 2017. For more information, please visit the 20th WCSS website
The Wilford Gardner World Congress of Soil Science Fellowship Program provided financial assistance for 12 graduate students and postdoctoral researchers at U.S. institutions who made presentations at the 20th WCSS. More details can be found in the Soil Science Society of America’s news release, “Graduate and Postdoctoral Students Present Papers at World Congress of Soil Science
2014 AAAS Symposium - “Santa’s Revenge: The Impacts of Arctic Warming on the Mid-Latitudes” - February 15, 2014
This symposium examined high-latitude changes linked to mid-latitude weather and the effect of these complex phenomena on freshwater resources, food availability, and national security. This event was spearheaded by the U.S. National Committee for Geodesy and Geophysics, and co-sponsored by the U.S. National Committees for INQUA, Soil Sciences, and Geological Sciences. An audio file of the symposium, the presentations given by each speaker, and a list of media coverage can be found on the 2014 Santa's Revenge archive page
On November 5th, the USNC/SS co-organized the session “Good Mentors Are Made, Not Born: A Mentor/Mentee Primer” at the 2013 ASA, CSSA, and SSSA International Annual Meetings. The purpose of this session, sponsored by the SSSA’s Early Career Member Committee, was to present mentoring best practices. The session provided participants with a primer on common mentoring issues and gave attendees tips for the improvement of their mentoring skills. More information on this event can be found on the session’s webpage.
"Soil-mediated Drivers of Coupled Biogeochemical and Hydrological Processes Across Scales": 21-24 October, 2013
The USNC/SS co-organized an AGU Chapman Conference on “Soil-mediated Drivers of Coupled Biogeochemical and Hydrological Processes Across Scales.” This Chapman Conference brought together scientists from soil systems sciences, hydrology, and biogeochemistry to discuss recent findings dealing with the role and importance of coupled hydrological and biogeochemical processes occurring in the soil system and its interfaces with adjacent compartments. This four-day conference consisted of oral sessions, a poster session, four open workshop spaces, and a wrap up session. More information, including a list of speakers and contributors, is available at the conference website.
Contact the USNC/SS
Ester Sztein, Assistant Director
Pam Gamble, Administrative Associate
|SYMPOSIA AND PRESENTATIONS|
|February 15, 2014 AAAS Session: “Santa’s Revenge: The Impacts of Arctic Warming on the Mid-Latitudes”|
December 12, 2013 AGU Session (PDF): “Science Diplomacy in the Geosciences”
February 15, 2013 AAAS Session: “U.S. Climate and Weather Extremes: Past, Present, and Future"
December 7, 2012 AGU Town Hall (PDF): “International Geoscience”
February 19, 2012 AAAS Session: “Causes and Effects of Relative Sea-Level Changes in the Northeast Pacific"
February 17, 2012 AAAS Session: “Toward Stabilization of Net Global Carbon Dioxide Levels"
February 20, 2011 AAAS Session: “The Practice of Science Diplomacy in the Earth Sciences”
February 19, 2010 AAAS Session: "Dust in the Earth System"
December 17, 2009 AGU Poster Sessions: “Extreme Natural Hazards: Risk Assessment, Forecasting, and Decision Support”
February 16, 2009 AAAS Session: "Global Sea Level Rise: Observation, Causes, and Prediction"
September 25, 2008 BISO Symposium (PDF): “Global Connections among Earth Sciences, Health, and Policy"
February 15, 2008 AAAS Session (PDF): "Planet Earth: Lessons Ignored, Lessons Learned”