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What's New Members of USNC/Soils to Hold Special Session at SSSA Meeting Ronald Amundson, Asmeret Asefaw Berhe, Donald Sparks, and Ester Sztein have organized a special session on behalf of the USNC/Soils at the 2019 Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) International Soils Meeting. The USNC/Soils special session will explore how forms of social unrest impact food security and national security more broadly. The 2019 program is not yet finalized, but a session abstract is available here.
The meeting, "Soils Across Latitudes," will be held from January 6--9 in San Diego. To find out more information and to register for the meeting, please visit https://www.sacmeetings.org/register.
USNC/Soils Chair Featured in Interview Asmeret Asefaw Berhe, chair of the U.S. National Committee for Soils, was interviewed for an October 2018 article in transverse RANGES. The online magazine is devoted to highlighting the diverse backgrounds of geoscientists, and asked Dr. Berhe about her childhood in Ethiopia, experience teaching at a young age, and passion for soils. Read the article here: http://www.transverseranges.com/articles/berhe, and follow transverse RANGES on Twitter at @transvrseRANGES.
Soil Health and Human Health Conference The Conference on Connections Between Soil Health and Human Health took place at the Doubletree Hotel in Silver Spring, MD, on October 16 and 17, 2018. Watch this space for photos, updates, and media from the conference.
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
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