Nelson Institute Earth Day Conference

Nelson Earth Day logoThe Nelson Institute’s 9th Annual Earth Day Conference, Hard Science, Tough Choices: Shaping the Future on a Rapidly Changing Planet, will take place on Monday, April 20th at the Monona Terrace. It will be a day of learning and discussion on the latest science, perspectives, and possibilities presented by our rapidly changing planet. The keynote address will be by renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson. Soil Science professor Bill Bland and several other CALS faculty and students will also be presenting (see the full program of speakers). The deadline to register is April 13.

Addressing Urban Food Insecurity

ventura_smCheck out the article featuring a project co-lead by Steve Ventura as featured in UW-Madison News. This $5 million grant from the USDA addresses food insecurities in the urban setting through a partnership with UW-Madison, UW-Extension, the non-profit organization Growing Power, Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, and many community-based organizations. Read the article here.

UW-Madison Climate Change Symposium

The first annual UW-Madison Climate Change Symposium will be held on March 5 and 6. It will feature keynote speaker Dr. Steve Long from the University of Illinois and talks by UW-Madison faculty and researchers, including Ben Zuckerberg, Shaun Marcott, David Liebl, Tracey Holloway, Greg Nemet, Ankur Desai, Chris Kucharik, and Matt Ruark. For full information, please see

Professor Emeritus Art Peterson Remembered

Art_Peterson_Faculty1992The Department of Soil Science is saddened to announce that on Monday, January 26, 2015, Professor Emeritus Art Peterson passed away at the age of 91. Art’s boundless energy led to an amazing list of accomplishments. He was a frequent visitor to department events and his presence will be greatly missed.

Funeral services will be held at Bethel Lutheran Church, 312 Wisconsin Ave, Madison on Saturday, January 31, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. Visitation will be held at the church on Saturday, from 9:00 a.m. until the time of service. Donations may be made in Art’s name to West Madison Little League or TV Media Ministry of Bethel Lutheran Church. For more on the life and accomplishments of Art or to leave a memory, please see his obituary at Cress Funeral Services.

2015 Declared International Year of Soils

LOGO_IYS_en_PrintThe 68th United Nations General Assembly declared 2015 the International Year of Soils! According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, “the International Year of Soils (IYS) 2015 aims to increase awareness and understanding of the importance of soil for food security and essential ecosystem functions”. Events are planned around the globe. Check out the following links for more information on the International Year of Soils on the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Soil Science Society of America, and the International Union of Soil Scientists websites.