Leo M. Walsh Distinguished Lecture in Soil Science – April 29

van der Ploeg advertThe Leo M. Walsh Distinguished Lecture in Soil Science will be presented at the Graduate Seminar on Wednesday, April 29 at 3:30 p.m. in Soils Building Room 270. Dr. Martine van der Ploeg will present a lecture entitled, “The landscape of biophysical interactions“. Meet Dr. van der Ploeg, Assistant Professor of Soil Physics & Land Management at Wageningen University in the Netherlands, at a reception following the seminar. This lecture is made available by the generosity of Leo M. Walsh and the Leo M. Walsh Distinguished Lecture in Soil Science Fund.

Dr. Martine van der Ploeg will also provide a presentation, “Sustainable land management: the importance of coupling physics and socio-economic research”,  as part of the Weston Roundtable Series on Thursday, April 30 at 4:15 p.m. at 1106 Mechanical Engineering, 1513 University Avenue.

Inaugural Global Workshop on Digital Soil Morphometrics

Digital Soil Morphometrics LogoThe inaugural Global Workshop on Digital Soil Morphometrics will be held at UW-Madison on June 1-4, 2015. This symposium will include several keynote speeches followed by 15 minute presentations with ample time for discussions. Conference topics include soil profile attributes, soil profile imaging, soil profile functions, and use and applications. For more information and to register, visit http://digitalsoilmorphometrics.org/inaugural-global-workshop-2015/.

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 http://ccr.aos.wisc.edu/about/ClimateSymposium/.