Professor Phil Barak has an idea about how to retrieve the nutrient from wastewater in a valuable form—and it started from a basic lab experiment. Read the article, “Second Life for Phosphorus” featured in Grow Magazine.
Congratulations to Matt Ruark for achieving tenure and the title of Associate Professor on July 1.
2015 Agronomy/Soils Field Day will be held on Wednesday, August 19. This field day, hosted by the Departments of Agronomy and Soil Science in conjunction with the Arlington Agricultural Research Station, will highlight UW-Madison research on crop production and soil management. See the flyer here: Agronomy Field Day
The Wisconsin Farm Technology Days will be held Tuesday, August 25 to Thursday, August 27, in Sun Prairie, WI. This is the largest agricultural show in Wisconsin and one of the largest in the nation. The three-day outdoor event showcases the latest improvements in production agriculture, including many practical applications of recent research findings and technological developments. Dane County Farm Technology Days Brochure
The Badger Turf and Grounds Club received a $1,500 Innovation Grant from the Wisconsin Agricultural and Life Sciences Alumni Association (WALSAA) to assist members participating in the Golf Industry Show in San Antonio, TX. Check out the article in eCALS. Way to go!
The latest edition of Profiles, the official newsletter of the Department of Soil Science, has been published. Check it out on our Alumni and Friends page.
If you are an alumni and did not receive it in the mail, please update your information with the Wisconsin Alumni Association. As always, we love to hear about how our alumni are doing. Drop us a note using the form on the newsletter or via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 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.
The 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/.
The 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.
Check 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.