The Department of Soil Science celebrated its 125th anniversary on Friday, May 23rd. Attendance included the CALS Dean, distinguished speakers, department alumni, friends, and descendents of F.H. King. For more information, photos, and video footage of the event, please click here.
Associate Professor Nick Balster received the 2014 Academy Award of the UW-Madison Teaching Academy at the Teaching and Learning Symposium on May 19th. The UW-Madison Teaching Academy is composed of 300+ faculty and instructional staff committed to excellence in teaching and learning, chosen for their credibility in the scholarship of teaching, whose aim is to evaluate proposed innovations in learning using evidence and scientific research. Congratulations, Nick!
Professor Emeritus J. R. “Jim” Love passed away in Madison on February 25, 2014, at the age of 93. Jim was the face of soil science to countless undergraduates from numerous majors in his many years as the sole instructor of introductory soil science. In a sure manner, he conveyed the importance and beauty of soil, while never cutting corners on the difficulty of the subject. Jim received both his MS and PhD in Soil Science at UW-Madison before joining the faculty of the department in 1951. In 1960, he established the turf grass management specialization in the college, a tremendous legacy that continues to this day. Jim was a loyal alum of our community, rarely missing a social event at the department, including this past holiday season. We will miss his warmth, calm demeanor, and unwavering curiosity about the good things happening in the department.
Memorial contributions to the James R. Love Scholarship may be made out to “UW Foundation – JR Love Scholarship” and mailed to the Department of Soil Science, 1525 Observatory Dr., Madison, WI 53706. Obituary
Soil Science Lecturer Dick Cates and his wife Kim were recently named recipients of the Wisconsin Leopold Conservation Award by the Sand County Foundation and the Wisconsin Farm Bureau. Dick is Lecturer in the department, and both Dick and Kim hold graduate degrees in Soil Science. See the WFBF announcement here.
Congratulations, Dick and Kim!