The Department of Soil Science celebrates a new professorship established through a generous gift from emeritus professor Marv Beatty. The professorship will provide a tenured faculty member with resources to pursue research, attend professional meetings, travel, support undergraduate research and hire graduate student assistants. According to Marv, “there were a lot of opportunities to innovate while at UW-Madison. This institution offered me endless opportunities to be creative, to do what I could do, and I’m very glad to be able to come back and give back a little bit.”  Marv received many accolades and awards over his career, including the Distinguished Service Award from UW-Extension; the Outstanding Service Award from the Wisconsin Association of Conservation Districts; and the Achievement Award from the Wisconsin Chapter of the Soil Conservation Society of America; as well as being named Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.  At the gift reception held on April 6, 2018 (see photo above), Dean VandenBosch thanked Marv for his “many contributions to soil science, to UW-Extension and to CALS, and for this wonderful gift that will help support the Department of Soil Science now and into the future.”  To establish the professorship, Marv gave a gift of $1.2M, which qualified for an additional $500,000 from the university’s “Morgridge Match” program. UW-Madison alumni John and Tashia Morgridge promised $100M to match new gifts toward professorships at UW-Madison. The Marvin T. Beatty Professorship in Soil Science will be awarded for 5-year terms, with the faculty member selected by the Department of Soil Science.