Congratulations to a number of Soil Science individuals: (1) Francisco Arriaga for being selected to receive the 2017 CALS John S. Donald Short Course Teaching Award and being elected for the Rothermel-Bascom Professorship. (2) Laura Ward Good on being selected to receive the 2017 CALS Academic Staff Excellence in Leadership Award. (3) Alfred Hartemink on being named a Douglas D. Sorenson and Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor. Francisco, Laura, and Alfred, along with Thea Whitman (O.N. Allen Professor of Soil Microbiology) will be honored at the CALS Awards Program on Wednesday, May 3 @ 3 pm in the Ebling Auditorium of the Microbial Sciences Bldg.
“Biogeochemistry and Transport of Iron at the Soil Aggregate and Horizon Scale”
By Celine Pallud (Associate Professor, Environmental Science, Policy & Management, Univ. of California-Berkeley
Abstract: Understanding and predicting the fate and transport of nutrients and contaminants in natural systems is a continuing challenge in soil science. Biogeochemical processes controlling elemental cycling in soils are heterogeneously distributed owing to chemical conditions dictated by the local mineralogical and physical environment. Consequently, the fate of chemicals in soils is dependent on the convoluted coupling of biological, chemical and hydrological processes that vary spatially from the micro- to the macroscale. In structured soils, the aggregate scale (mm to cm) is of particular interest and chemical species distribution can be strongly localized due to mass-transfer limitations and redox gradients within soil aggregates. Iron (hydr)oxides are ubiquitous in soils, playing a dominant role in the geochemistry of surface and subsurface environments. This presentation will discuss the use of flow-through reactors of increasing complexity, to study the coupling of physical, and (bio)geochemical processes affecting iron cycling in soils in order to fill the gap between understanding of well mixed batch systems and observations on very complex natural subsurface systems.
*Made available by the generosity of Leo M. Walsh and the Leo M. Walsh Distinguished Lectures in Soil Science Fund*
Matt Ruark (Associate Professor and Extension Soils Specialist at UW-Madison) has been awarded the Vilas Faculty Early Career Investigator Award. This award provides flexible research funds that can be used for books, research travel, supplies or similar expenses incurred in the pursuit of Matt’s scholarly activity. Besides being a faculty member in UW-Madison Department of Soil Science, Matt is the Faculty Advisor for UW Discovery Farms and Project Director for the, Sustainable Dairy Project (USDA).
Soil and Environmental Chemistry (2nd Edition) by Will Bleam (Professor UW-Madison, Dept. of Soil Science), offers a holistic, practical approach to the application of environmental chemistry to soil science that includes over 100 spreadsheet files that supplement the text as a means of migrating problem-solving from calculator-based to spreadsheet-based. With an expanded set of problems and solutions and added coverage of key topics such as sample collection, water chemistry simulation, and soil carbon cycle models, this updated edition is a must-have reference for soil scientists in environmental chemistry. Designed to equip the reader with the chemistry knowledge and problem-solving skills necessary to validate and interpret data, this book combines valuable soil chemistry concepts into the big picture. Presents key aspects of soil chemistry in environmental science, including dose responses, risk characterization, and practical applications of calculations using spreadsheets
Discretionary Funds: Department of Soil Science Fund (132-761-690); Soil Science Sense of Community Fund (112-760-000); Wm. Rothermel Soil Science Fund (132-760-734).
Endowed Chairs/Professorships: O.N. Allen Professorship in Soil Microbiology & Soil Science (132-766-025); Wm. Rothermel Bascom Professorship in Soil Science (132-761-507).
Undergraduate and/or Graduate Student Support: Champ Tanner Ag. Physics Award Fund (132-760-301); Charles & Alice Ream Soil & Water Protection Research Fund (132-760-392); Charles L. Ream Memorial Scholarship (132-760-073); Jaya G. Iyer Soil Science Endowment Fund (132-768-296); Kelling Soil Fertility Award Fund (112-767-130); Larry Bundy Graduate Student Fund (132-767-884); Lee Sommers Soil Science Graduate Educ. Fund (132-768-269); Leo Walsh Wis. Agri-Business Assoc. (WDGF) (132-763-186); M.L. Jackson Memorial Fund (132-763-633); O.N. Allen Graduate Fellowship Fund in Agric. (112-760-006); O.R. and Gladys Zeasman Soil Sciences Fund (132-765-222); R.D. Powell Memorial Scholarship Fund in Soil Science (132-767-570); Wayne Kussow & Wis. Turfgrass Assoc (WSGF) (132-762984).
Research and Programs: F.D. Hole Wis. Soil Study & Expedition Fund (1320767-691); Leo Walsh Distinguished Lecture ship in Soil Science (132–767-661); Nutrient Cycling in Agricultural Systems (122-760-003); Soil and Water Management Fund (112-760-005); Soil Science Faculty Research Fund (122-760-002); Wis. Soil Fertility & Nutrient Mgmt. Fund (112-760-004); Wis. Turfgrass Research Fund (112-760-001).
To donate to one of the Department of Soil Science Funds listed aboveClick here
Soils have been neglected for too long. We fail to connect soil with our food, water, climate, biodiversity and life. We must invert this tendency and take up some preserving and restoring actions. The World Soil Day campaign aims to connect people with soils and raise awareness on their critical importance in our lives. World Soil Day 2016 will be celebrated on December 5. Soil is the basis for food, feed, fuel and fibre production and for services to ecosystems and human well-being. It is the reservoir for at least a quarter of global biodiversity, and therefore requires the same attention as above-ground biodiversity. Soils play a key role in the supply of clean water and resilience to floods and droughts. The largest store of terrestrial carbon is in the soil, so its preservation may contribute to climate change adaptation and mitigation. The maintenance or enhancement of global soil resources is essential if humanity’s need for food, water, and energy security is to be met. For more information, go to http://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/un/world-soil-day
At the November 2016 Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) meeting in Phoenix, Arizona, Alfred Hartemink (Professor and Chair, Department of Soil Science) will receive two prestigious awards: SSSA Fellow and SSSA International Award. The Awards presentation will take place on Tuesday, November 8. Fellow is the highest recognition bestowed by SSSA. Alfred has made outstanding contributions in the area of research, teaching, service, and administration both at UW-Madison and several other countries. The International Award is presented in recognition of his high impact contributions in the growth and development of international soil science as evidenced by his work record in 7 countries, and presentations in over 25 countries.
The Department of Soil Science, in conjunction with University of Wisconsin-Cooperative Extension will host eight Soil, Water, & Nutrient Management Meetings around the state, starting Tuesday, November 29 through Friday, December 9. The purpose of these meetings is to provide research updates in the field of soil fertility, nutrient management, soil and water conservation, and water quality. Discussion topics will include: What’s new in nitrogen management for corn and wheat; Recurring soil fertility questions filling my inbox; Update on plant tissue analysis research; Reviewing the benefits of soil biological additives; Behold the power of legumes (as a nitrogen source); Taking care of soil compaction issues during and after a wet fall; Managing Wisconsin’s soils for improved health; Proper plant tissue sampling and result interpretations; Nutrient management update: Rule revision, plan reviews and new 590. Speakers include Wis. DATCP staff and Matt Ruark, Robert Florence, Francisco Arriaga, and Carrie Laboski from UW-Madison Department of Soil Science. The following CEUs for Certified Crop Advisers have been requested: 2 CEUs in soil & water management and 2 CEUs in nutrient management.
Each meeting will begin at 10:00 am and end at 3:00 pm. A $45.00 registration fee (which includes lunch) will be charged for the meeting. Noon meal reservations should be made with the host agent. The information packet will contain PowerPoint summaries of talks and other useful reference materials. Organizers request participants to pre-register with the host agent at least 1 week before the meeting they wish to attend.
The schedule for the 2016 Soil, Water, & Nutrient Management Meetings is:
►Tues., Nov. 29, Dane Co., Madison, Heidi Johnson, fyi.uwex.edu/danecountyag or 608-224-3716
►Wed., Nov. 30, Monroe Co., Sparta, Bill Halfman, 608-269-8722
►Thurs., Dec. 1, Eau Claire Co., Eau Claire, Mark Hagedorn, 715-839-4712
►Fri., Dec. 2, Adams Co.y, Marshfield, Richard Halopka, 715-743-5121
►Tues., Dec. 6, Sheboygan Co., Kiel, Mike Ballweg, 920-459-5904
►Wed., Dec. 7, Shawano Co., Cecil, Jamie Patton, , 715-526-6136
►Thurs., Dec. 8, Iowa Co., Dodgeville, Gene Schriefer, 608-930-9850
►Fri., Dec. 9, Dodge Co., Juneau, Loretta Ortiz-Ribbing, 920-386-3790
Under the co-editorship of Alfred Hartemink, a book on the soils of the USA has been published – the first comprehensive coverage of the soils since 1936. It has been written by 46 soil scientists from across the country. The book provides an overview of the distribution, properties, and function of soils in the USA, including Alaska, Hawaii, and its Caribbean territories. It discusses the history of soil surveys and pedological research, and offers descriptions of the climate, geology and geomorphology, pre-settlement and current vegetation, and land use, as well as the distribution and properties of major soils including their formation, classification, and management. The final chapters address topics such as soils and humans, and the future challenges for soil science and soil surveys. More information click here.
A book launch is scheduled for Tuesday, November 8 at the ASA/CSSA/SSSA 2016 Meetings in Phoenix, Arizona. Please join the editors and contributors of The Soils of the USA to celebrate the publication of this outstanding volume @ 4:45 pm in the Springer Exhibition Stand, Phoenix Convention Center North, Exhibit Hall CDE.