325 Field Trip

_DSC6917 (2)As part of the Soil Science 325 course, a group Antigo silt loam state soilof soil science students went on a three-day field trip and visited the Antigo silt loam – the State Soil of Wisconsin! The Antigo silt loam was selected to represent the more than 550 different soils in Wisconsin thanks in no small part to the efforts of Francis Hole. The field trip was supported by the FD Hole Endowment.   {L to R, bottom to top:  Kavya Krishnan, Jacob Kruse, Luis Reyes Rojas, Nicholas Galleguillos Katz, Jenifer Yost, Kyle Kazmierczak, Galen Bergquist, David Ritter, Elizabeth McNamee, Professor Alfred Hartemink, Kristin Witkowski}. https://www.myuwconnect.org/give?id=3D4058BD-AD83-4728-B6F0-D55A1098324F

Recent Publications from the Hickey Lab


The Hickey Lab announces two recent publications:  Relations of microbiome characteristics to edaphic properties of tropical soils from Trinidad,” Frontiers Microbiology: http://journal.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/fmicb.2015.01045/full


“Complete genome sequence of the phenanthrene-degrading soil bacterium Delftia acidovorans Cs1-4,” Standards in Genomic Science: http://www.standardsingenomics.com/content/pdf/s40793-015-0041-x.pdf

Joel Pedersen Part of $20 Million NSF Grant

Pedersen photo 20150213 v3Department faculty member, Joel Pedersen [http://soils.wisc.edu/people/faculty/pedersen/], is part of the leadership team for a new 5-year, $20 million multi-institutional grant from the National Science Foundation, the Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology [go to http://news.wisc.edu/23974 for UW-Mad news story]. Joel’s contributions will focus on impacts of nanomaterials living things. His group will explore the fates and transport of nanoparticles in the environment, and how they interact with membranes of living organisms. Congratulations to Joel and the rest of the UW-Madison team on this tremendous achievement!

Announcing the Jackson-Tanner Commons Project

Soil-King Observatory DriveThe Jackson-Tanner Commons Project is an effort by the Department of Soil Science to provide a new academic workspace where students, staff, and faculty members can interact informally in a relaxed and pleasing environment. Named after our first two faculty members to be elected to the National Academy of Sciences, Marion Jackson and Champ Tanner, the Jackson-Tanner Commons will be housed in Room 360 of the Soils Building. For more information or to donate to the effort, please see the Jackson-Tanner Commons webpage under Alumni & Friends.

Profiles Newsletter Published

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 jennifer.ettergoh@wisc.edu.

Professor Emeritus Art Peterson Remembered

Art_Peterson_Faculty1992The Department of Soil Science is saddened to announce that on Monday, January 26, 2015, Professor Emeritus Art Peterson passed away at the age of 91. Art’s boundless energy led to an amazing list of accomplishments. He was a frequent visitor to department events and his presence will be greatly missed.

Funeral services will be held at Bethel Lutheran Church, 312 Wisconsin Ave, Madison on Saturday, January 31, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. Visitation will be held at the church on Saturday, from 9:00 a.m. until the time of service. Donations may be made in Art’s name to West Madison Little League or TV Media Ministry of Bethel Lutheran Church. For more on the life and accomplishments of Art or to leave a memory, please see his obituary at Cress Funeral Services.

Professor Emeritus John T. Murdock Remembered

Murdock webProfessor Emeritus John T. Murdock died suddenly on August 29, 2014, at his home in Murray, Kentucky at the age of 86 years old. He earned his BSc and MSc degrees from the University of Kentucky in 1951 and 1952, and his PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1955 under the guidance of Professor L. E. Englebert. He went on to direct the PhD programs of three future faculty members of the college: Leo M. Walsh, Ronald Doersch, and Wayne R. Kussow.

John was appointed as an assistant professor in 1955, promoted to associate in 1960, and to full professor in 1968, at which time he was also named assistant director of International Agricultural Programs of the college. From 1973 to 1975, he was the associate director of International Agricultural Programs, and from 1975 to 1980, the president and executive director of the Midwest Universities Consortium for International Activities (MUCIA). John retired after serving as chair of the Department of Soil Science from 1988-1991. His institution-building efforts in Brazil and Indonesia had great impact on colleges of agriculture in those countries and led to his being awarded an honorary doctorate from Institut Pertanian Bogor, Bogor, Indonesia, in 1985, and Doutor Honoris Causa from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil, in 2014.

John visited the department regularly after retiring, updating us on his renovations to barns on the family farm, and his efforts at developing the catfish farming industry in his part of Kentucky. On one visit he paused at my office door, said hello, and observed, “Bill, I got out of here in the nick of time – every room I look in, there are folks just staring at computer screens.” –Bill Bland, chair of the Department of Soil Science


Emeritus Professor James R. Love Remembered

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

Emeritus professor Larry Bundy

news_bundyThe department expresses condolences to the family of Larry Bundy, professor emeritus of soil science and a soils extension specialist, who died on Monday, July 8. Larry was a member of the CALS faculty from 1982 until his retirement in 2007. His research and extension work focused on managing soil and fertilizer nutrients in crop production while minimizing nutrient losses to the environment. Obituary