MADISON, WI - Aug. 30, 2012 – The Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) announces the following 2012 Fellows that will be formally recognized during their Annual Meetings, Oct. 21-24, 2012 in Cincinnati, OH. Members of the Society nominate worthy colleagues based on their professional achievements and meritorious service. Only 0.3 percent of the Society's active and emeritus members may be elected Fellow. The 2012 class of SSSA Fellows are:
Brenda J. Buck, University of Nevada-Las Vegas - SSSA Fellow: Brenda J. Buck is a Professor in the Department of Geoscience at University of Nevada Las Vegas. She received a B.S. at University of Notre Dame, and M.S. and Ph.D. from New Mexico State University. She specializes in arid soil science.
Thomas R. Fox, Virginia Tech - SSSA Fellow: Thomas Fox is a Professor of Forest Soils and Silviculture in the Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation at Virginia Tech. He received a B.S. in Forestry from the University of Maine, a M.S. in Forestry from Virginia Tech and a Ph.D. in Soil Science from the University of Florida.
Brad C. Joern, Purdue University - SSSA Fellow: Brad Joern is a Professor and Extension Coordinator in the Department of Agronomy at Purdue University. He received a B.S. from University of Wisconsin-River Falls, an M.S. from Louisiana State University, and Ph.D. from Michigan State University.
Rai S. Kookana, CSIRO - SSSA Fellow: Rai Kookana is a Senior Principal Research Scientist in CSIRO, Australia. He received B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees from Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar, India, and Ph.D. from University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia.
Francis J. Larney, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada - SSSA Fellow: Francis J. Larney is a Research Scientist in Soil Conservation with Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada. He received B.Agr.Sc., M.Agr.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from The National University of Ireland (University College Dublin).
Mark A. Liebig, USDA-ARS, Mandan, ND - SSSA Fellow: Mark Liebig is a Research Soil Scientist with the USDA Agricultural Research Service in Mandan, ND. He received a B.A. degree from University of Colorado, and M.S. and Ph.D. from University of Nebraska.
J. Patrick Megonigal, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center - SSSA Fellow: Pat Megonigal is a Senior Scientist at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center. He received B.S. and M.S. degrees from Old Dominion University, and a Ph.D. degree from Duke University.
Binayak Prasad Mohanty, Texas A&M University - SSSA Fellow: Binayak Mohanty is a Professor in the Biological and Agricultural Engineering at Texas A&M University. He received a B.S. from Orissa, India, M.S. from the Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand, and Ph.D. from Iowa State University.
Thomas J. Sauer, USDA-ARS, Ames, IA - SSSA Fellow: Tom Sauer is a Research Soil Scientist with the USDA-ARS at the National Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment, Ames, IA. He received a B.S. from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and M.S. and Ph.D. from University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Martin J. Shipitalo, USDA-ARS, Ames, IA - SSSA Fellow: Martin Shipitalo is a Research Soil Scientist at the USDA-ARS National Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment in Ames, IA. He received B.S. and M.S. degrees from Ohio State University, and Ph.D. from University of Guelph.
April L. Ulery, New Mexico State University - SSSA Fellow: April Ulery is a Professor of Soil Science in the Plant and Environmental Sciences Department at New Mexico State University where she teaches and conducts research in Environmental Soil Chemistry. She received a B.S. in Geology from University of Redlands and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Soil Science from the University of California-Riverside.
Dong Wang, USDA-ARS, Parlier, CA - SSSA Fellow: Dong Wang is Research Leader in the USDA ARS Water Management Research Unit in Parlier, CA. He received a B.Eng. degree from Beijing Agricultural Engineering University, M.S. from University of Idaho, and Ph.D. from University of Wisconsin.
Baoshan Xing, University of Delaware - SSSA Fellow: Baoshan Xing is Professor and Environmental and Soil Chemist in the Stockbridge School of Agriculture, College of Natural Sciences at the University of Massachusetts. He received a Ph.D. from University of Alberta, Canada.
Minghua Zhang, University of California-Davis - SSSA Fellow: Minghua Zhang is a Professor in the Department of Land, Air and Water Resources at the University of California, Davis. She received a B.S. at Zhejiang University in China, and M.S. and Ph.D. at the University of California, Davis.
For more information on the 2012 SSSA awards, visit: www.soils.org/awards/award. For more information on the 2012 Annual Meetings, visit: www.acsmeetings.org.
Photos of the recipients receiving their awards will be posted online following the Annual Meetings and placed on our Newsroom page: www.acsmeetings.org/newsroom/news-releases
The Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) is a progressive, international scientific society that fosters the transfer of knowledge and practices to sustain global soils. Based in Madison, WI, SSSA is the professional home for 6,000+ members dedicated to advancing the field of soil science. It provides information about soils in relation to crop production, environmental quality, ecosystem sustainability, bioremediation, waste management, recycling, and wise land use.
SSSA supports its members by providing quality research-based publications, educational programs, certifications, and science policy initiatives via a Washington, DC, office. Founded in 1936, SSSA proudly celebrated its 75th Anniversary in 2011. For more information, visit www.soils.org or follow @SSSA_soils on Twitter.
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