Never too early to learn about soil conservation. Science and Technology Event at Lacy Elementary in Raleigh.
Blake, Maria, & Reuben did a great job!
Maria Polizzi is a MS graduate student, Reuben Wilson is a Junior in Plant and Soil Sciences, and Blake Johnson is a Senior in Environmental Technology.
Soil Science News
Never too early to learn about soil conservation. Science and Technology Event at Lacy Elementary in Raleigh.
Tyler Sowers has been selected as a winner of one of the 2016 Graduate Student Awards in Environmental Chemistry. He will receive a one-year membership to the Division of Environmental Chemistry of the American Chemical Society and a check for $125.
Three of our graduate students won awards from the soil chemistry division of SSSA.
Elizabeth Gillespie finished first in the Poster competition. Andrew Whitaker was second and Tyler Sower third in the Oral Presentation competition.
John Havlin was a co-winner of the "Dan Wilkinson WRAL Conservation Communication Award" given for his leadership in bringing the DigIt exhibit to North Carolina last summer. The award was presented to him at the Conservation Awards Celebration of the Wake Soil & Water Conservation District in Raleigh.
During the Agronomy, Crops and Soil Science (ACS) Meetings in Minneapolis, the ACS Diversity in Agronomy, Crops, Soils and Environmental Sciences Committee held the annual Gateway Scholars Program and the Student Poster Competition. Dr. Terrence Gardner, and his graduate student, Dessy Owiti, participated as panelists for the discussion portion of the Gateway Scholars Motivational Program. Dessy Owiti (NCSU) was awarded 3rd Place for presenting her poster entitled, “Soil Organic Carbon Fractions and Carbohydrate Hydrolase Activities in a Forest Ecosystem Following Prescribed Burning and Thinning”, during the graduate student poster competition.
The CALS Outstanding Student Research Award is a competition administered by the North Carolina Agricultural & Life Sciences Research Foundation and sponsored by Syngenta. The competition celebrates the ingenuity and innovation of CALS scientists and provides financial support for the awardees' research programs. Joe Taylor was selected as one of 3 candidates to compete for the final award. See his video here...
Liz Gillispie has been named the Soil Science Society of America Board of Directors Graduate Student Representative.
CALS scientists are launching a better future for agriculture through unmanned aircraft.
“With recent advances, small UAVs are poised to transform the field of precision agriculture,” says Rob Austin, North Carolina Cooperative Extension geographic information systems specialist. “Our objective is to provide the initial groundwork to position North Carolina as a leader in UAV use in agriculture.”
Rob Austin and Dr. Dean Hesterberg
The study collected more than 500 soil samples and 200 crop-tissue samples from locations along the Dan River.
Using water-quality trend data from both the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Duke Energy – data that proved to be consistent – the scientists issued a report in mid-April that delivered good news: The river water was suitable for irrigating crops and as drinking water for livestock.
Featured in International Innovation - Dr Rich McLaughlin
The Quality is Clear - Environmental impact is an increasing concern in the construction industry. Research at North Carolina State University is helping to reduce the damage caused by water discharge from building sites
Rob Austin is featured in an article on Drone Use in Agriculture in Country Folks -- "The UAVs potential lies in the ability to quickly capture snapshots of information needed by farmers to help assess and manage current agronomic conditions. A UAV can quickly scout large sections of field to help identify and pinpoint such things as nitrogen stress, early signs of insect damage, disease and water stress."
Colby Moorberg is an assistant professor of soil science in the Department of Agronomy at Kansas State University. He completed is PhD in Soil Science in 2014 at North Carolina State University. His dissertation was entitled “Dynamics of P Release from Wetlands Restored on Agricultural Land”. That research examined the potential mechanisms of phosphorus dissolution following restoration of wetlands on previously farmed land, and the potential impacts of phosphorus export from restored Carolina Bay wetlands on surface water quality.
The 2015 Basic and Environmental Soil Science Training (BESST) REU class has arrived. The students come from 11 different institutions around the country for mentored summer research projects with faculty in Soil Science and other partner departments.
Student Perspectives: Elizabeth Gillispie - Soil science Ph.D. student Elizabeth Gillispie says the mix of experiences she’s gained at NC State – high and low tech; research, outreach and policy; and field and laboratory work – is the kind of diversity she hopes for in a career. Her current research sheds light on arsenic contamination of groundwater, which can cause serious human health problems.
Creating Balance in Graduate School: The Ultimate Juggling Act - May 2015 CSA News
Ms. Shante Peterson, a student at Wake Early College of Health and Sciences, won first place at the 9 April 2015 EnvironMentors Fair hosted by the Community for Diversity in NC State’s College of Natural Resources. With help from her mentor Marcie Longo and Dean Hesterberg in the Department of Soil Science, Shante evaluated her idea of using centrifugation as a means of separating coal ash from sediment. The award includes a trip to Washington, D.C. to compete in the national science fair for a chance to win a college scholarship.
Owen Duckworth was elected incoming chair elect of the Soil Chemistry Division of the Soil Science Society of America
Washington, D.C., March 16-17, 2015 – Liz Gillispie is one of 18 graduate students who received the 2015 American Society of Agronomy (ASA), Crop Science Society of America (CSSA), and Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) Future Leaders in Science Award in recognition of her interest and engagement in science advocacy. Award winners received a trip to Washington, D.C. to participate in the annual ASA, CSSA, and SSSA Congressional Visits Day, where they met with their members of Congress and advocated for agricultural and environmental research.
"It was an amazing experience that gave me the skill sets necessary to continue advocating on my own and to teach other graduate students how to do the same. I would recommend any graduate student even slightly interested in science policy to apply or go self-funded!"
From the Southeast Farm Press .... The Federal Aviation Administration gave North Carolina State University the green light in September to conduct research on using unmanned aerial vehicles, or UAVs, in agriculture.
The studies are now underway at the Vernon G. James Research and Extension Center in Plymouth.
Congratulations to Wayne Roper as the graduate student receiving the Hugh Hammond Bennett Fellowship in Soil Science for 2015. The award recognizes advanced study that will contribute to sound use of our soil resources.
Drs. Matt Polizzotto and Owen Duckworth, both in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences’ Department of Soil Science, are studying arsenic and other elements and minerals in the groundwater and soils in Cambodia. Using high-powered microscopy and spectroscopy, they are learning more about the geochemical and hydrological processes that contribute to natural arsenic contamination.
In the latest Perspectives
Congratulations to Natalie Ross and Shelby Rajkovich as the graduate students receiving the Eugene J. Kamprath Soil Science Scholarships for 2014. The award recognizes academic excellence and promise of continued high caliber scholarship to the field of soil science.
Elizabeth Gillispie has been selected to receive the 2015 American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America and Soil Science Society of America Future Leaders in Science Award
Four posters from the Soil Science Department received awards at the January 20-21 Annual Meeting of the Soil Science Society of North Carolina. Awards to graduates students were Tyler Sowers, 1st Place; Natalie Ross, 2nd Place; and Joseph Taylor, 3rd Place. Soil Science Department research assistant Allison Sams received the 4th place poster award
won the Soil Science Society of North Carolina's 2015 Annual Achievement Award.
Rich McLaughlin quoted in broadcast about sediment pollution.
Congratulations to Liz Gillispie for winning a Soil Chemistry Division Graduate Student Award at the Soil Science Society of America Meeting.
Available now... Soils of North Carolina, a 54-page hardcover collection of photographs capturing the diversity of soils that can be found in North Carolina. Order now at http://go.ncsu.edu/soils-of-nc-book
Dr Alex Graves has been selected as the "2014 Alumni Achiever for the College of Arts and Sciences" at Winston Salem State University.
Soil Science awards winners named for the 2014 ASA-CSSA-SSSA meeting.
Tyler Sowers, M.S. student -- J. Field Reed Scholarship and Hubert J. Byrd Sr. Scholarship
Thomas Privott, undergraduate student -- Golden Opportunity Scholar
Deanna Osmond -- SSSA Fellow
Fulfilling the Mission - Dean Hesterberg profiled in Prespectives Magazine
has been selected for the inaugural ASA-CSSA-SSSA Graduate Student Leadership Conference. The conference, which will take place in Long Beach before the Annual Meeting, is to provide professional and leadership development to graduate students, and it will include sessions on networking, professional etiquette, leadership, and oral and written communication.
was given the designation Fellow at the 2014 Soil and Water Conservation Society International Annual Conference
a professor of soil science and dean of the Division of Academic and Student Affairs, received the 2014 Distinguished Educator Award from the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture in recognition of his service to the organization and to higher education through teaching, educational research and administration.
David Crouse breaks ground with the nation's first open enrollment online Intro to Soil course.
Understanding soil is a basic skill needed by anyone interested in agriculture, environmental science, gardening, natural resource management, and water quality. Traditionally, to gain that skill, a person has had to pay college tuition and spend long hours in a classroom. Now, with the power of the internet at your fingertips, the NC Cooperative Extension Service is bringing a first class Introduction to Soil education to your office, dining room table, or local coffee shop.
Learn more about this open enrollment online course at http://go.ncsu.edu/introduction-to-soil
Alan Franzluebbers is the new Representative to the SSSA Board of Directors for the Agricultural Soil and Food Systems Group
Carl Crozier is the Chair-Elect of the Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition Division
Matt Polizzotto is the Chair-Elect of the Soils and Environmental Quality Division
Owen Duckworth, Associate Professor in Soil Science, discusses evviromental issues associated with Dorothea Dix campus on WRAL news report.
Carl R Crozier, Professor in Soil Fertility Management, is in the Greensboro News and Record discussing the Dan River fly ash spill
Liz Gillispe, a Soil Science graduate student in Dr. Matt Polizzotto's Lab, received a poster award at the 2014 NC Water Resources Research Institute annual meeting.
Dr. Josh Heitman’s work profiled in the CSA news article: "Coupled Heat and Water Transfer in Wettable and Artificially Hydrophobized Soils"
The Raleigh News and Observer names Dr David Linbo as Tar Heel of the Week: NCSU professor David Lindbo has deep roots in soil.
Dr. David Crouse has been selected as a recipient of the NC State University Outstanding Teaching Award. Dr. Crouse will be formally recognized in an awards ceremony on April 15 from 3-5 pm at the McKimmon Center.
Matt Polizzotto, an assistant professor of soil science at North Carolina State University is looking at ways to remove arsenic from irrigation water.
N.C. State University’s Dr. David L. Lindbo, professor and Extension specialist in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences’ Department of Soil Science, has been named 2013 Envirothon Mentor of the Year by the Wake Soil and Water Conservation District Board of Supervisors.