Internationally acclaimed soil scientists to receive awards in Philadelphia

Four award recipients and nine honorary members of the International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS) will be honored for their achievements in soil science research during the World Congress of Soil Science, July 9-15 in Philadelphia. These prestigious awards are presented every four years in conjunction with the World Congress of Soil Science. The ceremony will be held on Thursday, July 13 from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m. when the following awards will be presented:

2006 Dokuchaev Basic Soil Science Award Victor Targulian, Institute of Geography, Moscow
In memory of Russian geographer Vasily Vasili'evich Dokuchaev (1846-1903), the Dokuchaev Basic Soil Science Award honors major accomplishments resulting from basic soil science research. The award consists of an engraved medal and $1,000 honorarium. The 2006 honoree is Victor Targulian of the Institute of Geography, Moscow, Russia. Dr. Targulian has spent his 50-year scientific career developing a pedology model as a basic Earth and biosphere science.

2006 Liebig Applied Soil Science Award Rattan Lal, The Ohio State University
In memory of German scientist Justus von Liebig (1803-1873)--known as the "father of the fertilizer industry"--the award recognizes outstanding contributions in applied soil science research, resulting in new discoveries, techniques, inventions, or materials. The Liebig Applied Soil Science Award consists of an engraved medal and $1,000 honorarium and is presented in 2006 to Rattan Lal of The Ohio State University. Dr. Lal is professor of soil physics in the School of Environment and Natural Resources, and director of the Carbon Management and Sequestration Center at The Ohio State University. Since joining OSU in 1987, he has worked on soils and climate change, soil degradation, and global food security.

2006 Kubina Medal Herman Mcher, University of Amsterdam
In memory of German soil scientist Walter L. Kubina (1897-1970), the Kubina

Contact: Sara Uttech
American Society of Agronomy

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