- The Department of Plant and Soil Science was proud of the work our Graduate Student Council did to bring in Dr. Stan Cox, the first speaker in our Distinguished Lecture Series. Dr. Cox is a Senior Research Scientist and coordinator of research at the Land Institute in Salina, KS. Dr. Cox leads a team of scientists who are working on the very complex challenge of breeding perennial grain crops, with the goal of enhancing sustainability of crop production. On September 27th, 2010 Dr. Cox’s presented his lecture, “The Challenge of Breeding Perennial Grain Crops,” to a full house in the Escondido Theater at the Student Union Building. - View Slideshow
- Dr. Roy Cantrell, from Monsanto, presented a lecture on “Monsanto Cotton Breeding and Technology” at the Escondido Theater on November 8, 2010. - View Slideshow
- The third speaker in the Department’s Distinguished Lecture Series was Dr. Gebisa Ejeta of Purdue University. Among his many awards, Dr. Ejeta was the recipient of the 2009 World Food Prize and a national medal of honor from the President of Ethiopia. On January 31st, 2011 Dr. Ejeta presented his lecture, “Feeding More with Less: Humanity’s Grand Challenge of the 21st Centry” to a full house in the Matador Room of the Student Union Building. A reception followed in the Matador Lounge. . - View Slideshow
More on Dr. Ejeta can be found here.
- The fourth speaker in the Department of Plant and Soil Science’s Distinguished Lecture Series was Dr. Robert Fitzpatrick from The University of Adelaide, Australia. On October 25th, 2011 Dr. Fitzpatrick presented a lecture titled “Use of Soil in Criminal and Environmental Investigations: Getting the Dirt on Crime”.
Dr. Fitzpatrick holds a joint appointment as Chief Research Scientist in the Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) in Australia and Professorial Fellow at both Flinders University and The University of Adelaide. He is Director of both the “Centre for Australian Forensic Soil Science’ (CAFSS) and the joint University of Adelaide/CSIRO “Acid Sulfate Soil Centre” (ASSC). He is a Fellow of both the Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) and The Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (FTSE). Rob is currently Vice-chair of the International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS) Initiative on Forensic Geology (IFG). Rob’s research interests are principally in pedology, mineralogy, biogeochemistry and spatial analysis as applied to soil-landscape processes, as well as criminal and environmental soil forensics. He has published over 80 journal papers, 4 encyclopedia chapters, 85 book chapters, 10 edited books and numerous technical reports. Awards for outstanding contributions to science include: The Prescott Medal of Soil Science by The Australian Society of Soil Science and Sir Joseph Verco Medal by The Royal Society of South Australia. - View Slideshow
The Plant and Soil Science Distinguished Lecture series is made possible by support from the Rockwell Chair for Plant Genetics, Thornton Distinguished Chair for Forages, B.L. Allen Chair for Pedology, J.A. Love Chair for Sustainable Agriculture, Department of Plant and Soil Science, and the Plant and Soil Science Graduate Student Council.