UC Riverside's professor Robert Graham elected Fellow of the Soil Science Society of America

December 02, 2002

RIVERSIDE, Calif. -- Robert Graham, professor of soil mineralogy in the department of environmental sciences at UC Riverside, received the honor of being elected Fellow of the Soil Science Society at the national meeting of the Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) last month in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Fellow is the highest honor bestowed on SSSA members. Fellows are active Society members who have been nominated because of their superior achievement in research; education; public service; personal achievement, recognition, and service; and a minimum of 10 years of Society membership.

Prof. Graham received his Ph.D. in soil science from North Carolina State University in 1986. His other awards include the Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research, UCR,1995, and the Outstanding Publication of the Year, USDA-Forest Service Pacific Southwest Research Station, 1995. His research interests are weathering and behavior of soil minerals, natural soil processes, and soils and weathered bedrock in wildland ecosystems.

"It's wonderful that Prof. Graham has again been recognized by his peers for his many accomplishments and for his service to his profession," said Walter Framer, chair of the department of environmental science. "Prof. Graham has been very active in the Soil Science Society of America and serves in several capacities, including associate editor for their Journal of Environmental Quality. He was recently elected Chair Elect for Division 9, Soil Mineralogy, of the Society."

The department of environmental sciences now has a total of eight members that are Fellows in the Soil Science Society of America. In addition to Professors W. Frankenberger, R. Graham, W. Jury, J. Letey and A. Page, the Department Fellows include Adjunct Professors D. Suarez, R. van Genuchten, and S. Yates. The three adjunct professors are soil scientists at the U.S. Department of Agriculture George E. Brown Jr. Salinity Laboratory located on campus.

"Prof. Graham's recognition is very important to the department," said Farmer. "We encourage and support these types of professional activities. It is rewarding for the rest of us when one of our own is recognized for his or her efforts. These events are especially meaningful for recruitment of new faculty and students to the department."

The department of environmental sciences offers B.S. and B.A. degrees in environmental sciences, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in soil and water sciences. The department is equipped to conduct a wide variety of research and teaching activities related to environmental and soil and water sciences. The forerunner of the department of environmental sciences was an agricultural chemistry research unit in the world-renowned California Citrus Research Center and Agricultural Experiment Station (CRC-AES), which was established in Riverside in 1907. The results of research conducted by scientists in this unit led to large-scale reclamation of salt-affected lands in California, and a better fundamental understanding of base exchange, plant nutrition, and physical conditions of irrigated soils.
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The University of California, Riverside offers undergraduate and graduate education to nearly 16,000 students and has a projected enrollment of 21,000 students by 2010. It is the fastest growing and most ethnically diverse campus of the preeminent ten-campus University of California system, the largest public research university system in the world. The picturesque 1,200-acre campus is located at the foot of the Box Springs Mountains near downtown Riverside in Southern California. More information about UC Riverside is available at http://www.ucr.edu or by calling 909-787-5185. For a listing of faculty experts on a variety of topics, please visit http://mmr.ucr.edu/experts/.

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