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Robert Graham elected Fellow of the Soil Science Society


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

(November 26, 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) this 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.

"I feel honored to be selected as a Fellow in SSSA," said Prof. Graham. "Because virtually all of my research is done through the direction of graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and research associates, it is really a reflection of the quality and hard work of these coworkers."

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 Farmer, 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 Soil Science Society of America Journal. 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 UC Riverside 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.

The University of California, Riverside (www.ucr.edu) is a doctoral research university, a living laboratory for groundbreaking exploration of issues critical to Inland Southern California, the state and communities around the world. Reflecting California's diverse culture, UCR's enrollment has exceeded 21,000 students. The campus opened a medical school in 2013 and has reached the heart of the Coachella Valley by way of the UCR Palm Desert Center. The campus has an annual statewide economic impact of more than $1 billion.

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