Rattan Lal, one of the most decorated professors to teach and conduct research at The Ohio State University, will receive the 2020 World Food Prize on Thursday, Oct. 15, during the virtual Borlaug Dialouge streaming from Des Moines, Iowa. That same day, he will also be honored by Ohio State in a virtual ceremony to honor his legacy.
Dr. Mažeika Sullivan, a faculty member in the School of Environment and Natural Resources at The Ohio State University has recently been appointed to lead a new Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) Task Force for the Society of Freshwater Science (SFS). This initiative aims to break down barriers for underrepresented groups through a set of intentional and clear actions such as establishing long-term relationships with minority-serving institutions; increasing authorship opportunities for underrepresented scientists; developing a Diversity Mentor program; instituting a JEDI training program for all SFS members; increasing the Society's international profile/membership; and reviewing business practices to increase support of minority-owned businesses. The JEDI Task Force will to work quickly to effect "rapid evolution" in SFS around JEDI issues. Dr. Sullivan was selected to lead this initiative because of his effective and long-term work in broadening participation in science.
Nick Basta, a faculty member in the School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR) has been appointed to the U.S. National Committee for Soil Science (USNC/SS) by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine.
Congratulations to Dr. Suzanne Gray, who was elected to serve as President-Elect for the Ohio Chapter of the American Fisheries Society at this year’s Annual joint meeting of the Ohio Aquaculture Association and the Ohio Chapter of the American Fisheries Society, held on 26–27 January 2018 at the Quest Conference Center in Columbus, Ohio. The mission of the Ohio Chapter of the American Fisheries Society is "to promote conservation of fisheries and aquatic resources by providing information, professional services, and opportunities for aquatic stewardship to Ohio’s fisheries professionals, educators, students, and conservationists."