Suzanne Gray, assistant professor of aquatic physiological ecology in the School of Environment and Natural Resources at The Ohio State University was awarded the 2019 North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) Educator Award at the 2019 NACTA annual meeting held at the College of Southern Idaho, Twin Falls, Idaho with the theme “Connecting to STEM.” The NACTA Educator Award recognizes individuals whose efforts represent the very best in agricultural higher education.
Nicole Sintov, assistant professor of behavior, decision making and sustainability in the School of Environment and Natural Resources received the Office of Student Academic Success—Undergraduate Research & Creative Inquiry 2019 Excellence in Undergraduate Research Mentoring Award at a luncheon at the Faculty Club on April 24. The award honors individuals who have demonstrated success in mentoring undergraduates in their research and/or creative inquiry endeavors. Undergraduates are invited to submit nominations that describe how their research mentor has supported and inspired them to grow intellectually as a researcher, encouraged and enabled them to reach their future goals and supported and encouraged them on a personal level.
Professor Rattan Lal, a soil scientist at The Ohio State University, received the 2019 Japan Prize on April 8. The Japan Prize is considered one of the most prestigious honors in science and technology.
Rattan Lal, a soil scientist at The Ohio State University, has been awarded the 2019 Japan Prize, considered one of the most prestigious honors in science and technology. Lal is the first Ohio State scientist and the first soil scientist to ever receive the prize. He is Distinguished University Professor of Soil Science at the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences(CFAES). The Japan Prize recognizes scientists and engineers from around the world for original and outstanding achievements that “not only contribute to the advancement of science and technology, but also promote peace and prosperity for all mankind,” the Japan Prize Foundation said today (Jan. 16) in announcing the award.
The way Ohio State University scientist Rattan Lal sees it, many of Earth’s biggest challenges — from growing enough food to protecting water quality to reversing climate change — have answers in the soil.
As Distinguished University Professor of Soil Science in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences(CFAES), Lal has spent his career working to find those answers. Along the way, he’s gained a global reputation for his research and advocacy on soil-related matters along with multiple honors and awards.
His latest recognition, a big one, comes on an appropriate day.
On July 24, the Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo (UIMP) recognized Professor Rattan Lal with the UIMP Medal of Honor for his outstanding academic merit. The Medal of Honor recognizes Professor Lal for his defense of the environment and his work on soils as a living body and a key element in global change.
Professor Lal received the Medal of Honor during a ceremony held at the course III Environmental School Tatiana Pérez de Guzmán el Bueno Foundation at the Magdalena Palace in Santander, Spain.
Three School of Environment and Natural Resources faculty have been recognized for their teaching excellence in higher education. Nicholas Basta, David Hix, and Roger Williams received the 2018 North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) Educator Award at the 2018 NACTA annual meeting in Ames, IA in June. NACTA is professional society that focuses promoting, recognizing and rewarding excellence in teaching agriculture and related areas at the post-secondary level in North America.