Essington Honored by Societies

Dr. Michael Essington, of the Biosystems Engineering and Environmental Science Department, was elected Fellow of the Soil Science Society of America and Fellow of the American Society of Agronomy at the 2004 annual meetings of the societies in Seattle, Washington.

Fellow is the highest recognition bestowed by each society -- only 0.3% of each Society's active and emeritus members may be elected Fellow. Members elected Fellow are recognized for their outstanding contributions in an area of specialization -- whether in research, teaching, extension, service, or administration, and whether in public, commercial, or private service activities.

Dr. Don Tyler, who made the successful nomination, noted that Dr. Essington was recognized for his excellence in soil chemistry research and teaching, and his professional contributions to the fields of agronomy and soil science.

In another accomplishment, that may have escaped notice due to the Fellow election, Dr. Essington was also selected by the international membership of the Soil Science Society of America to serve on the society's Board of Directors. This is a three-year term which began in November, 2004.

Joel Lown

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