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Source: Chuck Rice, 785-532-7217,
News release prepared by: Steve Watson, 785-532-7105,

Wednesday, May 20, 2009


MANHATTAN -- Chuck Rice, university distinguished professor of agronomy at Kansas State University, has been selected president-elect of the Soil Science Society of America.

Rice's term begins Jan. 1, 2010, and he will assume the role of president Jan. 1, 2011.

Rice is the second K-State agronomy faculty member to serve as president of the society and his term comes at a special time for the organization.

"My term will be during the 75th anniversary of the society, which will be a special challenge," he said. "I'm looking forward to raising awareness of our profession at all levels. Soil science is at the leading edge of food production, environmental protection, water quality and climate change."

The Soil Science Society of America is an international scientific society with more than 6,000 members. It is dedicated to advancing the field of soil science. The society provides information about soils in relation to crop production, environmental quality, ecosystem sustainability, bioremediation, waste management, recycling and land use.

Rice has gained international fame for his work in carbon sequestration. His research has been supported by more than $15 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Energy and others. He is director of the Consortium for Agricultural Soils Mitigation of Greenhouse Gases. He also has advised more than 30 graduate students and has more than 100 publications.

Rice earned his bachelor of science degree from Northern Illinois University and his doctorate degree from the University of Kentucky. He joined K-State in 1988, was promoted to associate professor in 1993 and to professor in 1998. He was named a university distinguished professor in 2009.