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McLaughlin receives soil science award

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Dr. Richard McLaughlinRoger Winstead photoAward-winner Rich McLaughlin explains the erosion control simulator at the Lake Wheeler Road Field Lab.

Dr. Richard McLaughlin, North Carolina State University soil scientist, is among 11 researchers who will receive awards from the Soil Science Society of America.

The SSSA will recognize McLaughlin and others at the 2011 Awards Ceremony during the annual meeting, Oct. 16-19 in San Antonio, The annual awards are presented for outstanding contributions to soil science through education, national and international service and research.

McLaughlin, professor and extension specialist in the Department of Soil Science at N.C. State, received the Soil Science Applied Research Award. His program has focused on erosion, sediment, and turbidity control on construction sites. McLaughlin holds a bachelor’s degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and master’s and doctorate degrees from Purdue University

He is active in the Soil and Water Conservation Society and the International Erosion Control Association, which presented him with the Educational Achievement Award for 2010.

The Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) is a progressive, international scientific society that fosters the transfer of knowledge and practices to sustain global soils. Based in Madison, WI, SSSA is the professional home for 6,000+ members dedicated to advancing the field of soil science. It provides information about soils in relation to crop production, environmental quality, ecosystem sustainability, bioremediation, waste management, recycling, and wise land use.

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