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UF/IFAS faculty named ASA, SSSA Fellows

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The American Society of Agronomy and the Soil Science Society of America will honor three members of the Soil and Water Science Department with the title of Fellows in November.

This title is the highest honor given by these professional societies, and is received by only a few select scientists and educators each year.

Zhenli He and Vimala Nair will become Fellows of the American Society of Agronomy.

He is a professor of soil chemistry at Indian River Research and Education Center, where he researches the management of nutrients, pesticides and wastes in soil and water systems.  Nair studies the impact of animal production on water quality as a research professor of environmental soil chemistry in Gainesville.

Teri Balser, Dean and Professor of Soil Microbiology, will be given the honor by the Soil Science Society of America. She researches the role of soil and soil community response to human disturbances and its effects on global ecological changes.

The awards will be presented at the 2013 Annual Meetings of the American Society of Agronomy and the Soil Science Society of America in Tampa.

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Zhenli He and Vimala Nair have been named Fellows of the American Society of Agronomy. He is a professor of soil chemistry at Indian River Research and Education Center. Nair is a research professor of environmental soil chemistry in Gainesville. Teri Balser, Dean and Professor of Soil Microbiology has been named a Fellow by the Soil Science Society of America.