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Strategic Plan

CSREES Revie''


Intemational Collaboratile
Workshop in India

Change in Leadership of
Graduate Coordinator

Hubbell Seminar Speaker-
Dr Shndar Komarneni

lie, Faculty
Faculty, Student E Staff
lie' 's

alumni Comer

Charles Eno



EDITORS:
Susan Curry
scurry@ufl.edu
Dr. Vimala Nair
vdn@ufl.edu


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Vclume 7 Number 1 Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Spring 2007


STRATEGIC PLAN:

ROAD MAP TO PREEMINENCE

FROM THE CHAIR
The Soil and Water Science Department (SWSD)
ranks among the largest and one of the most
prestigious departments in the nation. With a
-I distinguished record of accomplishments in
teaching, research, and extension, the Department
has made a remarkable impact on the soil and water
4 science discipline. The Department has been the
leader in graduate education with innovative
programs that reach a wide range of students. The
5 Department has an outstanding record of meeting
the needs of clientele through teaching, research,
extension and outreach programs. Overall,
5 accomplishments of faculty, staff, and students in
the past few years have continued to elevate the
Department's stature at national and international I" il
6 levels. We are not satisfied with reflecting on past
achievements, and strive for higher goals to reach .
preeminence in the field of soil, water, and
7 environmental sciences. To stay on track, the
Department must take advantage of opportunities
7 that enhance the effectiveness of its academic
programs, while maintaining the relevance and
impact of teaching, research, and extension/
outreach programs. The Department must have a
vision to address the critical future needs of our
clientele. The Department has developed an
adaptive road map as presented in the following
pages and we are committed to follow the
strategies presented in this road map to achieve
preeminence.


In this newsletter, we present a summary of the
strategic plan including goals and strategies to
accomplish these goals. The Department plans to
hold a planning meeting with the clientele to seek
their input into the strategic plan. The plan is
adaptive in nature, and will go through continuous
changes to ensure that the Department's vision,
core values, and goals remain relevant to meet the
changing needs of our clientele.


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Strategic Plan


The SWSD at the University of Florida offers one of the strongest and most
prestigious programs in soil, water, and environmental sciences in the
nation. To build on the reputation of its faculty and programs, the
Department must pay particular attention to future needs/opportunities,
while maintaining current strengths. The road map presented in the
Strategic Plan functions as a guide to accomplish the Department's goals in
the coming years. The plan includes 8 goals and 30 strategies aimed to
achieve preeminence. The plan also includes a brief discussion of the
Department's mission, vision, core values, program priorities, and
constraints. For the plan to be successful, the faculty must be prepared to
think innovatively and to be open to change, especially to capture
unexpected opportunities and address future challenges. Because the
Department is committed to the strategic process, the plan will be
reviewed regularly and changed as needed to respond to future challenges
and opportunities, and to provide vision and guidance for the growth and
improvement of the Department.


Goals
The goals supporting the Department's mission and vision to
achieve preeminence in soil, water, and environmental sciences
are:

1. Attain preeminence in quality and effectiveness of academic
programs
2. Attain preeminence in research programs
3. Attain preeminence in extension/outreach programs
4. Foster excellence in international programs
5. Foster excellence in service and core Laboratories
6. Promote excellence in service to discipliness, professionss,
institution, and community
7. Foster excellence in administration
8. Commit to continuous quality improvement in all programs





Join us at..
The 8th Annual Soil and Water Science Research Forum
The 8th Annual Soil and Water Science Research Forum (http://soils.ifas.ufl.edu/forum/) is scheduled for September 14,
2007, in Gainesville, Florida. The forum is designed to bring together representatives from state and federal agencies as
well as private industry, faculty and graduate students, and prospective students interested in soil and water science. The
forum will provide an opportunity for all those interested in soil and water science to interact with our students, faculty,
and administrators on campus. This year, Dr. Kenneth Nealson, Wrigley professor of Geobiology Department of Earth
Sciences, University of Southern California is the featured keynote speaker at the forum. We look forward to your
participation in the forum. If you are planning to attend, please register at http://soils.ifas.ufl.edu/forum/. For additional
information, contact Lena Ma at lqma@ufl.edu.
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STRATEGIC PLAN -


Strategies


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For details on strategic plan: http://soils.ifas.ufl.edu/department/publications.html


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The following strategies will be used to accomplish the goals described in the strategic plan.
Academic Programs
1. Pursue excellence and innovation in learning
2. Develop a new process for curriculum evaluation and improvement
3. Improve the quality and diversity of students enrolled in our programs
4. Maintain relevant course offerings
5. Ensure that graduates are appropriately employed .
6. Foster fundraising for scholarships and fellowships
Research Programs
7. Focus on high quality, scholarly, high impact, and relevant research
8. Facilitate and encourage interdisciplinary research
9. Aggressively pursue extramural funding
10. Engage in technology transfer 4
11. Foster reporting and accountability
12.. Promote the research forum, workshops, and symposia
Extension Programs
13. Ensure that the breadth of our research expertise is covered in our extension programs
14. Foster extramural funding
15. Foster reporting and accountability
16. Increase the number of fee-based short courses on topics related to soil, water, and environmental
sciences
International Programs
17. Formalize international contacts
18. Expand international opportunities for students
Service and Core Laboratories
1 19. Maintain commitment to provide service through laboratories of
excellence to support soil, water, and environmental sciences
programs
Service to Discipline(s), Profession(s), Institution, and Community
20. Serve scientific disciplines and professions
21. Provide information, insights, and assistance to citizens
Department Administration
S.. d 22. Evaluate the Department's management and decision-making
process
23. Formalize contacts and communications with stakeholders
24. Improve alumni relations and development
25. Increase involvement with practitioners of the discipline/profession
S.Continuous Quality Improvement
26. Assess outcomes
27. Promote professional development for faculty and staff
28. Seek improvements in current physical facilities
29. Develop a strategic plan for future staffing of the department
30. Widely disseminate information on Department successes and
accomplishments


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DEPARTMENT NEWS PAGE 4


CSREES Review

S The SWSD went through a 10-year CSREES review during the week of April 15-20,
2007. The review team consisted of Dr. Steven Hodges (Chair of the Committee),
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University; Dr. Nicholas Basta, The Ohio
State University; Dr. John Graveel, Purdue University; Dr. Raina Maier, University
of Arizona; Dr. David Radcliffe, University of Georgia; and Dr. Ray Knighton, USDA.

We thank the review team for spending a week with us to review our Department. 111 N-l l
Once we receive their final report, we will develop strategies to implement the REVIEW SYLLABUS
recommendations made by the team.

As a part of the review, we developed a comprehensive review syllabus. This
document provides an overview of the SWSD in the context of the University of
Florida, the state of Florida, and the discipline of soil and water science. We
explain the changes we have experienced since our last Comprehensive Review in rITF I|iD
1997, what we currently do, and where we envision going in the future. The heart
of the document begins with an overview of the department and its programs, _____ __
followed by more detailed descriptions of academic, research, extension,
international, and outreach programs. The latest version of the departmental
Strategic Plan is included to provide a glimpse of who we think we are, and what we should look like in the near
future. The document has been regularly updated since the 1997 review, including several state-wide faculty
meetings to address changes in staffing needs, research/extension opportunities, and changes in our discipline. We
especially welcome your input to the strategic plan to best position the department for continued excellence, and
even preeminence. Detailed document can be viewed at: http://soils.ifas.ufl.edu/department/publications.html .


International Collaborative Workshop
Indo-US Agricultural Knowledge Initiative











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Participants in the workshop held at ICRISAT in Hyderabad, India on March 5-9, 2007.

The UF/IFAS in collaboration with International Crops Research Institute for Semiarid Tropics (ICRISAT), Indian Council of
Agricultural Research (ICAR), Acharya N.G. Ranga Agricultural University, and Punjab Agricultural University organized a
workshop on "Innovative E-technologies for Distance Education, Extension/Outreach for Efficient Water Management".
The UF/IFAS project was funded by the USDA. The workshop was held in Hyderabad, India on March 5-9, 2007. The
workshop addressed two key components of the India-US Agricultural Knowledge Initiative (AKI), Capacity Building and
Water Management. The partners are in the process of developing a work plan to develop skills and collaborative digital
learning resources to strengthen education and technical training for extension and outreach to maximize the use of
innovative tools focused on sustainable management of water resources. Several IFAS faculty participated in the workshop:
Janaki Alavalapati, Craig Stanley, Samira Daroub, Jasmeet Judge, Sabine Grunwald, Dorota Haman, Rao Mylavarapu, K.
Ramesh Reddy, and Lisette Staal. Kirby Barrick, Dean of CALS presented key note lecture at the workshop. Details on the
workshop can be viewed at: http://akicb.ifas.ufl.edu.






PAGE 5 DEPARTMENT NEWS -


Change in Leadership of Graduate Coordinator

Nick Comerford Graduate Coordinator
Nick Comerford served as the SWSD Graduate Coordinator for the past
seven years (July 2000 to June 2007). During his tenure, on-campus
graduate enrollment increased by 40%. Combined with the distance
education graduate students, the total enrollment in the Department is
at 125 students. Nick streamlined the operating procedures for graduate
students and has been excellent mentor for students. We would like to
express our thanks to Nick for an outstanding job as the graduate
coordinator and his dedicated service to the Department. Nick plans to
focus on his research program and leadership in developing a core
faculty group to conduct research on carbon sequestration.



James Jawitz New Graduate Coordinator
James Jawitz has been appointed as the SWSD Graduate Coordinator.
Jim is an associate professor of hydrology. Jim brings a wealth of
experience in working with graduate students. He worked very closely
.:__.. with the Hydrologic Science Academic Cluster which promotes
interdisciplinary graduate program. He is one of the most popular
professors in the department with respect to advising graduate
S, .students and serving on their committees. He was selected by SWSD
students in 2005 as Outstanding Teacher/Advisor of the Year. Jim was
selected for the Alpha Zeta Professor of the Year Award for UF College
of Agriculture and Life Sciences. He serves as an advisor for the
American Water Resources Association UF Student Chapter.




Hubbell Seminar Speaker


Dr. Shridar Komarneni, Distinguished Professor, Penn State University presented
the 2007 Hubbell Seminar entitled "Novel Synthetic Clays for Remediation of Metal
Ion Contamination" on March 26, 2007. Dr. Komarneni has distinguished himself
with research into both basic and applied aspects of clay mineralogy, including the
study of nanostructures of clays and other minerals, and ascertaining the origin of
clay and quartz minerals in soils. His research interests include: Cation Exchange
Processes; Nuclear and Hazardous Waste Disposal; Ultrafine particles (powders);
and Sol-Get Chemistry. Additional information on Dr. Komarneni can be found at:
http://cropsoil.psu.edu/people/faculty/komarnenis.cfm

The David Hubbell Seminar Series was established to recognize the research and .
education contributions by the late Dr. David H. Hubbell. Dave Hubbell was a soil
microbiologist whose research interest focused on the biology of nitrogen fixation.
His laboratory laid the basis for much of what is now known of the very complex
communication between Rhizobia and Legumes during the infection process. He was
a dedicated educator and spent much of his career promoting soil and water
science at all levels including: undergraduate and graduate education both in
Gainesville and in Latin America. During the latter part of his career, Dave Hubbell
was a staunch and very active supporter of the SWSD seminar series.






FACULTY, STAFF t STUDENTS PAGE 6



New Faculty

Patrick Inglett joined the department as Assistant Professor of Biogeochemistry of Wetlands
and Aquatic Systems. Patrick earned his B.S in Applied Biology from the Georgia Institute of
Technology before coming to UF for his masters in Soil and Water Science in 1997. He
completed his Ph.D. in the department in 2004, and continued on as a Post-doctoral
research associate. In 2006, Patrick received the Emil Truog award from the Soil Science
Society of America for his dissertation work on stable nitrogen isotopic ratios. Patrick's
research primarily focuses on the coupling of C, N, P, and S cycles in wetlands and aquatic
systems including both fresh and saltwater marshes, estuaries, lakes, rivers, and springs. He
uses a combination of traditional nutrient and flux analyses, enzyme activities, and novel
microscopic and isotopic (natural abundance and tracer) approaches. The ultimate goal of
Patrick's research program is to better understand how process coupling controls
biogeochemical reactions in landscape settings. Patrick can be reached at:
pwinglett@ifas.ufl.edu

Gurpal Toor joined the SWSD as an Assistant Professor of Soil and Water Quality at the Gulf
Coast Research and Education Center, Balm, Florida. Gurpal's research focus will be on
nutrients and emerging contaminants in the urban landscape. Gurpal received both BS
(Hons.) in Agriculture and Chemistry (1993) and MS in Soil Science (1996) from Punjab
Agricultural University, and a Ph.D. in Environmental Soil Science (2002) from Lincoln
University, New Zealand. He was awarded the United Nations Development Program (UNDP)
and University Merit
/ I Scholarship for MS study
S, and a Commonwealth
S' Fellowship for PhD study. Welcome... Incoming Students
Gurpal's previous research
appointments were at the Summer and Fall 2007
University of Delaware and at the University of Arkansas.
During this period, his research has addressed agriculture Kristin Campbell, MS, C. Wilson
and industry's most formidable problems on surface and Aja Stoppe, MS, N. Comerford
.. Aja Stoppe, MS, N. Comerford
sub-surface water pollution. Gurpal's research interests
include waste management, nutrient and trace metals Rotem Shahar, MS, T. Obreza
dynamics in waste-soil-water continuum, and fate and Rujira Tisarum, PhD, L. Ma
transport of nutrients, metals, and emerging contaminants
in the environment. He has published 33 peer-reviewed Augustine Obour, PhD, M. Silveira (REC)
articles and book chapters and presented his research in Debolina Chakraborty, PhD, V. Nair
over 30 regional, national, and international meetings,
workshops, and conferences. Gurpal is a member of the Edmund Azah, PhD, L. Ma
Soil Science Society of America (SSSA), American Society Ronald Gonzalez, PhD, J. Sartain
of Agronomy (ASA), American Water Resources Association .
(AWRA), and Sigma Xi. Gurpal can be reached at Shawna Loper, MS, A. Sober
gstoov@ufl.edu. Xiaolin Sui, MS, M. Silveira (REC)
Laura Paterson, MS, J. Sartain
Lori Clark, MS, T. Obreza
SWS Alumni Matthew Wilson, MS, E. Hanlon (REC)

In our newsletter, we would like to include Stephen Hanks, MS, C. Fitz (REC)
news from our alumni and their success Robert Compitello, MS, T. Osborne
stories and accomplishments. Please
S. Pauric McGroary, PhD, G. Snyder (REC)
provide highlights of your current activities,
so we can include them in future SWSD Neil Young, MS, G. Snyder (REC)
newsletters. Please e-mail information and a Erin Yancey, MS, J. Thomas
photograph to Susan Curry at: Sudarshan Dutta, PhD, L. Ma


cs urry@ufl.edu.


Melinda Hooper, MS, R. Ellis






FACULTY, STAFF Et STUDENTS


Faculty, Students Et Staff News


Willie Harris and Yuncong Li were selected as UF Research
Foundation Professors. Willie and Yuncong will hold these
appointments for a period of three years (2007- 09). Since the
inception of this award program, ten SWSD faculty members
were selected as UF Research Foundation Professors.

Sabine Grunwald was selected to receive the 2007 Gamma
Sigma Delta Junior Research Award.

Ann Wilkie has been honored by Gov. Jeb Bush and The
Council for Sustainable Florida for her contribution and
commitment to sustainable practices in Florida. In June,
Wilkie and IFAS were awarded the 2006 Sustainable Florida
Non-Profit Award to recognize Wilkie's work developing an
innovative fixed-film anaerobic digester that treats livestock
waste, producing renewable energy and compost while
simultaneously protecting the environment and reducing
objectionable odors.

Peter Nkedi-Kizza was selected by students to receive the
SWSD Outstanding Teaching/Advisor of the Year Award for
2006.


Alumni Corner


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Emeritus Graduate Research Professor
makes a trip around the world.
Suresh and Kieko Rao have undertaken a round-the-world
trip, covering four continents (Asia, Australia, Africa, and
Europe), some 50,000+ miles, and one year sabbatical
leave. Suresh Rao is currently
employed by Purdue
University as Lee A. Rieth
Distinguished Professor of
Civil Engineering. Here is
what Suresh said about his
world travel. "Imagine:
You're living in the American
heartland and planning the
trip of a lifetime. Where
would you want to go? My
inspiration came from
Magellan-Ferdinand, that is,
the Portuguese explorer
(1480-1521), who was the first
European to circumnavigate the globe." Suresh and Kieko
completed the trip around the world, which covers four
continents (Asia, Australia, Africa, and Europe), some
50,000 miles, and one sabbatical. They left the States in
July last year and arrived back in the U.S. in May, 2007. A
detailed blog can be found at: https://
engineering.purdue.edu/Engineeringlmpact/Issues/2007 1/
CoE/CoE ImpactSummer07.pdf


Congratulations... Spring 2007
Graduates

PhD
Manohardeep Josan, Advisor, V. Nair
Min Liu, Advisor, J. Sartain
Lynette Malecki Brown, Advisor, K. Reddy/White

Master of Science
Martin Anderson, Advisor, J. Sickman
Christopher Chilton, Advisor, M. Collins
Sarah Chinault, Advisor, G. O'Connor
Adrienne Frisbee, Advisor, M. Clark
Victoria Gardner, Advisor, M. Collins
Joaquin Jimenez, Advisor, K. Moore
Tiffany Kapner, Advisor, S. Grunwald
Bachelor of Science
Rotem Shahar


Sabine Grunwald was invited to serve on the Editorial
Board of Geoderma.

Lena Ma was selected to receive the prestigious Yangtze
River Professorship awarded to outstanding overseas
Chinese professors.

Daniel Herrera was selected to receive the Outstanding
International Graduate Student Award.

Augustine Obous (Advisor: Maria Silveira) won first place in
the graduate student competition (Water, Nutrients, and
Environmental Quality) during the 2007 Soil and Crop
Science Society of Florida meeting in West Palm Beach,
Florida.

Two years after meeting
online, Elizabeth Hodges
of Gainesville, FL and
Samuel Snyder of
Midland, TX were
married on May 12, 2007 '.
at the Sweetwater
Branch Inn in Gainesville,
Florida. Liz is a graduate
student in the Soil and
Water Science Department, and Sam is a graduate student
in the Department of Religion.


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In Memoriam
Charles F. Eno (1920-2007)
Dr. Charles F. Eno was born May 21, 1920 in Atwater Township, Ohio, and was raised
on a farm in that area. He graduated from the Ohio State University in 1942 with a
B.S. in Agric. Education, and then served during World War II in Italy with the 604th
Field Artillery Battalion of the 10th Mountain Division. Following the war, he returned
to Ohio State University, where he received an M.S. degree in Agronomy in 1948. That
same year, he married Fern Imler, a fellow OSU student from Northwest Ohio.
Dr. Eno then proceeded to Purdue University, where he received his Ph.D. degree in
1951, working with Dr. Herbert Reuser. Soon there after, he began working as a Soil
Microbiologist in the Soil Science Department of the University of Florida, and he
remained with UF throughout his career. During 1951-1953, as part of the Korean War
reactivation of his military reserve unit, Charles and Fern lived in Dachau, Germany,
where his reserve unit was part of the 201st Armored Field Artillery Battalion. Dr. Eno
remained in the U.S. Army reserves, and eventually retired as a Lt. Colonel.
Upon his return to Gainesville, Dr. Eno conducted research in soil microbiology and soil
fertility, including various studies on nutrient transformations in soils and land areas
receiving wastes. He also conducted a number of studies on earthworms with
particular emphasis on the effects of pesticides on earthworm populations.
In 1965, Dr. Eno was appointed chair of the Soil Science Department at UF, a position which he was to occupy for 17 years.
By the time his term of office as chairman was completed, the Soil Science Department had grown to 40 faculty members
state-wide, making it one of the largest soil science programs in the U.S. During his term as chairman, the department also
began the inevitable transformation from primarily a state-funded teaching and research program to a teaching/research
unit where substantial amounts of extramural funding were being solicited and received by the faculty as well. During this
period Dr. Eno also was elected a fellow of the American Society of Agronomy (ASA) and of the Soil Science Society of
America (SSSA), and served as president of SSSA in 1975 and president of ASA in 1983. He was a member of the original
advisory committee to the multi-society Council of Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST), an organization with which
he was strongly associated for more than two decades subsequently. Dr. Eno also served a 2-yr term as editor of the Soil Et
Crop Science Society of Florida (SCSSF) Proceedings, and as SCSSF President in 1966. He stepped down as Soil Science
Department chairman in 1982, and was then appointed as Asst. Director of the UF/IFAS International Programs Office, a
position which he held until his retirement in 1989. During 1987-1989 he served as Chief of Party for the UF delegation
involved in intuition building at the University Centre de Dschang, in Cameroon, West Africa.
In retirement, Dr. Eno and his wife, Fern, traveled a great deal, including frequent attendance at the annual 10th Mountain
Division Association's meetings. Dr. Eno had a long and productive career, served Florida agriculture, the University of
Florida, the ASA and the SSSA, international agriculture, and mankind in general extremely well. He is highly deserving of
honorary lifetime membership in the Soil and Crop Science Society of Florida.
Dr. Eno is survived by his wife, Fern Imler Eno, two sons, Charles F. Eno Jr., of Gainesville and Mark Imler Eno, of Tucson,
Arizona, six grandchildren and three great grandchildren. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be made to
Hospice of North Central Florida, 4200 NW 90th Blvd., Gainesville, Florida 32606 or Alzheimer's Association 988 Wood Cock
Road, Ste 200, Orlando, Florida 32803.


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University of Florida and Progress Energy partner to host the
First UF Water Institute Symposium

SSustainable February 27-28, 2008
nHilton University of Florida
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