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Here's the  +Soil Science Society of America #IYS2015 video for the month of May theme, "Soils Support Buildings & Infrastructure".
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Here's the +Soil Science Society of America  #IYS2015 video for the month of May theme, "Soils Support Buildings & Infrastructure".
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Does anyone know where I would buy one of those fabric tapes that people use for scale when taking photographs of soil profiles? My quick Google search came up with nothing.
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Here is the SSSA #IYS2015 video for April. The March theme is "Soils Clean & Capture Water".
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How can all cable/internet companies be equally incompetent? I've used Mediacom, Time Warner, and now +Cox Communications. All three have terrible customer service, ridiculous phone trees, and can't get a bill correct if their life depended on it. In addition, in all three markets the cable company was the only choice for internet that was fast enough to even watch a YouTube video. In the latest example - Cox's billing dispute phone line is only available during the day when I'm at work, they billed me $30 for connecting my internet after they had a service interruption on their end, their sales tax on the bill was a rate of 34.2%, and they billed me for two months-worth on one bill because they forgot to bill me for internet last month. With all of those issues, the person I talked to on the phone could (or would) only help with the $30 charge (She said she would, even though that change hasn't been reflected on my online bill yet). That's pretty much equivalent to my experiences with Mediacom and Time Warner too. If I had an option for another internet provider, I would have made the switch after less than three months with Cox. This is what happens without a true competitive market to keep companies in check. A local monopoly is still a monopoly. /rant
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+E Philip Small, one of this community's moderators, was recently profiled in Soil Survey Horizons. Check it out!
As an art major at the University of California–Davis, consulting soil scientist Phil Small says he always dug clay much more than the ceramics made with it. But it was a summer job on a farm that really sparked his interest in soil. After graduating with a B.S. in soil and water science in 1977 ...
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Hello everyone,

I'm trying to develop a lab exercise focused on soil respiration for my introductory soil science class at Kansas State. I first looked into buying some of the single-use, disposable CO2 analysis items out there that turn colors as the sensor is exposed to CO2. Surpisingly, they're very expensive - particularly when buying enough for 240 students each year. I'm considering purchasing an Infrared Gas Analyzer (IRGA) for CO2 analysis. It would be a large up-front cost, but would be cheaper in the long run. I've found products from LI-COR and PP-Systems, but I was wondering if any of you might know of cheaper IRGA options, or some sort of CO2 analysis method that I'm not aware of. We do have GCs in the department, as well as some traditional LI-COR systems available in my department, but I'd like to have an instrument I could keep in our regular laboratory room, and that I wouldn't have to worry about timing conflicts with other researchers in the department.

Thanks for any suggestions!
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We attended the K-State Triangle Fraternity Duck Race today. It's a fundraiser for +Habitat for Humanity.
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+QT Luong has a fantastic collection of macro photography images of sand grains. This blog post also has some great technical information on taking images like these. Check it out!
One of the wonders of nature is that, if you look close enough at just about anything, you will find unexpected wonder. In this new series of images, I examine the microscopic world of sand grains. High-magnification photography reveals beauty and variety normally hidden to the naked eye.
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Scientists and science educators,

I'm trying to develop a lab exercise focused on soil respiration for my introductory soil science class at Kansas State. I first looked into buying some of the single-use, disposable CO2 analysis items out there that turn colors as the sensor is exposed to CO2. Surprisingly, they're very expensive - particularly when buying enough for 240 students each year. I'm considering purchasing an Infrared Gas Analyzer (IRGA) for CO2 analysis. It would be a large up-front cost, but would be cheaper in the long run. I've found products from LI-COR and PP-Systems, but I was wondering if any of you might know of cheaper IRGA options, or some sort of CO2 analysis method that I'm not aware of. We do have GCs in the department, as well as some traditional LI-COR systems available in my department, but I'd like to have an instrument I could keep in our regular laboratory room, and that I wouldn't have to worry about timing conflicts with other researchers in the department.

Thanks for any suggestions!
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The current lab exercise is an acid-base titration. The problem is that in its current form the exercise takes 4 lab periods (4 weeks). I'd like to limit our soil microbiology portion of the lab to at most two lab periods. I also want to limit the amount of liquid chemicals needed in the lab since there isn't a fume hood readily available in our teaching lab, and space for reagent storage is minimal. This is why I was thinking that doing  the analysis with an IRGA, or some sort of color indicator we could include with the incubation jar.
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Here is the SSSA #IYS2015 video for March. The March theme is "Soils Support Agriculture".
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  • North Carolina State University
    Soil Science - PhD, 2010 - 2014
  • Iowa State University
    Environmental Science - BS, 2004 - 2008
  • North Carolina State University
    Soil Science - MS, 2008 - 2010
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Soil scientist, postdoctoral researcher, cyclist, outdoorsman, sports fan, homebrewer, and family man
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I am an Assistant Professor of Soil Science in the Kansas State University Department of Agronomy in Manhattan, Kansas. I teach a course in introductory soil science, and in soil conservation and management. My research focuses on soil-root interactions and root dynamics. My current research includes the study of methane oxidation in the rhizosphere of wetland plants in Alaskan bogs and fens, and root growth patterns in a long-term phosphorus application experiment with maize. My graduate research focused on phosphorus dissolution in the rhizosphere of bald cypress trees in Carolina bay wetlands in North Carolina.

I am married to my high school sweetheart, Stacy, and we one beagle, MaisieForrester. I have a BS in environmental science from Iowa State University of Science and Technology, and a MS and PhD in soil science from North Carolina State University. I am a huge fan of the Iowa State Cyclones, the NC State Wolfpack, the Kansas State Wildcats, the Minnesota Twins, and the Minnesota Vikings. 

In my spare time I enjoy homebrewing, watching sports, cycling, playing tennis, camping, hunting, fishing, mapping for OpenStreetMap (especially bicycle paths), just about any outdoors activity, and staying involved with my local Masonic Lodge.
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Soil science, soil science education, wetland soils, root and rhizosphere studies
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  • Kansas State University
    Assistant Professor of Soil Science, 2015 - present
  • University of Washington
    Postdoctoral Researcher, 2014 - 2014
  • North Carolina State University
    Research and Teaching Assistant, 2008 - 2013
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