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LSU Soil Sciences Professor Magdi Selim Announced as IUSS Liebig Award Winner

07/19/2013 01:21 PM

BATON ROUGE – Magdi Selim, a professor in the LSU School of Plant, Environmental & Soil Sciences, was recently announced as the recipient of the International Union of Soil Sciences, or IUSS, Liebig Award, the highest award given by IUSS and the global soil science communities.


Selim will receive the award during a ceremony as part of the 20th World Congress of Soil Science, to be held in Seoul, South Korea in June 2014.  


“I am humbled to be the recipient of this award and consider it the crowning achievement of my 36-plus years at LSU,” Selim said. “I also see this award as a recognition of LSU as an institution for teaching and research at the highest level.”


The Liebig Award is one of two awards presented by IUSS at each World Congress of Soil Science to recognize outstanding contributions in two specific areas. The Liebig Award is given for applied research in soil sciences, while the Dokuchaev Award is given for contributions in basic research in soil sciences. The Liebig Award recognizes outstanding contributions in applied soil science research, contributing to new discoveries, techniques, inventions or materials that increase food security, improve environmental quality or conservation, land and water development and other areas covered by the divisional structure of IUSS.


The award consists of an engraved medal, a certificate, a $1,000 honorarium and financial support to attend the presentation at the World Congress of Soil Science.  


“Your research and teaching have contributed greatly to the improvement of the scientific understanding of soil in all contexts, which is one of the IUSS missions,” IUSS President Jae E. Yang said in a letter to Selim informing him of the honor. “You have been well-recognized by colleague soil scientists and are deserving to receive the prestigious award. I truly trust that you will continue to support IUSS in making the people of the world aware of the importance of soil for the sustainability of humankind and all life-support systems.”


Selim is only the third recipient of the Liebig Award, joining 2006 recipient Rattan Lal of The Ohio State University and 2010 recipient Don Sparks of the University of Delaware.


The International Union of Soil Sciences is the global union of soil scientists. The objectives of the IUSS are to promote all branches of soil science, and to support all soil scientists across the world in the pursuit of their activities. For more information, visit

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