Recognition: Dresden Honorary Degree; ESP Distinguished Service

Congratulations to our CFAES colleagues on the following honors:

Dresden University Honorary Degree

Rattan Lal, Distinguished University Professor of Soil Science in the School of Environment and Natural Resources, received an honorary degree as Doctor of Natural Sciences Honoris Causa from Germany’s Dresden University of Technology on Sept. 23.

“With the granting of this honorary doctorate, our university honors one of the world’s most famous and globally engaged soil scientists. His research topics and spheres of activities go far beyond soil science,” said TU Dresden’s Karl‐Heinz Feger, professor in the university’s Institute of Soil Science and Site Ecology and dean of the Faculty of Environmental Sciences.

“Of global importance are Lal’s seminal and often-cited publications on the potential for carbon storage in soils connected with global change, food security in a world with growing human population, as well as sustainable and integrated management of soil and water resources,” Feger said.

“Moreover, we honor a person not only of high international standing, but also with a unique and charismatic personality.”

The laudation was held by Professor Klaus Töpfer, the former German Federal Minister for the Environment and former executive director of the Environmental Program of the United Nations (UNEP).

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Epsilon Sigma Phi Distinguished Service Ruby Award

Throughout her career, Karen Bruns has been a people person. She cares — and it’s been evident, colleagues say, in every aspect of her professional life.

That work was recognized this month as Bruns received the national Distinguished Service Ruby Award, the highest and most prestigious award offered by Epsilon Sigma Phi, the professional organization of Extension personnel nationwide.

Bruns accepted the award at ESP’s annual conference in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, Oct. 4-7.

Until her retirement in March 2015, Bruns was the assistant director of CFAES’s outreach arm, OSU Extension, in charge of Family and Consumer Sciences programs. Since its inception, she has also been leader of OSU CARES, a program she helped create in 1996 to support collaborations between OSU Extension and the rest of Ohio State to develop outreach programs in communities throughout Ohio. Bruns continues to lead this program part-time in retirement.

“The work she has done with OSU CARES is a model for engaging Extension with a much broader perspective of the university,” said Greg Davis, interim director of OSU Extension. “It’s all about connecting diverse university resources with Extension to deliver new and innovative programs to people throughout the state.”

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