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UDaily: UD scientist receives special appointment from the Institute of Soil Science in China

UDaily: UD scientist receives special appointment from the Institute of Soil Science in China

Donald L. Sparks, Unidel S. Hallock du Pont Chair in Soil and Environmental Chemistry at the University of Delaware and director of the Delaware Environmental Institute, has been named an honorary professor of the Institute of Soil Science in Nanjing, China.

A division of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Soil Science is the oldest and most prestigious institution for soil science in China. Sparks is the first soil scientist to receive the title of honorary professor in the institute’s 60-year history.

“I first visited the institute in 1987 and have since visited several times and collaborated with a number of their scientists over the years,” Sparks said. “I was extremely honored to be essentially the first foreign scientist asked to join their ranks.”