SAVE THE DATE: 2021 OSSS Virtual Winter Meeting: March 5-6th- Free to all members!

This year’s meeting will be a group effort.

These times, it seems that we are all missing human interactions. Our primary goal for the OSSS 2021 Winter Meeting, which will be virtual, is to foster reconnecting with each other. We know
that there is a longing to talk to our other soil science friends and colleagues and a need to create space for discussion. With that in mind, we are dedicating one of the days to society communication and sharing so it is not just data presentations on a Zoom call. We are planning an interactive program, hearing from as many members as possible, and will provide the much needed space for connection. In addition, for those of you wanting a more in-person experience while watching the virtual meeting, we are looking for several individuals willing to host small watch parties around the state. If you want to host a watch party, please contact Shannon Cappellazzi (OSSS Westside Director) to discuss details.

$$ Free for all members $$

The general plan, two half day sessions:
Day 1, Friday March 5th:
• 4 one hour talks that will provide CEU credits (will include ethics CEUs)
• Silent auction begins – fundraiser for Soil Judgers during happy hour
Day 2, Saturday March 6th:
• Society Discussion and presentations
Topics (tbd) but we will have time to chat about current state of life and soil
• Virtual soil tour
Member led pit discussions (group participation needed, described below)
•Annual Membership Meeting
Board updates, elections, transfer of leadership, scholarship winners, announce 2021 scholarship
Silent auction winners announced
social games and trivia during happy hour

Virtual soils tour participation:
OSSS wants to put on the most geographically expansive winter meeting field trip ever carried out by the society! We are looking for ~10 members to dig, describe, and sample soils of your choosing. You can choose one location or a collection of pit locations that link together a conceptual thread. Because we don’t have any venue expenses this year, we have funds to pay for select laboratory analyses (should they be needed) to help you tell your soil’s story. If you are interested in participating/contributing to the virtual tour, please contact Shannon Cappellazzi* before Nov. 15th so that we can coordinate the sampling and testing strategy. Samples will have to be shipped on or before November 30th to provide sufficient time for analysis prior to the meeting (March 5-6th).
– OSSS Board, *scappellazzi@soilhealthinstitute.org

 

2020/2021 OSSS Summer Tour

Your OSSS board has made the difficult decision to delay the Newberry Caldera Summer Field Tour to the summer of 2021. We felt it was the only responsible decision given the projections around community spread and the advice of government agencies and medical experts. We’re all missing our personal and professional connections during this difficult time, but doing the right thing—staying close to home, and protecting ourselves and our families through appropriate distancing—will help keep our communities safe until a vaccine can be developed.  We’ll all be together on the other side of this.

Teaser preview for when we get there- hopefully Summer 2021!

Newberry Volcano about 20 miles south of Bend! Camping will be available.