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

Aggregating Together Through it All

Networking is one of the most important things a professional society can do for its members. OSSS is recognizing this by providing a day to learn (March 5th) and a day to connect (March 6th).

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.

$$ Free for all members $$

All active (2021) members are automatically registered. Membership is only $50 ($30 for students).  If you haven’t already, here is the link to renew (or join for the first time)  Renew your membership here.

You can also register for the meeting as a non-member if you prefer. The cost for non-members is $65.

All members and registrants will receive a zoom link on Wednesday, March 3rd.

Don’t miss out!

We have been approved for 4 hours of CEUs, including that rare gem, Ethics!

Raffle for weekend getaways and more, $10/entry – proceeds go to college soils scholarships.

$50 Prize for Winning Team of Soils Trivia.

More fun:  Do you have a favorite soil related quote, image, or design that you would like to see your society turn into a sticker?

Still more fun:  Do you have a favorite soil profile picture that could be made into a puzzle?  We will be asking for suggestions at our upcoming meeting and would love to hear your ideas. You can also email your ideas to

If you have any questions feel free to give Pam Keller a call (503) 334-7345.

Friday March 5th, 2021

12:30pm – 1:00pm – Welcome and Program Overview, Bruce Moffatt, OSSS President

12:35-12:45 – Meeting Overview and How To – Alicia Leytem, OSSS Secretary

12:45pm – 12:55 – Raffle kickoff – Vance, OSSS Sharpshooter Editor

1:00pm – 2:00pm – Keynote Speaker – Dr. Tom Deluca

2:05pm -3:05pm – Urban Soils Primer – Dr. Zhongqi (Joshua) Cheng

3:05pm – 3:35pm – Break and Chat

3:35pm – 4:35pm – Soil Survey Office Updates: Chris Gebauer (Klamath Falls), Meghan Krueger (Ontario/Vale), David Rand (Salem), and Kurt Moffit (Redmond)

4:40pm – 5:40pm- Ethics Talk – Who’s data is it? – Dr. Michael Cope and Dr. Melissa Pingree

5:50pm – Soil Trivia (everyone is welcome – teams formed on the spot!) hosted by Alicia & Vance

Saturday March 6th, 2021

9:30am – 10:30am – Member Updates, hosted by Shannon

10:30am – 12:00pm Virtual Soil Tour, member led pit discussions, Mark & Pam Keller, Katie Chambers, Shannon Cappellazzi, Ron & Sage Reuter, Meghan Krueger

12:00pm – 12:30pm Lunch Break

12:30pm – 1:00pm Lightning Round Talks by Members, Chelsea Obeidy, Vance Almquist, Jenessa Stemke & Jillian Pihulak

1:00pm – 2:00pm Annual Membership Meeting & Elections

2:00pm – Raffle ends!

2:00pm – 2:45pm Society Discussion

2:45pm – Raffle winners announced, closing remarks



2020 –> 2021 –> 2022 OSSS Summer Tour

Your OSSS board has made the difficult decision to delay the Newberry Caldera Summer Field Tour to the summer of 2022. 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 2022!

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