Gary Halvorson, PhD, Honored by Marquis Who’s Who for Professional Excellence in Soil Science

    FORT YATES, ND, December 08, 2017 — Gary Halvorson, PhD, has been included in Marquis Who's Who. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.

A student of St. Olaf College, Dr. Halvorson graduated with his BA in Chemistry in 1971. Thereafter, Dr. Halvorson continued his studies at Oregon State University, receiving a MS in 1975 and a PhD in Soil Chemistry in 1979. He accepted a ten month fellowship from the International Research & Exchanges Board, Inc. (IREX) in 1978 to the Timeryazov Agricultural Academy in Moscow, USSR.

Subsequent to his graduation, Dr. Halvorson accepted a position as assistant soil scientist at North Dakota State University to conduct research on the reclamation of drastically disturbed land. He was promoted to the position of soil scientist in 1989, interim superintendent of the Land Reclamation Research Center (LRRC) in 1991 and director of the LRRC in 1994. Dr. Halvorson has worked as an agri-business and science instructor at Sitting Bull College (SBC) since 1997. He was SBC Division of Agriculture Director from 1998 to 2014. He has been director of Sitting Bull Laboratories since 2006.

An esteemed soil scientist and educator, Dr. Halvorson has been a member of various professional organizations, including the American Society of Agronomy, Soil Science Society of Agronomy, North Dakota Academy of Sciences, the American Society of Surface Mining & Reclamation (ASSMR), and First Americans Land-Grant Consortium (FALCON). In recognition of his research achievements, ASSMR honored him with the Reclamation Researcher of the Year in 1995. Dr. Halvorson served FALCON as secretary from 2008 to 2012, vice president from 2012 to 2014 and president of FALCON from 2014 to 2016 and continues as a board member.

Additionally, Dr. Halvorson was secretary of the Mandan Lions Club from 1988 to 1993, president of the Mandan Lions Club from 1995-1996 and president of Heart River Lutheran Church from 1991 to 1993 Dr. Halvorson was named SBC Faculty of the Year in 2006. He has written and received numerous grants from USDA, DOD and NSF. Among these are two NSF TCUP grant awards. He also has over seventy professional publications.

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