WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Dick Arnold, 83, of West Lafayette, Ind., formerly of Creston, has earned the 2013 Lomonosov Gold Medal for 30 years of domestic and international work teaching about soil formation, erosion and conservation.
Conferred by the Russian Academy of Sciences, the medal is that group’s highest honor, given to two scientists each year — one Russian and one international honoree.
Arnold’s award cites him “for his outstanding contribution to the development of theoretical and applied soil science, and modeling the behavior of soils in different landscapes of the world.”
Arnold’s international connections started after 1980 when he became director of the Soil Science Division of the USDA’s National Resources Conservation Service, a position he held until 1996.
Through the U.S. Agency for International Development, Arnold worked with underdeveloped countries to expand the knowledge of soils. In 1982, these efforts led him to his first visits to the Soviet Union and China.
Arnold traveled to Russia to receive the award.