A University of Kentucky College of Agriculture professor recently was named a lifetime National Associate of the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences.
Paul Bertsch was honored for his contributions and service to the National Academies, which include the National Academy of Engineering and Institute of Medicine. The National Academies advise the government and the public on matters of science, technology and health.
Bertsch has served two terms as chair and two terms as a committee member on the National Committee for Soil Science in the Board on International Scientific Organizations. His research focuses on how contaminants — including manufactured nanomaterials found in products such as personal care items, clothing and food-storage containers — move through soil and whether they end up in the food chain.