Soil scientist Rattan Lal, one of The Ohio State University’s most decorated faculty researchers, will address the university’s summer graduates. Approximately 1,500 degrees will be awarded at the summer commencement ceremony, which begins at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4., at the Jerome Schottenstein Center. Lal, whose career in science spans five decades and five continents, was honored most recently with the 2019 Japan Prize in recognition of his research on sustainable soil management and its role in improving global food security and mitigating climate change. A Distinguished University Professor of Soil Science in the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Lal was the first Ohio State scientist and the first soil scientist to ever receive the Japan Prize. The prize recognizes scientists and engineers from around the world for original and outstanding achievements that “not only contribute to the advancement of science and technology, but also promote peace and prosperity for all mankind,” the Japan Prize Foundation said when announcing the award. Lal has donated the $445,000 cash award from the Japan Prize to an endowment supporting staffing at the Carbon Management and Sequestration Center, which he founded and directs.