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When interviewing the Most Influential People, we often learn things we didn’t expect—sometimes even things we’re asked not to repeat. I don’t break that confidence, but one thing I learned from talking with John Kevern was about the research on soybean-oil curing compounds. The soybean-based curing initially was employed for pervious, but “it actually works better on regular concrete than on pervious,” says Kevern. “Jason Weiss at Purdue University has been working on soybean oil for joint durability. If you want concrete that will resist deicers, spray it with soybean oil. It gels when it gets cold, so the colder it gets, the better it works. We are looking at spraying joints to reduce deterioration. It looks like in five years, we’ll all be soaking joints with soybean oil.”