March 9, 2006
Mapping the Genome of Nitrobacter winogradskyi
- A team from Oregon State University and their colleagues has mapped
the genome of a bacterium that plays a role in the global nitrogen cycle.
The bacterium, called Nitrobacter winogradskyi, carries out nitrite
oxidation – a process important for recycling nitrogen in soils
and sewage treatment. “This step of the nitrogen cycle is understudied
at the genetic level,” says OSU microbiology PhD student Shawn Starkenburg.
“Sequencing the genome for this bacterium provides a baseline to
study this process in more detail.” Starkenburg, OSU faculty, Luis
Sayavedra-Soto, Daniel Arp, and Peter Bottomley, and colleagues from the
Department of Energy, the University of Louisville, and the University
of Wisconsin report on their study in the March issue of Applied and
Environmental Microbiology. Read more...
Assistant/Associate Professor, Soil Microbiologist/Chemist,
Department of Crop and Soil Science - Position in part
supported by the Subsurface Biosphere Initiative. This individual will
provide leadership for soil organic biogeochemistry or rhizosphere biology.
He/she will work in close collaboration with other research and teaching
faculty doing soil biology and soil chemistry work. Applications
accepted through April 1, 2006. FMI: http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/jobs/academic/001-2231.html
SBI Summer 2006 Undergraduate Internships
- SBI will offer paid internships for undergraduates to work on research
projects related to the subsurface biosphere. The goal of these internships
is to provide undergraduates with rewarding research experiences at OSU
that will stimulate their interest in the subsurface biosphere and encourage
them to pursue graduate studies. The program will focus on, but is not
limited to, under-represented minority and women students. The
application deadline is April 15. FMI: http://sbi.oregonstate.edu/education/interns.htm.
SBI Proposal Development Grants For Multidisciplinary
Research, Research Centers, Research Partnerships, Equipment
- The SBI is seeking requests from faculty that will aid in the development
of proposals for externally funded grants for: multidisciplinary research,
research centers, research partnerships, or equipment. The maximum amount
of an SBI award will be $10K, which can be used to fund salary (release
time, summer salary, and increases in FTE up to 1.0) for generating the
proposal, clerical support, cost share, or matching funds for equipment.
For a list of external grant opportunities
related to the subsurface biosphere, click here...
Travel Funding Still Available for the
2006 OSU Subsurface Biosphere Workshop. The workshop will
be held in Newport, OR between June 18 -21, 2006 and
will include platform presentations by invited speakers from throughout
the United States, as well as OSU faculty and students. There will also
be a poster session for all participants to present results of their research.
It is co-sponsored by the SBI and the NSF-funded Earth's Subsurface Biosphere
IGERT. FMI: http://sbi.oregonstate.edu/news/workshop06.htm.
Thursday, March 16 4:00PM.
IGERT Earth's Subsurface Biosphere Seminar Series. "Regulation
of transcription initiation and termination in Archaea" Speaker:
Dr. John N. Reeve, Professor of Microbiology at Ohio State University.
Held on campus at Burt 193. FMI: http://www.osumicrobiology.org/faculty/jreeve.htm
Link to a calendar
of other related events...
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