June 1, 2006
||The SBI would like to welcome Rick
Colwell, a geomicrobiologist who will join the faculty
of the College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences (COAS) this month.
Rick has been a scientist at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) since
1986 where his research has focused on microbial communities in subsurface
environments. Rick’s position is in part funded by the SBI and
we are excited about the expertise he brings to campus. Read more
about Rick's background and interests at http://sbi.oregonstate.edu/news/200606.htm
Reminder: Please send in your poster abstracts
for the 2006 OSU Subsurface Biosphere Summer Workshop.
The workshop will be June 18-21 in Newport, OR and sessions include: Plants
as Drivers of Subsurface Processes (session chairs, Dave Myrold and Peter
Bottomley); In-Situ Bioremediation of Hazardous Wastes (session chair,
Lew Semprini); and Microbes in Subsurface Marine and Volcanic Environments
(session chair, Marty Fisk). Please send in your poster abstracts
Soil Chemist/Microbiologist Candidate Seminars
- During the last weeks of May and the first weeks of June the Department
of Crop and Soil Science is interviewing candidates for the Soil Chemistry/Microbiology
faculty position in their department. Please join the department for the
candidates' seminars. For the list and times of seminar see http://sbi.oregonstate.edu/news/soilbiologist.htm
or contact Dave
Tuesday, June 6 4:00PM.
Petroleum Biodegradation and Tar Sands (Geography/Geology
Seminar Series). Steve Larter, University of Calgary. Held on campus at
Gilfillan Auditorium. FMI: http://www.geo.oregonstate.edu/events/SeminarSeries/Seminar_Current.htm.
Link to a calendar
of other related events...
NSF Geobiology and Low-Temperature Geochemistry
Program - This program encourages studies of 1) the interactions
between biological and geological systems at all scales of space and time;
2) geomicrobiology and biomineralization processes; 3) the role of life
in the evolution of the Earth’s system; 4) inorganic and organic
geochemical processes occurring at or near the earth’s surface now
and in the past, and at the broad spectrum of interfaces ranging in scale
from planetary and regional to mineral-surface and supramolecular; 5)
mineralogy and chemistry of soils and sediments; 6) surficial chemical
and biogeochemical systems and cycles and their modification through natural
and anthropogenic change; and 7) development of tools, methods, and models
for low-temperature geochemistry and geobiological research. GG facilitates
cross-disciplinary efforts to harness new bioanalytical tools –
such as those emerging from molecular biology – in the study of
the terrestrial environment. Deadline: July
16, 2006. FMI: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=13689&org=GEO&from=home
NSF Microbial Observatories
and Microbial Interactions and Processes
- The long-term goal of this activity is to develop a network of sites
or "microbial observatories" in different habitats to study
and understand microbial diversity over time and across environmental
gradients. Microbial Interactions and Processes (MIP) expands the range
of the MO competition to support microbial diversity research projects
that need not be site-based, and that are smaller and/or shorter in duration
than MO projects. Deadline: October 9, 2006.
Don't forget that the SBI has funding available for proposal development...see
For a list of other external grant
opportunities related to the subsurface biosphere, click here...
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