October 2006

Research News

Poster session photo. View Abstracts and Photos from the 2006 OSU Subsurface Biosphere Summer Workshop. About 50 faculty and students participated in the June workshop in Newport, OR. Meeting highlights included presentations by invited speakers from across the country and poster sessions that showcased graduate student research. You can view abstracts, photos and other related documents online at: http://sbi.oregonstate.edu/research/su06workshop/index.htm.

Eleven Undergraduates Participate in the 2006 SBI Summer Intership Program. The eleven interns came from seven different departments and worked on a diverse set of projects with faculty members in the colleges of Agricultural Science, Engineering, Forestry, Ocean and Atmospheric Science, and Science. SBI provided funding for intership stipends. A reception and poster session in early September gave the interns a chance to showcase their work. You can view poster titles, photos, and poster pdf files online at: http://sbi.oregonstate.edu/education/interns.htm

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, October 25 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Fall Engineering Career Fair. This fair is open to all students and alumni. Held at CH2MHill Alumni Center. FMI: http://oregonstate.edu/career.

Thursday, October 26th, 4:00 pm, Burt 193 - Subsurface Biosphere IGERT Seminar. "Microbial alteration of volcanic glass and evidence for early life on Earth." Speaker: Dr. Neil Banerjee, Assistant Professor, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Western Ontario. This lecture is one of many held here and at Portland State University as part of the IGERT program. For the complete seminar schedule see: http://oregonstate.edu/dept/igert/seminars.html or contact Julie Cope, 737-9316.

Link to a calendar of other related events...

Funding Opportunities

NSF and EPA Graduate Fellowships - Applications for these prestigious fellowships are due in November. NSF awards Graduate Research Fellowships and EPA awards Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Graduate Fellowships. Both are intended for individuals in the early stages of their graduate career and provide three years of stipend and tuition funding. FMI for NSF Fellowships: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=6201 FMI for EPA Fellowships: http://es.epa.gov/ncer/rfa/2007/2007_star_fellow.html

NSF Division of Earth Sciences - 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. The Geobiology and Low-Temperature Geochemistry Program facilitates cross-disciplinary efforts to harness new bioanalytical tools – such as those emerging from molecular biology – in the study of the terrestrial environment. Proposals Due January 16, 2007.

Don't forget that the SBI has funding available for proposal development...see http://sbi.oregonstate.edu/research/smallgrants.htm.

For a list of other external grant opportunities related to the subsurface biosphere, click here...


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