January 2007

Research Feature

Photo of Anne Taylor.

A comparison of nitrite producing soil bacteria - Like many of the Subsurface Biosphere IGERT students, Anne Taylor is enthusiastic about combining different scientific disciplines.  She is now working on her PhD in environmental engineering, but had previously earned an MS in soil science and worked as a research assistant in the OSU microbiology department.  In April 2006, Anne and her MS advisor, Peter Bottomley, published a comparison study on nitrite producing soil bacteria.  Link to a short web interview where Anne describes the project and some of the lessons it taught her about conducting research in the subsurface biosphere.

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, January 16 - Tuesday, March 13, 4:30 p.m., Memorial Union, La Raza Room 208. Water Film Series. Sponsored by the Institute for Water and Watersheds, this film series features "Cadillac Dessert," the "Oregon Water Story," "Mountains in the Mist," "Running Dry" and more. Held on campus at Memorial Union La Raza Room 208.

Thursday, January 18, 4:00 p.m., Portland State University Science Building 2, Room 247. Pathogenic Bacteriology of the Earth: Physicochemical Symptoms of Geomicrobiology (Earth's Subsurface Biosphere IGERT Seminar). Speaker: Dr. Grant Ferris, Professor, Department of Geology, Toronto University. FMI: Julie Cope, 737-9316.

Monday, January 29 4:00 p.m., ALS 4000. Soil Architecture - From Tilth to Biological Habitat (Crop and Soils Science Seminar). Speaker: Benno Warkentin.

Thursday, February 1, 4:00 p.m., Portland State University Science Building 2, Room 247. Earth's Subsurface Biosphere IGERT Seminar. Speaker: Dr. Forest Rohwer, Assistant Professor of Biology, Center for Microbial Sciences, San Diego State University. FMI: Julie Cope jcope@coas.oregonstate.edu. 737-9316.

Link to a calendar of other related events...

Funding Opportunities for Faculty

NSF Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems - This program supports engineering research with the goal of reducing adverse effects of solid, liquid, and gaseous discharges into land, fresh and ocean waters, and air that result from human activity and impair the value of those resources in the context of ecological tenets. This cluster focuses on research on innovative biological, chemical, and physical processes used alone or as components of engineered systems to restore the usefulness of polluted land, water, and air resources. Related subcategories include: Environmental Engineering, Environmental Sustainability, Environmental Technology. Unsolicited proposals due March 1, 2007.

National Research Initiative: Microbial Genome Sequencing Program FY 2007 - NSF and CSREES invite research proposals (i) to support high-throughput sequencing of the genomes of microorganisms (including viruses, bacteria, archaea, fungi, oomycetes, protists and agriculturally important nematodes) and (ii) to develop and implement strategies, tools and technologies to make currently available genome sequences more valuable to the user community. The sequences are expected to be available to and used by a community of investigators to address issues of scientific and societal importance including: novel aspects of microbial biochemistry, physiology, metabolism, development and cellular biology; the diversity and the roles microorganisms play in complex ecosystems and in global geochemical cycles; the impact that microorganisms have on the productivity and sustainability of agriculture and natural resources (e.g., forestry, soil and water), and on the safety and quality of the nation's food supply; and the organization and evolution of microbial genomes, and the mechanisms of transmission, exchange and reshuffling of genetic information. Proposals due March 8, 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...

Funding Opportunities for Students

National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration Undergraduate Scholarship/Internship Program - The Hollings Scholarship Program will provide successful undergraduate applicants with awards that include academic assistance (up to a maximum of $8,000 per year) for full-time study during the 9-month academic year; a 10-week, full-time internship position ($650/week) during the summer at a NOAA facility; and, if reappointed, academic assistance (up to a maximum of $8,000) for full-time study during a second 9-month academic year. The internship between the first and second years of the award provides the Scholars with ‘‘hands-on'' practical educational training experience in NOAA-related scientific, research, technology, policy, management, and education activities. The Application deadline is February 9, 2007.

US Department of Energy Global Change Undergraduate and Graduate (SURE) Programs - The Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) provides paid summer internships and the Graduate Research Environmental Fellowships (GREF) provides three year fellowships plus research funds.GREF applicants must be in their first year in graduate school and submit an application with a research proposal. GREF Fellows have two mentors: a university faculty advisor and a national laboratory researcher who collaboratively guide the research activities. The deadline for applications is February 5, 2007.

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