March 2007

Research Feature: Profile of Markus Kleber, Assistant Professor in Crop and Soil Science

Photo of Markus Kleber.

Markus Kleber joined the faculty of the OSU Crop and Soil Science Department in Fall 2006. His central interest is in poorly crystalline mineral phases in soils and what role they play in the biosphere. Markus' position is partially funded by the Subsurface Biosphere Initiative -- link to the SBI Web site to read a short interview that profiles Markus and the expertise he brings to campus.

Upcoming Events

Thursday, March 8, 4:00 p.m. in Burt 193. (Earth's Subsurface Biosphere IGERT Seminar). Speaker: Dr. William Holben, professor in the Microbial Ecology Program and director of the Montana Ecology of Infectious Diseases IGERT Program, Division of Biological Sciences at the University of Montana. FMI: Julie Cope, 737-9316.

Thursday, April 5, 4:00 p.m. in the LaSells Steward Center C&E Auditorium. Preparing Resource Professionals for an Uncertain World (Starker Lecture Series). Speaker: Jerry Franklin, professor of Ecosystem Science, University of Washington.

Monday, May 7 - Thursday, May 10. Batelle In-Situ and On Site Bioremediation (Ninth International Symposium). The Preliminary Program lists the 525 platform and poster presentations scheduled as of November 30, 2006, in 45 technical sessions, chaired by leaders in bioremediation research and application. The program for 2007 has particular emphasis on recent advances in bioremediation tools, design, and management; the interaction of bioremediation with other remedial approaches; and increasing focus on global applications of bioremediation. Held in Baltimore, MD.

Link to a calendar of other related events...

Funding Opportunities for Faculty

2007 Science Theme Call, Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory (EMSL) at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory - Proposals are for use of EMSL facilities for projects in four environmental molecular science themes: Biological Interactions and Dynamics; Geochemistry/Biogeochemistry and Subsurface Science; Atmospheric Aerosol Chemistry; Science of Interfacial Phenomena. Science Theme proposals are valid for 1 year and can be extended twice for a total period of 3 years. Proposals are due March 15, 2007.

NSF Directorate for Biological Sciences - Research Coordination Networks in Biological Sciences (RCN) - The goal of this program is to encourage and foster interactions among scientists to create new research directions or advance a field. Innovative ideas for implementing novel networking strategies are especially encouraged. Groups of investigators will be supported to communicate and coordinate their research, training and educational activities across disciplinary, organizational, institutional, and geographical boundaries. The proposed networking activities should have a theme as a focus of its collaboration. The focus could be on a broad research question, a specific group of organisms, or particular technologies or approaches. This program has recently made $500k awards to place-based (e.g. the Elwha Basin) and topic-based (e.g. denitrification) projects. Proposals are due June 25, 2007.

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...

Funding Opportunities for Students

OSU College of Science 2007-2008 Undergraduate Scholarships - Many scholarships of $500 to $1000 are available - some targeted for students with specific majors and some open more broadly. Students can download an application and other information online. Application must be turned in to your advisor by March 9, 2007 (some departments may also have earlier deadlines).


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