April 2007

Research Feature:

Mandy Michalsen

Mandy Michalsen, a Subsurface Biosphere IGERT student, just completed her PhD in Civil Engineering. Her dissertation focused on bio-barriers as a potential remediation strategy for groundwater contaminated with radionuclides. Mandy published part of her work in the October 2006 issue of Environmental Science and Technology. Link to a short web interview where Mandy describes the project and how it fit into her graduate research experience.

Upcoming Events

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.

Wednesday, April 11 - Wednesday, June 6 4:00 p.m.. Tracers in Hydrology (Spring Hydrology Seminar Series). Meets weekly throughout Spring Term. Students can sign up for credit (WRS 507) and can also sign up for the journal club (WRS 505). Held on campus at Ag Life Science (ALS) 4000. FMI: Jeff McDonnell, Department of Forest Engineering.

Friday, April 6; Friday, April 20; Saturday, May 5. Well Water Public Outreach Class. The focus of the class will be be to prepare participants to work with residents who have wells and septic systems in a non-technical capacity. Following the class, participants should be able to: answer basic questions about drinking water safety, well and septic system maintenance, household water testing & treatment, and "the rules and regulations". Course has credit and non-credit options and is designed for students and water outreach professionals. Meets on the following days: April 6, 2 - 3 p.m. (for participants taking the class for credit); April 20, 2 - 5 p.m., Saturday, May 5, 10 - 4 p.m. FMI: Gail Andrews 541-737-6294, http://wellwater.oregonstate.edu.

Monday, June 25 - Friday, June 29. Modeling, Analysis and Simulation of Multiscale Nonlinear Systems. The workshop will bring together an interdisciplinary group of scientists working on various aspects of nonlinear coupled phenomena occuring at multiple spatial and temporal scales in natural and man-made environments. Example topics include: modeling of preferential fluid flow and transport and other phenomena in the subsurface, experiment-based and computational porescale-to-watershed modeling, and biological and engineering applications with multiscale character. Held on campus at OSU. FMI: Malgorzata Peszynska, Department of Mathematics.

Link to a calendar of other related events...

Funding Opportunities for Faculty

NASA Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) - 2007 Carbon Cycle Science - Proposals within four research themes are of interest to NASA: 1. Global carbon cycle modeling and analysis; 2. Regional studies that provide critical understanding of and offer to reduce major uncertainties about the global carbon cycle; 3. Studies of the carbon cycle implications of ocean acidification; and 4. Decision-support systems for carbon management. The USDA-CSREES requests proposals to conduct regional carbon studies in North America under research themes two and four. Notice of Intent due April 6, 2007; Full proposal due June 6, 2007.

NSF Course, Curriculum, and Laboratory Improvement - This program seeks to improve the quality of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education for all undergraduate students. The program supports efforts to create new learning materials and teaching strategies, develop faculty expertise, implement educational innovations, assess learning and evaluate innovations, and conduct research on STEM teaching and learning. The program supports three types of projects representing three different phases of development, ranging from small, exploratory investigations to large, comprehensive projects. Proposals due May 9, 2007.

NSF International Research and Education: Planning Visits and Workshops - These awards can support the initial phases of developing and coordinating integrated research and education activities with foreign partners. Support is primarily for travel and subsistence expenses. Individual proposals can be submitted for planning visits to have detailed discussions with prospective foreign partners or joint workshops focused on a specific, well-defined area of research collaboration. Proposals due May 20, 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

SBI Summer 2007 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. Applications received by May 1, 2007 will receive first consideration.

University Club Foundation Fellowship - The Graduate School invites nominations for this competition, which recognizes and encourages scholarship, leadership, and potential societal contributions by outstanding graduate students from each of Oregon’s major public universities. An award of $5,000 will be made to one graduate student from OSU. Nominees must be full-time grad students Fall 2007 with at least one year remaining in their advanced degree program. Nominations are solicited from academic department chairs and heads, and/or deans. Departments are asked to submit one nomination each to the Graduate School by April 13, 2007. FMI: http://oregonstate.edu/dept/grad_school/current/universityclub.html.

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