May 2007
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Research Feature

Cassie Hebel in the field.

Forest Science student Cassie Hebel just completed her M.S. on the effects of wildfire on soil microbial communities and invasive plant species.  Her project is part of a larger effort led by Jane Smith (USFS PNW Research Station) and Elizabeth Sulzman (OSU Crop and Soil Science) to assess the physical, chemical, and biological rates of soil recovery post-fire.  Link to a short Web interview where Cassie describes her research project and provides a glimpse into OSU research on forest soils.

2007 SBI Summer Workshop

Yaquina HeadDon't forget that the 2007 SBI Summer Workshop will be June 17-19 at the Hallmark Resort in Newport, OR. The keynote speaker will be Mary Firestone, Professor, Department of Environmental Science, Policy & Management, University of California - Berkeley. For more workshop information, check out the draft agenda on the SBI Web site. If you plan to attend, please contact Garrett Jones by May 7 at sbi@oregonstate.edu, 737-2751. Travel funds are available for OSU students and faculty.

Other Upcoming Events

Thursday, May 3, 4:00 p.m., Burt 193. The ties that bind: dynamics of syntrophic associations involved in the anaerobic oxidation of methane (ESB IGERT Seminar). Speaker: Dr. Victoria Orphan, Assistant Professor of Geobiology, Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences, California Institute of Technology. FMI: Julie Cope, 7-9316.

Monday, May 7, 4:00 p.m., ALS 4000. Microbial macroecology: patterns in the distribution of microbial biodiversity (Crop and Soils Science Seminar). Speaker: Dr. Brendan Bohannon. FMI: David Myrold, 7-5737.

Thursday, May 17, 4:00 p.m., Burt 193. Using the interfaces in self-assembled virus and other cage architectures for materials synthesis (ESB IGERT Seminar). Speaker: Dr. Trevor Douglas, Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Montana State University. FMI: Julie Cope, 737-9316.

Thursday, May 31st, 4:00 p.m., Science Bldg. 1, Rm. 107, Portland State University - Electron transfer in times of stress: new roles for redox active "antibiotics" (ESB IGERT Seminar). Speaker: Dr. Dianne Newman, Professor of Geobiology, Geological and Planetary Sciences, California Institute of Technology. FMI: Julie Cope, 737-9316.

Link to a calendar of other related events...

Funding Opportunities for Faculty

NSF Engineering Virtual Organization Grants - The primary purpose of this solicitation is to promote the development of Virtual Organizations (VO's) for the engineering community (EVOs).  A VO is created by a group of individuals whose members and resources may be dispersed globally, yet who function as a coherent unit through the use of cyberinfrastructure (CI). This program solicitation requests proposals for two-year seed awards to establish EVOs.  Proposals must address the EVO organizing principle, structure, shared community resources, and research and learning goals; a vision for organizing the community, including international partners; a vision for preparing the CI components needed to enable those goals; a plan to obtain and document user requirements formally; and a project management plan for developing both a prototype implementation and a conceptual design of a full implementation. Letter of intent due: May 31, 2007; Full proposals due: July 3, 2007.

USDA, CSREES, National Research Initiative Competitive Grants Pgm (NRICGP), 51.0 Microbial Genomics (B): Functional Genomics of Microorganisms - The Functional Genomics program element of the Microbial Genomics Program increases the understanding of the biological role of gene sequences in agriculturally important microorganisms and links these sequences to physiological functions or agricultural and food processes involving microbes. Research activities should characterize, on a large scale, the function of genes or networks of genes in microbe(s) having a completely, or almost completely, sequenced genome. Proposals due: June 5, 2007.

Don't forget that the SBI has funding available for proposal development and maintains a list of external grant opportunities related to the subsurface biosphere.

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 are still being considered.

The AIBS Diversity Scholars Program - This program recognizes and promotes the achievements of underrepresented minorities in the biological sciences. Diversity Scholars will each receive $1000 to cover expenses to present their research at a meeting of one of the AIBS member societies; registration and trravel expenses for the AIBS Annual Meeting; and a one-year AIBS membership, which includes a subscription to BioScience. Applicants wishing to attend meetings between January 1 and June 30, 2008 must submit an application by July 3, 2007.


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