July/August 2007
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Research Feature

Yaquina Head Lighthouse

About fifty people met in Newport for two days of interdisciplinary talks and discussions at the third annual Subsurface Biosphere Workshop. Outside, the setting was idyllic with sunny weather and beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean; inside, talks were engaging and stimulated discussion among researchers in diverse fields from oceanography to environmental engineering. Read more about the workshop and download the workshop abstracts...


Congratulations to Lewis Semprini, who has been honored as an OSU distinguished professor! Lew is a professor of environmental engineering, an expert in bioremediation, and chair of the SBI Executive Committee. Lew was one of two faculty members selected for the award this year and the first ever selected from the College of Engineering. Read more from the OSU News Service ...

Other Upcoming Events

July 6, 2007. Abstract Deadline for the 18th Annual Association for Environmental Health and Sciences Meeting and West Coast Conference on Soils, Sediments and Water. The conference will be held March 10-13, 2008, in San Diego, CA.

July 13, 2007. Abstract Deadline for the 3rd American Society for Microbiology Conference on Cell-Cell Communication in Bacteria(CCCB). The conference will be held October 7-10, 2007, in Austin, Texas.

July 31, 2007. Abstract Deadline for the Sixth International Conference on Remediation of Chlorinated and Recalcitrant Compounds. The conference is sponsored by Battelle and will be held in Monterey, CA, from May 19-22, 2008.

Link to a calendar of other related events ...

Funding Opportunities for Faculty

NSF Biological Oceanography - The Biological Oceanography Program supports research in marine ecology broadly defined--relationships among marine organisms and their interactions with the environment of the sea. Projects that fall within the purview of the Program may focus on marine environments ranging from estuarine and coastal systems to the deep sea, and also include studies in the Great Lakes. Areas of research include ecosystem and biogeochemical processes; community and population ecology; behavioral, reproductive and life-history ecology; physiological and chemical ecology; and evolutionary ecology. Proposals due: August 15, 2007.

NSF Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems (CBET) - Environmental Engineering - The Environmental Engineering and Sustainability cluster 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. Major areas of interest and activity in the program include: developing innovative biological, chemical, and physical treatment processes to remove and degrade pollutants from water and air; measuring, modeling and predicting the movement and fate of pollutants in the environment; and developing and evaluating techniques to clean up polluted sites, such as landfills and contaminated aquifers, restore the quality of polluted water, air, and land resources and rehabilitate degraded ecosystems. Proposals due: September 15, 2007.

NSF Microbial Observatories (MO) and Microbial Interactions and Processes (MIP) - The Microbial Observatories activity is a continuation of MO competitions held since 1999 (link to prior awards). The long-term goal of this activity is to develop a network of sites or "microbial observatories" in different habitats to study and understand microbial diversity over time and across environmental gradients. Projects supported are expected to establish or participate in an established, Internet-accessible knowledge network to disseminate information resulting from these activities. In addition, educational and outreach activities such as formal or informal training in microbial biology, and activities that will broaden the participation of underrepresented groups in microbial research and education are expected. Microbial Interactions and Processes (MIP) expands the range of the MO competition to support microbial diversity research projects that need not be site-based, and that are smaller and/or shorter in duration than MO projects. This expanded activity will fund integrative studies that explore novel microorganisms, their interactions in consortia and communities, and aspects of their physiology, biochemistry and genomics in relationship to the processes that they carry out in the environment. Proposals due: October 8, 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.

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