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October 2007
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Research News

Check out a List of New OSU Publications on the Subsurface Biosphere. A recent search of Science Direct, Google Scholar, and other databases turned up 25 journal articles published in 2007 by OSU researchers on topics related to the subsurface biosphere. Click here to scan the list and link to abstracts and articles. They include publications in Biogeochemistry, Applied and Environmental Microbiology, Advances in Water Resources and many other journals. If you know of publications that are missing from this list, please let us know at


Kendra Brown presents.Seven Undergraduates Participate in the 2007 SBI Summer Intership Program. The seven interns worked on a diverse set of projects with faculty members in the colleges of Agricultural Science, Engineering, and Science. SBI provided funding for internship stipends. Interns gave presentations on their research at a luncheon in mid-September. You can view presentation excerpts online.


Upcoming Events

Thursday, October 11, Wilkinson 108. Development of a Smart Tracer for Hydrology: Measuring Biological Activity and Water-Sediment Interaction with Resazurin (Geology Seminar Series). Speaker: Roy Haggerty, Geosciences. Roy will speak about research he carried out while on his sabbatical last year in Spain.

Friday, October 19 2:00-4:00, Corvallis Forest Sciences Laboratory, 3200 SW Jefferson Way, Room 379. Institute for Water and Watersheds Collaboratory Open House. The collaboratory is a shared laboratory that provides Oregon State University affiliates with access to low cost trace level, fresh water analysis instrumentation and procedures. Researchers can receive training on instrumentation and analyze samples themselves, or they can pay staff to run analyses for them.

Thursday, October 25, 4:00 p.m., Portland State University, Room TBA. Earth's Subsurface Biosphere IGERT Seminar. Speaker: Dr. Ronald S. Oremland, Senior Scientist with the US Geological Survey in Menlo Park, CA.

Monday, October 29, 4:00 p.m., ALS 4000. The Soil Warming Experiment at the Harvard Forest LTER in Petersham, Massachusetts (Crop and Soil Science Seminar). Presented by: Joe Blanchard, OSU Crop and Soil Science M. S. Candidate.

Link to a calendar of other related events...


Funding Opportunities for Students

Sigma Xi, Research Grants for Undergraduate and Graduate Students. Sigma Xi, a scientific organization, offers grants-in-aid to fund research in science and engineering disciplines. Grant amounts range from $100 to $1,000 (with an average award of $600). Deadlines are October 15 and March 15.

NSF and EPA Graduate Fellowships. Applications for these prestigious fellowships are due in November. NSF awards Graduate Research Fellowships and EPA awards Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Graduate Fellowships. Both are intended for individuals in the early stages of their graduate career and provide three years of stipend and tuition funding. EPA Fellowship applications are due October 23, 2007, and NSF Fellowship applications are due in early November (date dependent on subject area).

Undergraduate Research, Innovation, Scholarship and Creativity (URISC). The Research Office is accepting applications for the for the Winter/Spring 2007-08 solicitation. Deadline is Monday, Oct. 29. Info: Debbie Delmore at 737-8390 or

NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Biology. These fellowships support recent recipients of the doctoral degree for research and training in selected areas of biology supported by BIO to encourage independence early in their research careers and to permit them to pursue their research and training goals.  Currently the BIO programs are:

  1. Broadening Participation of Under-Represented Groups in Biology. These fellowships are described in the Minority Postdoctoral Research Fellowships and Supporting Activities program solicitation.
  2. Biological Informatics: These fellowships support Fellows who are developing and using computational, statistical, visualization, and data-intensive technology in the collection, organization, dissemination, and use of information in biological research or are developing mathematical or statistical models to test theories and address empirical problems in areas of biology supported by BIO.

Applications are due: November 5, 2007.

NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grants in the Directorate for Biological Sciences (DDIG). These grants provide partial support of doctoral dissertation research to improve the overall quality of research. Allowed are costs for doctoral candidates to conduct research in specialized facilities or field settings away from the home campus, to participate in scientific meetings, and to provide opportunities for greater diversity in collecting and creativity in analyzing data than would otherwise be possible using only locally available resources. Grants are typically awarded for periods up to 24 months and for amounts up to $12,000. Proposals due: November 16, 2007.

EPA 5th Annual P3 Award: A National Student Design Competition for Sustainability Focusing on People, Prosperity, and the Planet. This program will fund student design projects from around the country during the 2008-2009 academic year to research and develop sustainable designs. This program will fund 55 teams of undergraduates or graduates with $10,000 to research and develop sustainable designs during the 2008-2009 academic year. At the end of the year, EPA will select six teams to receive additional Phase II funding of up to $75,000 to further develop their idea. Among the categories are innovative strategies for energy production, biotechnology, and water quality and innovative storm water strategies. Proposals due: December 20, 2007.


Funding Opportunities for Faculty

American Society for Microbiology (ASM) International Professorship Program. This program is intended to provide microbiological expertise and resources to faculty and students throughout the world, and to facilitate international collaborations between institutions. There are programs in Latin America, Africa, and Asia. Faculty may apply for travel funds and some research expenses. Funds from ASM must be matched by the hosting institution but may be in-kind contributions such as housing and administrative support, etc. Applications due October 15, 2007 and April 15, 2008.

NSF, NIH, USDA, DOE, International Cooperative Biodiversity Groups. "International Cooperative Biodiversity Groups" seek to address the interdependence of biodiversity exploration for potential applications in health, agriculture and energy, with investments in research capacity that support sustainable use of these resources, the knowledge to conserve them and equitable partnership frameworks among research and development organizations in the U.S. and low and middle income countries. This competition of the International Cooperative Biodiversity Groups program includes several changes from the previous RFAs, including an increased emphasis on microbial and marine organisms, some changes in target health areas, greater involvement of funded consortia with government contract resources, greater use of molecular and genomic tools, new data dissemination resources, and opportunity to integrate energy- or agriculture-related discovery research into projects. Information on the history of the ICBG program and previous competitions may be found online. The participating agencies intend to commit approximately $3-4 million dollars in FY 08 to fund four to five new and/or competing continuation grants in response to this RFA. An applicant may request a project period of up to five years and a budget for direct costs up to $600,000 per year. Letters of intent due November 6, 2007; full proposals due December 4, 2007.

NSF Hydrologic Science. Hydrologic Sciences focuses on the flow of water and transport processes within streams, soils, and aquifers. Particular attention is given to spatial and temporal heterogeneity of fluxes and storages of water and chemicals over a wide range of scales, to geolimnology and to interfaces with the landscape, microbial communities, and coastal areas. Studies may also deal with processes in aqueous geochemistry and with the physical, chemical, and biological processes within water bodies. Study of these processes requires expertise from many basic sciences and mathematics, and proposals often require joint review with related programs. Proposals due December 1, 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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