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March 2008

Research Feature

OSU's Confocal Microscope Facility

The OSU Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing and the OSU Environmental Health Science Center jointly operate a confocal laser scanning microscope facility.  The instrument can create stunning three-dimensional and cross-sectional images of biological samples and is available to users from across campus.  Anne-Marie Girard (CGRB) and Tamara Fraley (EHSC) manage the facility and provide microscope training.  Read a short Web interview where they describe how the instrument works, some of its applications and the logistics to get started.


Upcoming Events

Thursday, March 6, 4:00 p.m., 193 Burt. Molecular exploration of the Baltic Sea sediment microbiota (IGERT Seminar). Speaker: Dr. Janet Jansson, Professor of Microbiology, Department of Microbiology, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. FMI: Julie Cope.

Thursday, March 13, 4:00 p.m., Burt 103. IGERT Seminar. Dr. Timothy R. Ginn, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of California-Davis. FMI: Julie Cope.

April 1, 2008. Deadline to submit abstracts for the Joint Annual Meeting of the Soil Science Society of America (SSSA), American Society of Agronomy (ASA), Crop Science Society of America (CSSA) Technical Sessions. The meeting will be held October 5-9, 2008, in Houston, Texas, and will be held jointly with the Geological Society of America and other professional organizations.

May 19-22, 2008. The Sixth International Conference on Remediation of Chlorinated and Recalcitrant Compounds, Monterey, CA. The program will focus on the innovative application of existing or new technologies/approaches to address the challenge of characterization, treatment, and monitoring of chlorinated and other recalcitrant compounds in various environmental media. Attendance is expected to be comparable to that of the Fifth Conference (May 2006), which was attended by more than 1,600 scientists, engineers, regulators, and other environmental professionals representing universities, government site management and regulatory agencies, and R&D and manufacturing firms from 30 countries.

Link to a calendar of other related events...


Funding Opportunities for Students

2008 SBI Undergraduate Internships - SBI will support up to 15 interns this summer with the goal of stimulating interest in the subsurface biosphere and encouraging undergraduates to pursue graduate school. The program focuses on, but is not limited to, under-represented minority and women students. The SBI will support monthly hourly costs for each intern of up to $1000/month and $3000 total. This support can be augmented with research funds from the intern's faculty mentor. Applicants are encouraged to seek out their own faculty mentor (see the SBI faculty directory). Applications will be reviewed on receipt.

Sigma Xi Student Research Grants - Grants of up to $1,000 to support undergraduate and graduate student research in any field of science and engineering. International students and non-U.S. citizens are encouraged to apply. Proposals due March 15, 2008.

National Ground Water Research and Educational Foundation Len Assante Undergraduate Scholarships - The applicant must be entering a field of study that serves, supports, or promotes the ground water industry. Applications due April 1, 2008.

NSF Doctoral Dissertation Enhancement Projects (DDEP) - NSF's Office of International Science and Engineering supports dissertation research conducted by graduate students at a foreign site. Students are expected to work in close cooperation with a host country institution and investigator. The applicant is responsible for making all necessary arrangements with the host country institution and scientist. The doctoral faculty advisor, on behalf of the student, submits the dissertation enhancement proposal. Proposals may be submitted at any time.

NASA Planetary Science Summer School - There will be two sessions: July 21-25 and August 4-8, at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California. Science and engineering recent PhDs, post-doctoral and doctoral students with a strong interest in careers in planetary exploration are encouraged to apply.  The student teams will develop the equivalent of an early concept study responsive to a typical NASA Announcement of Opportunity for robotic missions, prepare a presentation for a proposal authorization review, present it to a review board, and receive feedback.  At the end of the week, students will have a clearer understanding of the relationships among mission design, cost, and schedule, and the trade-offs necessary to stay within cost and schedule while preserving the opportunity to acquire high-quality science.  Partial financial support is available. Applications due May 1, 2008.

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 April 15, 2008.

National Ground Water Research and Educational Foundation Research Grants. NGWREF seeks to fund leading-edge programming that stimulates new knowledge, information, programs, and products to advance ground water science and technology. It particularly encourages and values those proposals that bridge the gap between research and practical applications of the research findings. In 2008 it will prioritize funding for projects that contribute to achieving the Foundation's mission related to sustainability and pubilc concerns about ground water quality. Research grants are usually in the $3,000 - $8,000 range. Deadline extended to April 15, 2008.

EPA NCER Consequences of Global Change for Water Quality. The goal of this solicitation is to assemble modeling systems capable of capturing important linkages between regional climate drivers and terrestrial hydrologic systems and to apply these modeling systems to improve the overall understanding of the sensitivity of key water quality or aquatic ecosystem management targets to the types of climate changes anticipated over the next several decades. About five regular awards (up to $800k) and two early career awards (up to $250k) will be made. Proposals are due May 8, 2008.

NSF Course, Curriculum, and Laboratory Improvement (CCLI). 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. Phase 1 projects typically will address one program component and involve a limited number of faculty members at one academic institution. They can have a budget up to $200K. Proposals for phase 1 projects are due May 20-21, 2008.

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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