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September 11, 2009
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SBI Interns Share their Experiences

Photo from the poster session.This summer, 30 undergraduates gained an insider's view into some of OSU’s most cutting edge research areas. As paid interns through the Subsurface Biosphere Initiative (SBI), they worked in research labs in four colleges on topics ranging from global change mitigation to nanoparticles. The students shared their experiences through a scientific poster session held September 3 in the Memorial Union. Read more about the 2009 interns and the poster session online.

Upcoming Events

Sunday, September 20 - Monday, September 21, CH2M HILL Alumni Center. 2009 Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing (CGRB) Fall Conference. All individuals with an interest in molecular biosciences are invited to attend and participate. The Fall Conference will feature excellent science from invited guests, OSU faculty, students and staff. Please note that the deadline for poster registration is Wednesday, September 16. The poster session will be held on Sunday evening. Posters are welcome from all participants. Posters with primary contribution from students will be eligible for one of three awards, which will be presented on Monday, September 21. The 4th Annual CGRB Golf Tournament will be held prior to the Fall Conference at Trysting Tree Golf Club, on Sunday, September 20, with tee times starting at 8:00 am. Players of all abilities are welcome to participate in the tournament.

September 29, 2009. Abstracts due for the 3rd International Conference on Environmental, Industrial and Applied Microbiology (BioMicroWorld2009). The meeting will be held in Lisbon (Portugal) from 2 to 4 December 2009 and will provide a multi-disciplinary forum, bringing together those involved in microbiology from both applied and research communities.

Sunday, October 18 - Wednesday, October 21, Portland, Oregon. 2009 Geological Society of America Annual Meeting. The theme is From Volcanoes to Vineyards: Living with Dynamic Landscapes. Some examples of sessions relevant to SBI researchers: Characterizing, Predicting, and Managing Long-Term Contaminant Flux for Complex Subsurface Environments; Coupled Surface-Subsurface Modeling across a Range of Temporal and Spatial Scales; Fate, Transport, and Effects of Pesticides in the Environment; Diurnal Biogeochemical Processes in Rivers, Lakes, and Shallow Groundwater; Science of Geologic Carbon Sequestration.

Link to a calendar of other related events...


Opportunities for Students

2009 Fulbright Program for U.S. Students. The U.S. Student Fulbright Program operates in more than 140 countries worldwide; grants are available in all fields of study. You can apply if you are a graduating senior; hold a B.S./B.A. degree; or are a master's or doctoral degree candidate and are thinking of studying, teaching or conducting research abroad. Contact Marit Legler OSU Fulbright Advisor for more information.The campus deadline for applications is Monday, September 28, 2009.

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 Graduate Research Fellowships. Consider applying for one of these prestigious fellowships! They provide three years of support for graduate study leading to research-based master’s or doctoral degrees and are intended for students who are in the early stages of their graduate study. Applications are due November 2-12, depending on discipline.

NSF Postdoctoral Fellowships in Biology - For FY 2010, fellowships will be awarded in the areas of (1) Broadening Participation in Biology and (2) Biological Informatics. Through program area (1), BIO seeks to increase the diversity of scientists at the postdoctoral level in biology, and thereby contribute to the future vitality of the nation's scientific enterprise. Program area (2) fellows are expected to address important scientific questions at the intersection of biology and computational, mathematical, or statistical sciences and to apply state-of-the-art informatics tools or approaches to the stated research problems and training needs. The two to three year fellowship includes support for a stipend (up to $50k/year), and a research allowance ($10k/yr) and a fringe benefit allowance. Applicants must be current grad students or have completed their PhD in the previous 12 months. 15 awards will be made. Proposals due: October 14, 2009.

Fall 2009 EPA Science To Achieve Results (STAR) Fellowships For Graduate Environmental Study - These prestigious awards provide two to four years of full graduate support. For this year's solicitation, fellowship categories are aligned with general environmental research and development areas rather than specific disciplines - several research topics relate to the subsurface biosphere including global change, water quality: hydrogeology and surface water, science & technology for sustainability: energy among others. Applications due October 22, 2009.

USEPA P3 Award: A National Student Design Competition for Sustainability Focusing on People, Prosperity and the Planet - The P3 Award Program is composed of two phases that award grants on a competitive basis. The first phase of the P3 Award Program is a competition for one-year grants of up to $10,000 to test scientific hypotheses and principles by developing scientific or engineering designs that will promote sustainable development. Phase I grant recipients will be eligible to apply for Phase 2, $75k, two year grants. Applications due January 4, 2010.


Opportunities for Faculty

(listed by due date)

20 September 2009. NSF International Research and Education: Planning Visits and Workshops.
Description: International Planning Visit/Workshop awards to support the early phases of developing and coordinating a research and education activity with a foreign partner(s). OISE does not provide support for U.S. scientists and engineers to participate in international conferences or congresses; nor does it provide support for such meetings. OISE can support workshops that may immediately precede or follow a larger-scale conference when they add an international dimension that is focused on building research collaboration.
Funding Details: Support for workshops will be for a maximum of two years and a maximum total budget of $60,000 over the duration of the award. Support for planning visits will be for a maximum of two years and a maximum total budget of $20,000 over the duration of the award.

30 September 2009 (deadline extended). DOE Science Financial Assistance Program, Biological and Environmental Research Program.

Description: All grant applications should address one or more of these measures: Life Sciences: Provide the fundamental scientific understanding of plants and microbes necessary to develop new robust and transformational basic research strategies for producing biofuels, cleaning up waste, and sequestering carbon. Environmental Remediation: Provide sufficient scientific understanding such that DOE sites would be able to incorporate coupled physical, chemical and biological processes into decision making for environmental remediation and long-term stewardship. Climate Change Research: Deliver improved scientific data and models about the potential response of the Earth's climate and terrestrial biosphere to increased greenhouse gas levels for policy makers to determine safe levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. This program received supplemental funds through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

1 October 2009. NSF GeoMechanics and GeoTechnical Systems.

Description: The GEOMM program supports fundamental research on the mechanics and engineering properties of geologic materials including the mechanical properties of soil and rock, mechanically stabilized and biologically modified soil, and on natural processes, such as hydraulic, biological and thermal, that affect the behavior of these materials. Research on soil-structure interaction and liquefaction are also funded by the program. Support is provided for theoretical studies, constitutive and numerical modeling, laboratory, centrifuge, and field testing.

17 November 2009. NSF Dynamics of Coupled Natural and Human Systems (CNH).

Description: This competition promotes quantitative, interdisciplinary analyses of relevant human and natural system processes and complex interactions among human and natural systems at diverse scales. Projects usually have three components: an integrated, quantitative systems-level method of inquiry, an education component, and a global perspective.
Funding Details: Grants are for up to $1.5M.

5 December 2009. NSF Hydrologic Science.
Description: 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.

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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