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December 3, 2009
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Upcoming Events

Thursday, December 3 4:00-5:00 p.m., Wilkinson 108. New Ways of Imagining Future Climate (Geosciences Seminar).

Monday, December 14 - Friday, December 18. 2009 Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union. The Fall Meeting is expected to draw a crowd of over 16,000 geophysicists from around the world. Held at San Francisco.

Monday, January 4. Winter Term Classes Begin.

Thursday, January 21 4:00 p.m.,Wilkinson 108. Toward X-Ray Vision: Geophysical Signatures of Complex Subsurface Processes (Geological Society of America Birdsall-Dreiss 2010 Distinguished Lecture). Speaker: Susan S. Hubbard, staff scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, leader of the Environmental Remediation and Water Resources Program. This presentation will describe the relatively new fields of hydrogeophysics and biogeophysics, which strive to integrate geophysical and other datasets in the quantification of subsurface variables. Several examples will be provided that illustrate how these methods can be used to gain significant insights about complex subsurface system processes, with a particular emphasis on processes relevant to environmental remediation. Held on campus at Wilkinson 108. FMI: Roy Haggerty 737-1210.

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Opportunities for Students

USGS Mendenhall Postdoctoral Program - Mendenhall Fellows are appointed to the USGS for two years and receive full salary and benefits at the GS-12 level. The 2009 base salary for a GS-12, step 1 is $59,383. The program provides an opportunity for postdoctoral fellows to conduct concentrated research in association with selected members of the USGS professional staff, often as a final element to their formal career preparation.   Some examples of projects include: Exploring the Microbial Link Between High Elevation Deglaciation and Headwater Biogeochemistry, Regional Climate Change and Carbon Cycling on the Colorado Plateau, Microbial Biogeochemistry of Arsenic Redox Transformations in Hydrologic Systems. Deadlines of January 15, 2010 for some topics.

U.S. EPA Greater Research Opportunities (GRO) Undergraduate Fellowships - Fellowships are for bachelor level students in environmental fields of study. Eligible students will receive support for their junior and senior years of undergraduate study and for an internship at an EPA facility during the summer between their junior and senior years. The fellowship provides up to $19,250 per year of academic support and up to $8,000 of internship support for a three-month summer period. Applications due: December 10, 2009.

AAAS Science and Technology Fellowships. These paid post-doctoral fellowships "provide the opportunity for accomplished scientists and engineers to participate in and contribute to the federal policymaking process while learning firsthand about the intersection of science and policy". The fellowships are highly competitive and include individual interviews in Washington, DC. Applications due: December 15, 2009.

DOD SMART Scholarship-for-Service Program. Full tuition and a stipend in the range of $25,000 a year for undergraduates and $41,000 for doctoral candidatespursuing degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines. Students must be willing to work in a defense laboratory upon graduation. There will be approximately 300 new awards this year. Applications due: December 15, 2009.

Grant A. Harris Research Instruments Fellowship - This fellowship provides $5,000 worth of Decagon research instruments to a graduate student studying any aspect of environmental science or geotechnical science. This year the committee will be emphasizing studies that propose innovative soil and plant monitoring.  Six awards will be made. Applications due: December 18, 2009.

CUAHSI Pathfinder Fellowships to Support Multi-site Research in Hydrology - CUAHSI is providing travel support for graduate students to make an extended visit (ca. 1-3 months) to conduct field research at an additional site or to collaborate with a research group using alternate modeling methods. CUAHSI will provide funding for up to five graduate students, with a $5000 maximum award to each recipient, to cover travel costs. Applications due:  December 31, 2009.

U.S. Department of Energy-Office of Biological and Environmental Research funds the Global Change Education Program (GCEP) GCEP has two components: the Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) and the Graduate Research Environmental Fellowships (GREF) - SURE's primary goal is to involve undergraduate students at the end of their sophomore or junior year in BER-supported global change research, then continue this experience during subsequent undergraduate summers. GREF's primary goal is to support research designed and conducted collaboratively between graduate students/faculty advisors and DOE researchers at national laboratories or universities. A stipend for living expenses and travel funding are provided. Applications due: December 31, 2009.

National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowships - These fellowships are awarded to applicants who will pursue a doctoral degree in, or closely related to, a variety of science and engineering disciplines including bioscience, geoscience and oceanography. Applications due: January 4, 2010.

American Water Works Association Fellowships - Several available at masters and PhD levels mostly in the areas of water supply and treatment. One is a two-year fellowship for $20k. Most deadlines January 15.

World Wildlife Fund-US Kathryn Fuller PhD and Postdoctoral Fellowships - This year, the Kathryn Fuller Science for Nature Fund will support doctoral and postdoctoral research in the following three areas: ecosystem services, measuring and monitoring carbon stocks in forests, climate change impacts on and adaptation of freshwater resources. Fuller Doctoral Fellows receive up to $20k and postdocs up to $140k for two years. Applications due: January 31, 2010.


Opportunities for Faculty

(listed by due date)

Preproposal due: 7 January 2010. DOD Strategic Environmental Research & Development Program - Core Solicitation (Full Proposal due: 11 March 2010).

Description: Example topics include: ERSON-11-02 In Situ Remediation of Perfluoroalkyl Contaminated Groundwater, ERSON-11-03 Improved Understanding of Impacts to Groundwater Quality Post-Remediation, SISON-11-01 Impacts of Climate Change on Alaskan Ecological Systems, SISON-11-03 Ecological Forestry and Carbon Management, SISON-11-04 Ecology and Management of Source-Sink Populations.
Funding Details: The Core Solicitation provides funding opportunities for projects that vary in cost and duration.

9 January 2010. NSF Biological Sciences - Ecosystem Science Cluster - Ecosystem Studies Program.

Description: Supports investigations of whole-system ecological processes and relationships in ecosystems across a diversity of spatial and temporal (including paleo) scales. Proposals may focus on areas such as: biogeochemistry; decomposition of organic matter; belowground nutrient cycling and energy flow; primary productivity; radiatively active gas flux; element budgets on watershed, regional, continental, or global scales; relationships between diversity and ecosystem function; ecosystem services; and landscape dynamics. Inter- and multi-disciplinary proposals that fall across traditional programmatic boundaries are welcomed and encouraged.

9 January 2010. Long Term Research in Environmental Biology (LTREB).

Description: hrough the LTREB program, the Division of Environmental Biology encourages the submission of proposals aimed at generating extended time series of biological and environmental data that address ecological and evolutionary processes aimed at resolving important issues in environmental biology. Researchers must have collected at least six years of previous data to qualify for funding. The proposal also must present a cohesive conceptual rationale or framework for ten years of research. Questions or hypotheses outlined in this conceptual framework must guide an initial 5-year proposal as well as a subsequent, abbreviated renewal. Together, these will constitute a decadal research plan appropriate to begin to address critical and novel long-term questions in environmental biology. As part of the requirements for funding, projects must show how collected data will be shared broadly with the scientific community and the interested public.

9 January 2010. NSF Systematic Biology and Biodiversity Inventories .

Description: The Systematic Biology and Biodiversity Inventories Cluster supports research in taxonomy and systematics that contributes to: 1) using phylogenetic methods to understand the evolution of life in time and space, 2) discovery, description, and cataloguing global species diversity, and 3) organizing information from the above in efficiently retrievable forms that best meet the needs of science and society.

11 January 2010. NSF Research Initiation Grants to Broaden Participation in Biology.

Description: Currently, African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders are under-represented in biology. These grants are intended to increase the diversity of researchers who apply for and receive BIO funding to initiate research programs early in their careers.
Funding Details: Awards are for 24 months and are limited to $175,000 total costs (direct plus indirect) with up to an additional $25,000 for equipment (maximum total award amount of $200,000).

12 January 2010. NSF Molecular and Cellular Biosciences (MCB) - Cellular Systems Cluster.

Description: The Cellular Systems Cluster focuses on the structure, function, and regulation of plant, animal and microbial cells, and their interactions with the environment and with one another. Areas supported include studies of the structure, function, and assembly of cellular elements, such as the cytoskeleton, membranes, organelles, intracellular compartments, intranuclear structures, and extracellular matrix, including eukaryotic and prokaryotic cell walls and envelopes. In addition, support is provided for the study of intracellular and transmembrane signal transduction mechanisms and cell-cell signaling processes, including those that occur in biofilms. Research on cellular recognition and self defense mechanisms is included.

12 January 2010. NSF - Division of Integrative Organismal Systems -Physiological and Structural Systems Cluster.

Description: This program supports research aimed at furthering the understanding of organisms as integrated units of biological organization. It considers proposals focused on interacting physiological and structural systems, their environmental and evolutionary contexts, and how these components are constrained by their integration into the whole organism. Projects that use systems approaches to understand why particular patterns of architecture and regulatory control have emerged as general organismal properties are particularly encouraged. Multidisciplinary approaches to the study of organismal systems including research at the interfaces of biology, physics, chemistry, mathematics, computer science and engineering are encouraged in each of the following areas: Symbiosis, Defense and Self-recognition; Processes, Structures and Integrity; Organism-Environment Interactions.

12 January 2010. NSF Biomolecular Systems Cluster.

Description: The Biomolecular Systems Cluster emphasizes the structure, function, dynamics, interactions, and interconversions of biological molecules. The context for such studies can range from investigations of individual macromolecules to the large-scale integration of metabolic and energetic processes. Research supported by this cluster includes development of cutting-edge technologies integrating theoretical, computational, and experimental approaches to the study of biological molecules and their functional complexes; mechanistic studies of the regulation and catalysis of enzymes and RNA, and higher-order characterization of the biochemical processes by which all organisms acquire, transform, and utilize energy from substrates. This cluster emphasizes the importance of multi-disciplinary research carried out at the interfaces of biology, physics, chemistry, mathematics and computer science, and engineering.

12 January 2010. NSF Genes and Genome Systems Cluster.

Description: he Genes and Genome Systems Cluster supports studies on genomes and genetic mechanisms in all organisms, whether prokaryote, eukaryote, phage, or virus. Proposals on the structure, maintenance, expression, transfer, and stability of genetic information in DNA, RNA, and proteins and how those processes are regulated are appropriate. Areas of interest include genome organization, molecular and cellular evolution, replication, recombination, repair, and vertical and lateral transmission of heritable information. Of equal interest are the processes that mediate and regulate gene expression, such as chromatin structure, epigenetic phenomena, transcription, RNA processing, editing and degradation, and translation. The use of innovative in vivo and/or in vitro approaches, including biochemical, physiological, genetic, genomic, and/or computational methods, is encouraged, as is research at the interfaces of biology, physics, chemistry, mathematics and computer science, and engineering.

13 January 2010. NSF Course, Curriculum, and Laboratory Improvement (CCLI).

Description: 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.

14 January 2010. NSF Planetary Biodiversity Inventories.

Description: To accelerate the discovery and study of the world’s biodiversity, proposals are invited from teams of investigators to conduct a worldwide, species-level systematic inventory of a major group of organisms. Each project should conduct fieldwork necessary to fill gaps in existing collections, produce descriptions, taxonomic revisions, web-searchable databases, and interactive keys (or other automated identification tools) for all new and known species in the targeted group, analyze their phylogenetic relationships, and establish predictive classifications for the group. Proposals may target any particular group of organisms, from terrestrial, fresh-water, or marine habitats, at any feasible level in the taxonomic hierarchy, but must be global in scope.

15 January 2010. The United States - Israel Binational Agricultural Research and Development Fund.

Description: This program supports mission-oriented cooperative agricultural research projects of mutual interest to the United States and Israel. Among the six priority research areas is Biotic Protection of Animal and Plant Crops; Water Quality and Quantity; Functional Genomics and Proteomics; and Engineering of Sensors, Robotics.
Funding Details: The average BARD grant is $300,000 for a three- year award.

15 January 2010. NSF Pan-American Advanced Studies Institutes Program (PASI).

Description: The Pan American Advanced Study Institutes (PASI) Program, is a jointly supported initiative between the Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Science Foundation (NSF). Pan American Advanced Studies Institutes are short courses ranging in length from ten days to one month duration, involving lectures, demonstrations, research seminars and discussions at the advanced graduate and post-doctoral level. PASIs aim to disseminate advanced scientific and engineering knowledge and stimulate training and cooperation among researchers of the Americas in the mathematical, physical, and biological sciences, and in engineering fields. Whenever feasible, an interdisciplinary approach is recommended.
Funding Details: The cost for any one Institute is expected to range from $70,000 to $90,000, and may not exceed $100,000, aside from contributions from other sources.

16 January 2010. NSF Division of Earth Sciences - Geobiology and Low-Temperature Geochemistry Program.

Description: This program encourages studies of 1) the interactions between biological and geological systems at all scales of space and time; 2) geomicrobiology and biomineralization processes; 3) the role of life in the evolution of the Earth's system; 4) inorganic and organic geochemical processes occurring at or near the earth's surface now and in the past, and at the broad spectrum of interfaces ranging in scale from planetary and regional to mineral-surface and supramolecular; 5) mineralogy and chemistry of soils and sediments; 6) surficial chemical and biogeochemical systems and cycles and their modification through natural and anthropogenic change; and 7) development of tools, methods, and models for low-temperature geochemistry and geobiological research. GG facilitates cross-disciplinary efforts to harness new bioanalytical tools - such as those emerging from molecular biology - in the study of the terrestrial environment.

22 January 2010. Mazamas Standard Research Grant.

Description: The Mazamas is a 3,000 member Oregon mountaineering organization headquartered in Portland. Their organization supports research projects in keeping with the purposes of the Mazamas, including the investigation of geologic features, biotic communities, and human endeavors pertaining to mountains, forests, rivers, and lakes.
Funding Details: Up to $3000, They also offer $1500 graduate student awards.

22 January 2010. NSF: Collaboration in Mathematical Geosciences.

Description: The purpose of the Collaboration in Mathematical Geosciences (CMG) activity is to enable collaborative research at the intersection of mathematical sciences and geosciences, and to encourage cross-disciplinary education. Projects should fall within one of three broad themes: (1) mathematical and statistical modeling of complex geosystems, (2) understanding and quantifying uncertainty in geosystems, or (3) analyzing large/complex geoscience data sets. Research projects supported under this activity must be essentially collaborative in nature. Research groups must include at least one mathematical/statistical scientist and at least one geoscientist. Proposals that address problems with relevance to global change and sustainability are especially encouraged.

22 January 2010. NIH Engineered Nanomaterials: Linking Physical and Chemical Properties to Biology (U19) (Preproposal due: 22 December 2009).

Description: The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences invites applications that will (1) determine which physical or chemical characteristic of an engineered nanomaterial (ENM), or cluster of characteristics, is integral to ENM-molecular interactions in a cellular process or organ system and (2) relate these findings to potential health effects. NIEHS recognizes that three types of activities need to converge to accomplish this research agenda. The first activity should focus on a detailed understanding of how physical and chemical characteristics of ENMs influence their molecular interactions at the cellular level, while the second activity should determine how the physical and chemical characteristics critical to that interaction are associated with any observed physiological or pathobiological events. The third activity will capitalize on these multidisciplinary efforts through integration of biochemical, molecular, and physiological mechanisms to expand traditional hazard identification and health risk assessment. An extraordinary level of synergy, integration, and potential for advancement of ENM hazard identification and risk assessment is expected.
Funding Details: Direct costs up to $750k over 5 years.

28 January 2010. USDA NIFA International Science and Education (ISE) Competitive Grants Program .

Description: International Science and Education Grants Program The International Science and Education Competitive Grants Program (ISE) supports research, extension, and teaching activities that will enhance the capabilities of American colleges and universities to conduct international collaborative research, extension and teaching. ISE projects are expected to enhance the international content of curricula; ensure that faculty work beyond the U.S. and bring lessons learned back home; promote international research partnerships; enhance the use and application of foreign technologies in the U.S.; and strengthen the role that colleges and universities play in maintaining U.S. competitiveness. Deadline 28 Jan.
Funding Details: Up to $150k

2 February 2010. USEPA NCER: Increasing Scientific Data on the Fate, Transport and Behavior of Engineered Nanomaterials in Selected Environmental and Biological Matrices.
Description: Proposals must address one of two areas:following two areas: 1. Evaluation of potential exposures to engineered nanomaterials including an exploration of environmental and biological fate, transport, and transformation of these materials throughout their lifetimes; and 2. Increasing the scientific understanding of engineered nanoscale additives and ingredients intentionally introduced into food matrices for delivery of important micronutrients and modification of sensory attributes.
Funding Details: Up to a total of $600,000, including direct and indirect costs, with a maximum duration of 4 years.
10 February 2010. NSF Earth Sciences: Instrumentation and Facilities (EAR/IF).
Description: Supports meritorious requests within and across Earth science disciplines. EAR/IF will consider proposals for: 1) Acquisition or Upgrade of Research Equipment; 2) Development of New Instrumentation, Analytical Techniques or Software ; 3) Support of National or Regional Multi-User Facilities; 4) Support of Research Technicians; (5) Development of Cyberinfrastructure for the Earth Sciences (Geoinformatics). Planned research uses of requested instruments must include basic research on solid-Earth and surface-Earth processes.
Funding Details: Contact NSF if more than $500K.

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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