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January 8, 2010
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SBI 2010 Undergraduate Internships Available

Do you know any undergraduates who would enjoy working on a summer project related to the subsurface biosphere? Please encourage them to apply for an SBI internship. SBI will support up to 20 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 $1333/month and $4000 total. This support can be augmented with research funds from the intern's faculty mentor. Applications will be reviewed on receipt. Approval is contingent on the availability of a faculty mentor and a suitable research project. Applicants are encouraged to seek out their own faculty mentor (see the SBI faculty directory) and to apply early because of the limited number of internships available. For more information please see


Upcoming Events

Thursday, January 7, 4:00 p.m., Wilkinson 108. To Save the Future: New Alliances of Science and Ethics (Geosciences Winter Seminar). Speaker: Kathleen Dean Moore, OSU Dept of Philosophy.

Thursday, January 14, 4:00, Wilkinson 108. Soil Sustainability and Human History of Soil Management: Misconceptions and Truths (Geosciences Winter Seminar). Speaker: Jay Noller, OSU Crop & Soil Sciences.

Thursdays, starting January 14, 4:00 p.m., Strand Ag Hall 111. IWW Winter Water Film Series.

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.

Monday, January 25 4:00 p.m., Gilbert 324. Ross Widenhoefer, Duke University (Chemistry Seminar).

Wednesday, February 3, 4:00 p.m., Nash 206. Watershed and Riparian Influences on Hydrology and Nutrients of Streams in the Willamette River Basin (Fisheries & Wildlife Seminar) Speaker: Jim Wigington.

Link to a calendar of other related events...


Opportunities for Students

Association for Women in Science Undergraduate and Predoctoral Fellowships - Awards of $1,000 are to female students enrolled in a behavioral, life, physical, or social science or engineering programs.The award may be used for any aspect of education, including tuition, books, housing, research, travel and meeting registration, or publication costs, for example. Applications due: January 29, 2010.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Hollings Undergraduate Scholarships - This program is designed to increase undergraduate training in oceanic and atmospheric science, research, technology, and education and foster multidisciplinary training opportunities. It provides up to $8000 of tuition assistance for two years and a summer internship. Applications due January 29, 2010.

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.

The National Academies Research Associateship Program - Postdoctoral, and senior level research opportunities at sponsoring federal laboratories and affiliated institutions. See website for participating agencies. Applications due: February 1, 2010.

American Society for Microbiology Undergraduate Research Fellowship (URF) and the Minority Undergraduate Research Fellowship (MURF). URF fellows spend a minimum of 10 weeks in the summer conducting microbiology-related research with an ASM member faculty mentor at the fellows’ home institutions. Applications due: February 1, 2010.

American Philosophical Society, Lewis and Clark Fund in Exploration and Field Research in Astrobiology - Up to $5000 for field studies in locations on Earth that might be similar to early earth and to environments elsewhere in our Solar System. Graduate students and postdoctoral and junior scientists eligible. Applications due February 1, 2010.

HJ Andrews EcoInformatics Summer Institute (EISI) for undergraduate and early graduate students Applicatons due: February 13, 2010.

ASM Congressional Science Fellowship. This program selects a postdoctoral to mid-career microbiologist to spend one year on the staff of an individual congressman, congressional committee or with some other appropriate organizational unit of Congress. The award will include a $60,000 stipend plus health care. The fellowship runs from September 1, 2009 to August 31, 2009. Applications due: February 19, 2010.


Opportunities for Faculty

(listed by due date)

1 February 2010. OSU: L.L. Stewart Faculty Development Award .

Description: Up to $2,200 for professional development activities that have a clear connection to the enhancement of teaching and student learning at OSU.

8 February 2010. OSU General Research Fund (GRF).

Description: The intent of the GRF is to enable OSU faculty to carry out scholarly, creative work that should lead to the pursuit of other funding sources, or promote the development of scholarly activities. Projects funded through the GRF could include: pilot research, emergency funding, emerging research opportunities, new research field or new research field for investigator, developing research laboratories, or centrally-shared research resources.
Funding Details: Maximum award is $10,000.

Preproposal due: 20 February 2010. NSF International Research and Education: Planning Visits and Workshops (Full Proposal due: 20 May 2010).

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.

3 March 2010. NSF Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems (CBET) - Environmental Sustainability.

Description: This program supports engineering research that seeks to balance society's need to provide ecological protection and maintain stable economic conditions. Research is encouraged to advance the next generation of water and wastewater treatment that will decrease material and energy use, consider new paradigms for delivery of services, and promote longer life for engineered systems. Other activities of interest include: Advancing engineering methods to promote smart growth strategies, Integrating economic development and protection of natural resources, Regenerating ecological functions of degraded environments, Understanding how large complex environmental systems behave, and Developing effective principles for adaptive management of such systems. This program received supplemental funds through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
Funding Details: Average individual awards $100K.

3 March 2010. NSF Division of Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems: Biosensing.

Description: The program is targeting research in the area of the monitoring, identification, and/or quantification of biological phenomena and will support potential technological breakthroughs that exist at the intersection of engineering, life science, and information technology. Projects submitted to the Program must advance both engineering and life sciences.The Biosensing program primarily supports innovative fundamental and applied research with applications to the biomedical, food safety, energy, environmental, and security needs.
Funding Details: The typical award size for the program is $100k for individual investigators or $200k for multiple investigators per year (including indirect cost). Small equipment proposals will also be accepted.

3 March 2010. NSF: Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental and Transport Systems: Environmental Implications of Emerging Technologies.

Description: Fundamental and basic research is sought to establish and understand outcomes as a result of the implementation of new technologies such as nanotechnology and biotechnology. The program also supports research on the development and refinement of sensors and sensor network technologies that can be used to measure a wide variety of physical, chemical, and biological properties of interest in characterizing, monitoring, and understanding environmental impacts.

Preproposal due: 4 March 2010. DOD: Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP).

Description: Call includes requests for pre-proposals in the area of Protection and Remediation of Contaminated Groundwater.

8 March 2010. NSF: Geosciences Education.

Description: In FY 2010 and FY 2012, the GeoEd program invites proposals in four main areas: * advancing public Earth system science literacy, particularly through strengthening geoscience education in grades K-14 and informal education settings; * fostering development and training of the diverse scientific and technical workforce required for 21st century geoscience careers; * utilizing modern technologies to facilitate and increase access to geoscience education and/or develop innovative approaches for using geoscience research activities and data for educational purposes; and, * establishing regional networks and alliances that bring together scientists, formal and informal science educators, as well as other stakeholders, in support of improving Earth system science education and broadening participation in the geosciences.

11 March 2010. DOD Strategic Environmental Research & Development Program - SEED Solicitation.

Description: The SEED Solicitation is designed to provide a limited amount of funding, not to exceed $150,000 in total cost and approximately one year in duration, for researchers to test proof of concept for work that will investigate new environmental approaches that entail high technical risk and/or have minimal supporting data. Example topics include: ERSEED-11-01 - In Situ Remediation of Contaminated Aquatic Sediments

15 March 2010. Marie Tharp Fellowship for Women at the Columbia University Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory.

Description: 3 month fellowship for women PhD's to conduct research at Lamont-Doherty.
Funding Details: up to $30k

Preproposal due: 16 March 2010. NIEHS Superfund Research Program (SRP), Multiproject Program Grants (P42) (Full Proposal due: 15 April 2010).

Description: Grants made under the SRP are for coordinated, multi-project, multi-disciplinary programs. The objective remains to establish and maintain a unique Program that links and integrates biomedical research with related engineering, hydrogeologic, and ecologic components. Topics: (1) advanced techniques for the detection, assessment, and evaluation of the effect on human health of hazardous substances; (2) methods to assess the risks to human health presented by hazardous substances; (3) methods and technologies to detect hazardous substances in the environment; and (4) basic biological, chemical, and physical methods to reduce the amount and toxicity of hazardous substances.
Funding Details: $11.0 million available for four to five SBRP grants.

Preproposal due: 23 March 2010. NSF: Environmental Synthesis Center (Full Proposal due: 14 July 2010).

Description: This solicitation will establish a new environmental synthesis center to stimulate research, education and outreach at the interface of the biological, geological, and social sciences. The center will foster synthetic, collaborative, cross-disciplinary efforts to understand and predict the complex interactions among ecological populations, communities and ecosystems, the geophysical environment, and human actions and decisions that underlie global environmental change. It will play a pivotal role in forecasting adaptive responses to environmental change and understanding sudden shifts in dynamic systems. The center will also directly involve policy makers, managers, and conservation efforts, and educate an informed citizenry. The center will be international in its scope, addressing the most pressing challenges posed by global environmental change. The center represents a new effort, based on NSF's substantial investments in ongoing synthesis activities, and is not intended to extend or duplicate these activities. The Biological Sciences Directorate expects this center to lead the next generation of synthesis activities.

Preproposal due: 23 March 2010. NSF: Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM) (Full Proposal due: 6 October 2010).

Description: The PAESMEM Program seeks to identify outstanding mentoring efforts that enhance the participation of groups (i.e., women, minorities, and persons with disabilities) that are underrepresented in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The awardees serve as leaders in the national effort to develop fully the Nation's human resources in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Preproposal due: 29 March 2010. NSF Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (NSF-IGERT) Program (Full Proposal due: 30 September 2010).

Description: The program is intended to catalyze a cultural change in graduate education, for students, faculty, and institutions, by establishing innovative new models for graduate education and training in a fertile environment for collaborative research that transcends traditional disciplinary boundaries. It is also intended to facilitate diversity in student participation and preparation, and to contribute to a world-class, broadly inclusive, and globally engaged science and engineering workforce. The OSU Research Office will select entries from OSU - see their Web site for more details.
Funding Details: Up to $3.0M per award over 5 years.

Preproposal due: 20 April 2010. NSF Graduate STEM Fellows in K-12 Education (Full Proposal due: 4 June 2010).

Description: This program provides funding for graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines to bring their leading research practice and findings into K-12 learning settings. Funding can be used for graduate student fellowships, K-12 teacher professional development and program development at the university to enhance graduate education.
Funding Details: Up to $600k for five years.

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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