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March 5, 2010
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Reminder: Two Funding Opportunities from the SBI Available

Graduate Fellowships for Incoming Students - These graduate fellowships are for $5,000 and are intended to help faculty attract highly qualified graduate students interested in subsurface biosphere research. The awards can be used to supplement financial offers such as TA's and GRA's. Nominations for fellowships received prior to March 15, 2010, will be given first priority.

Summer 2010 Undergraduate Internships - The program provides up to $4,000 to help faculty support a summer intern. It focuses on, but is not limited to, under-represented minority and women students. The SBI Web site has examples of past internship projects and students are encouraged to discuss a project with a faculty member before submitting an application. Applications will be reviewed on receipt.

For more information about these programs follow the links or contact


Upcoming Events

Monday, March 8, 9:30 a.m., 205 Kearney. Hydraulic Conductivity of Permeable Friction Course (PFC):Characterization of Two-Dimensional Nonlinear Flow. Speaker: Joshua Brandon Klenzendorf, The University of Texas at Austin, Candidate for Water Resources Engineering Position, OSU Civil and Construction Engineering. FMI: Jack Istok.

Wednesday, March 10, 2-3 p.m., 313 Richardson. Ecosystem Resilience - Diversity with a Purpose. Klaus Puettmann, Forest Ecosystems & Society, OSU. Co-Sponsored by the departments of: Botany & Plant Pathology, Crop & Soil Science, Forest Ecosystems & Society, & Horticulture.

Friday, March 12, noon-1 p.m., 107 Richardson. High-frequency field-deployable isotope analyzer for hydrological applications. Speaker: Manish Gupta, Department of Chemistry, Oregon State University. IWW Special Seminar.

Tuesday, March 16, noon-1 p.m., 193 Burt. The Continental Shelf Benthic Iron Flux: Its Isotope Composition and Paleoceanographic Implications. Jim McManus, College of Oceanic & Atmospheric Sciences, OSU. COAS Marine Geology & Geophysics Seminar.

Monday, March 22-Friday, March 26. Spring Break!

Link to a calendar of other related events...


Conference Information

Friday, March 12 abstract due for ISME-13 International symposium organized by the International Society for Microbial Ecology. To be held August 22-27, 2010. Theme: Stewards of a Changing Planet. Held in Seattle, WA.

Friday, March 12, application review begins for The Summer Soil Institute (Addressing Environmental Challenges with Current and Emerging Techniques). A summer course for graduate students, professionals, faculty, and K-12 teachers to be held July 12-24, 2010 at Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO.

Friday, April 9, 2010 abstracts due for the The International Mycological Congress: The Biology of Fungi, Edinburgh, Scotland, 1 - 6 August, 2010.

Sunday, July 11 - Thursday, July 15. Gordon Research Conference: Flow & Transport in Permeable Media. Applications due June 20, 2010. Held in Lewistown, ME.

Opportunities for Students

Delson Bridge to the Future Fund - A new OSU graduate school program to assist grad students near the end of their studies. Applications due: March 17, 2010.

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. Applicatons due: March 15, 2010.

Gilman International Scholarship Program - For undergraduates to study abroad in STEM fields. Application due April 6, 2010.

Hydro Research Foundation Fellowships - 26 awards available! Includes full tuition and stipend! Research topics: Environmental & Societal, Equipment & Technology, Market Trends & Strategies, Project Management & Operations, Water Management Innovations. Applications due: April 9, 2010.

AWRA $2K Scholarships - Scholarships available for both undergrad and graduate students. Application due April 23, 2010.

FS 600, Global Change Ecology will be taught Spring 2010. Topics include: detection and attribution of climate change – the physical basis and effects on ecosystems; ocean acidification; wildfires and tropical forests of Amazonia; crop production, food security and human health; adaptation and mitigation options; climate change policy; integration of observations and models to verify greenhouse gas emissions in support of international climate agreements. (3 credits) CRN 57280. FMI: Bev Law.

ME667, Computational Fluid Dynamics Course; Fall 2010 - Students interested in taking ME667 next fall should contact Dr. Sourabh V. Apte, Department of Mechanical Engineering - they are trying to anticipate the number of students in advance - the course will not run if they do not have a high enough enrollment.


Opportunities for Faculty

(listed by due date)

Preproposal due: 12 April 2010. NSF: Innovations in Biological Imaging and Visualization (IBIV) (Full Proposal due: 15 July 2010).

Description: The IBIV activity supports the development of novel approaches to the analysis of biological research images through the innovative "Ideas Lab" project development and review process. The analysis and visual representation of complex biological images present daunting challenges across all scales of investigation, from multispectral analysis of foliage or algal bloom patterns in satellite images, to automated specimen classification, and tomographic reconstructions in structural biology. Analysis of biological image data is complicated by a host of factors, including: complicated signal to noise profiles; variable feature size, density, scale, and perspective in images; experiment-specific metadata considerations; and reliance on subjective classification criteria.

21 April 2010. NSF: Strategic Technologies for CyberInfrastructure (STCI).

Description: The primary goal of the Strategic Technologies for Cyberinfrastructure (STCI) Program is to support activities that lead to innovative cyberinfrastructure but are not currently funded by other programs or solicitations. Eligible projects include development, deployment, research, and education necessary to create cyberinfrastructure, or creation of cyberinfrastructure that will enable innovative science and education. Proposals submitted to STCI should demonstrate a significant potential to transform multiple areas of science and/or education that depend on the development and deployment of CI.

Preproposal due: 22 April 2010. NSF: Advanced Technological Education (Full Proposal due: 21 October 2010).

Description: With an emphasis on two-year colleges, the Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program focuses on the education of technicians for the high-technology fields that drive our nation's economy. The program involves partnerships between academic institutions and employers to promote improvement in the education of science and engineering technicians at the undergraduate and secondary school levels. The ATE program supports curriculum development; professional development of college faculty and secondary school teachers; career pathways to two-year colleges from secondary schools and from two-year colleges to four-year institutions; and other activities. Another goal is articulation between two-year and four-year programs for K-12 prospective teachers that focus on technological education. The program also invites proposals focusing on research to advance the knowledge base related to technician education.

Preproposal due: 24 April 2010. National STEM Education Distributed Learning (NSDL) (Full Proposal due: 26 May 2010).

Description: Through the NSDL program, NSF seeks to enable the discovery, collaborative selection, organization, and effective usage of quality learning and teaching resources appropriate for educators and learners at all levels. The NSDL network of learning environments and resources should readily provide reusable, shareable, and interoperable learning objects that enable teachers and learners at all levels to select, use, and evaluate materials suited to their needs, both within and across traditional STEM disciplinary boundaries. Such materials should include assessment and evaluation tools and results from user tests. They should harness new understandings about pedagogy, curriculum, and the processes of learning that are founded on a solid research base. The resource collections, services, and infrastructure of NSDL should facilitate the development and dissemination of new tested materials and methods, recommend systems that leverage the aggregated data from all users' experiences to recommend related resources, customize guidance systems that profile individual users, and support continual improvements in STEM education at all levels. In FY2010, the program will accept proposals for large grants in 1) the Pathways track, 2) Pathways - II, 3) specific sub-tracks of Services, and 4) Targeted Research.

26 April 2010. NSF Undergraduate Research and Mentoring in the Biological Sciences (URM).

Description: Support will be provided to academic institutions to establish innovative programs to engage undergraduates in a year-round research and mentoring activity. Particular emphasis will be placed on broadening participation of members of groups historically underrepresented in science and engineering. Letters of intent no longer required.

27 May 2010. NSF: Transforming Undergraduate Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (TUES), Type 1 proposals..

Description: This solicitation especially encourages projects that have the potential to transform undergraduate STEM education, for example, by bringing about widespread adoption of classroom practices that embody understanding of how students learn most effectively. Thus transferability and dissemination are critical aspects for projects developing instructional materials and methods and should be considered throughout the project's lifetime. More advanced projects should involve efforts to facilitate adaptation at other sites.
Funding Details: Type 1 Projects: Total budget may not exceed $200,000 ($250,000 when four-year colleges and universities collaborate with two-year colleges) for 2 to 3 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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