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April 5, 2010
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Save the Date

The SBI will hold its annual summer workshop on Wednesday, July 21 (all day) and Thursday, July 22, 8am-noon at the Lasells Stewart Center.   Please plan to attend!   Watch this newsletter and the SBI Web page for details.


Upcoming Events

Monday, April 5 4:00-5:00 p.m., Kidder 364. Measuring the consistency of high-throughput biological experiments (Statistics Seminar). Speaker: Qunhua Li, Univ. of California, Berkeley.

Monday, April 5 4:00-5:00 p.m., ALS 4000. Soil organic matter turnover: what did we learn from long-term field experiments using 13C isotopes and molecular markers and in the last years? (Crop & Soil Science Seminar). Presenter - Michael Schmidt - University of Zurich, Switzerland.

Wednesday, April 7 7:00-8:00 p.m. Social intrigues of the microbial realm (James M. Craig Memorial Lecture). Guest Speaker, Dr. Greg Velicer from the Department of Biology at Indiana University.

Monday, April 19 3:30-5:00 p.m. Burt 193. Smoke and Mirrors: Is Geoengineering a Solution to Global Warming? (COAS Special Atmospheric Science Seminar). Speaker: Alan Robock, Dept of Environmental Sciences, Rutgers University.

Thursday, April 22 4:00-5:00 p.m. Gilfillan Auditorium. Impacts of Dust Deposition on Terrestrial Nutrient Cycling (Geoscience Seminar). Julie Pett-Ridge, Department of Crop and Soil Science, OSU.

Tuesday, April 27 4:00-5:00 p.m., Memorial Union Journey Room. The Artisan/Practitioner and the Scientific Revolution: An Issue in the History of Science (Horning Visiting Scholar - Pamela O. Long). Independent historian Pamela O. Long will present the first of three lectures on "The Artisan/Practitioner and the Scientific Revolution."

Link to a calendar of other related events...


Conference Information

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

Tuesday, April 20 abstracts due for Biofilms 4 International Conference Winchester, U.K. 1–3 September 2010.

Saturday, May 15 abstracts due for 8th International Conference on Extremophiles, Azores, 12-16 September 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

Summer 2010 SBI 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. FMI:

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.

ASM Robert D. Watkins Graduate Research Fellowship - A three year research program for senior-level graduate students from underrepresented groups to conduct research in microbiology at their home institution. Application Deadline: May 1, 2010.

ASM Education Fellowship Opportunities - ASM provides funds to students, postdoctoral fellows, and early and mid-career scientists to conduct research and participate in activities that encourage professional growth in a new area. Funds may be available for stipends, housing, travel, and membership in ASM. Check individual program for more information.

NASA Planetary Science Summer School - There will be two sessions: July 19-23 and August 2-6, 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.  Partial financial support is available. Applications due May 1, 2010.


Opportunities for Faculty

(listed by due date)

Preproposal due: 3 May 2010. USDA Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) - Microbial Communities in Soil (Full Proposal due: 23 August 2010).

Description: Program Area Priorities: 1. Genomic, metagenomic and molecular methods allow researchers to identify and begin to characterize soil microorganisms in novel ways. 2. The determination of molecular mechanisms of communication among bacterial and plant members of rhizosphere communities. 3. Proposals to develop and support a national workshop in the form of a Conference Grant to seek stakeholder input on the location(s) and characteristics of a “model” soil microbial community or communities which could be characterized in greater detail in an effort to better understand the composition and functioning of agriculturally important soil microbial communities.
Funding Details: Up to $500k for 5 years.

Preproposal due: 7 May 2010. NSF: Dimensions of Biodiversity (Full Proposal due: 8 June 2010).

Description: The Dimensions of Biodiversity initiative seeks to characterize biodiversity on Earth by using integrative, innovative approaches to fill rapidly the most substantial gaps in our understanding of the diversity of life on Earth. This campaign will take a broad view of biodiversity, and in its initial phase will focus on the integration of genetic, taxonomic, and functional dimensions of biodiversity. Successful proposals should integrate these three dimensions to understand interactions and feedbacks among them. While this focus complements several core NSF programs, it differs by requiring that multiple dimensions of biodiversity be addressed simultaneously, in innovative or novel ways, to understand the roles of biodiversity in critical ecological and evolutionary processes.

19 May 2010. USDA CSREES AFRI - Agricultural Water Science.

Description: Program Area Priorities: 1. Develop the science behind the most appropriate drought triggers and provide an understanding of the connection between trigger levels and drought response decisions. 2.Understand the potential and relevance for bioaccumulation of recycled water constituents applied at typical irrigation rates used exclusively or through blending with surface and groundwater sources.
Funding Details: Up to $500k for five years.

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.

1 June 2010. 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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