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June 9, 2010
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Upcoming Events

Wednesday, July 21 (all day) and Thursday, July 22, 8am-noon, La Sells Stewart Center - SBI Summer Workshop - As in years past, there will be invited speakers and a poster session. The poster session is open to students, post-docs and faculty and now is the time submit your poster titles! Please send titles and a list of authors with their department affiliations to, 541-737-2751.

Thursday, September 2, 2:30-4:30, MU 109. SBI Undergraduate Intern Poster Session. Save the date for this rewarding session where SBI interns share their summer research experiences.

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Conference Information

June 14. Deadline for poster abstracts for the 8th International Congress on Extremophiles, September 12-16, 2010, Azores, Portugal.

July 1. Abstracts deadline for the 21st Annual International Conference on Soils, Sediments, Water, and Energy, March 14-17, 2011 in San Diego, CA.

August 1. Deadline for poster abstracts for the 9th European Nitrogen Fixation Conference, September 6-10, Geneva, Switzerland.

August 14-18. Phyllosphere 2010: 9th International Symposium on the Microbiology of Aerial Plant Surfaces. La Sells Stewart Center, OSU.

August 22-27. 13th International Symposium on Microbial Ecology. Seattle, WA.

September 17. Abstract deadline for the International Symposium on Soil Metagenomics, December 8 - 10, 2010, Braunschweig, Germany.

Opportunities for Students

NSF Earth Sciences Postdoctoral Fellowships (EAR-PF). The program supports researchers for a period of up to 2 years with fellowships that can be taken to the institution or national facility of their choice. "The program is intended to recognize beginning investigators of significant potential, and provide them with experience in research and education that will establish them in leadership positions in the Earth Sciences community. Fellowships are awards to individuals, not institutions, and are administered by the Fellows." Proposals due July 1, 2010.

GE & Science Prize for Young Life Scientists - For applicants who were awarded a PhD in molecular biology during 2008. "For the purpose of this prize molecular biology is defined as "that part of biology which attempts to interpret biological events in terms of the physicochemical properties of molecules in a cell". To apply, submit a 1,000 word essay on your work. There will be one grand prize and four regional prize winners." The winners will fly to Stockholm for the award ceremony meet some of the Nobel Prize laureates, have their PhD profiled in the online version of Science, and receive $25,000 or $5,000 for regional winners. Deadline: August 1, 2010.

The National Academies Research Associateship Program. "The Research Associateship awards are open to doctoral level scientists and engineers (U.S and Foreign Nationals) who can apply their special knowledge and talents to research areas that are of interest to them and to the participating sponsoring laboratories and centers. Awards are available for Postdoctoral Associates (within 5 years of the doctorate) and Senior Associates (normally 5 years or more beyond the doctorate)." Applications due: August 1, 2010.


Opportunities for Faculty

(listed by due date)

13 July 2010. Long Term Research in Environmental Biology (LTREB).
Description: Through the LTREB program, the Division of Environmental Biology (DEB) and the Division of Integrative Organismal Systems (IOS) encourage the submission of proposals that generate extended time series of biological and environmental data to address ecological and evolutionary processes and resolve important issues in organismal and environmental biology.

Preproposal due: 14 July 2010. NSF Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM) (Full Proposal due: 12 August 2010).
Description: This program makes grants to institutions of higher education to support scholarships for academically talented, financially needy students, enabling them to enter the workforce following completion of an associate; baccalaureate; or graduate-level degree in science and engineering disciplines. Grantee institutions are responsible for selecting scholarship recipients, reporting demographic information about student scholars, and managing the S-STEM project at the institution. Letters of Intent are optional.

16 July 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.

19 July 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.

20 July 2010. NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program.
Description: This program is a Foundation-wide activity that offers the NSF's most prestigious awards in support of the early career-development activities of those teacher-scholars who most effectively integrate research and education within the context of the mission of their organization. Such activities should build a firm foundation for a lifetime of integrated contributions to research and education. NSF encourages submission of CAREER proposals from junior faculty members at all CAREER-eligible organizations and especially encourages women, members of underrepresented minority groups, and persons with disabilities to apply. PECASE: Each year NSF selects nominees for the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) from among the most meritorious new CAREER awardees.

20 July 2010. NASA ROSES: Climate and Biological Response: Research and Applications.
Description: Focus on "making progress connecting climate drivers to biological responses in order to improve our basic understanding of climate change impacts and to develop tools for managing species and ecosystems, and their associated landscapes and seascapes, under a changing climate." Includes both Type A: Research Proposals and Type B: Applications proposals to support ecosystem and landscape management.

Preproposal due: 22 July 2010. NSF: Informal Science Education (ISE) (Full Proposal due: 7 December 2010).
Description: The ISE program supports innovation in anywhere, anytime, lifelong learning, through investments in research, development, infrastructure, and capacity-building for STEM learning outside formal school settings.

31 July 2010. NSF Physics of Living Systems (PoLS).
Description: This program evolved from the successful Biological Physics program, which supported projects that applied analytical and experimental tools of physics to the study of biological problems at the molecular level. PoLS is replacing the Biological Physics program and will target theoretical and experimental research exploring the most fundamental biological processes that living systems utilize to perform their functions in dynamic and diverse environments. PoLS will stimulate those investigations that have the potential to transform the study of living systems.

1 August 2010. NSF: Science, Technology, and Society (STS) .
Description: STS considers proposals that examine historical, philosophical, and sociological questions that arise in connection with science, engineering, and technology, and their respective interactions with society. STS has four components: 1. Ethics and Values in Science, Engineering and Technology (EVS), 2. History and Philosophy of Science, Engineering and Technology (HPS), 3. Social Studies of Science, Engineering and Technology (SSS), 4. Studies of Policy, Science, Engineering and Technology (SPS).

2 August 2010. NSF: Environmental Chemical Sciences (ECS).
Description: ECS supports basic research in chemistry that promotes the understanding of natural and anthropogenic chemical processes in our environment. Projects supported by this program enable fundamentally new avenues of basic research and transformative technologies. The program is particularly interested in studying molecular phenomena on surfaces and interfaces in order to understand the inherently complex and heterogeneous environment.

15 August 2010. NSF Biological Oceanography.
Description: The Biological Oceanography Program supports research in marine ecology broadly defined: relationships among aquatic organisms and their interactions with the environments of the oceans or Great Lakes.

15 August 2010. NSF Marine Geology and Geophysics.
Description: The Marine Geology and Geophysics program supports research on all aspects of geology and geophysics of the ocean basins and margins, as well as the Great Lakes. The Program includes: Structure, tectonic evolution and volcanic activity of the ocean basins, the continental margins, the mid-ocean ridges, and island arc systems; Processes controlling exchange of heat and chemical species between seawater and ocean rocks; Genesis, chemistry, and mineralogic evolution of marine sediments; Processes controlling deposition, erosion and transport of marine sediments; Past ocean circulation patterns and climates; and Interactions of continental and marine geologic processes.

25 August 2010. NSF: Research Experiences for Undergraduates.
Description: This solicitation features two mechanisms for support of student research: (1) REU Sites are based on independent proposals to initiate and conduct projects that engage a number of students in research. REU Sites may be based in a single discipline or academic department, or on interdisciplinary or multi-department research opportunities with a coherent intellectual theme. Proposals with an international dimension are welcome. A partnership with the Department of Defense supports REU Sites in DoD-relevant research areas. (2) REU Supplements may be requested for ongoing NSF-funded research projects or may be included as a component of proposals for new or renewal NSF grants or cooperative agreements.

27 August 2010. NSF: Instrument Development for Biological Research (IDBR).
Description: The program will accept two types of proposals: 1.Innovation proposals for the development of novel instrumentation that provides new research capabilities, or that significantly (e.g., by at least an order of magnitude, where appropriate) improves current technologies by at least an order of magnitude in fundamental aspects (such as accuracy, precision, resolution, throughput, flexibility, portability, breadth of application, cost of construction, operation costs, or user-friendliness); 2.Bridging proposals for transforming, ‘one of a kind' prototypes or high-end instruments into devices that are broadly available and utilizable without loss of capacity.

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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