July 12, 2010
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Wednesday, July 21 (all day), La Sells Stewart Center
Summer Workshop - This year’s workshop will feature
presentations from graduate students, post-doctoral research associates, and
faculty members from the colleges of Agricultural Sciences, Engineering,
Forestry, and Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences. Topics range from basic research
related to the role of subsurface microorganisms in the global cycling of
carbon and nitrogen to their use in bioremediation of hazardous substances, the
production of biofuels, the generation of energy using microbial fuel cells,
the enhanced production of oil from well fields, and the subsurface
sequestration of carbon dioxide. The presentations focus studies over a range
in scales from the laboratory beaker to the field scale. For more information
about attending the workshop, contact
Garrett Jones email@example.com;
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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Recent OSU Publications Related to the Subsurface Biosphere
(Know of a 2010 publication missing from this list? Please send the reference to firstname.lastname@example.org.)
Currie, W. S., M. E. Harmon, I. C. Burke, S. C. Hart, W. J. Parton, and W. Silver. 2010. Cross-biome
transplants of plant litter show decomposition models extend to a
broader climatic range but lose predictability at the decadal time scale. Global Change Biology 16 (6):1744-1761.
Dossa, E. L., S. Diedhiou, J. E. Compton, K. B. Assigbetse, and R. P. Dick. 2010. Spatial patterns of P fractions and chemical properties in soils of two native shrub communities in Senegal. Plant and Soil 327 (1-2):185-198.
Feaga, J. B., J. S. Selker, R. P. Dick, and D. D. Hemphill. 2010. Long-Term Nitrate Leaching Under Vegetable Production with Cover Crops in the Pacific Northwest. Soil Science Society of America Journal 74 (1):186-195.
Griffiths, R. P., A. N. Gray, and T. A. Spies. 2010. Soil Properties in
Old-growth Douglas-fir Forest Gaps in the Western Cascade Mountains of
Oregon. Northwest Science 84 (1):33-45.
K. A., A. Johnson, B. T. Shaffer, Q. H. Ren, T. A. Kidarsa, L. D. H.
Elbourne, S. Hartney, R. Duboy, N. C. Goebel, T. M. Zabriskie, I. T.
Paulsen, and J. E. Loper. 2010. Inactivation of the GacA response regulator in Pseudomonas fluorescens Pf-5 has far-reaching transcriptomic consequences. Environmental Microbiology 12 (4):899-915.
Istok, J. D., M. Park, M. Michalsen, A. M. Spain, L. R. Krumholz, C.
Liu, J. McKinley, P. Long, E. Roden, A. D. Peacock, and B. Baldwin.
thermodynamically-based model for predicting microbial growth and
community composition coupled to system geochemistry: Application to
uranium bioreduction. Journal of Contaminant Hydrology 112 (1-4):1-14.
Janssens, I. A., W. Dieleman, S. Luyssaert, J. A. Subke, M. Reichstein,
R. Ceulemans, P. Ciais, A. J. Dolman, J. Grace, G. Matteucci, D.
Papale, S. L. Piao, E. D. Schulze, J. Tang, and B. E. Law. 2010. Reduction of forest soil respiration in response to nitrogen deposition. Nature Geoscience 3 (5):315-322.
Kayler, Z. E., E. W. Sulzman, W. D. Rugh, A. C. Mix, and B. J. Bond. 2010. Characterizing
the impact of diffusive and advective soil gas transport on the
measurement and interpretation of the isotopic signal of soil
respiration. Soil Biology & Biochemistry 42 (3):435-444.
Kleber, M., and M. G. Johnson. 2010. Advances in Understanding the Molecular Structure of Soil Organic Matter: Implications for Interactions in the Environment Advances in Agronomy, Vol 106 106:77-142.
Lee, J. H., M. Dolan, J. Field, and J. Istok. 2010. Monitoring Bioaugmenation with Single-Well Push-Pull Tests in Sediment Systems Contaminated with Trichloroethene. Environmental Science & Technology 44 (3):1085-1092.
Li, J. W., X. Shang, Z. X. Zhao, R. L. Tanguay, Q. X. Dong, and C. J. Huang. 2010. Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in water, sediment, soil, and plants of the Aojiang River waterway in Wenzhou, China. Journal of Hazardous Materials 173 (1-3):75-81.
McFarlane, K. J., S. H. Schoenholtz, R. F. Powers, and S. S. Perakis. 2010. Soil Organic Matter Stability in Intensively Managed Ponderosa Pine Stands in California. Soil Science Society of America Journal 74 (3):979-992.
Phillips, C. L., N. Nickerson, D. Risk, Z. E. Kayler, C. Andersen, A. Mix, and B. J. Bond. 2010. Soil moisture effects on the carbon isotope composition of soil respiration. Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry 24 (9):1271-1280.
Sayavedra-Soto, L. A., B. Gvakharia, P. J. Bottomley, D. J. Arp, and M. E. Dolan. 2010. Nitrification and degradation of halogenated hydrocarbons-a tenuous balance for ammonia-oxidizing bacteria. Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology 86 (2):435-444.
Slesak, R. A., S. H. Schoenholtz, and T. B. Harrington. 2010. Soil Respiration and Carbon Responses to Logging Debris and Competing Vegetation. Soil Science Society of America Journal 74 (3):936-946.
July 9. Abstract deadline for the 21st Annual International Conference on Soils, Sediments,
Water, and Energy, March 14-17, 2011, San Diego, CA.
August 1. Deadline for poster abstracts for the 9th European Nitrogen Fixation Conference, September 6-10, Geneva, Switzerland.
August 3. Deadline for virtual posters for the ASA, CSSA and SSSA 2010 International Annual Meetings, October 31-November 3, Long Beach, CA.
August 10. Abstract deadline for the Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, October 31 - November 3, 2010, Denver, CO.
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 2. Abstract deadline for the Fall 2010 American Geophysical Union Meeting, December 13-17, 2010, San Francisco, CA.
September 17. Abstract deadline for the International Symposium on Soil Metagenomics, December 8 - 10, 2010, Braunschweig, Germany.
Opportunities for Students
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.
Postdoctoral Program in Environmental Chemistry,
Camille & Henry Dreyfus Foundation, Inc. - Applications should
describe innovative fundamental research in the chemical sciences or
engineering related to the environment. Examples include but are not
limited to the chemistry associated with: the climate, the atmosphere,
aquatic or marine settings, toxicology, soil or groundwater.
Also of interest are chemistry-related energy research (renewable
sources, sequestration, etc.). The program provides a $120,000 award,
payable in two $60,000 installments. Funds are normally expended over a
period of two years after the appointment of the Fellow. Applications due: August 24, 2010.
Opportunities for Faculty
(listed by due date)
20 July 2010. NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program.
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.
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).
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).
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
1 August 2010. NSF: Science, Technology, and Society (STS) .
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).
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.
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.
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.
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
27 August 2010. NSF: Instrument Development for Biological Research (IDBR).
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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