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November 5, 2010
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SBI Research Feature: A 3D visualization tool for particle transport

Photo of Naoyuki Ochiai working on experiments.In the August 2010 issue of the Vadose Zone Journal, Naoyuki Ochiai, a recent PhD graduate in Crop and Soil Science, reported on a method to visualize the movement of contaminants or plant pathogens through soils and other porous media.  The method uses micromodels and epi-fluorescence microscopy to trace the three-dimensional pathway of individual particles as they travel through the pore space between two 1 mm-sized grains. Naoyuki’s coauthors were his PhD advisors, professors Maria Dragila (Crop and Soil Science) and Jennifer Parke (Plant Pathology). 

Link to a short Web interview where Naoyuki gives an overview of the paper.


Upcoming Seminars

Monday, November 8, 4:00-5:00 p.m., ALS 4000. Evidence for Different Contributions of Archaea and Bacteria to the Ammonia-oxidizing Potential of Diverse Oregon Soils. Presenter - Anne Taylor - Post Doctoral Research Fellow, Crop and Soil Science Department.

Monday, November 15, 4:00-5:00 p.m., ALS 4000. The Physics of Cracks and Gaps in Soil. Presenter - Maria Dragila - Associate Professor, Soil Physics, Crop and Soil Science Department.

Monday, November 22, noon-1 p.m., Kelley 1003. Geology Program Fall Seminar: Yellowstone's Contaminated Waters-Transport of As, F, H2S, and Hg from Thermal Waters to Rivers and the Air. Speaker: Kirk Nordstrom, USGS Menlo Park, California.

Monday, November 22 4:00-5:00 p.m., ALS 4000. Minerals and Carbon Stabilization: Towards a New Perspective of Mineral-organic Interactions in Soils (Presenter - Markus Kleber - Assistant Professor, Crop and Soil Science Department). Held on campus at ALS 4000.


Conference Information

November 15, 2010. Abstract deadline for the Eleventh Battelle International In Situ and On-Site Bioremediation Symposium, Reno, NV on June 27-30, 2011.

November 15, 2010. Deadline to apply for the ASM/JGI Bioinformatics Institute: Incorporating Bioinformatics Research in Undergraduate Education. The event will be held at the American Society for Microbiology Headquarters, Washington, DC, on March 9-12, 2011.

December 1, 2010. Deadline to apply to attend the 2011 Microbiology in Marine Sediments, March 6-9, 2011, Chapel Hill, NC. This meeting will be part scientific conference and part training workshop, both parts focused on a specific theme within deep biosphere research. All undergraduate, graduate, postdoctoral and principal investigators interested in the study of sediment microbiology are invited to apply to the meeting. Due to space limitations, participation will be limited. Travel funding is available for students and postdoctoral participants on a limited basis.

Opportunities for Students

NSF East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes (EAPSI) - Selected students participate in research experiences at host laboratories in Australia, China, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Singapore, or Taiwan. All institutes, except Japan, last approximately 8 weeks from June to August. Japan lasts approximately 10 weeks from June to August. Applications due November 11, 2010.

2011 American Society of Microbiology Scientific Writing and Publishing Institute - Senior-level graduate students and early-career postdoctoral scientists receive four days of hands-on intensive training in scientific writing and publishing under mentorship of ASM Journal editors and reviewers. The Institute will be held at ASM Headquarters in Washington, DC on March 17 - 20, 2011. Applications due December 1, 2010.

DOD Science, Mathematics And Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program.Scholarship for service program for undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines. The program aims to increase the number of civilian scientists and engineers working at DoD laboratories. Applications due December 1, 2010.

Fall 2011 EPA Greater Research Opportunities (GRO) Fellowships For Undergraduate Environmental Study - Eligible students will receive support for their junior and senior years of undergraduate study and for an internship at an EPA facility during the summer between their junior and senior years. The fellowship provides up to $19,700 per academic year of support and up to $9,500 of support for a three-month summer internship. Applications due December 9, 2010.

National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) - Three year doctoral fellowships for degrees in many fields including biosciences, geosciences, engineering and others. Applications due December 17, 2010.

2011 Marine Geoscience Leadership Symposium - Participants engage in small group discussions, participate in proposal workshops, and meet with funding agencies, media representatives, and policymakers.  The symposium provides leadership and communications training and begins the process of forming interdisciplinary research collaborations. Applications due December 31, 2011.

2011 Summer Internships at Idaho National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratory. See website for more details.


Opportunities for Faculty

(listed by due date)

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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