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January 10, 2011
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In the News

Stephen Giovannoni discovers deepest yet underground life (EarthSky, December 27, 2010) - Stephen Giovannoni is a microbiologist at Oregon State University. He is the lead researcher on the discovery of bacteria found deeper in the Earth ever found before.


Upcoming Campus Events

Monday, January 10, 3:00-4:00 pm, Owen 103. Nitrification inhibition by silver nanoparticles (Speaker: Dr. Tyler S. Radniecki, Faculty Research Associate, School of Chemical, Biological and Environmental Engineering, Oregon State University). CBEE Seminar. FMI: Jeff Nason.

Wednesday, January 12, 2:00-3:00 pm, Richardson Hall 313. Exploring the limits of plant water transport (Speaker: Kate McCulloh, Department of Wood Science and Engineering). Winter 2011 Plant Science Seminar Series, co-sponsored by the departments of: Botany & Plant Pathology, Crop & Soil Science, Horticulture and Forest Ecosystems and Society. FMI:

Monday, January 24 4:00-5:00 pm, Agricultural & Life Sciences 4000. Effects of seed meal addition on N-cycling in orchard soils (Speaker: Catharine Reardon, USDA/ARS Columbia Plateau Conservation Research Center). Winter 2011 Plant Science Seminar Series, co-sponsored by the departments of: Botany & Plant Pathology, Crop & Soil Science, Horticulture and Forest Ecosystems and Society Held on campus at Agricultural & Life Sciences 4000. FMI:


Conference Information

January 13. Deadline for abstracts for the 2011 American Society of Microbiology General Meeting in New Orleans, May 20-24, 2011. There are student travel grants and a student poster competition. There are sessions on soil microbiology, subsurface microbiology, extreme environments, biogeochemistry and more.

February 1. Deadline for abstracts for the 18th American Society of Microbiology Annual Conference for Undergraduate Educators in Baltimore, June 2-5, 2011.

Opportunities for Students

Grant A. Harris Research Instruments Fellowship - This fellowship provides $5,000 worth of Decagon research instruments to a graduate student studying any aspect of environmental science or geotechnical science. This year the committee will be emphasizing studies that propose innovative soil and plant monitoring.  Research topics might include, but are not limited to: organic crops studies, geotechnical hazard studies, water balance studies. Six awards will be made. Applications due: January 14, 2011.

Undergraduate Research, Innovation, Scholarship & Creativity (URISC): Start program, Oregon State University - URISC: Start is newly created University program designed to engage students in a scholarly/professional relationship with faculty early in their academic careers. OSU expects to make 50 to 75 URISC: Start awards in the 2010/2011 academic year. Apply by January 11 for Winter 2011 funding and by February 18 for Spring 2011 funding.

The National Academies: Graduate, Postdoctoral and Senior Research Associates Programs - In these programs, prospective applicants select a research project or projects from among the large group of opportunities listed on this website. Submission deadline: February 1, 2011.

American Society for Microbiology Undergraduate Research Fellowship and the ASM-Microbiology Undergraduate Research Fellowship - URF fellows spend a minimum of 10 weeks in the summer conducting microbiology-related research with an ASM member faculty mentor at the fellows’ home institutions. Applications due: February 1, 2011.

American Philosophical Society, Lewis and Clark Fund in Exploration and Field Research in Astrobiology - Up to $5000 for field studies in locations on Earth that might be similar to early earth and to environments elsewhere in our Solar System. Ggraduate students and postdoctoral and junior scientists eligible. Applications due February 1, 2011.

ASM Congressional Science Fellowship. This program selects a postdoctoral to mid-career microbiologist to spend one year on the staff of an individual congressman, congressional committee or with some other appropriate organizational unit of Congress. The award will include a $60,000 stipend plus health care. Applications due: February 18, 2011.

Dissertation Initiative for the Advancement of Climate Change Research Symposium - DISCCRS is designed to catalyze formation of interdisciplinary collegial networks extending across the natural and social sciences, to discuss topics of scientific and societal interest, and to foster early career development in an interdisciplinary context. Recent PhDs come together to share their research and learn from each other. The Symposium will be held October 22-29 in Colorado Springs. Applicants must have completed their PhD between April 1, 2008 - February 28, 2011. Selection will favor applicants who plan to engage in interdisciplinary research careers in any subject within or relevant to climate change and its impacts. A committee will select 30 scholars based on the submitted applications. Application deadline: March 1, 2011.


Opportunities for Faculty

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February 2011

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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