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February 10, 2011
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SBI Research Feature: New OSU Project Investigates the Biodiversity of Deep Life

Photo of Rick Colwell.Professor of oceanography Rick Colwell is one of the lead investigators on a new pilot grant from the Sloan Foundation to characterize the diversity of life in deep subsurface environments.  The project is soliciting samples from research teams around the globe and will analyze them using pyrosequencing, a state of the art DNA sequencing technique.   Link to a Web interview where Rick describes the project.


SBI Undergraduate Internships Available for Summer 2011

The program provides up to $4,000 to help faculty support a summer intern. It focuses on, but is not limited to, under-represented 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. Visit the Web site for more information.


Upcoming Campus Events

Monday, February 14 4:00-5:00 pm, ALS 4000. Where to soil microbiology? The challenge of coupling concepts and tools | Speaker: Peter Bottomley, Departments of Microbiology and Crop & Soil Science. Winter 2011 Plant Science Seminar Series Co-sponsored by the departments of Botany & Plant Pathology, Crop & Soil Science, Horticulture and Forest Ecosystems and Society.

Monday, February 14 6:00-8:00 pm, Old World Deli. Home is Where You Find It: Life on Other Planets (Science Pub Corvallis) | Speakers: Marty Fisk and Rick Colwell, COAS

Wednesday, February 16 4:00-5:00 pm, ALS 4000. Multiscale Modeling of Subsurface Flow and Contaminant Transport | Speaker: Mark Porter. Water Resources Engineering Seminar Series.

Thursday, February 17 12:00-1:00 pm, Burt 193. CO2 Sequestration Research at NETL - Utilizing Advanced CT Imaging Techniques in Experimental and Field Studies (Chemical/Biological Oceanography Seminar). Speaker: Dustin McIntyre, Geosciences Division, National Energy Technology Laboratory, Morgantown, WV.

Wednesday, March 2 4:00-5:00 pm, ALS 4000. Vadose Zone Research at Hanford | Speaker: Kevin Leary. Water Resources Engineering Seminar.


Conference Information

Thursday, February 24 - Friday, February 25, McMinnville. Soil Carbon and You: It's Complicated. Presented by the Oregon Society of Soil Scientists and the Northwest Forest Soils Council.

Friday, March 25 - Wednesday, March 30. Microbial Communities as Drivers of Ecosystem Complexity (Keystone Symposia on Molecular and Cellular Biology). Held at Breckenridge, Colorado.

Opportunities for Students

Society for Women Engineers. Awards for undergrads and grads pursuing careers in engineering, engineering technology and computer science. Application Deadline: February 15.

Geobiology 2011: An International Training Course in a Rapidly Evolving Field. An intensive four-week course from June 12-July 13, 2011 that includes travel to Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming; to the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado, and to USC research labs on Catalina Island off the coast of California. Participants receive hands-on experience in geobiology research methods and work in small groups to solve research questions. The course is open to students and researchers at any level, with preference to early years graduate students. Some financial aid available. Applications due: February 18, 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.

HJ Andrews EcoInformatics Summer Institute (EISI) for undergraduate and early graduate students - Students receive a stipend for the ten week program where they will undertake research in compelling and complex resource management issues involving land use change, climate change, water, forests, streams, wildfire, and endangered species. Applicatons due: February 18, 2011.

OSU Undergraduate Research, Innovation, Scholarship & Creativity Summer Grants - The URISC Fund is intended to enable undergraduate students to initiate a scholarly relationship with faculty early in their academic careers. Awards are made to support scholarly, creative, and research activities and can support student wages, travel and some other expenses. For the summer program, the Research Office will provide 60% of the total budget request to a maximum of $1,800. Proposals due Monday, February 28, 2011.

Global Environmental Microbiology Summer Course for Undergrads - A field-based, hands on course at USC and on Catalina Island, CA. No experience necessary! Course expenses, room and board are paid for by the C-DEBI program! The course runs July 11-August 5, 2011. Applications due March 1, 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.

Sigma Xi Student Research Grants - Grants of up to $1,000 to support undergraduate and graduate student research in any field of science and engineering. International students and non-U.S. citizens are encouraged to apply. Applicatons due: March 15, 2011.


Opportunities for Faculty

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March 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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