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March 9, 2011
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Reminder: Two Funding Opportunities from the SBI Available

Graduate Fellowships for Incoming Students - These graduate fellowships are for $5,000 and are intended to help faculty attract highly qualified graduate students interested in subsurface biosphere research. The awards can be used to supplement financial offers such as TA's and GRA's. Nominations received by April 1, 2011 will be given first priority.

Summer 2011 Undergraduate Internships - The program provides up to $4,000 to help faculty support a summer intern. It focuses on, but is not limited to, under-represented minority and women 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.

For more information about these programs follow the links or contact

Recent SBI-related Publications

Brantley SL, Megonigal, JP, Scatena, FN, Balogh-Brunstad Z, Barnes RT, Bruns, MA, van Cappelen, P, Dontsova, K, Hartnett H, Hartshorn T, Heimsath A, Herndon E, Jin L, Keller CK, Leake JR, McDowell WH, Meinzer FC, Mozder T, Petsch S, Pett-Ridge J, Raymond P, Riebe CS, Shumaker K, Sutton-Grier A, Walter R, and Yoo K.  2011. Twelve testable hypotheses on the geobiology of weatheringGeobiology 9(2):140-165.  OSU authors: Pett-Ridge

Colwell, F, Schwartz, A, Briggs, B. 2011. Microbial community distribution in sediments from the Mount Elbert Gas Hydrate Stratigraphic Test Well, Alaska North Slope. Marine and Petroleum Geology 28(2) 404:410. OSU authors: all

Cross, A, Perakis, SS. 2011. Tree species and soil nutrient profiles in old-growth forests of the Oregon Coast Range. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 41(1):195-210. OSU authors: Cross, Perakis (courtesy)

Hogberg P, Johannisson C, Yarwood S, Callesen I, Nasholm T, Myrold DD, Hogberg MN. 2011. Recovery of ectomycorrhiza after 'nitrogen saturation' of a conifer forest. New Phytologist 189(2):515-525. OSU authors: Yarwood, Myrold

Kleber M, Nico PS, Plante A, Filley T, Kramer M, Swanston C, Sollins P. 2011. Old and stable soil organic matter is not necessarily chemically recalcitrant: implications for modeling concepts and temperature sensitivity. Global Change Biology 17(2):1097-1107. OSU authors: Kleber, Sollins

Lauchnor EG, Radniecki TS, and Semprini L. 2011. Inhibition and gene expression of Nitrosomonas europaea  biofilms exposed to phenol and toluene. Biotechnology and Bioengineering 108 (4): 750-757. OSU authors: all

Radniecki TS,  Gilroy C, and Semprini L. 2011. Linking NE1545 expression with cell volume changes in Nitrosomonas europaea cells exposed to aromatic hydrocarbons. Chemosphere, 82:514-520. OSU authors: all


Upcoming Campus Events

Wednesday, March 9, 4-5 pm, ALS 4000 - Importance of Technical Assistance to Communities Dealing with Contamination | Winter Water Resources Seminar Series | Speaker: Lisa Gaines, Interim Director, Institute for Natural Resources

March 21-25 - Spring Break!

March 30, 4-5:30 pm, ALS 4000 - Niches, models, and climate change: Assessing hte assumptions and uncertainties | Spring Hydrology Seminar Series | Speaker: John Wiens, Point Reyes Bird Observatory.

April 7, noon-1 pm, Burt 193 - A Dissolved Gas Tracer Approach to Determine Biologically-Modulated Air-Sea CO2 Flux (Chemical/Biological Oceanography Seminar) | Speaker: Lauren Juranek, JISAO, Seattle WA.

April 8-10. Society of Women Engineers Region J Conference, Engineering Solutions to Disasters, LaSells Stewart Center, OSU.

Let others in the SBI community know about your upcoming relevant seminars - email with details.


Conference Information

June 1-3 - International Conference on Sustainable Remediation 2011: State of the Practice, Amherst, MA

June 6-17 - Michigan State University Microbial Metagenomics Course, East Lansing, MI.

July 6-8 - MIMAS-Symposium Microbial Interactions in Marine Systems, Greifswald, Germany. Abstracts due April 31.

July 31- August 5 - Archaea: Ecology, Metabolism & Molecular Biology, Waterville Valley, NH| Gordon Research Conference | Applications due July 3, 2011 but early application recommended.

October 18-20 - CAREX Conference on Life in Extreme Environments, Dublin, Ireland. Abstracts due April 29.

October 19-22 - World Congress of Environmental Biotechnology-2011: Healthier, Safer and Environmentally Friendly, Dalian, China. Abstracts due August 30, 2011.

Opportunities for Students

(listed by due date)

Sigma Xi Research Grants 03/15/2011

2011 Black & Veatch - Building a World of Difference Scholarship 03/25/2011

2011 Nano-Biophotonics Summer School (NBSS11) - 5/23- 6/3/2011 04/01/2011

Corvallis branch of the American Association of University Women Scholarships for women student older than 25 years 04/05/2011


Opportunities for Faculty

(listed by due date)

April 2011

May 2011

June 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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