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February 1, 2012
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SBI Undergraduate Internships Available for Summer 2012

SBI intern Meilee in the lab.
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.

In the News

Joseph Spatafora with computer equipmentFungal Genomes Project Underway. A new study headed by Joseph Spatafora, an Oregon State University professor of botany and plant pathology, will use powerful new tools of genomics to learn more about fungi, which have an enormous impact on life and ecosystem functioning, as decomposers, pathogens, and essential components of the global carbon cycle. They are capable of degrading almost any biological material as well as many synthetic compounds. Therefore, fungi are useful in the development of alternative fuels, carbon sequestration and bioremediation of contaminated sites. Read more.


Monday, January 30 4:00PM. A New Digital Soil Map of the World (Plant Science Seminar). Held on campus at ALS 4000. FMI:

Thursday, March 8 4:005:00pm. A Census of Deep Life: Exploring Microbial Diversity in the Earth's Subsurface (Geology Colloquium ). CEOAS Seminar with Rick Colwell. Held on campus at OSU Gilfillan Auditorium . FMI:

Sunday, May 6 - Wednesday, May 9. 2nd International Workshop on Microbial Life under Extreme Energy Limitation . We invite the participation of scientists and graduate students to this workshop which will bring together diverse disciplines of biochemistry, physical organic chemistry, microbiology, biogeochemistry, and bioenergetic theory. The goal is to develop our understanding of the energetic limits to microbial life, with relevance for the deep biosphere, planetary biology, and microbial ecology in general. We invite you to apply for participation in the workshop by submitting an abstract before March 1, 2012. Held at Aarhus University, Denmark. FMI:

Wednesday, June 6 - Friday, June 8. Ocean Crust Processes and Consequences for Life (Dark Energy Biosphere Institute (DEBI) Research Coordination Network (RCN)). Theme: Processes in the ocean crust, from formation to subduction, and consequences for ocean-crust exchange budgets and subseafloor life. S Held at University of Bremen, Germany. FMI: Wolfgang Bach

Saturday, June 16 - Tuesday, June 19. American Society for Microbiology General Meeting. ASM's General Meeting focuses on the following broad categories: diagnostic microbiology and epidemiology; pathogenesis and host response mechanisms; general and applied microbiology (including environmental microbiology); and molecular microbiology, physiology, and virology. Held at San Francisco, CA. FMI:

Sunday, July 8 - Friday, July 13. 14th International Working Meeting on Soil Micromorphology. Held at l’Institut d’Estudis Catalans, Barcelona, Spain. FMI: .

The ASM 2012 Education Planning Calendar is now available. The calendar features dates and deadlines for ASM faculty and student programs and is designed to help members enhance the knowledge and skills that lead to successful careers in the microbiological sciences. Many programs require advance application or registration. Please refer to the complete program descriptions for details.

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 (May 15 for Freshmen). 

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 24, 2012.

Geobiology 2012: An International Training Course in a Rapidly Evolving Field. An intensive four-week course from June 10-July 12, 2012 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 17, 2012.

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 17, 2012.

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 9-August 3, 2012. Applications due March 1, 2012.

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, 2012.

 2012 Summer Internships at Idaho National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratory. See website for more details.

Opportunities for Faculty

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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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