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April  2012
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SBI Funding Ends

As some of you are aware, funding for the Subsurface Biosphere Initiative will run out June 30. Though activities will end (including the internship program, which will not be offered this summer),  information on the subsurface biosphere compiled over the last six years through publications, workshops, internships, newsletters and research articles will still be available on the SBI Website.

The Website contains over 30 feature articles on OSU research, a bibliography of over 260 journal articles on SBI-related topics by OSU faculty members, a news archive of related news stories, posters or PowerPoint slides from over 90 internship projects (out of 123 interns sponsored by the program), and  agendas and abstracts from the five summer workshops. See this and more at

Campus Calendar

Wednesday, April 18 3:30-4:30pm. Fungal Endophytes from the Tropics to the Tundra: Clues to Understanding the Evolution of Fungal Symbioses (Botany and Plant Pathology seminar). A. Elizabeth Arnold, Division of Plant Pathology and Microbiology, The University of Arizona School of Plant Sciences Held on campus at ALS 4001. FMI: Joey Spatafora

New Environmental Microbial Bioremediation Portal 

This resource provides general information as well as research tools for use in bioremediation research. For more information, see the eMBR Website:

Conference/Workshop Information

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: .

Sunday, August 5 - Friday, August 10. Workshop: Answering Ecological Questions with Metagenomic Sequencing (2012 Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting). Held at Oregon Convention Center, Portland, OR. FMI: David Myrold

Sunday, October 21 - Wednesday, October 24. Symposium on Soil Metagenomics (2012 Soil Science Society of America Annual Meeting). Held at Cincinnati, Ohio. FMI: David Myrold

Opportunities for Students

(listed by due date)

ASM Robert D. Watkins Graduate Research Fellowship - Senior-level graduate students from underrepresented groups eligible are for this fellowship. For more information and requirements,  please see the link at Interested students should apply by May 1, 2012.

National Research Council Fellowships - Opportunities to conduct research projects with a wide variety of federal agencies and other research organizations. Submission deadline is May 1, 2012.

The Camille & Henry Dreyfus Foundation, Inc. Postdoctoral Program in Environmental Chemistry 2012 Funding Opportunity -  The Postdoctoral Program in Environmental Chemistry provides a principal investigator with an award of $120,000 over two years to appoint a Postdoctoral Fellow in environmental chemistry. Example topics include but are not limited to the chemistry associated with: the climate, the atmosphere, aquatic or marine settings, toxicology, soil or groundwater. Contact Martha Coleman, Director of Foundation Relations, OSU Foundation for more information. Application due August 20, 2012.

Opportunities for Faculty

(listed by due date)

April-May 2012

June-July 2012

The SBI has a list of external grant opportunities related to the subsurface biosphere.

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