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May  2012
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Upcoming Campus Events

Thursday, May 3 4:00pm. Nitrification in Acid Soils: Solving the Paradox (Soil Microbial Ecology Seminar). Professor Jim Prosser, University of Aberdeen. Professor Jim Prosser is an internationally known soil microbiologist whose work has most recently focused on nitrification, particularly the role that ammonia-oxidizing archaea and bacteria play in it. Those interested in meeting with Professor Prosser while he is in Corvallis may contact Dave Myrold ( Held on campus at ALS, OSU 4000. FMI: Dave Myrold

Tuesday, May 22 2:30pm. Are Ecosystem Carbon and Water Exchange in Oregon's Forests Coupled? A Report from Investigations Across a Climate Gradient (Ecological and Evolutionary Biology Seminar Series). Christoph Thomas, Atmospheric Sciences, CEOAS, OSU Held on campus at ALS 4001. FMI:

Tuesday, May 29 2:30pm. A Fresh Look at the Specificity Paradigm of Alnus-Associated Ectomycorrhizal Fungal Communities (Ecological and Evolutionary Biology Seminar Series). Peter Kennedy, Dept. of Biology, Lewis & Clark College Held on campus at ALS 4001. FMI:

Wednesday, May 30 3:30 - 4:30 pm. Evolution of Sex in Fungi (2011-12 CGRB Seminar Series). Joe Heitman, Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, Duke University School of Medicine ALS 4001FMI:

Thursday, May 31 12noon. Biogeochemistry of Deep Biosphere: Hypoxia - Oxygen Minimum Zones or Methane Seep Communities (Ocean Ecology & Ocean Biogeochemistry Seminar). Rick Colwell, CEOAS Held on campus at Burt 193. FMI:

Monday, June 4 4:00pm. The Influence of the Forest Floor Moss Cover on Ectomycorrhizal Abundance in the Oregon Cascades (Part of the Crop & Soil Science Seminar Series). Presented by: Jed Cappellazzi Held on campus at ALS 4000. FMI:

Conference 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

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The Camille & Henry Dreyfus Foundation, Inc. Postdoctoral Program in Environmental Chemistry 2011 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.

Summer Research Opportunities: Search for summer undergrad research internships from the Pathways to Science Website. The site also has scholarship information.

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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