C-DEBI Newsletter – August 15, 2016
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Meetings, Courses & Activities

AGU: Seeking Mentors For Undergraduates At Fall AGU Meeting
Volunteer your time at Fall Meeting and make a significant impact on an undergraduate student. In its second year, the Undergraduate Mentoring Program will again allow undergraduates to select a mentor of their choice from a pool of potential mentors. The program is expanding this year, supporting 50 mentee-mentor pairs. Learn more about the program and apply to be a mentor by 10 August. There are also two other mentoring programs offered at Fall Meeting. Read about these programs in this recent Eos article, and decide which one is most suitable for you.

IODP-USSSP: Short Course on Shipboard Sedimentology - Data Collection, Interpretation, and Integration November 14-17, 2016, IODP Gulf Coast Repository, College Station, TX
Application deadline (limited space): August 31, 2016.


Proposal Calls

NSF: Call For Nominations for the Alan T. Waterman Award
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is pleased to accept nominations for the 2017 Alan T. Waterman Award. Each year, the Foundation bestows the Waterman Award in recognition of the talent, creativity, and influence of a singular young researcher. Established in 1975 to commemorate the Foundation’s first Director, the Waterman Award is NSF’s highest honor for promising, early-career researchers. Nominees are accepted from all sources, and from any field of science and engineering that NSF supports. The award recipient will receive a medal and an invitation to the formal awards ceremony in Washington, DC. In addition, the recipient will receive a grant of $1,000,000 over a five-year period for scientific research or advanced study in any field of science or engineering supported by the NSF, at any institution of the recipient’s choice. We are especially interested in nominations for women, members of underrepresented groups in science and engineering, and persons with disabilities. Eligibility and Selection Criteria: 1) A candidate must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. He or she must be 35 years of age or younger, or not more than 7 years beyond receipt of the Ph.D. degree, by December 31, 2016; 2) A candidate should have demonstrated exceptional individual achievement in scientific or engineering research of sufficient quality, originality, innovation, and significant impact on the field so as to situate him or her as a leader among peers. Complete nomination packages, consisting of nominations and four letters of reference, are due by October 21, 2016.

NSF: Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Pathways into Geoscience (IUSE: GEOPATHS)
Letter of Intent due date: August 16, 2016.

IODP-USSSP: Apply to Sail

IODP-USSSP: Proposals for Pre-Drilling Activities and Workshops
The U.S. Science Support Program (USSSP) accepts proposals on a rolling basis for pre-drilling activities and semi-annually for workshops, related to the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP).



NSF Ocean Sciences Update: Marine Seismic Planning
This message is intended to share with the academic, federal, and commercial community a number of coordinated activities undertaken over the past year by the Division of Ocean Sciences (OCE) to provide a long-term, stable capability in marine seismic research and development to the U.S. academic research community and federal and state agencies involved with marine seismic research and exploration programs. OCE supports a broad portfolio of marine seismic acquisition methods on research vessels of the Academic Research Fleet. The primary seismic acquisition capability used by the U.S. academic community is currently provided by R/V Marcus G. Langseth, a 235-foot vessel owned by the NSF and operated by the Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University (LDEO). On average, the vessel is used by NSF for ~120-150 days per year, with funding from NSF at ~$14M per year, including technical support and equipment. Operating R/V Langseth has presented financial challenges for many years. Nonetheless, NSF is committed to supporting marine seismic research of high national interest, and will continue to accept proposals for experiments that require capabilities such as those currently provided by the R/V Langseth. As part of OCE’s reply in May, 2015, to the National Research Council’s report “Sea Change: Decadal Survey of Ocean Sciences, 2015-2025” (see links provided below), and via multiple outreach opportunities over the past year, however, NSF has made clear that the current business, financial, and resultant operational model for R/V Langseth is unsustainable. Contractual obligations and current research commitments are continuing to move forward using the vessel. Beyond early calendar year 2018, however, a different business, financial, and/or managerial model needs to be implemented or NSF/OCE is likely to divest from R/V Langseth and the vessel would no longer be available to researchers. Read more.


USC / C-DEBI: Full-time Diversity Specialist
The USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences Center for Dark Energy Biosphere Investigations (C-DEBI) is seeking a full-time Program Specialist (Diversity Specialist) to join its team! C-DEBI is a multi-institutional research and education center funded by the National Science Foundation Science and Technology Center (NSF-STC) program, headquartered at USC. Focused on the science of exploring microbial life beneath the seafloor, the Center also prioritizes the integration of deep sea research with education and diversity efforts to strengthen the STEM pipeline for future generations. The Diversity Specialist will help to create, coordinate, and lead our diversity efforts to serve our students, postdocs, faculty, and other participants at USC and across the nation. The Diversity Specialist will assist the C-DEBI Education, Outreach, and Diversity Managing Director who supervises the development and management of these programs. Review of applications begins: August 19, 2016.

University of New Hampshire: Associate or Full Professor of Estuarine Science
Review of applications: August 15, 2016 until position filled.

Moore Foundation: Program Fellow, Marine Microbiology Initiative

Don’t forget to email me with any items you'd like to share in future newsletters! We will also broadcast this information on our social media outlets, Twitter and Facebook. You are what makes our deep biosphere community!

Matthew Janicak
Data Manager
Center for Dark Energy Biosphere Investigations (C-DEBI)
University of Southern California
3616 Trousdale Pkwy, AHF 209, Los Angeles, CA 90089-0371
Phone: 708-691-9563, Fax: 213-740-2437

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