C-DEBI Newsletter – January 2, 2014
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Happy New Year C-DEBI. We ring in this year with Jan Amend (USC) as Director and Julie Huber (MBL) as Associate Director to lead us with fellow Executive Committee members Steve D'Hondt (URI), Andy Fisher (UCSC), and Geoff Wheat (UAF) towards renewal of the Center next year!  Co-I Jim Cowen's passing last year still leaves a hole in our personal and professional lives, and as he and the other members of ExCom had planned, Mike Rappé (also at UH) will lead Jim's research group to continue his C-DEBI projects, though not assuming an ExCom role.

Proposal Calls

IODP: Apply to Sail: Two Indian Ocean Expeditions
The International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) has begun accepting applications for two expeditions aboard the JOIDES Resolution: Indian Monsoon Rainfall and Bengal Fan. U.S.-affiliated scientists interested in participating in this expedition should apply to sail through the U.S. Science Support Program of the Consortium for Ocean Leadership; please visit: The deadline to apply is 15 January 2014.

NSF: Ocean Sciences Postdoctoral Research Fellowships (OCE-PRF)
The Division of Ocean Sciences (OCE) offers postdoctoral research fellowships to provide opportunities for scientists early in their careers to work within and across traditional disciplinary lines, develop partnerships, and avail themselves of unique resources, sites and facilities. Full proposal target date: January 13, 2014.

DCO: Deep Life Community Call for Proposals
The Deep Life Community (DLC) of the Deep Carbon Observatory invites proposals for short-term funding of exploratory projects and/or activities aimed at addressing the DLC’s decadal goals and/or strengthening the international DLC community and its abilities to generate funding for new and ongoing initiatives. The DLC will accept 3 to 4 page, electronic submissions prior to 31 March 2014, 30 June 2014, 30 September 2014, and 31 December 2014.
Summer Courses and Internships
C-DEBI - Global Environmental Microbiology (GEM) Summer Course for Undergraduates, July 7 - August 1, 2014
Microbes are the beginning and end for almost every process on earth! From hydrothermal vents at the bottom of the ocean, to tropical rain forests near the equator, and from the North to South Pole, microbiologists uncover their secrets. In partnership with the National Science Foundation, C-DEBI offers a course in microbiology and microbial ecology. Taught by Drs. John Heidelberg and Eric Webb, this field-based, hands-on course will cover what bacteria are, how they work, and what they do. Explore DNA, genetics and genomics and their potential function in the environment. Figure out how microbes are used - not just for wine and cheese. Course expenses, travel, room and board are paid for by C-DEBI. Applications are due February 7, 2014. Please contact Cindy Joseph at with any questions.

C-DEBI - Community College Research Internship for Scientific Engagement (CC-RISE), June 16 - August 8, 2014
CC-RISE is an eight-week, paid, non-residential, summer research internship program for community college students run by the Center for Dark Energy Biosphere Investigations (C-DEBI). Students will gain firsthand exposure to the scientific process by working in a faculty-led research lab at the University of Southern California (USC). In addition to research, students will participate in activities focusing on how to transition from a two-year college to a university and information on graduate school. At the end of the program, students will present their results to an audience of peers and mentors. See the website for more details and application instructions. Applications are due March 1, 2014.

Wrigley Institute - GeoBiology 2014: An International Training course in a Rapidly Evolving Field
Now entering it’s 11 year, the International GeoBiology Course is an intense, multidisciplinary summer course exploring the coevolution of the Earth and it's biosphere, with an emphasis on how microbial processes affect the environment and leave imprints on the rock record. Participants get hands-on experience in cutting-edge geobiological techniques including molecular biology, bioinformatics, geochemistry, petrology and sedimentology, and work in research groups to solve relevant questions. GeoBiology 2014 is open to students and researchers at any level, although we give preference to graduate students in their early to mid years of study. The course will be led by Frank Corsetti, a geobiologist at the University of Southern California and John Spear, a microbiologist at the Colorado School of Mines. More than a dozen other faculty researchers will help teach the four-week course. Deadline for applications is February 15, 2014.

MBARI - 2014 EARTH Workshop for educators, July 27 - August 1, 2014
Attention Educators! Want to join us in Monterey, CA next summer to learn more about using near-real-time data from ocean observatories to develop curriculum materials for your classroom? Submit your application for our next EARTH workshop before the deadline of February 28, 2014. Test drive one of our published activities, or one of the many developed during previous workshops.

DCO - Deep Carbon Observatory (DCO) Summer School, July 13 - 18, 2014
The first Deep Carbon Observatory (DCO) Summer School will be held 13-18 July 2014 at Big Sky Resort in Montana with fieldwork in Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. The purpose of the Summer School is to introduce 30 students, postdocs, and/or early-career researchers interested in deep carbon science to the interdisciplinary concepts which are the cornerstone of DCO’s approach to understanding Earth. Lodging and meals will be provided without cost to summer school students, but students will be required to cover a portion of their transportation to the school location. To be eligible, applicants must be pursuing research related to one of the DCO themes as a current graduate student or postdoc within three years of completing his/her PhD. Applications due February 1, 2014.
Activities and Workshops

C-DEBI seeks nominations for the next three speakers for this program. Potential speakers can be nominated by colleagues, mentors, or those mentored by C-DEBI participants; they can also self nominate. Selected C-DEBI Networked Speakers will make a presentation online, using video conferencing tools, with assistance from the C-DEBI main office at USC. Presentations are to be about 30 minutes in length, with time allocated for questions and discussion. For more information about the Speaker Series and nomination request, please see:

ISSM 2014: Call for Abstracts
ISSM 2014 is seeking presentations on the newest developments in subsurface microbiology and microbial ecology. We are calling on microbiologists, ecologists, geoscientists, and others in the field to submit an abstract for an oral or poster presentation. Student oral and poster presentations are also welcome. Abstract Deadline: April 1, 2014.
The workshop takes place February 23, 2014 at the Ocean Sciences Meeting in Honolulu, HI.
Fill out our registration form to reserve your spot now. For additional information, please contact Dr. Carrie Ferraro or Janice McDonnell.
Applications will be reviewed beginning January 7, 2014 and continue until the positions are filled. Visit for more information about the positions and GSO. The University of Rhode Island is an AA/EEOD employer and values diversity.


Don’t forget to email me with any items you'd like to share in future newsletters! You are what makes our deep biosphere community!
Matthew Janicak
Administrative Assistant
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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