C-DEBI Newsletter – March 15, 2018
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Publications & Press

The ISME Journal
Potential for primary productivity in a globally-distributed bacterial phototroph - NEW!
Elaina. D. Graham*, John F. Heidelberg*, Benjamin J. Tully*
*C-DEBI Contribution 418

Aerobic anoxygenic phototrophs (AAnPs) are common in marine environments and are associated with photoheterotrophic activity. To date, AAnPs that possess the potential for carbon fixation have not been identified in the surface ocean. Using the Tara Oceans metagenomic dataset, we have identified draft genomes of nine bacteria that possess the genomic potential for anoxygenic phototrophy, carbon fixation via the Calvin-Benson-Bassham cycle, and the oxidation of sulfite and thiosulfate. Forming a monophyletic clade within the Alphaproteobacteria and lacking cultured representatives, the organisms compose minor constituents of local microbial communities (0.1–1.0%), but are globally distributed, present in multiple samples from the North Pacific, Mediterranean Sea, the East Africa Coastal Province, and the Atlantic. This discovery may require re-examination of the microbial communities in the oceans to understand and constrain the role this group of organisms may play in the global carbon cycle.

BYUradio: Top of Mind with Julie Rose: Mysterious Microbes - NEW!
Radio interview with guest Karen Lloyd, PhD, Assistant Professor of Microbiology, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. The average depth of the ocean is more than two miles deep. And down that far you’ll find mud that’s hundreds of feet thick. And in that mud, scientists have recently discovered a whole universe of microbes. Somehow, without sunlight, without oxygen, without obvious sources of food, these microscopic life forms manage to exist. If we could crack their secrets, we might have new solutions for improving life up here on land.


Meetings & Activities

NSF: Spring Grants Conference, Detroit, MI, June 4-5, 2018 - NEW!
Registration for Spring 2018 Grants conference will open on Thursday, March 15, 2018. We anticipate that this conference will reach capacity very quickly and encourage registration as soon as it opens. For additional details and to sign up to receive registration reminders, visit the Grants Conference website.

SoCal Geobiology Symposium: Register/Submit Abstracts for the Symposium, April 21 @ UCR
Registration for the 15th Annual Southern California Geobiology Symposium is now open! The due date for abstract submissions and registration is March 26, 2018.

Goldschmidt 2018: Call for Abstracts
Abstracts due March 30, 2018.

Deep-Sea Biological Society: 15th Deep Sea Biology Symposium, Sept 9-14, Monterey, CA - NEW!
The Symposium is the main event for the Deep-Sea Biology Society, and takes place every three years. It brings together leaders from the fields of research, exploration, marine operations, conservation, and management for the deep ocean environment, including benthic, vents and seeps, and water-column biology and oceanography. Returning to the United States for the first time since 2003, the 15th Deep-Sea Biology Symposium will be held September 9-14, 2018 in Monterey, California. This 5-day conference will feature plenary speakers and two daily concurrent sessions. There will be an opening reception, a poster session on Tuesday night, and a concluding symposium dinner on Friday night at the world renowned Monterey Bay Aquarium. Abstract submissions due March 30, 2018.

AGU: 2018 Fall Meeting Session Proposals
The deadline for submissions is April 18, 2018.

C-DEBI: Workshop on deep sea mining impacts on microbial ecosystem services
If you have an interest in using your expertise in deep sea microbial ecology and/or biogeochemistry to define possible microbial ecosystem service impacts that may result from deep sea mining activities, please consider attending a small workshop focused on this topic that will be held April 18-19, 2018, at the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences in Maine.

IODP-USSSP: Host an Ocean Discovery Lecturer
The application period will close on May 18, 2018.

GRC: Apply to attend the 2018 Conference on Deep Carbon Science, June 17-22, Smithfield, RI
Applications for this meeting must be submitted by May 20, 2018. Please apply early, as some meetings become oversubscribed (full) before this deadline.

C-DEBI: Rolling call for Community Workshop support

C-DEBI: Group Page

C-DEBI: Subseafloor Cultures Database


Education & Outreach

C-DEBI: Professional Development Webinar #6 Now Online!
Missed the last webinar on “Surviving (and Maybe Even Thriving!) in a Soft Money Position” with Julie Huber (C-DEBI Associate Director, Associate Scientist, WHOI)? Watch it on YouTube.

ICDP: Training Course on Planning, Management and Execution of Continental Scientific Drilling Projects
The application deadline is TODAY, March 15, 2018.

IODP-USSSP: Travel Support for the Petrophysics Summer School 2018
To apply for U.S. travel support, complete an online application by March 23, 2018.

C-DEBI: Community College Research Internship for Scientific Engagement (CC-RISE)
CC-RISE is an eight-week, paid, summer research internship program for community college students run by the Center for Dark Energy Biosphere Investigations. Students will gain firsthand exposure to the scientific process by working in a faculty-led research lab at the University of California Santa Cruz or at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Woods Hole, MA. 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. Applications are due March 31, 2018 for UCSC and March 23, 2018 for WHOI.

NSF: Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU), Ocean Sciences
Application websites for most of these OCE REU’s are open now or will open soon and most application deadlines are in mid-February or March.

Institute for Broadening Participation: Not too late - STEM summer research programs
Deadlines are fast approaching, but we still have 100+ programs in our database that have deadlines coming up in the next 15 days.

Proposal Calls

NSF: Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science - NEW!
This solicitation offers opportunities for NSF INCLUDES Alliances. The critical functions of each NSF INCLUDES Alliance are to: 1) Develop a vision and strategy (e.g., problem statement and theory of change) for broadening participation in STEM along with relevant metrics of success and key milestones/goals to be achieved during the project’s lifecycle; 2) Contribute to the knowledge base on broadening participation in STEM through broadening participation and implementation research, sharing project evaluations, data, new scientific findings/discoveries, and promising practices; 3) Develop multi-stakeholder partnerships and build infrastructure among them to decrease social distance and achieve progress on common goals targeted by the Alliance; 4) Establish a “backbone” or support organization that provides a framework for communication and networking, network assistance and reinforcement, visibility and expansion of the Alliance and its partners, that will collaborate with the NSF INCLUDES Coordination Hub; 5) Advance a logic model or other heuristic that identifies Alliance outcomes that reflect implementation of change at scale and progress toward developing an inclusive STEM enterprise. Full Proposal Deadline Date: April 4, 2018.

IODP: Register Now: Expedition 385 (Guaymas Basin Tectonics and Biosphere) Webinar - NEW!
The International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) is currently accepting applications for scientific participants on Expedition 385 (Guaymas Basin Tectonics & Biosphere) aboard the JOIDES Resolution. To learn more about the scientific objectives of the expedition, life at sea, and how to apply to sail, please register and join us for a web-based seminar on Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at 12:00 PM EDT.

IODP: Apply to Sail on IODP Expedition 385: Guaymas Basin Tectonics and Biosphere
The deadline to apply is April 15, 2018.

NSF: Cyberinfrastructure for Sustained Scientific Innovation (CSSI) - Data and Software
Full proposal deadline: April 18, 2018.

NSF: Dear Colleague Letter: Stimulating Research Related to Navigating the New Arctic (NNA), One of NSF's 10 Big Ideas
Organizations submitting proposals to programs and funding vehicles without deadlines are encouraged to submit proposals by May 1, 2018, to be considered for FY 2018 funding.

Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Education and Human Resources (IUSE: EHR) Program Flyer - NEW!
The goal of the IUSE:EHR Program is to catalyze colleges and universities and their faculties to provide highly effective, evidence-based teaching and learning experiences for their undergraduate students taking STEM courses. It supports the development and use of practices that are rooted in a solid research base. In pursuit of this goal, IUSE: EHR supports a broad range of projects on two tracks. The Engaged Student Learning track supports the development, use, and testing of instructional practices and curricular innovation that engage and improve student learning and retention in STEM. The Institutional and Community Transformation track supports efforts to increase the propagation of highly effective, evidence-based teaching and learning by promoting this activity broadly at the discipline, academic department, and institutional levels. IUSE: EHR, managed by the Education and Human Resources Directorate, is one component of NSF’s larger cross-directorate investment in improving undergraduate STEM education. Beginning in FY 2018, there will be no single date deadlines for Exploration and Design proposals, which may be submitted at any time from October 1, 2017 onward.  Please note however that proposals received after May 1, 2018 will be held over to the subsequent financial year for possible award (for example awards will be made in FY 19 for proposals received after May 1, 2018).

Kochi Core Center: Deep biosphere samples from IODP Expeditions 366 and 370 now available

DCO: Deep Life Cultivation Internship Program

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: Arctic Sciences Program Solicitation
Proposals accepted anytime.

NSF: Tribal Colleges and Universities Program (TCUP) Program Solicitation
Preparing for TCUP Implementation proposals accepted anytime.

C-DEBI: Rolling call for Research Exchange proposals



University of Western Brittany (UBO): Postdoctoral researcher position
Please send your application no later than April 1, 2018.

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology: Two Ph.D. Positions

U Penn: Two Graduate Research Assistant Positions

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
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