C-DEBI Newsletter – August 15, 2013
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Dear C-DEBI,
Be sure to stay tuned for our next round of proposal calls going out September 1st (due October 1st) for research and education small grants, and postdoctoral and graduate student fellowships. Additionally, please see below for information about our new grants program for K-12 teachers, a new C-DEBI contributed publication, upcoming events and more!

Education & Outreach Programs and Activities

Announcing: C-DEBI K-12 Teacher Small Grants
C-DEBI invites K-12 teachers who have who have attended a C-DEBI teacher-training program to submit proposals for support up to $2,500 to incorporate C-DEBI content into their classrooms or share with their colleagues. Please see the PDF for qualifying training programs and further details.  For additional questions, contact Diversity Director, Cynthia Joseph at We look forward to your proposals! Fall Call: due October 15th.

Opportunities for Media Outreach on IODP Science at the AGU Fall Meeting
Will you be presenting exciting and newsworthy new science at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting in San Francisco this December? Are you interested in reaching out to the news media, but are not sure where to get started, or what options are available to you? Every year, this meeting is attended by hundreds of journalists from domestic and international outlets. They are on the hunt for great stories. But with so much going on at the meeting, they often appreciate a little help finding the true gems. The IODP-U.S. Education and Outreach Team can help you decide on the best strategy to get the word out about your work – whether that includes issuing a press release, pitching a press conference idea, or making personal connections with specific journalists. If you would like more information or need advice, contact Matthew Wright as soon as possible.

National Ocean Sciences Bowl Seeks Technical Advisory Panel Participants
The National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB) is looking for Washington D.C. metropolitan area ocean science professionals to join a NOSB Technical Advisory Panel (TAP).  The NOSB takes great pride in its challenging questions and each year asks scholars, scientists, and teachers to participate in the question review process.  TAPs are held each September and October to review the buzzer and Team Challenge Questions for the regional and national NOSB competitions.  If you have expertise in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Geology, Marine Policy, Technology, Social Science or Geography, please help us ensure the competition questions are of the highest quality possible.  Please note that this is a volunteer opportunity.  If interested in volunteering by using your expertise in the marine sciences to help the next generation of ocean scientists and stewards succeed, contact Melissa Brodeur.


Hot Off the Press: Characterizing borehole fluid flow and formation permeability in the ocean crust using linked analytic models and Markov Chain Monte Carlo analysis (C-DEBI Contribution 173) in Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems Online
Thermal records from boreholes in young oceanic crust, in which there is water flowing up or down, are used to assess formation and borehole flow properties using three analytic equations that describe the transient thermal and barometric influence of downhole or uphole flow. C-DEBI graduate student D.M. WinslowCo-I A.T. Fisher and K. Becker link these calculations with an iterative model and apply Markov Chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) analysis to quantify ranges of possible values. The model is applied to two data sets interpreted in previous studies, from Deep Sea Drilling Project Hole 504B on the southern flank of the Costa Rica Rift and Ocean Drilling Program Hole 1026B on eastern flank of the Juan de Fuca Ridge, and to two new records collected in Integrated Ocean Drilling Program Holes U1301A and U1301B, also on the eastern flank of the Juan de Fuca Ridge. Their calculations indicate that fluid flow rates when thermal logs were collected were ~2 L/s in Holes 504B, 1026B, and U1301A, and >20 L/s in Hole U1301B. The median bulk permeabilities determined with MCMC analyses are 4 to 7 x 10-12 m2 around the uppermost parts of Holes 504B, 1026B, and U1301A, and 1.5 x 10-11 m2 around a deeper section of Hole U1301B, with a standard deviation of 0.2 to 0.3 log-cycles at each borehole. The consistency of permeability values inferred from these four holes is surprising, given the range of values determined globally and the tendency for permeability to be highly variable in fractured crystalline rock formations such as the upper oceanic crust.

Preliminary Report: Expedition 341S, Simple Cabled Instrument for Measuring Parameters In situ (SCIMPI) and Hole 858G CORK Replacement.
Integrated Ocean Drilling Program Expedition 341S was an engineering expedition dedicated to two separate projects. One was the first deployment of the Simple Cabled Instrument for Measuring Parameters In Situ (SCIMPI) on the Cascadia margin. The second was replacement of the CORK in Hole 858G for formation pressure monitoring in the Middle Valley axial rift of the Juan de Fuca Ridge. Both installations were targeted to be incorporated into the NEPTUNE observatory network. SCIMPI is a new observatory instrument designed to study dynamic processes in the subseabed based on a simple and low-cost approach. SCIMPI was successfully installed in Hole U1416A. The final tool string consisted of nine modules, with three of these including pressure sensors (modules 1, 5, and 9, at 8, 117, and 234 meters below seafloor, respectively). The second operation with SCIMPI was the deployment of a single module (with a seafloor connector and command module, dubbed SHRIMPI) in Hole U1416B. The new CORK that was to be installed in Hole 858G was constructed with a simplified seal system designed to survive the overpressures and high temperatures at this location. The new CORK was not installed because the old CORK could not be removed from Hole 858G.

Scientific Activities and Programs

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IODP: Deep Biosphere Workshop in Florence, Italy, August 25, 2013
For more information, please email Beth Orcutt.
Early registration opens in August, and more information is available at

If you are interested in participating, please send a brief statement of interest and relevant scientific ocean drilling experience to Debbie Thomas ( by September 23, 2013. For additional information, please visit

Proposal Calls and Competitions

The workshop submission deadline for this special call is August 15, 2013. (Workshops focusing on any region will still be accepted at the USSSP standing deadline of October 1, 2013.) For more information, please visit


Questions should be directed to Dr. Kathleen Ruttenberg, chair of the search committee, at More information about the Department can be found at Review of applications will begin on August 15, 2013.

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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