C-DEBI Newsletter – January 15, 2015
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A hearty congratulations to URI graduate student Justine Sauvage for winning an Outstanding Student Paper Award (OSPA) in Biogeosciences from the 2014 AGU Fall Meeting, and to USC postdoctoral researcher Alberto Robador, for being featured in the LA Times for his collaborative C-DEBI research (see the Frontiers paper, C-DEBI Contribution 249, as well as the USC press release, and infographic)!

Proposal Calls

The Deep Carbon Observatory Deep Life Community is accepting electronic submissions until February 5, 2015 for proposals to the Census of Deep Life. Proposals can request support for high throughput sequencing of metagenomes or 16S rDNA amplicons of communities from deep subsurface environments.

National Academies Research Associateships for Graduate, Postdoctoral and Senior Researchers
There are four annual review cycles and the next closes February 01, 2015.

NSF: Genealogy of Life (GoLife) program solicitation
Full proposal deadline: March 25, 2015.

ECORD: Research Grants for Graduate Students and Postdocs at ECORD Country Institutions
Applicants should be enrolled in either a PhD or “early­-career,” post-­doctoral research programme at any institution from an ECORD country. The deadline to apply for an ECORD Research Grant is March 31, 2015.

NSF: Dimensions of Biodiversity Program Solicitation
Full proposal deadline: April 09, 2015.

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, next submission deadline May 15, 2015, related to the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP).

Education & Outreach

C-DEBI: Now receiving applications for C-DEBI Global Environmental Microbiology (GEM) Summer Course 
The GEM Course is an all-expenses paid, four-week intensive introductory course in Global Environmental Microbiology (GEM) geared for early career undergraduates from 2 and 4 year colleges/universities that focuses on microbes found in aquatic environments investigated through authentic research experiences (students collect, process & interpret data). Application deadline: February 03, 2015

C-DEBI: Now receiving applications for Teacher Small Grants
The K-16 Teacher Small Grants program supports K-16 teachers who have attended a C-DEBI teacher-training program and have incorporated C-DEBI content into their classrooms.  These awards up to $2500 support items including but not limited to the following: funds for student field trips, classroom supplies, travel for presenting C-DEBI curriculum at educator meetings, or additional professional development directly related to C-DEBI research. Deadline for proposals: February 16, 2015.

Wrigley Institute: Geobiology 2015: An International Training Course in a Rapidly Evolving Field, June 19-July 21, 2015
GeoBiology 2015 is open to students and researchers at any level, although we give preference to graduate students in their early to mid years of study. Applications are due February 13, 2015.

Wrigley Institute: 2015 Summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU): Coastal Ocean Processes, Jun 15 – Aug 7, 2015
This NSF-funded program will support ten highly motivated and talented undergraduate students to conduct independent but guided research that focuses on Coastal Ocean Processes at the Wrigley Marine Science Center (WMSC) on Catalina Island, CA. Applications due February 16, 2015.

Stanford: Hopkins Microbiology Course, June 19 - July 18
Application deadline: March 1, 2015.

Meetings, Workshops and Activities

IODP: Workshop for Scientific Drilling in the Indian Ocean Crust and Mantle
For more information and to register, please visit:
The workshop is open to U.S. and international participants, and the deadline to register is March 15, 2015. Travel funding is available for U.S. participants, and the deadline to apply for those funds is January 31, 2015.


Bigelow: Two Postdoctoral Research Scientists in Microbial Evolution and Ecology
Two postdoctoral positions are available in Dr. Stepanauskas' laboratory. One position is focused on the deep evolution of Bacteria and Archaea and the genome content of the "microbial dark matter". Another position is focused on chemolithoautotrophy in the deep ocean and hydrothermal systems. Prior experience in computational analyses of large microbial genomic data sets will be necessary for this opportunity. For full consideration, the application should be received by February 1, 2015.

Moore Foundation: Program Officer, Marine Microbiology Initiative
The Foundation is seeking an accomplished scientist with expertise in a biological, oceanographic or other field relevant to marine microbial ecology, a passion for broad scientific inquiry and advancement, and excitement about MMI’s goals.

New Mexico State University:  Environmental Science/Environmental Chemistry Postdoctoral Position
Application closing date: January 30, 2015

University of Nevada, Las Vegas: Postdoctoral Fellow in microbiology (“microbial dark matter” biology)
The review of materials will begin December 01, 2014, and will continue until the position is filled.

Skidaway Institute of Oceanography: Two Tenure Track Faculty Positions in Oceanography
The committee will begin to review applications on October 24, 014 and will continue until the positions are filled.

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
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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