DoD's Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) has released their solicitation for both Core and SEED proposals. The two have different deadlines (Core: pre-proposal required, deadline of 9-Jan-2014; SEED: no pre-proposal, full proposal deadline 11-March-2014) with distinct Statements of Need (SONs) for both.
Janet Jansson recently received an award for her work in soil biology, and presented the Francis E. Clark Distinguished Lectureship on Soil Biology, at a meeting of the Soil Science Society of America in Tampa, Florida.
ESD Director Susan Hubbard was among 15 women scientists honored at Berkeley Lab, as part of a celebration of women science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) workers researching ways to change the world for the better.
ESD scientists led by Jillian Banfield and Laura Hug recently used metagenomics to evaluate the metabolic potential and diversity of Chloroflexi bacteria in aquifer sediments, and evaluate its role in sediment carbon cycling.
The Earth Sciences Division was recently awarded “LEED Platinum” status for its newly redesigned headquarters in Bld. 74—the first such award for any Berkeley Lab or DOE building within the Science Laboratory Infrastructure program.
Asma Marie will be a guest scientist at ESD this month, as part of the U.S. State Department’s TechWomen 2013 Program. Asma, a native of Libya, will be working in Jiamin Wan’s group within ESD’s Hydrogeology Department.
This past August, Jenny Druhan was awarded a prize for “best oral presentation” (out of 30 such presentations) at the EnvironMetal Isotopes (EMI) Conference in Ascona Switzerland. Her talk was based on her recently published paper in Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta.
The Rifle, Colorado, floodplain provides an excellent test bed for interrogating how global change affects biogeochemical system functioning. This work will be essential for the new BER-funded SFA 2.0, Phase I effort at Rifle.
Call for Proposals for the Berkeley Lab Innovation Grants 2014. The purpose of the Innovation Grants Program is to advance the development of Lab inventions and software toward commercial applications.
In work reported in a paper recently published in Nature Communications, ESD’s Cindy Castelle led a scientific team including ESD’s Kelly Wrighton, Ken Williams, Steve Singer, and Jillian Banfield in genomic-sequencing of two sediment-hosted microbial communities from an aquifer adjacent to the Colorado River, CO, USA.