Minority Microbiology Mentor Newsletter - May 2016

ASM ACTIVITIES

  • Volunteer to be a Career Adviser at the ASM Microbe session, “Microbiology Career Choices: What’s Available and How to Succeed”
  • Undergraduate Faculty Research Initiative Fellowships
  • ASM Grant Writing Course
  • ASM Scientific Writing and Publishing Course
  • ASMCUE
  • Career Activities at ASM Microbe
  • 32nd Clinical Virology Symposium
  • ASM Microbe 2016
  • ASM Biothreats Conference:  Research, Response and Policy
  • Upcoming ASM Conferences

FEDERAL AGENCY ACTIVITIES

  • NSF Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Program (S-STEM)
  • Division of Integrative Organismal Systems
  • Plant-Biotic Interactions
  • Centers of Research Excellence in Science and Technology (CREST) and HBCU Research Infrastructure for Science and Engineering (HBCU-RISE)
  • Understanding HIV Rebound (P01)
  • Laboratory and Diagnostic Tools to Advance Microbiome-Brain Research (R43/R44)

ARTICLES OF INTEREST AND OTHER UPDATES

  • Multiple M.S. Assistantships in Wetland Ecology – Nicholls State University, Louisiana
  • Microbial ecology Ph.D. assistantship at the University of Southern Mississippi
  • PhD opportunities in microbial ecology of arctic soils
  • Postdoc position in Microbial Ecology
  • Postdoc in microbial saprobe community structure (GWU)
  • Postdoc fellowship- soil microbial ecology
  • Postdoc in Stream Microbial Ecology at Loyola University Chicago
  • Postdoc Research Opportunity in Wetland Plant Ecology at LUMCON
  • Postdoc Position in Microbial Interactions at the University of Rhode Island

SPOTLIGHT ON MINORITY MICROBIOLOGISTS

  • Gustavo A. Ramírez

 


ASM ACTIVITIES

Volunteer to be a Career Adviser at the ASM Microbe session, “Microbiology Career Choices: What’s Available and How to Succeed”
The ASM Education Board is seeking advisers to share insights about career pathways and provide coaching and advising in an informal small group discussion setting at the ASM Microbe session, “Microbiology Career Choices: What's Available and How to Succeed,” to be held on Thursday, June 16, 2016 from 12:45 pm – 4:15 pm. This workshop is targeted to undergraduate and graduate students seeking careers in the microbiological sciences and especially to learn about opportunities that go beyond what they have seen or experienced in academic settings. To serve as a career adviser, click on the following link: Intent to Participate form.

Undergraduate Faculty Research Initiative Fellowships
Early-career (and future) undergraduate STEM educators are encouraged to apply for a 2016 ASM-NSF LINK Undergraduate Faculty Research Initiative (UFRI) Fellowship. This nascent professional development resource trains STEM faculty to develop undergraduate research programs by initiating successful research partnerships. As part of the fellowship, LINK will provide travel subsidies of up to $2,000 to (i) increase participation of undergraduate STEM educators at eight eligible ASM-sponsored research conferences, (ii) encourage networking and collaborations with potential research partners, and (iii) access resources and mentoring to advance undergraduate research programs. Fellowship applications are accepted on a rolling basis for each of the eight conferences. The deadline is June 6 to be considered for a UFRI fellowship for the ASM Conference on Streptococcal Genetics or the ASM Conference on Experimental Microbial Evolution (each takes place in Washington, D.C.) To learn more, visit http://www.asmlink.org/ufri.

ASM Grant Writing Course
Senior-level graduate students, postdoctoral scientists, and early-career scientists are invited to apply for the ASM Grant Writing Course. Sponsored by the ASM Committee on Graduate and Postdoctoral Education to meet the growing need for guidance and support on grant applications, the course will take place 12-14 August 2016 in Washington, D.C. The course will emphasize excellence in grantsmanship, and participants will receive in-person mentoring, real-time constructive feedback, and best practice strategies for composing effective grant proposals. The application deadline is June 30. ASM offers the Grant Writing Course with partial support from the ASM-NSF Leaders Inspiring Networks and Knowledge (LINK) Program and the Burroughs Wellcome Fund. For additional program details, such as costs and eligibility criteria, please visit http://bit.ly/asmgw16nl.

ASM Scientific Writing and Publishing Course
The ASM Committee on Graduate and Postdoctoral Education welcomes applications to the ASM Scientific Writing and Publishing Course, an effort that supports beginning researchers in understanding the writing, publishing, and review processes for scientific journals. Set for 12-14 August 2016 in Washington, D.C., the course is led by ASM members who have published widely, reviewed manuscripts, and served on the editorial boards of major journals. Program benefits include one-on-one feedback from facilitators, writing practice, and stimulating group discussions and interactions. The course is open to senior-level graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and early-career scientists who are ready for an immersive and intensive writing experience. The application deadline is June 30. ASM offers the Scientific Writing and Publishing Course with partial support from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund. For additional program details, such as costs and eligibility criteria, please visit http://bit.ly/swpc16nl.

ASMCUE
Register today for the Annual ASM Conference for Undergraduate Educators (ASMCUE), set for July 21-24, 2016, at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center in Bethesda, MD. ASMCUE 2016 will feature intensive professional development sessions and inspiring talks by leaders at the forefront of science and teaching. For instance, the plenary lecture lineup includes “Integrating Modern Genomic Science into Practical Microbiology: The Case of Food Safety” by Eric Brown, Director for the Division of Microbiology in the Office of Regulatory Science at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, “Pathogenesis of Fungal Infections” by Arturo Casadevall of Johns Hopkins University, “Increasing Access to Education and Careers in STEM Field” by Shirley Malcom of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and “The State of the Nation: What We Know About Learning Biology” by Loretta Brancaccio-Taras of Kingsborough Community College and 2016 Carski Foundation Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Awardee. The lectures will complement discussions of advances in STEM education and research, lab safety guidelines, teaching tools, student learning, and more. At the conference, you will also have a chance to meet ASM’s new CEO, Stefano Bertuzzi, Ph.D., MPH who will be on site to welcome ASMCUE attendees. For full program details, visit http://www.asmcue.org.

Career Activities at ASM Microbe
ASM Careers has written a summary of all of the career activities happening at the ASM Microbe meeting in Boston, June 16 – 20, 2016.  This year the meeting features a Profession of Microbiology (POM) track, that features sessions on career, education and public engagement.  To see the blog post on POM activities go to:  http://www.asm.org/index.php/careers-blog/item/29-careeractivitiesmicrobe16.  

32nd Clinical Virology Symposium
May 19–22, 2016 | Daytona Beach, Florida
http://www.asm.org/cvs2016
Last chance to register! Join your peers at this leading event to learn the latest breakthroughs in clinical and diagnostic virology.

ASM Microbe 2016
June 16–20, 2016 | Boston, Massachusetts
http://www.asm.org/microbe2016
Register today and you could win a $100 American Express gift card! Make sure to enter code Microbe2016 on your hard copy or online registration form to be entered into the drawing.

ASM Biothreats Conference:  Research, Response and Policy
February 6–8, 2017 | Washington, DC
A premier event focusing on the collaborative efforts to manage biothreat agents, pathogens, and global surveillance.

Upcoming ASM Conferences
http://www.asm.org/conferences

@ASM Conference – Special President's Edition on What Does the Biology of Flaviviruses Tell Us About Zika: The Importance of Fundamental Virus Biology  Sold Out!
June 1, 2016 | Washington, DC

ASM Conference on Streptococcal Genetics
July 31–August 3, 2016 | Washington, DC
Abstract submission deadline: May 23, 2016
Early bird registration deadline: June 23, 2016

2nd ASM Conference on Experimental Microbial Evolution 
August 4–7, 2016 | Washington, DC

Abstract submission deadline: May 26, 2016
Early bird registration deadline: June 23, 2016

5th ASM Conference on Salmonella
August 29–September 1, 2016 | Potsdam, Germany
Abstract submission deadline: June 24, 2016
Early bird registration deadline: July 21, 2016

6th ASM Conference on Beneficial Microbes
September 9–12, 2016 | Seattle, WA
Abstract submission deadline: July 1, 2016
Early bird registration deadline: July 28, 2016

Save the dates for more 2016 ASM Conferences!


FEDERAL AGENCY ACTIVITIES

NSF Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Program (S-STEM)
A well-educated science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) workforce is a significant contributor to maintaining the competitiveness of the U.S. in the global economy.  The National Science Foundation (NSF) Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM) program addresses the need for a high quality STEM workforce in STEM disciplines supported by the program and for the increased success of low-income academically talented students with demonstrated financial need who are pursuing associate, baccalaureate, or graduate degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) [6], [16]. Recognizing that financial aid alone cannot increase retention and graduation in STEM, the program provides awards to Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) to fund scholarships and to advance the adaptation, implementation, and study of effective evidence-based curricular and co-curricular activities that support recruitment, retention, transfer (if appropriate), student success, academic/career pathways, and graduation in STEM. The S-STEM program encourages collaborations among different types of partners: Partnerships among different types of institutions; collaborations of STEM faculty and institutional, educational, and social science researchers; and partnerships among institutions of higher education and local business and industry, if appropriate.  Full proposals are due May 16, 2016, and more information is available at https://www.nsf.gov/mobile/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5257&org=NSF&from=home.

Division of Integrative Organismal Systems
The Division of Integrative Organismal Systems (IOS) supports research aimed at understanding why organisms are structured the way they are and function as they do. Proposals should focus on organisms as a fundamental unit of biological organization. Principal Investigators (PIs) are encouraged to apply systems approaches that will lead to conceptual and theoretical insights and predictions about emergent organismal properties. Areas of inquiry include, but are not limited to, developmental biology and the evolution of developmental processes, nervous system development, structure, and function, physiological processes, functional morphology, symbioses, interactions of organisms with biotic and abiotic environments, and animal behavior.

Proposals are welcomed in all of the core scientific program areas supported by the Division of Integrative Organismal Systems. Proposals may be submitted to the two tracks described in this solicitation. All investigator-initiated proposals submitted to the Core track of this solicitation must now be invited based on merit review of preliminary proposals. There is a single submission deadline with a limit of 2 preliminary proposals per investigator per year as PI or Co-PI in response to the Core track of this solicitation.  Please see the GPG for definition of roles for PI and Co-PI. There are no limits on the number of proposals you can participate on as collaborator. These PI/Co-PI limits do not apply to full proposals submitted to the EDGE track of this solicitation, which has no PI or Co-PI limits on number of proposals submitted. The PI/Co-PI limits apply only to the preliminary proposals submitted to the Core track of this solicitation and do not pertain to proposals submitted in response to other NSF solicitations.

Unsolicited full research proposals are no longer accepted into the IOS Core Programs. Full proposals submitted on a single deadline to the EDGE track of this solicitation do not require prior submission of a preliminary proposal. A Letter of Intent is required before submission of a full proposal to the EDGE track of this solicitation.  Full proposals are due June 1, 2016, and more information is available at https://www.nsf.gov/mobile/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=503623&org=NSF&from=home.

Plant-Biotic Interactions
The Plant-Biotic Interactions (PBI) program supports research on the processes that mediate beneficial and antagonistic interactions between plants and their viral, bacterial, oomycete, fungal, plant, and invertebrate symbionts, pathogens and pests. This joint NSF-NIFA program supports projects focused on current and emerging model and non-model systems, and agriculturally relevant plants. The program’s scope extends from fundamental mechanisms to translational efforts, with the latter seeking to put into agricultural practice insights gained from basic research on the mechanisms that govern plant-biotic interactions. Projects must be strongly justified in terms of fundamental biological processes and/or relevance to agriculture and may be purely fundamental or applied, or include aspects of both perspectives. All types of symbiosis are appropriate, including commensalism, mutualism, parasitism, and host-pathogen interactions. Research may focus on the biology of the plant host, its pathogens, pests or symbionts, interactions among these, or on the function of plant-associated microbiomes. The program welcomes proposals on the dynamics of initiation, transmission, maintenance and outcome of these complex associations, including studies of metabolic interactions, immune recognition and signaling, host-symbiont regulation, reciprocal responses among interacting species and mechanisms associated with self/non-self recognition such as those in pollen-pistil interactions. Explanatory frameworks may include molecular, genomic, metabolic, cellular, network and organismal processes, with projects guided by hypothesis and/or discovery driven experimental approaches. Where appropriate, quantitative modeling in concert with experimental work is encouraged. Overall, the program seeks to support research that will deepen our understanding of the fundamental processes that mediate interactions between plants and the organisms with which they intimately associate and advance the application of that fundamental knowledge to benefit agriculture.  Full proposals are due June 6, 2016, and more information is available at https://www.nsf.gov/mobile/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=505267&org=NSF&from=home.

Centers of Research Excellence in Science and Technology (CREST) and HBCU Research Infrastructure for Science and Engineering (HBCU-RISE)
The Centers of Research Excellence in Science and Technology (CREST) program provides support to enhance the research capabilities of minority-serving institutions (MSI) through the establishment of centers that effectively integrate education and research. MSIs of higher education denote institutions that have undergraduate enrollments of 50% or more (based on total student enrollment) of members of minority groups underrepresented among those holding advanced degrees in science and engineering fields: African Americans, Alaska Natives, American Indians, Hispanic Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Native Pacific Islanders. CREST promotes the development of new knowledge, enhancements of the research productivity of individual faculty, and an expanded presence of students historically underrepresented in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. CREST Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (PRF) awards provide research experience and training for early career scientists to work at active CREST Centers to meet the CREST Program goal of building the research capacity of MSIs and advancing the nation's STEM workforce and leadership. HBCU-RISE awards specifically target HBCUs to support the expansion of institutional research capacity as well as the production of doctoral students, especially those from groups underrepresented in STEM, at those institutions.  Full proposals are due June 10, 2016, and more information is available at https://www.nsf.gov/mobile/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=6668&org=NSF&from=home.

Understanding HIV Rebound (P01)
The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to support multi-disciplinary, Program Project applications aimed at understanding specific mechanisms, biomarkers, and pathways associated with rebound of HIV viremia. Research should focus on viral rebound in: 1) HIV/SIV-positive hosts who initiated antiretroviral therapy early after infection, had fully suppressed viremia for an extended period, and who later stopped therapy, 2) HIV/SIV-positive hosts receiving an intervention aimed at controlling or delaying HIV rebound, or 3) HIV/SIV-positive hosts receiving an intervention aimed at diminishing or eradicating viral reservoirs.  Letters of intent are due June 29, 2016, and more information is available at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-AI-16-028.html.

Laboratory and Diagnostic Tools to Advance Microbiome-Brain Research (R43/R44)
The complex and dynamic human microbiota profoundly affect human health and diseases in a variety of ways. Microbiota affect physiological processes including digestion, growth, immune defense and nervous systems. Mounting evidence indicates that components of the human microbiome change over time and are affected by a patient disease state and medication. It was also shown that microbiome composition influences mood disorder, level of stress and vice versa. This modulation of systemic immune response and physiology has an impact on pain and cognition in neurodegenerative, neurodevelopmental and behavior diseases.   The purpose of this FOA is to encourage small business to develop and commercialize novel technologies and products that may enhance microbiome research with relevance to neurosciences.  Letters of intent are due July 15, 2016, and more information is available at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-DA-17-017.html.

 


ARTICLES OF INTEREST AND OTHER UPDATES

Multiple M.S. Assistantships in Wetland Ecology – Nicholls State University, Louisiana
The Wetland Plant Biology Lab in the Department of Biological Sciences at Nicholls State University (http://www.nicholls.edu/biology) is seeking to fill multiple M.S. positions beginning in the summer/fall of 2016. Students will earn a M.S. degree in Marine and Environmental Biology. 1) Two 2-year positions are available to participate in a condition assessment of 40 wetlands across the state of Louisiana. For more information about these projects, contact Dr. Sean Graham at sean.graham@nicholls.edu. Minimum Qualification: • B.S. in Ecology, Soil Science, Marine/Coastal Science, Environmental Science, or related field • undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or greater • GRE scores of 300 or greater (Q+V) • highly motivated and capable of working independently Preferred Qualification: • undergraduate research experience • experience driving/trailing a boat • strong desire to publish research Salary/Stipend: $18,000/year, plus full tuition coverage. To Apply: email the following information to Dr. Sean Graham (sean.graham@nicholls.edu) 1) a short cover letter describing research experience and interests 2) CV or resume 3) transcripts (unofficial is acceptable) 4) GRE scores (and TOEFL scores if applicable) 5) contact information for three professional references Closing Date: Applications will be reviewed as they are received. The application deadline for assistantships starting in the fall semester is March 26. For additional details regarding University Admissions, see http://www.nicholls.edu/biology-graduate/application-information/.

Microbial ecology Ph.D. assistantship at the University of Southern Mississippi
A Ph.D student position is available in the research laboratory of Dr. Kevin A. Kuehn at the University of Southern Mississippi. This position is part of a 3 year funded NSF project that seeks to understand the relative importance of algal photosynthetic priming vs. photolysis in facilitating microbial-mediated (bacterial and fungal) organic matter decomposition in freshwater wetland ecosystems. The stipend for this graduate research assistantship is $20k/year and includes a full tuition waiver and health care benefits. The anticipated start date is negotiable. The University of Southern Mississippi, a Carnegie Research I institution with approximately 17,000 students, is located in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, with additional campuses located nearby on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Further information about the department may be found at http://www.usm.edu/biological-sciences. Interested applicants should send a cover letter, short statement of research interests and future goals, CV, contact information for three references, and copies of transcripts and GRE scores (unofficial is fine) to Dr. Kevin A. Kuehn (kevin.kuehn@usm.edu). Review of applicants will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Questions concerning this position should be directed to Dr. Kevin A. Kuehn.

Ph.D. opportunities in microbial ecology of arctic soils
The laboratory of genetics in microbial ecology (GEM Lab), headed by Dr. Jiri Barta, is looking for PhD students to join a team of international researchers. The focus of the lab is to characterize the role of soil microorganisms in the changing climate of the Arctic region. If you are interested in more information about arctic cryoturbations, please visit the webpages of our previous project CryoCARB (http://www.univie.ac.at/cryocarb/ ). Profile - Applicants should hold a Master degree in microbiology, soil microbiology, molecular biology or related discipline. - Motivated students of all nationalities with strong commitment to soil microbiology are invited to apply. - Any experience in bioinformatics and microbial genetics, etc. is an advantage - The candidate should have well-developed social skills and be able to work in a team. - Applicants should have good communication skills in spoken and written English.  Applications for this PhD position should be submitted to jiri.barta@prf.jcu.cz Your application file should contain a motivation letter, CV and publication list (if applicable), a summary of your previous research experience, your marks and degrees during your Master studies and a reference letter from the promoter of your master thesis. University of South Bohemia, Ceske Budejovice Faculty of Science Department of Ecosystem Biology Laboratory of Genetics in Microbial Ecology (GEM Lab) Branisovska 1760 37005 Ceske Budejovice Czech Republic.

Postdoc position in Microbial Ecology
The Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EBIO) at Tulane University invites applications for a postdoc position in Microbial Ecology. We aim to recruit an outstanding researcher with a Ph.D. and prior postdoc experience. We are particularly seeking applicants with strong research and publication records. We are seeking an applicant with expertise in plant-microbial symbioses and/or remediation with bacteria or fungi. The incumbent will work closely with Dr. Sunshine Van Bael to engage in independent and collaborative research exploring aspects plant-microbial symbioses as they pertain to phytoremediation and coastal restoration in the Mississippi River Delta and elsewhere in the northern Gulf Coast (http://vanbaellab.wp.tulane.edu). Preference will be given to candidates possessing in-depth topical knowledge in plant-microbial symbioses and remediation. Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications. Please apply online - http://apply.interfolio.com/34658- include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of research interests, and the names and contact information of three professional references. Questions for Dr. Van Bael can be directed to svanbael@tulane.edu; using the subject heading “Microbial Ecology Postdoctoral Position.” Tulane University is an equal employment opportunity/affirmative action/persons with disabilities/veterans employer committed to excellence through diversity. Tulane will not discriminate against individuals with disabilities or veterans. All eligible candidates are encouraged to apply.

Postdoc in microbial saprobe community structure (GWU)
A postdoc position is available in the Zanne lab at George Washington University with a flexible start date. The postdoc will work on collaborative projects related to the microbial colonization of wood. These projects include: 1. Analyzing multi-year microbial community data from an NSF-funded project in St. Louis, MO, USA, and 2. Measuring plant anatomical, morphological and chemical wood traits and characterizing fungal community composition using DNA-based and functional approaches for an Australian Research Council-funded experiment in Sydney, Australia, in collaboration with Will Cornwell (University of New South Wales) and Jeff Powell (Western Sydney University). The postdoc would be based at GWU located in the heart of Washington, DC, USA with easy access to numerous science-, conservation-, and policy-based institutions. Applicants should have a PhD in a relevant field and strong writing and quantitative skills. Applications will be reviewed as received and the position will remain open until filled. Applications should include a research statement, including relevant skills for the project and future goals (max: 1-2 pages), curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references (including emails and phone numbers). Materials should be sent to Amy Zanne: aezanne@gmail.com.

Postdoc fellowship- soil microbial ecology
Sylvie Quideau, Ed Bork, and Cameron Carlyle at the University of Alberta are seeking a motivated postdoc to join a collaborative project investigating soil microbial response to disturbance in mixedgrass prairies. Candidates must have a Ph.D. in soil microbiology, biogeochemistry, or microbial ecology. Experience with molecular approaches to characterize community composition and function is required. Strong verbal, written, and computational skills are essential. The project is funded by an NSERC-CRD grant. The successful candidate will be provided with an annual fellowship of CAD 45,000. The position can start immediately and no later than August 2016. The initial appointment period will be for one year with the potential of renewal for an additional year. Interested candidates should e-mail their transcript, a detailed curriculum vitae, a cover letter that summarizes their qualifications and research goals, and the names and contact information of three references to Dr. Sylvie Quideau at sylvie.quideau@ualberta.ca. Only successful candidates will be contacted.  

Postdoc in Stream Microbial Ecology at Loyola University Chicago
Job Title: Postdoc in Stream Microbial Ecology Background: Loyola University Chicago (LUC), College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Biology invites applications for a full-time postdoc, with expertise in the area of stream microbial ecology. The position is for one year with the possibility of renewal for a second year based on performance. For more information about the department visit http://www.luc.edu/biology. Duties and Responsibilities: The postdoc will work with Dr. John Kelly and Dr. Timothy Hoellein on a funded research project that will seek to quantify and identify sources, sinks, and biological interactions of microplastic particles in the eight major tributaries of Lake Michigan. Applicants must have a Ph.D. in biology, ecology, microbiology, or a related field, experience with stream ecology fieldwork, and a valid U.S. driver’s license. Applicants should apply on-line at http://www.careers.luc.edu and submit a letter of intent, a current Curriculum Vitae, and a brief statement describing their research interests and experience. They also should provide the names and email addresses of three individuals prepared to speak to their professional qualifications for this position. Referees will not be solicited immediately but might be at subsequent points in the review process. For further information, please contact Dr. Kelly (jkelly7@luc.edu). The position is available immediately and will remain open until filled. To learn more about LUC’s mission, candidates should consult our website at http://www.luc.edu/mission/. For information about the university’s focus on transformative education, they should consult our website at http://www.luc.edu/transformativeed.

Postdoc Research Opportunity in Wetland Plant Ecology at LUMCON
The Roberts Lab of Ecosystem Ecology and Biogeochemistry (http://robertsresearchlab.weebly.com/) at the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON) is seeking a postdoc in wetland plant ecology to help organize and lead a series field studies and manipulative experiments studying the effects of the Macondo Oil Spill on coastal marsh ecosystems. The candidate must have a Ph.D. in ecology, wetland science, plant ecology, biogeochemistry or a related field. Initial appointments are for 1 year, and may be renewed for a total of 2 years depending on satisfactory performance. The desired start date is spring 2016, but is negotiable. Location: The position will be based at the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON) Marine Center in Cocodrie, LA (visit http://www.lumcon.edu  for information on the facility). The field sites are located along the Louisiana coast between LUMCON and the Mississippi River. To Apply: Send 1) a letter of interest that describes your interest in the position, your career goals, and details your work and educational experience most relevant to the position, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) up to 3 relevant reprints, and 4) contact information for 3 references to Dr. Brian Roberts (broberts@lumcon.edu) with “Wetland plant ecology postdoc position” in the subject line. For more information, contact Dr. Brian Roberts by email or phone (985-851-2821). Deadline: Review of applications will commence immediately and continue until the position is filled. 2 LUMCON is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer that actively seeks diversity among its employees. 

Postdoc Position in Microbial Interactions at the University of Rhode Island
The University of Rhode Island, Graduate School of Oceanography invites applications for a Postdoc. The research project, funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, examines microscale interactions between marine diatoms and bacteria and is a collaboration with Professor D. Hunt, Duke University. The postdoc will be primarily responsible for analysis of the gene expression component of the project and will be working with high-throughput transcriptomic data and physiological data. Qualifications: Candidates are required to have a Ph.D. degree by August 2016 in Oceanography, Biology, Computer Sciences or a related field. The position is for 12 months initially, commencing anytime before November 2016 and renewable for an additional 6-12 months depending on start date and performance. Applications must include (1) a statement of experience, career goals, research vision and interests; (2) curriculum vitae, (3) reprints of relevant publications and (4) names and addresses of three referees willing to write confidential letters of recommendation. All materials should be emailed as a single pdf document to: rynearson@uri.edu with ‘Microbial Interactions PostDoc Application’ in the subject line. Candidates will be selected based on overall excellence, including academic qualifications, letters of recommendation, and prior skills, experience, and research goals that are compatible with the goals of the funded research. The position is compensated through a competitive salary and excellent benefits package. Further information: Rynearson lab: http://www.gso.uri.edu/rynearson-lab/.  URI Graduate School of Oceanography: http://www.gso.uri.edu/.  Hunt Lab: http://oceanography.ml.duke.edu/hunt/.    

 


SPOTLIGHT ON MINORITY MICROBIOLOGISTS

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Gustavo A. Ramírez
Gustavo A. Ramírez is a Ph.D. candidate in Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography at the University of Southern California.  Gustavo earned his A.S. in Biological Sciences from Citrus College and his B.S. in Microbiology from the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.  Prior to joining USC, Gustavo worked in the Food Microbiology Industry and, later, was awarded a NASA internship at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory/ California Institute of Technology in the Biotechnology and Planetary Protection Group.  Currently, he is a visiting international scholar at the Center for Geomicrobiology at the University of Bergen in Bergen, Norway. His research interests include understanding the role of the paleome and necromass in survival, adaptation and evolution in isolated microbial ecosystems, elucidating microbe-mineral interactions occurring in the oceanic deep biosphere and developing life-detection methods with applications in extreme environments on Earth and elsewhere in the Solar System.

The Marine Deep Biosphere is the largest contiguous and least explored microbial habitat on Earth. Microbe-mineral interactions occurring within this biosphere; specifically, under kilometers of water, hundreds of meters of sediments, within the basaltic crust and in perpetual darkness, may play important roles in global biogeochemical cycles. Very recently, microbiological exploration of this entombed world has been begun, facilitated by boreholes drilled at the seafloor that penetrate down to the crust, providing investigators a window into Earth’s “intraterrestrial” habitats. A recent publication titled “Temperature and Redox Effect on Mineral Colonization in Juan de Fuca Ridge Flank Subsurface Crustal Fluids” (doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2016.00396) co-led by Gustavo Ramirez, explores the physico-chemical drivers behind microbial colonization and succession at subseafloor observatories. Here, the authors pursue basic questions regarding the endemic vs. transient nature of life within ocean crust by placing colonization experiments at observatory sites and inoculating initially sterile surfaces with crustal subseafloor aquifer fluids sourced from hundreds of meters below.  Results suggest that sterile minerals are rapidly (less than a year) colonized by prokaryotes transported in aquifer fluids. These observations highlight the capacity for low abundance members of subseafloor crustal fluids to establish functional communities, with the potential for dark carbon fixation, on various deep biosphere-relevant substrates under changing redox and temperature conditions. In sum, the authors interpret their molecular observations as evidence for a rapidly responsive and active microbial cohort at depth and a potentially more dynamic and diverse deep biosphere system than initially postulated.

 


In July 2006, the Committee on Microbiological Issues Impacting Minorities (CMIIM) of the American Society for Microbiology Public and Scientific Affairs Board developed a monthly e-newsletter which contains information pertinent to minority microbiologists.  Currently, there are very few minority-based newsletters for scientists, and there are none for microbiologists. 

This e-newsletter provides a central means of distributing pertinent information to underrepresented minorities in the field of microbiology.  Some examples include career advice, networking tips, relevant news articles, unique funding and career opportunities, microbiological issues affecting minorities (e.g., HIV), minority issues affecting microbiologists (e.g., minority retention), and scientific articles published by minorities or by minority-serving institutions (MSIs). 

The target populations are African-Americans, Latino-Americans, Native Americans, Alaska natives, and Pacific Islanders; however, all ASM members are invited to sign up and to share this information with others who may find this e-newsletter beneficial.  

Signing up to receive The Minority Microbiology Mentor is very easy and is open to ASM members and non-members:  simply go to http://asm.org/index.php/component/content/article/31-forms/forms/238-subscribe-to-listserv, enter your email address, and select "MinorityMicroMentor" then submit, and you will receive confirmation of your subscription by email.  If you are an ASM member, you will be prompted to Log In before signing up.

The Committee on Microbiological Issues Impacting Minorities is chaired by Dwayne W. Boucaud, Ph.D., Professor in the Quinnipiac University Department of Biomedical Sciences in Hamden, CT.  The Minority Microbiology Mentor Editor-in-Chief is Crystal N. Johnson, Ph.D., associate professor at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA, and the Associate Editor is Andrea M. Rocha, Ph.D., ORAU postdoctoral research associate within the Biosciences division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, TN.

The MMM can post employment ads only if they are first featured on the ASM’s Career Connections site:  http://www.asmcareerconnections.org/home/index.cfm?site_id=756. Career Connections is offering a discount for job postings that are featured in the MMM.  Please contact CMIIM@asmusa.org with your ad needs.

For more information about the Committee on Microbiological Issues Impacting Minorities (CMIIM) go to the committee’s web page:  http://www.asm.org/cmiim

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