The IGERT seminars will bring all members of the program together frequently (in person or virtually). The seminars will be venues for presenting and discussing current research results, establishing collaborations, exploring the global perspectives of the subsurface biosphere, investigating the ethical, moral, and cultural aspects of our science. The seminars will be a forum for discussing improvements to the program and current course material. The research and educational components of the training grant will come together at this seminar.

The seminars are designed to be a lively mix of research, education, and policy inclusive of all issues relevant to the subsurface biosphere. The seminar will be organized by the IGERT director and initially chaired by him. It is intended that the responsibilities will pass to the students in the second and third terms of the year which puts the students into leadership roles.

Fall term 2007 IGERT Seminars:

October 25th, 2007 - Dr. Ronald S. Oremland, Senior Scientist with the US Geological Survery in Menlo Park, CA, http://www.gulfbase.org/person/view.php?uid=roremland and http://water.usgs.gov/nrp/proj.bib/oremland.html. Title of talk: "The Ecology of Arsenic.........a drama in 10 "Ms": Murder, Mayhem, Mobility in Malodorous Mono Muds, Microbes, Mars, and Minimal Methane", 4:00 p.m. on the PSU campus, Neuberger Hall, Room 375.

November 8th, 2007 - Dr. David J. Des Marais, Interdisciplinary Scientist at NASA Ames Research Center: http://amesteam.arc.nasa.gov/CVs//CV_desmarais_david.html. Title of talk: "Hypersaline benthic microbial ecosystems and the search for evidence of  life on Mars", 4:00 p.m. on the OSU campus, 193 Burt.

November 15th, 2007 - Dr. Susan Childers, Assistant Professor at the University of Idaho, Department of Geological Sciences: http://www.webpages.uidaho.edu/~childers/personnel.html. Title of talk: "Microbiology and Geochemistry of Arsenic Oxidation in a Geothermal Environment", 4:00 p.m. on the PSU campus, Neuberger Hall, Room 375.

November 29th, 2007 - Dr. Robin Gerlach, Associate Professor, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, College of Engineering, Montana State University: http://www.erc.montana.edu/~robin_g/ and http://tbi.montana.edu/facultystaff/gerlach.html. Title of talk: “Subsurface Biofilm Barriers for the Control of Contaminated Groundwater”, 4:00 p.m. on the OSU campus, 193 Burt.

Winter term 2008 IGERT Seminars:

January 17th, 2008 - Dr. Douglas Capone, Professor of Biological Sciences, USC College of Letters, Arts and Sciences: www.usc.edu/schools/college/faculty/faculty1003151.html. Title of talk: "Nitrogen Fixation and the Marine Nitrogen Cycle", 4:00 p.m. on the PSU campus, Science Bldg., 2, Rm. 247.

February 7th, 2008 - Dr. Allan Konopka, Lab Fellow - Pacific Northwest National Laboratory: http://www.pnl.gov/science/staff/staff_info.asp?staff_num=6031. Title of talk: "Living in a metalliferous world — Effects of spatial scale on bacterial community diversity in heavy-metal contaminated soils", 4:00 p.m. on the OSU campus, 193 Burt.

February 28th, 2008 - Dr. Diana E. Northup, Visiting Associate Professor of Biology, University of New Mexico: http://www.i-pi.com/~diana/ and http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/caves/extremophiles.html. Title of talk: “Cave Decorating Made Easy: Just Add Microbes”, 4:00 p.m. on the PSU campus, Science Bldg. 2, Rm. 247.

March 6th, 2008 - Dr. Janet Jansson, Professor of Microbiology, Department of Microbiology, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences: http://www-jjlab.slu.se/. Title of Talk: Molecular exploration of the Baltic Sea sediment microbiota", 4:00 p.m. on the OSU campus, 193 Burt.

March 13, 2008 - Dr. Timothy R. Ginn, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of California-UC Davis: http://cee.engr.ucdavis.edu/faculty/ginn/. Title of talk: "Horizontal gene transfer in porus media", 4:00 p.m. on the OSU campus, 193 Burt.

Spring term 2008 IGERT Seminars:

April 3rd, 2008 - Dr. Tori Hoehler, Research Scientist at NASA Ames Research Center: http://amesteam.arc.nasa.gov/CVs/CV_hoehler_tori.html. Title of Talk: "Biological energy requirements as boundary conditions for subsurface life", 4:00 p.m. on the OSU campus, 193 Burt.

April 17th, 2008 - Dr. Markus Hilpert, Assistant Professor, The John Hopkins University, Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering: http://www.jhu.eud/~dogee. Title of Talk: "Modeling of contaminant degradation by chemotactic bacteria: exploring the formation and movement of bacterial bands", 4:00 p.m. on the OSU campus, 193 Burt.

May 1st, 2008 - Jay L. Garland, NASA Chief Scientist and Biological Program Manager, Dynamic Corporation, Kennedy Space Center: http://www.lssc.nas.gov/als/bios/jgarland.php and http://quest.nasa.gov/people/bios/space/garland.html. Title of Talk: "Process and Pattern: Lessons from Parsing the Heterotrophs' Diet", 4:00 p.m. on the OSU campus, 193 Burt.

May 8th, 2008 - Dr. Katrina J. Edwards, Associate Professor at the University of Southern California, Department of Biological Sciences, Division of Marine Environmental Biology: http://www.usc.edu/dept/LAS/biosci/Edwards_lab/USC%20Geomicrobiology%20Front%20page.html. Title of talk: "Life on the Rocks in the Deep-Sea", 4:00 p.m. on the PSU campus, Science Building 2 Room 162.

May 22nd, 2008 - Dr. Steven L. Bryant, Associate Professor, Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering, Crockell School of Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin: http://www.pge.utexas.edu/faculty/bryant.cfrm. Title of talk: "Mechanisms of Permeability Reduction by In-Situ Microbe Growth", 4:00 p.m. on the OSU campus, 193 Burt.

May 29th, 2008 - Dr. Ron Crawford, Director - Environmental Biotechnology Institute and Distinguished Professor, University of Idaho: http://www.webpages.uidaho.edu/~crawford/, 4:00 p.m. on the PSU campus, Science Building 2 Room 162.

June 5th, 2008 - Dr. Qusheng Jin, Assistant Professor at the University of Oregon, Department of Geological Sciences: http://www.uoregon.edu/~qjin/. Title of talk: "Cracking the complexity of biogeochemical reaction modeling", 4:00 p.m. on the OSU campus, 193 Burt.

*seminars will be held on Thursdays from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.

(Half of the IGERT Seminars will be held in Portland and half will be held in Corvallis. The seminars will be combined with other IGERT activities that will require a six hour block of time approximately five times per term).