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New Marine Microbiology Award from Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

Oregon State University assistant professor Ryan Mueller has received a grant of nearly $1 million from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation Marine Microbiology Initiative to study how the food preferences of coastal marine microorganisms shape elemental cycles in the ocean.  The foundation’s grant will allow Dr. Muller and co-investigators Xavier Mayali and Jennifer Pett-Ridge (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory), Chongle Pan and Robert Hettich (Oak Ridge National Laboratory) to create a deeper understanding of how the food choices of marine microbes contribute to carbon cycling off of the coast of California. High precision isotope techniques and molecular biology methods that are being pioneered at Lawrence Livermore National Lab and Oak Ridge National Lab will be used to identify which microbes prefer which types of food molecules and how microbial food web interactions influence the flow and fate of ocean carbon.

General Research Fund (GRF) Spring 2013 Award Announcement

After review and evaluation the Faculty Senate Research Council provided the Research Office with a prioritized list of proposals. The Vice President for Research has approved funding for the following six proposals.

Alcantar, Benjamin (Dept. of Biomedical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine): “Comparing Immunological Strategies and Life Spans in Diverse Ungulate Species”

Jander, Albrecht (School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, College of Engineering): “Advanced Spin-Caloritronic Materials for Thermo-Electric Energy Scavenging”

Mustacich, Debbie (Linus Pauling Institute): “Role of Atypical Deoxy-Sphingoid Bases in Secondary Spinal Cord Injury”

Sagili, Ramesh (Dept. of Horticulture, College of Agricultural Sciences): “Understanding Colony Level Prevalence and Intensity of Honey Bee Gut Parasite (Nosema ceranae) and Investigating effects of Colony Nutrition on Persistence of Nosema in Honey Bee Colonies”

Sikora, Aleksandra (Dept. of Pharmaceutical Sciences, College of Pharmacy): “Evaluation of the Conserved Proteins in the Cell Envelope and Membrane Vesicles of Neisseria gonorrhoeae as Putative Vaccine Candidates”

Silveira, Jason (Dept. of Music, College of Liberal Arts): “Physiological Responses to Music Performance Stimuli”

The Research Office received three proposals for the Faculty Release Time (FRT) Spring 2012-13 solicitation with requests totaling $16,000. After review and evaluation the Vice President for Research has approved the three proposals for funding.

The following proposals have been selected for funding:

·       Bobe, Gerd (Dept. of Animal and Rangeland Sciences, College of Agricultural Sciences): “Dietary Dry Beans for Obesity Prevention and Treatment”

·       Lopez-Cevallos, Daniel (School of Language, Culture, and Society, College of Liberal Arts): “Visual Health among Farmworkers in Oregon”

·       Pollard, Christine (Dept. of Exercise and Sport Science, OSU-Cascades): “Lower Extremity Mechanics following Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction: Implications for Modified Rehabilitation Protocols and Return to Activity Criteria”

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