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January 12. Klaus gave a presentation at the USDA Plant and Animal Genome Meeting, San Diego, CA: Amazon rainforest microbial observatory: functiona diversity, taxonomic diversity, and response to ecosystem conversion. Host: Ann Lichens-Park.

December 11. The Amazon Rainforest Microbial Observatory website went online at www.AmazonMicrobes.org.

December 11. Invited Presentation: Klaus Nüsslein, UMass Amherst. Land use change in the amazon rainforest affects diversity at the microbial level. Host: Adriana, USP.

December 11. Klaus gave a presentation at the Department of Biology, University of Sao Paulo, Piracicaba Campus.

December 11. Dual Ph.D Degree Daniel. From both the Univerisity of Massachusetts-Amherst and Universidade de Sao Paulo, Centro de Energia Nuclear na Agricultura, Piracicaba Brazil.

November 11. Invited Presentation: Klaus Nüsslein, UMass Amherst. Land use change in the amazon rainforest affects diversity at the microbial level. Host: Om Parkash.

October 11. The DOE Joint Genome Institut awarded a grant to sequence soils from the Amazon Rainforest Microbial Observatory through the Community Sequencing Program “Profiling Metagenomic Consequences of Amazon Deforestation at Different Spatial Scales".

September 11. Burcu presented her research at the International Symposium of Subsurface Microbiology in Garmisch-Patenkirchen, Germany.

June 11. George recieves a scholarship to participate in The Summer Soil Institute at Colorado State University.

June 11. MS Degree Frances.

June 11. Kahlil presented his research at the national US-EPA Sustainable Remediation Conference, UMass Amherst.

May 11. MS Degree Kahlil.

May 11. MS Degree Nidhi.

May 11. Frances and Nidhi presented their work at the Annual General Meeting of the American Society of Microbiology in New Orleans.

April 11. Kewei presented his research at the HHMI Annual Undergraduate Research Conference at UMass Amherst.

April 11. Klaus Nüsslein was invited to be a member of the Member Environmental Science Program Steering Committee.

April 11. Kahlil presented his work at the Annual Massachusetts Water Resources Research Conference, UMass.

January 11. Ph.D Degree Teresa.

January 11. Burcu passed her preliminary comprehensive exam. Congratulations!

October 10. Kyung-hwa gave a talk at the 26th Annual International Conference: Soils, Sediments, Water and Energy, titled Effects of Cometabolism on Aerobic 1,2-dibromomethane Degradation.

October 10. Kyunghwa presented her work on EDB bioremediation at the Annual International Conference on Soils, Sediments, Water, and Energy, UMass Amherst.

August 10. Klaus Nüsslein gave a talk at ISME-13, titled Amazon Rainforest Microbial Observatory: The effects of land use change on diversity and microbial community composition.

August 10. 4 students and a post-doc (Teresa, Burcu, George, Caryl Ann, and Kyung-hwa respectively) presented posters at ISME-13. ISME-14 will be held in Kopenhagen in 2 years, and ISME-15 in Korea.

August 10. Welcome to three new Masters students, Frances Long, Kahlil Rieber, Nidhi Kumar.

August 10. Welcome to Daniel Lammel, a Visiting Researcher from Brazil.

August 10. Kahlil Rieber won the Nempet Scholarship.

August 10. MS Degree Brendan.

August 10. MS Degree Nazita.

August 10. Ph.D Degree Caryl Ann.

August 10. Congratuations to Vicente, second child Eduardo was born.

August 10. Burcu, Caryl Ann, George, Kyunghwa, and Teresa presented their research at the International Society of Microbial Ecology Meeting in Seattle. Teresa had received the ISME Travel Grant.

June 10. Images from the Microbial Diversity and Metagenomics: Science, Technology, and Applications workshop Prof. Nüsslein gave at The Escuela Politécnica del Ejército (ESPE), Army Polytechnic State University, is located in Sangolquí, Ecuador.

December 09. Klaus Nüsslein was member of a panel discussion webinar on Lab Skills for AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science). Story at ScienceMag

November 09. Klaus Nüsslein was invited to head a panel discussion at the Northeast Biochar Symposium 2009.

July 09. Former graduate student Lisa Stout (now Yale University) and Klaus were invited to submit a critical review in Trends in Biotechnology on plant microbe interaction.

July 09. Nüsslein, researchers catalog and study soils in Amazon rainforest. Story at MassLive.

July 09. Cataloging the Amazon Rain Forest's Soil Microbes. Story at Microbe World.

July 09. Amazon Rainforest Microbial Observatory to Catalog, Study Soils. Story at Lab Manager.

July 09. Forming an Amazon Rainforest Microbial Observatory. Story at Innovations Report (Europe).

July 09. Researchers Catalog and Study Soils in Amazon Rainforest. Story at Topix.

July 09. Forming an Amazon Rainforest Microbial Observatory. Story at YubaNet.

July 09. Forming an Amazon Rainforest Microbial Observatory. Story at eScienceNews.

July 09. Nüsslein, researchers catalog and study soils in Amazon rainforest. Story at 'In the Loop at UMass'.

July 09. http://www.newswise.com/articles/view/554235/ (site temporarily down)

July 09. UMass Amherst Researcher Leads Team in Founding Amazon Rainforest Microbial Observatory to Catalog, Study Soils. Story at 'News Release -- UMass Amherst'.

July 09. Researchers Catalog and Study Soils in Amazon Rainforest. Story at Academics.ws.

June 09. Welcome to Dr. Kyung-Hwa Baek, a new Postdoctoral Researcher to work on the Amazon soil Microbial Observatory.

June 09. Welcome to high school teacher Mitch Walkowicz. He will work with us this summer to study the need of perchlorate reducers to attach directly to the sulfur pellets.

June 09. We received additional funding for our NSF grant on Perchlorate Reduction to support an RET (Microbiology) and an REU (Env Engineering).

May 09. Welcome to the three new Graduate students, George Hamaoui, Brendan Murphy, and Nazita Gamini.

May 09. Brendan Murphy won the ASM Student Travel Grant Award for his abstract submission to the 109th General ASM Meeting.

May 09. Undergraduate student Nidhi Kumar helped to test combinations of essential oils as antimicrobial additives to natural cosmetics, a research project that won the Morton Award for best poster presentation at this years Annual Meeting of the Society for Economic Botany. 

May 09. Kahlil Rieber won the ASM Student Travel Grant Award for his abstract submission to the 109th General ASM Meeting.

April 09. Brendan Murphy and Kahlil Rieber won the HHMI Student Travel Grant Award.

March 09. Our Pilot Reactor is online now. Teresa Conneely's research on complete perchlorate removal by biodegradation successfully moved form the lab bench to the field. After optimizing our pilot reactor at the Massachusetts Military Reservation for months we are now online, and test groundwater clean up on site. 

Jan 09. Prof. Nüsslein, together with collaborators, won a grant from the USDA CSREES to establish a Amazon Rainforest Microbial Observatory: Functional Diversity, Taxonomic Diversity, And Response To Ecosystem Conversion. The research is led by Prof. Nüsslein, and the award of $800,000 will support research to investigate the effects of land use change (rainforest cut down to grow grass as cattle feed) on select taxa of soil bacteria.

Dec 08. Visiting Postdoctoral Researcher Heather Reed gave birth to Quentin.

Nov 08. Former group member Jeffrey Dabkowski (M.S. 2008) got into the Physician Assistant program at Northeastern University, one of the hardest schools to get into in the country (Northeastern receives 1000 applications and only accepts 34 into the program each year).

Oct 08. Amazon rainforest microbial observatory: functional diversity, taxonomic diversity, and response to ecosystem conversion. Story at USDA.

Sept 08. Welcome to the new Graduate student Burcu Ünsal. 

May 08. Jeffrey Dabkowski’s abstract to ASM 2008 triggered the invitation for a press release, which was later picked up by the Medtechinsider and the European site Medical Device.

Aug 08. Graduate student Teresa Conneely won the Siemens Best Paper Award at the August 2008 IWA North American Membrane Research Conference.

July 08. Postdoctoral Researcher Vicente Gomez was offered the 2008 Office of the Provost Postdoctoral Fellowship Award.  Sponsored by the Provost Office, Michigan State University postdoctoral fellowship for two years at Michigan State University, working with Tom Schmidt.

Mar 08. Kahlil Rieber received the HHMI Academi Research Internship for Spring 2008 and an HHMI travel grant to attend the ASM General Meeting in Boston 2008

Oct 07. Mighty Microbe Story in Oct 2007 of Time Magazine's žBest Inventions of the Year. Story at Microbiology Department Website

May 07. Vicente Gomez and Teresa Conneely received ASM Corporate Activities Program (CAP) Student travel grants for the General Meeting in Toronto 2007.

Jun 07. Javier defended his doctoral dissertation in June 2007 and is now working at Dartmouth College with Lee Lynd leading the Lynd Lab's Microbial Ecology Group.

Apr 07. Caryl Ann Becerra is the recipient of a 3 year pre-doctoral fellowship from the Ford Foundation.

Mar 07. Jeff Dabkowski has been selected as one of twelve University graduating seniors to receive the prestigious Leaders of the 21st Century Award. Jeff was nominated by Greg Tew from Polymer Science & Engineering. The award will be presented at the UMass Graduation Ceremony on Saturday, May 26, 2007.

Feb 07. Bacteria can help prevent earthquake damage. Story at Mongabay.

Jan 07: Vicente Gomez-Alvarez defended his doctoral dissertation.