CGS Notes

Here are the notes from the recent CGS council meeting, attended by our group rep Sam Dodbele. If you have questions about CGS, feel free to talk to Sam or Blake Szkoda who is the Math and Physical Sciences Senetor.

Elections Meeting

We will be holding elections for all of officer positions on Friday, September 1st at 3 pm in Biological Sciences Building room 773! Pizza and drinks will be provided! We are looking forward to a great next year!

Upcoming Events

We just recently had our Mini Golf outing, where Abby led the field with superior putting skills!

We are looking forward to our Independence Day cook out on July 16th and our IGP softball tournament in August! We will also be welcoming our new students during orientation at the end of August! Come join in the fun!

Outreach Opportunity in May 2017

Hi everyone!

Are you interested in boosting your resume/CV with valuable outreach/teaching experience? Adding some diversity to your graduate school activities? Looking for a fun way to give back to the community?

Come join us in helping students at our local Hilltonia Middle School learn about fundamental scientific concepts, while performing fun and interactive activities! We currently have two events planned in May for the week before IGP, so hopefully these don’t interfere with anyone’s travel plans. We are recruiting volunteers to help with a photosynthesis activity on Monday, May 15th (Photosynthesis) and a frog dissection on Thursday, May 18th (don’t worry, prior experience with dissection is not necessary).

The time commitment is extremely flexible with these events! Sessions are held both in the morning and early afternoon, and only last about an hour each. So if you are considering volunteering but only available for a short time, attending for part of the day, even just one session, is certainly an option!

 If you are interested or want more information about times, responsibilities, etc., please respond to the OSBP contact, Effie Miller ( or the MCDB contact, Daniel Del Valle  (

April CGS Update from OSBP Representative Samantha Dodbele

CGS Delegate Meeting Notes

  1. Senate Elections
    1. Biological Sciences- Yao Wan
    2. Food Agriculture and Environmental Science- Kyle Benzle
    3. Math and Physics Sciences Senator Seat- Blake Szkoda
    4. Humanities- Julie Dentzer
    5. Education and Human Ecology- David Bowers
    6. Business- Francis Hedgemire
    7. Engineering Sciences- Joachim Bean
    8. Arts- Jezzalyn Gowdy
    9. Professional Biological Sciences- Chloe Williams
    10. Social and Behavioral Sciences-Elizabeth Douglas


  1. New Business
    1. Amendment to Delegate Apportionment- Few seats were increased for a few programs based on increased numbers of students in these programs.- Passed.


  • Delegate Concerns
    1. Bus routes being shut down update- COTA never sought the university’s input before making these changes. Upper level people are looking into where they can bring this up to COTA. COTA says that no stops have been eliminated, but rather the have been restructured to be make more efficient bus routes. New maps are on the transit app.


Presidential Award Winner!

Congratulations to Walter Zahurancik, in the lab of Dr. Zucai Suo, for being awarded a Spring 2017 Presidential Fellowship!

Walter joined OSBP after completing his BS degree in Biochemistry here at Ohio State in 2012. His work in the Suo lab has focused on the mechanisms of multiple enzymes that participate in DNA replication and repair.  The Presidential fellowship, which is the highest honor awarded by the graduate school, will support Walter during the final year of his thesis work. We are proud to add Walter to the list of many successful Presidential fellows in OSBP!

Presidential Fellowship Winner!

From the Desk of Thomas Magliery:


Please join me in congratulating Austin Raper for receiving a Presidential Fellowship in the Spring 2016 competition.  The Presidential Fellowship, the highest award given by the Graduate School for outstanding scholarship, supports the fellow in the final year of dissertation work.  Only 24 of OSU’s over 10,000 graduate students are recognized in each biannual competition.

Austin was a summa cum laude graduate of the University of Mount Union in Biochemistry, and he started at Ohio State in 2013.  Austin joined the lab of Zucai Suo in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry.  He studies mechanisms of DNA damage tolerance and repair while pioneering new applications of single molecule techniques.

Congratulations, Austin!

Outreach Opportunity!


Are you interested in boosting your resume/CV with valuable outreach/teaching experience? Adding some diversity to your graduate school activities? Looking for a fun way to give back to the community?

Come join us in helping students at our local Hilltonia Middle School learn about fundamental scientific concepts, while performing fun and interactive activities! We currently have two events planned in December we are recruiting volunteers for, Friday, December 9th and another TBD but most likely Wednesday, December 14th

The time commitment is extremely flexible with these events! Sessions are held both in the morning and early afternoon, and only last about an hour each. So if you are considering volunteering but only available for a short time, attending for part of the day, even just 1 session, is certainly an option!

Also, if you are a CLSE TA, we have partnered with Judy Ridgeway to offer 5001 points for volunteering, a great way to make up some of those last minute points!

If you are interested or what more information, please respond to the OSBP contact, Effie Miller ( or the MCDB contact, Daniel Del Valle  (, by Friday December 2nd. We will also be offering an optional session in BioSci (time TBA) on that same Friday to go over the activities and discuss any questions you might have as first time or returning volunteers!

Thank you!

Volunteer Opportunity!

Hello fellow science lovers!

Horizon Science Academy Columbus High School is looking for judges for our annual STEM fair on Saturday November 19, 2016.  Our schools is located at 1070 Morse Rd in Columbus. Judges should arrive at 8:30am and be finished about noon. We are looking for scientists, educators, and engineers. Come join us and have some science fun with the future minds in science and engineering. If you are interested, please fill our the google form at the link below.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact Jamie Doup by

18 +, College degree (or in college), doesn’t have to be a science major

Breakfast, coffee, gift, & encouraging science minds.

If you know anyone who would be interested in judging please forward my email to them.  If you are associated with a student group who has a newsletter or other form of events communication please pass this along.

Thank you!

Ms. Jamie Doup

STEM Coordinator  (Room 110)

Head of the Science Department

Scientific Research and Design Teacher

Horizon Science Academy Columbus High School

614-846-7616 ext. 1102

October CGS Delegate Meeting Notes


    1. Senior VP for Student Life, Dr. Javaune Adams-Gaston aka Dr. “J”
      1. Buckeye Village- University remains committed to having good housing for students with families/ spouses. However there are changes coming to Buckeye Village availability/ reduction of people able to move in. 18% of BV will go away in the fall of 2017, everyone who is there now will stay there. But they will be able to accommodate the 18% loss (because not accepting new residents), no one will be displaced. Lead in water issues are all taken care of and over.
      2. Second Year Transformation Experience Program (STEP)- the reason why second year undergrads are now required to live on campus. Created to increase retention, sense of place and community, and academic success. Has so far proven to be a great success, OSU is currently the national model. OSU is working on a model that can be used for retention of graduate students (not necessarily dictating where grad students live, but in other ways).
  • Student Health Insurance- SHIP- had the possibility of being in danger for people on GRA, GAA (funded graduate students) because of national legislation (Affordable Care Act). Right now we are still covered under student health insurance, there are ongoing conversations going on between federal agencies and graduate student orgs to monitor the situation.
  1. Scarlet and Gray Financial Wellness Program- will help students understand how do taxes especially if they are on fellowship. Cannot help you prepare your taxes, but will help graduate students (esp those on fellowship) understand the forms they need etc.


  1. Officer Updates
    1. Treasurer- CGS Delegate Grant- Give a summary about how CGS can impact your graduate students, and write up the event. Up to 200$ for event. Google CGS OSU Delegate Outreach Grant- there is a new application.


  • Committee Chair Updates
    1. Research Committee for the University- Thinking to switching to electronic lab notebooks. What are your thoughts on this? Committee thinks this would be hardest for science and anthropology departments. Trying to become a university wide policy. To increase security of data, patents, etc. Can still keep written notebooks but must also keep electronic records.


    1. President Drake is visiting next month’s CGS Meeting- any topics you would like his to address? Topic discussed- A position being created for someone who can handle ethical issues/ PI problems (especially useful for smaller departments) who can mitigate problems and help create anonymity; fostering interdisciplinary contact; what is his vision for the graduate school.


  1. Issues
    1. Carmen- Carmen has a size limit (500 MB) per class for uploads.



Graduate Career Resources

Dear All:

This week’s email contains the following information:
  • Fellowship and Grant Opportunities
    • Yale Ciencia Academy for Career Development (NIH Initiative)
    • National Defense Science & Engineering Graduate Fellowship
  • Career Opportunities
    • Career opportunities at the US Geological Survey

Please share these with your graduate students.

If you have items you would want us to include on these weekly e-mails, please send them to Fatima Vakil (



J. Marcela Hernandez, PhD
Graduate & STEM Diversity Director

College of Arts and Sciences Recruitment and Diversity Services

154 F Denney Hall, 164 Annie & John Glenn Ave, Columbus, OH 43210

614-292-2642 Office

I would like to share with you a program that will be of interest to graduate students, particularly those from Latino/Hispanic backgrounds. The Yale Ciencia Academy for Career Development is an NIH funded initiative (1R25GM114000) to connect PhD, MD/PhD, or PsyD students in biological, biomedical or behavioral research, with a network of diverse mentors, professional contacts, and role models who can help expand their opportunities for mentoring, peer support, networking, outreach, and professional growth and advancement.

The Yale Ciencia Academy seeks to complement academic graduate training by leveraging, a large and diverse Latino/Hispanic scientific network. Key features of the program include:
  • Virtual chats with diverse role models and mentors who will discuss topics such as careers within and outside of academia, getting funded, securing a postdoc, getting published, time and project management, and work-life balance, among others.
  • Online video discussions between program fellows to facilitate networking, peer mentoring, and community building.
  • Workshops for the development of skills related to mentoring, networking, professional goal setting, scientific teaching, and science communication.
  • Participants will have the opportunity to impact their communities and put in place leadership and communication skills through science outreach activities like the publication of popular science articles, podcasts, or visits to local schools.
  • An annual face-to-face meeting (with travel, lodging and registration expenses paid) to take place during a large scientific conference (e.g. AAAS Annual Meeting) to extend opportunities for networking and professional development.
Additional information about the program, eligibility guidelines, and the application can be found I would appreciate your help spreading the word about this program by sending the attached flyer to interested students, alumni, or mentees, or posting it in your laboratory or department. Registration closes November 23, 2016.
Deadline to apply for a 2017 award is December 9, 2016  at 5 p.m. Eastern Time.

The NDSEG Fellowship Program is a three-year funding opportunity for students in or near the beginning stages of their overall graduate study and it is meant for students who plan to pursue research-based doctoral degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines.

The program provides awarded fellows with:

•       36 months of full tuition and mandatory fee coverage at any accredited U.S. institution;

•       A $1,000 medical health insurance allowance per each year of the three-year program tenure;

•       And $102,000.00 in stipend payments over three years.

Students can start applying to the program as early as their undergraduate senior year and as late as the start of their third year of overall graduate study.

The reason we are getting in touch with you today is because we would like to introduce this fellowship opportunity to you and your colleagues.

This year’s deadline for a 2017 award
is December 9 at 5 p.m. Eastern Time.

If this is of interest to you or your colleagues, please let us know!  We’re happy to answer any and all questions related to the program.

Additionally – if you or colleagues at your institution are eligible and interested, panelist registration for the 2017 NDSEG Digital Application Evaluation is now open at This year’s evaluation panel will be held digitally throughout the month of January 2017. For more information, please contact our team directly.

Our team can be reached at or at (202) 649 – 3831.
My degree is in Chemistry
We use chemistry to solve problems in climate change, carbon sequestration, volcanic hazards, water,

fish and wildlife disease, ecosystems health, water and ecosystem contamination, energy and mineral

resources, and more.

My degree is in Physics
We use physics to solve problems in earthquake, landslide, volcanic, and weather hazards, climate

change, glaciology, flood monitoring, aquifer flow, surface water flow, coastal hazards, solid earth

deformation, and more.

My degree is in Biology
We use biology to solve problems in ecosystems, fisheries, invasive species, wildlife, climate change,

river systems, paleontology, conservation and restoration, environmental health, and more.

My degree is in Engineering
We use engineering to create tools to solve problems in rivers and lakes related to drought, flooding,

water-quality, and invasive species, hazard monitoring, and more.

My degree is in Computer Science
We use computer science for climate modeling, water flow, satellite image analysis, data analysis, GISrelated

software development, map making, hazard risk analysis, ecosystems status and trends, and more.

My degree is in Geographic Information Systems or Geospatial Information Science
We use GIS and GI Science to solve multidisciplinary problems like understanding water availability, or

how terrain affects invasive species migration, and for creating complex digital maps, and more.

My degree is in Health Professions
We use knowledge of medicine and public health to address questions about cancer clusters, regional

disease, wildlife health, ecotoxicology, fish and wildlife virology, and more.

My degree is in Mathematics
We use mathematics to solve problems in fluid flow, climate modeling, animal migration, satellite

imaging, GIS applications, predictive models for hazards, and more.

My degree is Interdisciplinary
We bring together scientists from multiple disciplines, including the social sciences, to tackle complex

issues that have societal impacts.

My degree is in Geosciences
Come on, it’s the U. S. Geological Survey. Of course we have a place for you.

REMINDER: Halloween Mixer!!


Don’t forget, the annual OSBP-MCDB-Biophysics Halloween mixer is this Wednesday! The event will be held at Woodlands Backyard in Grandview, beginning at 6pm.Appetizers and candy will be provided.

We will be awarding prizes to those with the best costume and best dessert. Please feel free to contact me with any questions.


See flyer for more details: mcdb-osbp-ibgp-halloween-mixer-2016

Ray Travel Award – Funding Period 3

Reminder: Club Officers Election Meeting

With the new semester underway, we will be holding a meeting Wednesday, September 14 at 4:00 pm BioSci 773. This meeting will directly follow the First Year student’s orientation class.

This meeting is open to anyone who is interested in helping to run and organize our club. I strongly encourage first year students and younger students to participate as many of the current officers have graduated or will very soon and without your involvement, many of the activities we currently do will fall by the wayside.

At the meeting, we will discuss the summer and orientation events, this upcoming year, and start to put together a new budget. Most importantly, we will be holding elections for the officer positions. Positions are open to any student in OSBP, including the new first year students, who is currently in good standing with the program.

All positions within the club are open! A list of the positions can be found on our new student website:
Every position can be ran by anyone, excluding president as the elected student must be post-candidacy to hold the chair position. This year we are particularly interested in finding someone to take over the Community Outreach Chair position.

If you cannot make the meeting but are interested in running for a position, please contact me before next Wednesday!

Hope to see you there,

David Heisler

Dr. David Nagib’s Game Changing New NIH MIRA Grant


David Nagib, assistant professor, chemistry and biochemistry, just received a significant award that encourages promising new and early stage investigators to tackle ambitious, far-reaching projects that impact health. Nagib’s five-year, $1,749,619 “Maximizing Investigators’ Research Award (MIRA) Outstanding Investigator Award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) funds work on synthesizing medicinal candidates via a new strategy called Chaperones for Radical Relays: Enabling Directed C-H Functionalizations.

Nagib shares the significance of his research, the impact the new grant will have and the importance of collaboration.

How important is this grant to your work?

This NIH award is a game-changer for our laboratory for two main reasons:

  1. It provides stable, long-term research funding, so we can devote all of our time to research (rather than grant-writing), and;
  2. It allows us significant freedom and flexibility to pursue especially “high-risk/high-reward” ideas.

Can you explain how the NIH MIRA funding will allow you to do #2?

“Our research team is focused on harnessing free radical chemistry to manipulate the molecular structure of medicines – to improve their pharmacological activity. The BIG challenge is that we are going after C-H bonds, which are the most ubiquitous functionality in all medicines.

To do this, we must invent new strategies that are both unusually reactive and precise in order to selectively mutate a single C-H amidst a sea of similar C-Hs found in complex, organic molecules. We believe that free radicals hold the key to solving this problem.

“This award will allow us to continue pursuing important challenges in the modern field of C-H functionalization with ideas that are innovative and perhaps more high-risk/high-reward.

What is your ultimate goal?

Our dream is to build an entire synthetic toolbox of “radical relay chaperones” that will allow a chemist anywhere in the world to take a cancer drug, antibiotic or diabetes pill off a shelf and make more potent, targeted analogs from it … in a single afternoon. This could lead to a fundamentally new approach to designing and synthesizing improved medicines.

Your website shows a dynamic, energetic group of aspiring young scientists. Can you share how they contribute to the research?

Science is very much a team sport. Great discoveries require a strong, unified team working together to solve a big challenge from every angle. Luckily, I have the best labmates ever!

My colleagues include talented and passionate undergraduate and graduate students, as well as postdoctoral fellows. When you have a dozen people constantly helping you to design more clever experiments and then meticulously sifting through all the data, it’s much easier to do great science and make important discoveries.

IGP Career Day 2017: Call for Speakers

The 2017 IGP Career Day committee is now looking for suggestions for speakers.

If you know of someone who would be a valuable resource for current students, please email Christine Wachnowsky ( with their contact information as we to put together another group of diverse and excellent speakers.


**Alumni, if you would like to speak about your experiences after OSBP, we would be happy to have you!