Share Your Science – Free Online Course

Share your Science is a free online course presented by Scientific American and the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University, with Support from the Kavli Foundation.

Expert voices are needed more than ever in conversations of national and global import—whether they’re about the inherent charm and fascination of the natural world or about creating sound, scientifically informed public policy.

To help more scientists to share their expertise with the public, the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science, Scientific American and the Kavli Foundation are launching an online course on blogging and op-ed writing for magazines, newspapers and other news outlets.

The 10-week course includes live, interactive, and web-based instruction, as well as feedback on writing assignments by Alda Center instructors and Scientific American editors. Successful assignments will be considered for publication on Scientific American’s guest blog. The program will culminate with a special gathering in New York City in Fall 2018, where course participants will network with instructors, science communication experts and peers as well as staff from the Alda Center, Scientific American, and the Kavli Foundation.

The course is open to scientists at the post-doc level and higher (no graduate students) and will likely require 5-10 hours per week of commitment. Only 12 scientists will be accepted for each session, beginning Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 (dates TBA). There is no cost to participate, as the course is sponsored by the Kavli Foundation. No educational credit will be given for completion. Applications will be accepted from June 26, 2017 through July 31, 2017.

Click here to apply.

Academic and Professional English Workshop

The Postdoctoral Advisory Council in collaboration with English as a Second Language Programs will be offering the Academic and Professional English Workshop again this summer from June 26 – Aug. 15, 2017. This spoken English workshop is geared towards international postdocs looking to improve their presentation and networking skills.

The cost of the course is $350. The PAC will be offering scholarships to cover half of the cost. The scholarship application can be found here, and the deadline to apply is June 14.

For more information, please see the flyer below.

ESL Course Flyer 2017

Professional Development Training Program for Graduate Students and Postdocs

This two-day training program will provide graduate students and postdocs with a series of professional development workshops. Participants can sign up to attend open sessions on Friday, to attend the full-day session on Saturday, or to do both.

The Ohio Union
May 12 and 13
Click here to RSVP

You can find the schedule of events attached here.

If you have any questions, please contact Marcela Hernandez (

Minimum Stipend Increase for Graduate Students

The minimum stipend for students on appointment as graduate associates has been increased beginning fall semester 2016. In addition, the Graduate School will be developing guiding principles for graduate student compensation and benefits. This work will help determine how stipends are set and how minimum stipend levels are more routinely adjusted. Graduate students will be among the participants in this effort.

What you need to do:

  • Read the Graduate School’s announcement on this change;
  • Look for further communication from the Graduate School to be shared once the process has been finalized.

Associate Dean Search Update

Earlier this year, the college embarked on a national search to fill the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education position.  By all accounts, there was tremendous interest in this position and great excitement within the college as evidenced by the nearly 60 nominations submitted by our faculty and staff.

After conversation with our executive search firm, the search committee has recommended that we pause the search for this position.  While we had hoped to fill this critical position in the near future, pausing the search during the leadership transitions of the college will allow for a more stable and clearer picture for everyone. I’m sure there will be discussion about the most appropriate path forward for this position once those transitions have taken place.

My sincere thanks to Terry Niblack and each member of the search committee for their hard work and thoughtful input.

In the very near future, we will share additional information about how we will continue to support research and graduate education in the college.

Kind Regards,


Ronald Hendrick, PhD

Acting Dean and VP for Agricultural Administration

College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

The Ohio State University

100 Agricultural Administration Bldg.

2120 Fyffe Rd

Columbus, OH 43210


Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education – Call for Nominations

CFAES Faculty, Staff, and Students:

Our search for the new Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education is now in the advertising and candidate recruitment phase.  We are committed to identifying exciting and promising candidates through our collectively extensive networks within and outside of The Ohio State University – networks consisting of you and your colleagues.

We want your nominations!  Think boldly and broadly about people you know who are committed to research and graduate education, and whom you believe have the skills and qualities to lead in this essential role.  The search committee will be more than pleased to consider every nomination we receive, and grateful for your engagement in the search process.

Nominations may be sent to me (, or to Martin Baker (, or to any member of the search committee (see the committee link at  There are no requirements for nominations beyond names, positions, and contact information; your personal statement of support will be appreciated even though it isn’t necessary.

Please help us build a strong candidate pool for this important leadership position in our College!

My best regards,

Terry Niblack
Terry L. Niblack
Acting Senior Associate Dean
College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences
140 Agricultural Administration Building, 2120 Fyffe Rd., Columbus, OH 43210
614-698-1911 Office

Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education Search

The search committee and Baker and Associates (executive search firm) have been working over the last month to finalize the position profile, scope of responsibilities, and interview timeline for the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education.  Search committee members engaged their colleagues in reviewing and offering input into the position profile that has resulted in the attached version, which we will now use as part of the recruitment process.

We strongly encourage you to share the position profile with those whom you believe would be good candidates for the position.  In addition, if you have nominations, please send them to Martin Baker (contact information found in the position profile) to help us build a strong candidate pool for the search committee to evaluate.

The College has a website where we will be sharing information related to the search and where you will find the following:

*  Position profile

*  Link to the University posting

*  Search committee members

*  Information about Ohio State, CFAES, Columbus, Wooster and more

We expect to hold on-campus interviews during the week of May 10; we will provide detailed information about opportunities to engage as the time nears.

 Assoc Dean for Research and Grad Ed position profile

My best regards,

Terry L. Niblack
Acting Senior Associate Dean
College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences
140 Agricultural Administration Building, 2120 Fyffe Rd., Columbus, OH 43210
614-698-1911 Office