2020 Plant Science Symposium

The 2020 PSS is now calling for abstracts and participation from all undergraduates, graduate students, postdocs, staff, faculty and visiting scholars. The symposium will feature keynote speakers Drs. Allison Miller and Kerry Clark, faculty and student speakers, a poster competition, workshops on grant writing, tours of plant science facilities, and more! Please see the attached flyers and our website for additional information.

Graduate students are invited to submit abstracts to be considered as student speakers by January 17, 2020. Selected student speakers will receive an award and can apply for travel grants!

All participants are invited to enter into a poster competition. Please submit your abstracts for the poster competition by January 17, 2020 to be entered into the competition. Prizes will be awarded to the top poster presenters! *Separate prizes will be awarded to undergraduates, graduate students, and postdocs/staff.

Please follow this link for more information, free registration, and guidelines for abstract/poster submission: https://u.osu.edu/plantsciencessymposium/

If you have any questions about the 2020 PSS, please feel free to email us: osuplantsciencessymposium@gmail.com

Post-Doc positions at UC Davis

Dr. John H. Morrison, Professor of Neurology and Director of the California National Primate Research Center (CNPRC), is seeking to hire 1-3 postdoctoral fellows, 100% time for the duration of two years with the possibility of extension. The postdoctoral fellows will be expected to participate in our research program investigating the synaptic and cellular basis of cognitive decline in rhesus monkeys. In this research program, we have identified several reflections of synaptic health that deteriorate with aging, leading to cognitive decline. A key question being pursued is whether or not such synaptic alterations can transition to the neurodegenerative events seen in Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) under certain circumstances. In order to pursue this question in the Rhesus monkey model, we have developed two monkey models of early AD, one based on the synaptic toxicity of Ab oligomers, and one based on the capacity for phospho-tau aggregates to initiate neurodegeneration. Both models show great promise and are currently being pursued in the laboratory. We are also pursuing other models of cognitive decline that have a high degree of translational impact on human health. While molecular approaches are being pursued, most of the lab’s work involves high resolution quantitative microscopy to reveal both synaptic and cellular alterations that are predictive of cognitive decline. Behavioral and in vivo imaging approaches are also employed. The CNPRC, Department of Neurology, and Center for Neuroscience converge to provide an outstanding training opportunity in Dr. Morrison’s laboratory for neuroscientists at multiple stages of development.

Qualifications: Applicant must have a Ph.D. in cellular or systems neuroscience, cell biology, biochemistry, molecular biology or a related scientific field. It is preferable that the successful applicant has experience with either 1) quantitative microscopy, or 2) biochemical analyses of brain tissue.

The applicant must have excellent communication skills and have the motivation to pursue and drive projects independently.

Candidates should be willing to apply for independent funding.

Salary: Commensurate with experience, following NIH guidelines.

Submit application at: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF02881

Emerging Leaders in Data Science Fellowship

Emerging Leaders in Data Science Fellowship

APPLICATION DEADLINE: February 8, 2020 11:59PM ET


The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), one of 27 Institutes and Centers making up the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has a core mission to conduct and support research to understand, treat, prevent, and diagnose infectious diseases and immune-mediated disorders. NIAID  basic and clinical research projects are generating large, diverse and complex data sets including genomics/omics data, clinical data, immune phenotyping assay data, imaging data, and other data sets. Similarly, the infectious and immune-mediated diseases research communities have become a data-intense enterprise. NIAID places a high priority on transforming these data into knowledge to more fully understand pathogen transmission and evolution, pathogen-host interactions, host immune response, and infectious and immune-mediated disease pathogenesis, as well as to develop new and improved diagnostics, therapeutics, and vaccines.

Over the last 10 years, NIAID has invested in bioinformatics and data science initiatives to better manage, share, and reuse research data, resulting in data coordinating centers, repository and knowledgebase resources, and other efforts to address data science research needs, both intramural and extramural research programs. The extramural program – accounting for about 80% of the annual NIAID budget – funds biomedical research at U.S. and international institutions. The data science needs of the extramural program involve supporting management and analysis of funded programs to improve policies, processes, and scientific priorities with regards to this research portfolio. Approximately 10% of NIAID’s budget supports its intramural program, whose scientists conduct infectious and immune-mediated disease research in laboratories here at NIH. The data science needs of the intramural program involve supporting intramural research activities.

NIAID recognizes that the institute has a critical need for a robust and cost-effective big data ready environment for data management that allows the maximum use and reuse of data generated by NIAID extramural and intramural programs and projects. Building a workforce with data science expertise is an important step toward addressing these data science challenges and opportunities. NIAID has established the Emerging Leaders in Data Science Fellowship Program to develop a cadre of talented data scientists who have a strong interest in applying their bioinformatics and data science expertise to advance research on infectious and immune-mediated diseases. This fellowship is managed by NIAID’s Office of Data Science and Emerging Technologies.

As a Research Participant in the NIAID Emerging Leaders in Data Science Fellowship Program, the participant will receive training and hands-on-experience in applying and managing big data sets, bioinformatics strategies and tools to support projects in NIAID’s extramural and intramural divisions. Appointments will be for one year, with an option to renew for a second year. The program is rotational in design, with participants conducting 3-4 month rotation-based projects throughout NIAID’s intramural and extramural programs. NIAID actively encourages fellows to participate in a variety of developmental assignments during their fellowship to broaden their perspectives on NIAID’s research mission, strengthen managerial and technical competencies, develop a broad understanding of NIAID’s data needs from a variety of views, and further develop leadership abilities. In addition to a stipend, Research Participants will be provided with a travel and training allowance and health benefits.

Appointments are typically made for one year and are renewable for a total of two years. Stipend rates are established and non-negotiable. Stipends are reported to the U.S. Internal Revenue Service as fellowship awards however, no federal income taxes will be withheld. Stipends are paid monthly.

1st year stipend rate: $67,600, $74,880, or $85,020 annually (commensurate with education and experience)
2nd year stipend rate: $70,304, $77,785, or $88,421 annually (commensurate with education and experience)

100% of health insurance premiums are covered for individuals or families, as appropriate.

An annual travel ($3,500) and training ($2,500) allowance is established for each participant for a total of $6,000 annually. Travel and training funds are interchangeable as necessary.


The qualified candidate must have received a master’s or doctoral degree in one of the relevant fields. Degree must have been received within five years of the appointment start date. Current students who are close to completing their degrees may apply but must have completed their degrees by the start of the fellowship.

This opportunity is available to U.S. citizens only.

For a full description of this opportunity and to submit your application, visit https://www.zintellect.com/Opportunity/Details/NIH-NIAID-2020-0004.

If you have questions, send an email to NIHprograms@orau.org.  Please include the reference code for this opportunity (NIH-NIAID-2020-0004) in your email.

ORISE Research Opportunities with the Agricultural Research Service (ARS)

Postdoctoral Research Opportunity in Plant Ecology

A research opportunity is available with the Global Change and Photosynthesis Research Unit located in Urbana, Illinois. The selected participant will be an integral member of a team aimed at developing knowledge, models, and decision tools that ultimately reduce the risk that weeds pose to food production in the face of climate variability. The over-arching objectives are to 1) improve the understanding of the influence of climate variability on crop and weed management outcomes, and 2) explore the integration of new chemical and non-chemical tactics for managing weeds in Midwest specialty crops. The participant will exercise significant independence in decisions related to day-to-day research. *A health insurance and relocation allowance will be provided. 

View/Apply Here: https://www.zintellect.com/Opportunity/Details/USDA-ARS-2020-0022

Computational Researcher – Mathematics, Engineering, Physics

Computational Researcher – Mathematics, Engineering, Physics
Air Force Research Laboratory | San Antonio, TX | STIPEND PROVIDED

This research opportunity involves creating a numerical toolbox for fractional calculus, which is a powerful branch of mathematics dealing with differentiation and integration of arbitrary order. As an ORISE participant you will not only have the unique opportunity to learn about these methods from leaders in the field, but will also apply them in a research-industry setting. First you will perform an initial literature survey to see what algorithms and methods already exist so that they may be replicated inside of the toolbox/library. This provides opportunities for hands-on learning including writing examples as well as routines for error analysis/performance metrics. The result will be the development of models that have the capability to simulate combinations of different biophysical processes that occur during directed energy exposure.

View/Apply here: https://www.zintellect.com/Opportunity/Details/AFRL711HPW-2019-0027


Full-Time Career Track Lecturer Position Open at the University of Arizona

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Arizona is seeking applicants for a full-time Career Track Lecturer to teach foundational and advanced biochemistry topics to undergraduate students with science majors, many of whom are interested in the health professions and/or graduate school. Additional courses in the Chemistry & Biochemistry Department curriculum may also be taught by them as the need arises. In addition to teaching, they will contribute to the department through service and outreach. This is an academic year (9-month) position at 1.0 FTE and is located in Tucson.

A copy of the posting details is attached. Interested candidates should visit http://uacareers.com/postings/43288 to submit an application.

Lecturer_Chemistry and Biochemistry (Career-Track)_University of Arizona

PhotonPharma Post-Doctoral Position

PhotonPharma Post-Doctoral Position

PhotonPharma, Inc. (www.photonpharmaceuticals.com ) is a biotech startup located in Fort Collins, Colorado at the Research Innovation Center of Colorado State University.  The company is developing technologies for cancer immunotherapy in human patients.  The company was started in 2018 by Professors Raymond Goodrich and Amanda Guth at Colorado State University and licenses technology they developed at Colorado State University.  The company is in the pre-clinical development stage and conducting research in vitro and with animal models and animal patients to support a Phase I IND application with the US FDA.  We are seeking a person to lead laboratory study activities associated with this development work.  Applicants should possess knowledge of general cell culture and processing skills as well as background in immunological methods.  An advanced degree in veterinary medicine, immunology, pathology or cell biology is preferred.  Experience should include work with laboratory animals in cancer biology as well as methods utilizing flow cytometry, ELISA methods, RNA seq analysis, proteomics and general biology and cell culture methods.  Candidates for this role would be expected to publish research results, and represent the company at oncology research conferences.  Applicants should submit a CV to Jon Weston, CEO PhotonPharma, at jon.weston@photonpharma.co.  Salary will be commensurate with experience with stock options as part of the compensation package.

Medical Writing Position @ Syneos Health/Navicor

Medical Writer – The Navicor Group
To apply for this position, send your resume or CV to Jeremy Hale at hale.516@osu.edu and he will forward it to the Navicor HR Director

Building brands for specialized markets is our focus here at The Navicor Group. And in the complex world of oncology and immunology, this is no small feat. Making a difference in these areas requires more than a passing interest. It takes commitment. It takes a depth of understanding. It takes a specialist. In fact, it takes a team of specialists dedicated to oncology and passionate about turning patients into survivors. This is exactly what you’ll find at The Navicor Group.


The Medical Writer is a key component of the new business pitch team and core brand team discovering and distilling medical information and data relevant to assigned products and therapeutic categories. The Medical Writer supports the brand copy team in developing compelling messages and promotional materials. As such, the Medical Writer is the agency expert in assigned with all activities serving as a client consultant in interpreting medical data, determining threats, and developing opportunities for all potential assigned products.


• Acts as agency expert on products
• Demonstrates a sound knowledge of assigned products and therapeutic categories as well as pharmaceutical marketing restrictions/requirements
• Builds a scientific story that best supports a brand strategy
• Identifies, in a sea of information, facts that support the brand strategy and/or provide other marketing opportunities
• Identifies important data points and weaves these into a story that is consistent with product positioning and can command physician interest and increase on-label product utilization
• Provides guidance for development of compelling graphics, figures, and other visual elements based on original data and/or review articles
• Shares the writing responsibilities with the Copywriter, focusing primarily on the development of content for clinical tactics
• Checks all promotional materials for medical accuracy and compliance with applicable regulations
• Consults with the client/brand managers to help them interpret clinical data
• Participates in client strategic meetings, war games, market research, and work plan development
• Demonstrates mastery of manuscript submission process, including referencing and regulatory details of assigned products Continuously mines medical resources and data for information that might be a threat or become an opportunity for assigned products
• Is proficient in the use of Medline and is familiar with other online resources such as MD Consult or OncologySTATs well as, prescribing information and medical guidelines
• Attends medical conventions; gathers and summarizes relevant information pertaining to assigned products and categories


• PhD degree with coursework emphasis in a science
• Without PhD degree, 10+ years of professional scientific writing experience
• Pharmaceutical advertising experience is preferred
• Demonstrated ability to produce a variety of clinical and promotional materials
• Oncology experience and/or experience with high science required
• Research focus with an acute attention to detail
• Demonstrated ability to distill complex data into comprehensible messages

Key Competencies

 Exceptional presenter especially in the new business pitch settings
 Oncology experience and/or experience with high science required
 Must demonstrate a high level of strategic acumen
 Provide sound collaboration across internal teams and Syneos resources
 Strong prospecting skills
 Solid understanding of the science and market dynamics of assigned brands
 Thorough understanding of editing and regulatory processes and requirements
 Strong written and verbal communication skills
 Efficiency in handling multiple assignments at one time
 Exceptional computer skills. Knowledge of PC operating platform a must. Knowledge of Macintosh a plus. Thorough knowledge of the following software applications is required: Microsoft Word and PowerPoint and Adobe Acrobat

Graduate/professional student trustee search

Do you know a graduate or professional student who excels as a leader, is an Ohio resident and plans to attend Ohio State through May 2022? He or she could be the next student representative on the university’s Board of Trustees. Please encourage potential candidates to apply or reach out to the board office with questions. The application and information about the role are available on the board’s website. Applications are due Jan. 10.

Application & Information Sessions

CLICK HERE to access the 2020 Graduate/Professional Student Trustee Application.

For more information on the student trustee role, please attend an information session with our current graduate student trustee Janice Bonsu. Details are as follows:

Friday, November 22, 2019
Location: Room 165, Thompson Library
Time: 5:00 p.m.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019
Location: Room 400, Prior Health Sciences Library
Time: 5:30 p.m.

About the Role

The Board of Trustees is the highest level of governance at Ohio State. It serves as the chief fiduciary and strategic body of the university, and its decisions ultimately shape the future of Ohio State and directly impact students, faculty and staff. The board consists of 20 members: 15 voting Ohio residents, two voting student trustees (one graduate or professional and one undergraduate) and three non-voting charter trustees (non-Ohio residents). All members, except for the charter trustees, are appointed by the governor of Ohio.

The student trustees each serve two-year terms, attend all board meetings and executive sessions, and vote at the committee and board levels. There are approximately four multi-day board meetings per year, plus additional off-cycle meetings and an annual board retreat. As a trustee, the selected student will be expected to attend all functions, stay up-to-date on campus, higher education and national news, and be able to balance this responsibility with other personal and academic commitments.

Eligibility Requirements

Each applicant must:

  • Be an Ohio resident (see details below)
  • Remain an Ohio resident for at least two years after appointment
  • Attend Ohio State for at least two years after appointment
  • Be in good academic standing
  • Not be on disciplinary probation

For those students who receive financial aid from and/or are employed by the university, please note that Ohio Revised Code section 3335.02(C) states in part, “… no student shall be disqualified from membership on the Board of Trustees because the student receives a scholarship, grant, loan, or any other financial assistance payable out of the state treasury or a university fund, or because the student is employed by the university in a position pursuant to a work-study program or other student employment, including as a graduate teaching assistant, graduate administrative assistant, or graduate research assistant, the compensation for which is payable out of the state treasury or a university fund. Acceptance of such financial assistance or employment by a student trustee shall not be considered a violation of Chapter 102 or section 2921.42 or 2921.43 of the Revised Code.”

Ohio Residency Requirement

Ohio’s residency requirements for all elected and appointed public officials (including Ohio State student trustees) are set forth by the Ohio Constitution, which requires that “no person shall be elected or appointed to any office in this state unless possessed of the qualifications of an elector” (Article XV, Section 4). Further, under Article V, Section 1, it states that “every citizen of the United States, of the age of 18 years, who has been a resident of the state, county, township, or ward, such time as may be provided by law, and has been registered to vote for 30 days, has the qualifications of an elector, and is entitled to vote at all elections. Any elector who fails to vote in at least one election during any period of four consecutive years shall cease to be an elector unless he again registers to vote.”

Therefore, a student must be a U.S. citizen, at least 18 years old, a resident of the state of Ohio, and have been registered to vote in the state of Ohio for at least 30 days before they may be appointed to the trustee position.

For more details on voter eligibility and residency requirements, please visit the Secretary of State website.

Application and Selection Process

The Office of Student Life oversees the application and interview process in partnership with the student trustee whose term is expiring. A selection committee of student leaders will interview selected potential applicants and select five finalists to recommend to the governor’s office. After interviewing the finalists, the governor will appoint one student to serve a two-year term. Interested candidates must submit a completed application.

Applications will not be accepted if they are late, incomplete, delivered to the wrong address or if the personal statement exceeds the maximum page length.


Please contact the Board of Trustees Office (board@osu.edu) with any questions.

Inclusion of LGBTQ+ People in Bioscience Study (Ohio State, Bioscience and Related Fields)

Thank you for taking the time to read this call for volunteers. I am seeking participants in a study to understand more about the experiences of LGBTQ+ people in the biosciences. I’m looking for folks who have attended (or are attending) colleges and universities across the United States to take at least one short survey.  If you wish to learn more, or to take any of the surveys, please click the links below.

I have four short surveys that you may be able to take.

The first two surveys are looking for folks in the biosciences. Survey 1 (https://bit.ly/2Zbr2Ig) asks that you also identify as an LGBTQ+ person.  Survey 2 (https://bit.ly/2YvI1rm) is open to anyone in bioscience, and includes a data collection tool called an Implicit Assumption Test, so please make sure that you take this one on a computer with a keyboard (it won’t work on a mobile browser).

Survey 3 (https://bit.ly/2MjHRgC) is open to anyone in any STEM (science, technology, engineering, or math) field, so long as they identify as LGBTQ+. Because I ask you to compare some of your experiences, you should also have taken at least one course in any bioscience or life science field.

Survey 4 (https://bit.ly/2MjFSbS) is open to anyone who has taken some college coursework, regardless of field or sexual orientation or gender identity. However, this also includes an Implicit Assumption Test, so please make sure that you take this one on a computer with a keyboard (it won’t work on a mobile browser).

An Institutional Review Board responsible for human subjects research at the University of Arizona reviewed this research project and found it to be acceptable, according to applicable state and federal regulations and University policies designed to protect the rights and welfare of participants in research. For questions about your rights as a participant in this study or to discuss other study-related concerns or complaints with someone who is not part of the research team, you may contact the Human Subjects Protection Program at the University of Arizona at 520-626-6721, or online at http://rgw.arizona.edu/compliance/human-subjects-protection-program.

Please contact Tony at tonyrcolella@email.arizona.edu if you have any other questions or comments.

Tony Colella
PhD Candidate, School of Geography & Development
MFA Creative Writing, University of Arizona, 2014
pronouns: he/him