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HCS 8830: Plant Genomics

Happy Autumn!  Let the leaves begin to "fall"!


We are pleased to announce that the 2019-2020 OSU Center for Applied Plant Sciences (CAPS) Seed Grant Program Request for Applications is now available. The CAPS mission is to build synergy that illuminates basic biological concepts and ultimately translate these developments into applications that offer practical solutions to important problems. CAPS provides affiliated members with support and tools for novel discoveries, commercialization and, ultimately, economic development opportunities. CAPS fosters this work by building collaborative teams, attracting world-class faculty, and actively developing partnerships with industry and government.

If you would like a reminder sent to you about the seed grant program, as well as future CAPS opportunities, please make sure you add yourself to the CAPS listserv by clicking here or using the following link:

Please fill out the CAPS Seed Grant Request for Applications and submit the document to

Visit the CAPS Funding Opportunities page for further funding information.

The deadline to submit a proposal is Monday, October 14, 2019.


New CAPS Bioinformatics Workshop:
Introduction to RMarkdown For Documenting and Sharing Your Code
Developing reproducible code and sharing results are two important parts of any bioinformatics task.  Rmarkdown provides a convenient framework for both writing and documenting code, and also executing the code to produce summary reports (e.g. pdf, html, etc).  This workshop provides an introduction to creating an Rmarkdown document, and then using that document to generate a report that includes the code itself, notes about the analysis, and results figures and tables generated by the code.  We also explore how code from programming languages outside of R (i.e. Perl, Python, Bash, etc) can be incorporated into these documents.  Basic knowledge of R and Command Line/Terminal are recommended for this workshop.
Sign up for this workshop, and see the full list of available workshops, at


Are you interested in other plant related seminars outside of CAPS? In addition to the Friday CAPS Seminar Series, there are seminars from multiple departments. These seminars are a great way to learn about new scientific research and stay connected with the scientific community here at Ohio State.

Visit this page on the CAPS website to find a list of other seminars happening around campus that have a history of plant research.


Green STEM Girls

The start of the school year marks the second year of Green STEM Girls, a science program designed to engage middle school girls in STEM education with a focus on plants and sustainability. Green STEM Girls is organized by the Franklin Park Conservatory, with CAPS and ABRC serving as program partners since its inception. Each year, the Conservatory invites the women of CAPS and ABRC to facilitate hands-on science programs at the Columbus City Preparatory School for Girls. This year’s presenters include Dr. Andrea Gschwend, Dr. Jessica Cooperstone, Dr. Soledad Benitez Ponce, Emma Bilbrey (HCS graduate student) and Katie D’Amico-Willman (TPS Fellow).

If you are interested in getting involved in future Green STEM Girls programs, please contact Courtney Price (price.1217).


Call for Nominations for the President's Postdoctoral Scholars Program

Form of Intent Due: November 1, 2019
Form of Intent Available Here
Final Nominations Due: December 2, 2019
The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs is pleased to announce the third President’s Postdoctoral Scholars Program (PPSP) competition. This program, sponsored by the Office of the President, aims to aid in the recruitment and retention of postdoctoral scholars who have a promising future as leaders in their fields.

The program will provide funding to support further scholarly training of PhDs and terminal degree holders who wish to pursue careers in research and creative expression. The awards will include salary support and funds for research-related and program travel expenses. Each award is for a minimum of 24 months and the second year is awarded upon demonstration of academic and research productivity as well as adequate career development as evidenced by successful implementation of a mentoring plan.

Candidates must be nominated by their Ohio State faculty sponsor. Click here for more information on eligibility criteria, submission instructions and program details


September 3 - Dr. Ajay Shah cited in Business Wire article regarding Roof Maxx restoration treatments for deteriorating asphalt roofs.

September 4 - Dr. Shauna Brummet mentioned in The Daily Record about BioHio's recent announcement to become a part of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES). 

September 4 - Dr. Jessica Cooperstone and Dr. Rachel Kopec mentioned in the Bluffton Icon article about the power of plant pigments. 

September 7 - Dr. Imed Dami mentioned in North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education article regarding 2019 grant recipients.

September 16 - Dr. Rachel Kopec highlighted in The Ohio State University News, WSB Atlanta, Dayton Daily News, The Guardian, Industry News Archive, and Health24 regarding iron-rich foods' role in tomatoes' anticancer benefits. 

September 17 - Dr. Richard Bruno and Dr. Priyankar Dey were featured in Penn State News for their work in analyzing antioxidants in cheese.

September 24 - Dr. Andy Michel cited in This Week News regarding 2019 winter wheat production considerations. 

September 24 - Dr. Janet Box-Steffensmeier has been elected as the next president of the American Political Science Association.

September 27 - Dr. Elena Erwin highlighted in West Virginia University News regarding her seminar on November 8th.


Dr. Andrea Gschwend will be teaching HCS 8830 - Current Topics in Horticulture and Crop Science: Plant Genomics during AU19 Second Session (10/14 - 12/4).  Occurring on Thursdays, 11:10 AM - 12:10 PM, this course will be held in Howlett 344, with a video link to Wooster. 

Please see this flyer for more information! 


October 4 - Birgit Alber 

October 11 - M. Soledad Benitez

October 18 - TBD

October 25 - No Seminar (2019 CAPS Retreat)



The TEDxOhioStateUniversity Team is interested in what you have to say and implore you to apply to speak at their second TEDxOhioStateUniversitySalon event of the year, What on Earth.

To find the application, go to

For the second TEDxOhioStateUniversitySalon event, they are excited to hear about your relationship with nature. From the tops of the mountains or below the deep blue sea, they want to hear about your experiences and ideas involving Mother Nature. They invite you to apply to speak and share how nature has enlightened your life. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to or contact their Director of Salons at


The new FY20 Request for Proposals (RFP) for SEEDS: The Research Competitive Grants Program is now available online.  The new RFP has been updated based on comments and recommendations from the SEEDS survey and in the panel meetings over the course of the past year.  Also, be sure you are using the latest forms by downloading them from the SEEDS Website

Faculty proposals will be due Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at 5:00PM. The students RFP and informational sessions will be announced at a later date.  Please be on the lookout for .a future announcement.  For other research news, visit the August 2019 Newsletter.


Zoom Pro Accounts are now available for all students, staff, and faculty. This includes the room key connectors to connect from rooms 007 and 102 Rightmire to the Polycom systems in the Wooster and other Polycom rooms throughout the University.
Zoom (CarmenZoom) is replacing CarmenConnect as Ohio State’s official academic web conferencing solution. If you had been using Connect to host meetings and webinars, now is the time to give Zoom a try! Also, if you have recordings or files in Connect that you’d like to keep, those must be exported before October 31.

It is recommended to download the Zoom app to your desktop and sign in with the SSO option.
More information can be found:


Looking for template documents that include the CAPS and OSU brand? Visit our templates page!

The Ohio State University Center for Applied Plant Sciences (CAPS) supports interdisciplinary research that span the continuum between basic research and practical solutions to challenges in seven main Strategic Areas: Photosynthesis and Carbon Fixation; Biomass and Bioproducts; Crop Improvement and Functional Foods; Plant-Microbe Interactions; Discovery and Applications of Plant Secondary Metabolites; Redesigning Productive Landscapes; and Development of Bio-Based Materials.

CAPS taps into the incredible scientific expertise available at The Ohio State University by expanding its network of faculty brought together through CAPS initiatives to increase innovative funding opportunities and collaboration. Membership to CAPS is based on individuals across campus who are interested in applied plant sciences.
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