FABE Graduate Student Newsletter
Tuesday, November 20, 2018
FABE Graduate Student Newsletter
Today in Seminar
PhD Exit Seminar featuring Lauren Slutzky
Tuesday, November 20, 1:50 - 2:45 p.m., 219 Ag Engineering

"Guayule Natural Rubber Latex: Polymer Engineering and Product Development"
Upcoming Events
Volunteers needed for Scientific Thinkers

Scientific Thinkers is currently in need of volunteers for our annual Science Day event at Innis Elementary School, held on Reading Day, December 6th!  This will be a day full of various science stations in which our volunteers are able to teach fun lessons to students grades 1-5!
There are two shifts available : 9:00 am - 12:00 pm and 1 pm – 3:00 pm  (Arrive at the school at least 30 minutes before your shift starts for setting up). Innis Elementary School is located at 3399 Kohr Blvd, Columbus, OH 43224. It is about a 15-20 minute drive from OSU campus and we will be setting up carpools for the event.
Sign up with this link:  https://goo.gl/forms/O0QKNdCUO54hnRl02
Fellowship and Scholarship Opportunities
Ford Foundation fellowship Programs: Predoctoral, Dissertation, and Postdoctoral
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine is accepting applications for the 2019 Ford Foundation Fellowship Programs. Eligibility and online application information are available on the  Ford Foundation Fellowship Programs  website. 

Through its Fellowship Programs, the Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.

Application Deadline Dates: 
  • Predoctoral: December 13, 2018 (5:00 PM EST) 
  • Dissertation: December 6, 2018 (5:00 PM EST) 
  • Postdoctoral: December 6, 2018 (5:00 PM EST)
National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship Program
The  National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship Program  (NDSEG) is a Ph.D. level fellowship program sponsored by the Department of Defense in an effort to increase the number of U.S. citizens and nationals trained in science and engineering disciplines of military importance. Fellowships provide  three years of support  for graduate study leading to research-based Ph.D. degrees in the fields of science and engineering and are intended for students in the early stages of their graduate study (1 st  or 2 nd  year).

Fellows receive a  $3,200  monthly stipend for a 12-month tenure plus a cost-of-education allowance to  cover tuition and required fees  per tenure year. The NDSEG Fellowship Program will also pay up to  $1,200 per year toward medical insurance  offered through the educational institution.

The application for the 2019 Class of the NDSEG Fellowship Program closes on  Friday December 7, 2018 . Click here to learn more...
2019 U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Scholars Program
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Scholars Program is now accepting applications for 2019. The DOE Scholars Program is open to undergraduate and graduate students, and recent graduates pursuing a degree or who have a degree in a science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) discipline, or have demonstrated interest or experience in a STEM field that supports the DOE mission.
Veterans are encouraged to apply.  DOE Scholars selected by the  Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP)  are given a Veteran's Preference. Selected veterans will be placed at various federal agencies in Washington, D.C.
Participant Support:
  • Undergraduate student stipend – minimum of $600 per week
  • Graduate student and post-graduate stipend – minimum of $650 per week
  • Travel reimbursement of inbound and outbound costs up to $1,000 for participants who live more than fifty miles, one-way, from the assigned hosting site

How to Apply:  Applications and supporting materials must be submitted at
Application deadline:  December 17, 2018, 5:00 PM EST
For more information : Visit  https://orise.orau.gov/doescholars  or contact  doescholars@orau.org .
Course Announcements
The course FABENG 5540 – Biomass Conversion to Bioenergy will be offered as a combined undergraduate/graduate session on Spring 2019. The course will include topics in bioeneconomy status and prospects, biomass preprocessing and pretreatment, biological and thermochemical conversion of biomass to biofuels and bioproducts, and biosystems analysis. Class will meet Tue, Wed, Thu, 8:00 - 8:55 am. Class evaluation include homework assignments, a term paper and presentation, and a final take-home exam.
Job Opportunities
Postdoctoral Researcher
The Ohio State University, Horticulture and Crop Science

The lab of Dr. Andrea Gschwend seeks a full-time, highly motivated Postdoctoral Researcher, specializing in genomic data. The Gschwend lab uses a comparative genomics approach to identify genes that contribute to agronomically significant phenotypes in crop species. They utilize experimental, computational, and functional methods to address genomic and evolutionary questions related to crop improvement . Click here to learn more .
Research Assistant Professor in Agricultural & Biosystems Engineering
North Dakota State University

This position is a non-tenure-track, 12-month, full-time, benefited faculty research position that is renewable annually. Responsibilities include research in precision agriculture - specifically on decision support to establish best crop management strategies under different environmental conditions and genetic interactions using sensors, automation systems, unmanned aerial systems (UAS), bioinformatics, artificial intelligence, and management of agricultural big data. Click here to learn more .
Assistant Professor of Complex Systems Engineering
Cornell University

The Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering (BEE) at Cornell University seeks candidates for a tenure-track position aimed at developing a nationally recognized research and teaching program on complex systems engineering at the nexus of food, water, and energy. This position has a balanced effort between research (50%) and teaching (50%) on a 9-month academic year basis. The successful candidate will provide engineering leadership to interdisciplinary collaborative teams exploring food, water and/or energy systems and their environmental and economic sustainability. Click here to learn more .
Faculty Position in Bioengineering
University of California, Berkley

The Department of Bioengineering in the College of Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, invites applications for a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level in Bioengineering, with an expected start date of July 1, 2019. The position is in the broad areas of biological engineering and synthetic biology, including genome editing, macromolecular and genetic engineering, cellular engineering, microbiome engineering, as well as genomic technologies, computational biology, and systems biology. Click here to learn more .
Research Specialist (Two Positions)
North Dakota State University

The Department of Agricultural & Biosystems Engineering (ABEN) at North Dakota State University, invites applications for two research specialist positions to conduct research in the field of precision agriculture. The initial appointment is for 12 months with extension possible depending on satisfactory performance and funding. Click here to learn more .
Assistant Professor
North Dakota State University

North Dakota State University invites applications for an Assistant Professor in Precision Agriculture. This is a 12-month, tenure track, 40% teaching and 60% research position in the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering; an academic unit of the College of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Natural Resources. Click here to learn more .
Other Opportunities
Ag Safety STAT: November 2018
Ag Safety S.T.A.T. – Safe Tactics for Ag Today  is an electronic newsletter prepared by team members from the OSU Extension Agricultural Safety & Health Office. The goal is to provide seasonal safety news and activities that may be re-published in your own newsletters or programs.
New Academic Integrity Resources
As Ohio State embraces online learning and assessment, new resources are available to ensure academic integrity.  Proctorio , for example, was selected as the university’s enterprise solution for remote proctoring earlier this year. But proctoring is just one way to protect the integrity of our courses. Teaching strategies such as authentic assessments challenge students to demonstrate their knowledge in new ways, and also deter misconduct. Instructors should pull from a broad toolset of academic integrity resources throughout their course.

To learn more, explore  Academic Integrity Resources  offered by the Office of Distance Education and eLearning