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2021 CAPS Seminar Series

The Center for Applied Plant Sciences is pleased to announce changes for the 2021 CAPS Seminar Series. These changes are meant to create more dynamic seminars that better serve the CAPS community. All seminars will be held virtually until COVID restrictions have been lifted and it is deemed safe to gather in person.  Please see the information below to learn more about this year’s seminar series.  

CAPS Seminar Updates

New Day, Time and Frequency

The CAPS Seminar Series is returning to its original day and time – Fridays from 12:30-1:30 p.m. The series will run every other week starting February 12th, 2021. Please see the seminar schedule below for details.  

Connection Details

Join Zoom Meeting: https://go.osu.edu/caps-seminars  
Meeting ID: 997 9284 0415
Password: 419323

If you require an accommodation such as live captioning or interpretation to participate in this event, please contact CAPS administration at caps@osu.edu. Requests made two weeks in advance of the seminar of interest will generally allow us to provide seamless access, but the university will make every effort to meet requests made after this date.

There are several formats each CAPS seminar can follow, depending on the content and the presenters.  

“Meet the Lab” Format – This format highlights the overall work of one specific lab and includes presentations from multiple speakers during the hour seminar. As an example, the PI of the lab may give a 10-minute overview of the group’s research focus, followed by 20-minute graduate student presentation and a 20-minute postdoc presentation. The session would end with 10 minutes for Q&A. This is one example of how the timing for this type of seminar could be structured. It is up to the presenting lab to structure their talk to fit their content.  

Graduate Student/Postdoctoral Researcher Showcase – This format highlights the work of multiple graduate students and/or postdocs under a broad theme (e.g. a specific department/graduate program/model system/project/pathogen/method). This format allows for two 25-minute presentations or three 15-minute presentations during the hour seminar.  

Topic Showcase – This format is like the one described above, but may include faculty, external speakers or any combination of individuals. This format allows two to three individuals to explore a single topic from multiple perspectives.  

Traditional Seminar – This is the traditional hour-long seminar format that everyone is used to, and is primarily reserved for external speakers. Traditional seminars may also be appropriate for senior graduate students and early career faculty.  

The CAPS community is encouraged to actively participate in the 2021 Seminar Series. This could include any of the following actions:  

  1. Volunteering yourself or your lab to present a seminar in one of the above formats.  

  1. Suggesting potential speakers from outside of Ohio State, including individuals from academia and industry.  

  1. Proposing potential topics for Topic Showcases.  

The seminar schedule is a work in progress. Check back often for updates. 

Date  Format: Presenter(s)
Friday, February 12, 2021            Meet the Hollick Lab: Dr. Jay Hollick, Dr. Natalie Deans, Benjamin Oakes, Mowei Li
Friday, February 26, 2021 Meet the Jacobs Lab: Dr. Jonathan Jacobs, Dr. Verónica Roman-Reyna, TBD
Friday, March 12, 2021 External Speakers: Dr. Mary Williams and Katie Rogers, American Society of Plant Biologists
Friday, March 26, 2021 No Seminar (check out the Plant Science Symposium)
Friday, April 9, 2021 Meet the Benitez Lab: Dr. Soledad Benitez, Melanie Medina, Timothy Frey
Friday, April 23, 2021 External Speaker: Dr. Chad Niederhuth, Assistant Professor of Plant Biology, Michigan State University
Friday, May 7, 2021 No seminar
Friday, May 21, 2021 Graduate student showcase: Translational Plant Sciences with Rachel Combs, Josue Diaz, and Cullen Dixon
Friday, June 4, 2021 Meet the Husbands Lab: Dr. Aman Husband, others TBD
Friday, June 18, 2021 No seminar in honor of Juneteenth
Friday, July 2, 2021 Meet the Slot Lab: Dr. Jason Slot, Kelsey Scott and Zach Konkel
Thursday, July 8 TPS Exit Seminar: Parker Evans
Friday, July 16, 2021 No seminar
Friday, July 30, 2021 Inclusive Research Environments & Broadening Participation with Dr. Leo Taylor and Dr. Marcela Hernandez
Friday, August 13, 2021 Dr. Merritt Turetsky, Director, INSTAAR, University of Colorado Boulder
Friday, August 27, 2021 External Speaker: Dr. Keith Slotkin, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center
Friday, September 10, 2021 CAPS Town Hall: Drs. Jay Hollick, Dave Mackey, Andy Michel
Friday, September 24, 2021 Beyond Tenure Track Panel Discussion: Drs. Shane Hanlon (AGU, Sharing Science), Katherine Wu (The Atlantic), Maryam Zaringhalam (NIH)
Friday, October 8, 2021 Beyond Tenure Track Panel Discussion: Drs. Lex Flagel (Gencove), Melissa Graham (USDA),  Crispin Taylor (CEO, ASPB)
Friday, October 22, 2021 Meet the Mackey Lab: Dr. David Mackey & TBD
Friday, November 5, 2021 ABRC Showcase with Emma Knee, PhD and Courtney Price
Friday, November 19, 2021 Meet the Michel Lab: Dr. Andy Michel & TBD
Friday, December 3, 2021 Knowledge Exchange Showcase with Kim Winslow
Friday, December 17, 2021 No Seminar
Friday, December 31, 2021 No Seminar - Happy Holidays!