|October 15, 2014|
Registration and abstract submission are now open for the 28th Fungal Genetics Conference, March 17—22, 2015, at Asilomar Conference Grounds in Pacific Grove, CA. The registration deadline is December 10, but be sure to sign up ASAP as recent conferences have sold out!
Calling zebrafish PIs: deadlines are approaching for travel award applications (October 16) and abstract submission (October 27) for the 6th Strategic Conference of Zebrafish Investigators, January 17—21, 2015, at Asilomar. Registrants will be notified by October 30 if their abstracts are accepted.
Proposals are being solicited for workshops at the 20th International C. elegans Meeting, June 24—28, 2015, in Los Angeles, CA. Workshops can be based on specific scientific areas, widely applicable technical approaches, community resources, educational issues, or other topics of interest to the worm community. Proposals must be submitted by November 15.
Abstract submission for the 56th Annual Drosophila Research Conference closes November 10. The conference will be held March 4—8, 2015, in Chicago.
GSA is accepting renewals for the 2015 membership year. Check your e-mail detailing the prizes you can win if you join or renew before November 15. New for 2015, GSA has added a membership category for K—12 teachers and community college faculty: please reach out to the educators you know and invite them to join the GSA community.
The GSA Journals
Rare diseases & model organisms: To kick off GENETICS' call for papers on human genetics, an article in the latest issue by Brooks et al. identifies the likely cause of an X-linked microcephaly syndrome. The research demonstrates the power of using zebrafish and other model organisms for functional studies of rare diseases, one of the themes of a Commentary by Phil Hieter and Kym Boycott titled "Understanding rare disease pathogenesis: A grand challenge for model organisms." [more...]
Speaking of human genetics, GENETICS and G3 will be at next week's ASHG 2014 Annual Meeting in San Diego. Stop by Booth 1824 to meet journal editors and staff, talk genetics, and pick up some GSA trinkets!
GSA Award Essays: The October issue of GENETICS also features personal essays and interviews from the 2014 GSA award recipients, including:
Members in the News
The Boston Globe discusses the growing 'glut' of postdocs and how the position is now, "less of a stepping stone and more of a holding tank". GSA member Gary McDowell is among those featured. The research community responded with numerous #lifeafterphd stories (storified by the Boston Globe), mirroring the earlier #whyididaphd hashtag.
Included in this Issue:
|Education and Professional Development
The Personal Genetics Education Project (pgEd) has just released two new quizzes for Map-Ed, a project that allows users to "pin" themselves on the map once they have learned about a series of key concepts in genetics and related topics. New quizzes include "Avoiding Genetic Discrimination: Know your rights," which highlights important facts about the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA); and "Ebola," which can help serve as an important informational tool about the virus. Please spread the word, take the quizzes, "pin" yourselves, and use them as conversation starters in your classrooms!
What happens when you leave the lab life? Check out these profiles of outstanding researchers who eventually found their true calling outside of academia.
Funding, Fellowships, and Awards
Nominations for the FEBS | EMBO Women in Science Award are due today. This annual award honors outstanding female scientists with €10,000, a commemorative statue, and a plenary lecture at the annual FEBS Congress. Previous winners include GSA member Susan Gasser.
NIH Director Francis Collins was quoted in a Huffington Post story as saying that stagnant federal spending on biomedical research hindered progress toward an Ebola vaccine and effective treatments.
NIH has detailed the agency's operating plan during the current Continuing Resolution (CR). In short, non-competing research grant awards will be issued at up to 90 percent of the previously committed level as indicated on the most recent Notice of Award. The NIH notice also states that "upward adjustments to awarded levels will be considered after FY 2015 appropriations are enacted." The current CR extends through December 11, 2014.
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