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June 9, 2016
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Are you new to active learning in the classroom and want to pair up with an experienced colleague? The PALM Network is accepting applications for its next round of fellows and volunteer mentors. The application deadline is June 15, 2016.
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New Faculty Profile
Phillip Jordan is an assistant professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Johns Hopkins University, where his research group assesses of the functions of Structural Maintenance of Chromosomes (SMC) complexes and determines the roles of Aurora and Polo-like kinases during meiosis.
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2016 GSA Award Nominations
Honor your outstanding colleagues by nominating them for a 2016 GSA award. Remember, individuals can't be chosen to receive an award unless they are nominated! Help us cultivate a strong and diverse pool of applicants for our awards:

Thomas Hunt Morgan Medal for lifetime contributions to the field
Genetics Society of America Medal for recent contributions to the field
George W. Beadle Award for contributions to the community of genetics researchers
Elizabeth W. Jones Award for Excellence in Education for impact on genetics education
Edward Novitski Prize for extraordinary creativity and intellectual ingenuity in research
Catch up on the latest policy news in this month’s Policy Points.
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The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has issued a request for information on “Data Annotation in Biomedical Core Research Facilities and Related Needs for Community Education and Training.” Through this request, NIH hopes to learn about the metadata landscape at core facilities that produce high-throughput data. Comments are due June 30, 2016.
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GSA Journals
Although lab studies have identified genes required for specific behaviors, it has been difficult to identify mutations that cause natural behavioral variation in the wild, particularly in vertebrates. In the latest issue of GENETICS, Greenwood et al. show that natural variation in schooling ability between two populations of threespine sticklebacks is caused by the gene Ectodysplasin.
Evolution of Schooling Behavior in Threespine Sticklebacks Is Shaped by the Eda Gene
Anna K. Greenwood, Margaret G. Mills, Abigail R. Wark, Sophie L. Archambeault
GENETICS May 2016 203:677-681
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Massive amplification of genes can give an underperforming gene a much-needed boost in productivity. Counterintuitively, research in the latest issue of G3 implies these amplifications may arise even in the absence of selective pressure and more frequently than expected.
Massive Amplification at an Unselected Locus Accompanies Complex Chromosomal Rearrangements in Yeast
Agnés Thierry, Varun Khanna, and Bernard Dujon
Genes|Genomes|Genetics May 2016 6:1201-1215
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Behind the podium: Leonard Zon by Kristin Fenker
Zon is the Grousbeck Professor of Pediatric Medicine at Harvard, Director of the Stem Cell Program at Boston Children’s Hospital, and an HHMI researcher. His lab uses zebrafish to study blood and hematopoietic development, as well as related cancers.
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Credit where it isn’t due by
Stan Fields
We biologists can be a credit-hungry lot. Getting a paper into press that shows we were first to make a discovery best satisfies our appetite for affirmation. But has the trend to slice each piece of credit ever finer gone too far?
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Education and Professional Development
Summer means a time to regroup, revamp your courses...and let GSA know about your classroom resources! Whether it’s suggesting a great online resource that you use to supplement your teaching, or it’s submitting your original labs and exercises for peer-review and publication, we’ve got you covered.
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There’s still time to register for the education pre-conference events at TAGC. Check out the available workshops for educators at all levels.
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Serving the leaders of tomorrow, today. Applications for the next round of GSA Trainee-Organized Symposia will be accepted until July 10, 2016.
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Members in the News
Marnie Halpern weighs in on the GESTALT technique which uses CRISPR to map cell lineage.
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CRISPR to map Cell Lineage
David Stone shares his latest research breakthrough in cellular polarization in yeast with NSF Biology’s Molecular and Cellular Bioscience blog.
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Jeff Boeke clarifies the intentions and ethical implications of the recently announced HGP-Write project.
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Looking for a job, or have one to offer? provides free job listings across the breadth of genetics—from academic, government, and industry positions to postdoctoral opportunities and much more.
Genetic Counselor
Aurora, CO
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Kansas City, MO
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Funding, Fellowships, and Awards
NIH Deputy Director for Extramural research Mike Lauer provides data in response to how many researchers are too many when vying for NIH funding.
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Build a Fly
Marjorie Lienard (Harvard University) took the Build a Fly outreach activity to local students in Massachusetts. Use the #IAmGSA hashtag on social media sites to share news with the GSA community about members, outreach, and research breakthroughs. Or share updates through our online portal.
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News Around the Web
Scientists lift the lid on reproducibility. Read More
Emmanuelle Charpentier’s still busy life after CRISPR. Read More
Scientists announce HGP-Write, project to synthesize the human genome. Read More
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