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July 6, 2016
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At the University of Kansas, GSA students and postdocs used funding from the Society to help their peers learn more about non-academic careers. Make your professional development, scientific topic, or teaching and outreach workshop idea a reality by applying for a GSA Trainee-Organized Symposia. Applications are due July 10, 2016.
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MOD Letter to NIH
New Faculty Profile
Michael Wangler is an assistant professor in the Department of Molecular and Human Genetics at Baylor College of Medicine. There, his research group works to improve the field's understanding of the molecular pathogenesis of Mendelian disease by merging clinical observations, genomics and model organisms.
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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
Leaders of several model organism communities, working with GSA, have come together to write a Statement of Support for the sustainable funding of model organism databases. Read the open letter to NIH and sign the Statement of Support today.
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Gene Drives on the Horizon
107 Nobel laureates (including several GSA members) sign a letter blasting Greenpeace over GMOs.
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Retaking the Field
The American Innovation and Competitive Act (S. 3084) is poised to reduce the regulatory burden of academic science.
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Retaking the Field
NIGMS is looking for public responses to a request for information on strategies for modernizing biomedical graduate education. The information will assist NIGMS in identifying, developing and potentially implementing strategies to ensure that trainees gain the skills, abilities and knowledge required to be successful in the biomedical research workforce.
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Retaking the Field
GSA Journals
The Genetics Society of America’s Elizabeth W. Jones Award for Excellence in Education recognizes significant and sustained impact on genetics education. In addition to having made major contributions to biochemistry and developmental genetics, the 2016 awardee William B. Wood has been a pioneer in the reform of science teaching.
Learning and Doing: An Interview with Bill Wood
William B. Wood
GENETICS June 2016 203:631-63
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Can fungi detect bacteria? Though plants and animals have a well characterized innate immune system, little is known about fungal responses to the presence of bacteria. In the latest issue of G3, Ipcho et al. show that the fungus Fusarium graminearum reacts rapidly to bacterial molecules (MAMPs) that are known to trigger plant and animal innate immune responses.
Fungal Innate Immunity Induced by Bacterial Microbe-Associated Molecular Patterns (MAMPs)
Simon Ipcho, Thomas Sundelin, Gitte Erbs, H. Corby Kistler, Mari-Anne Newman, and Stefan Olsson
Genes|Genomes|Genetics June 2016 6:1585-1595
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Behind the Podium: TAGC Keynote Speaker Jef Boeke by Alex Hurlburt
Jef Boeke leads a team of international scientists to engineer a brewer’s yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) cell—the first eukaryote—with an entirely lab-generated genome in a project known as Sc2.0, or Synthetic Yeast 2.0. Boeke is excited to use his TAGC keynote address to give an update on the ambitious project.
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The very model of a classical geneticist by Stan Fields
GSA President Stan Fields has a little fun with comic opera in this parody of "The very model of a Modern Major General".
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Fecal alchemy: Turning poop into genomics gold by Cristy Gelling
When it comes to genotyping technology, poop genetics is stuck in the 1990s. While most geneticists are now awash in genome-scale data from thousands of individuals, those who depend on  fecal and other non-invasively collected samples still rely on old-school, boutique panels of a dozen or so genetic markers.
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Education and Professional Development
Can't wait for TAGC to see the new model organism phylo cards? Co-creator Dave Ng gives a sneak peak of the deck.
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Phylo Cards
Mentee/mentor relationships are a two-way street. Follow this advice to become one of your mentor’s favorite people.
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NPS Survey
Members in the News
Amita Sehgal shares how Drosophila research is teaching us more about sleep.
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Model Organism Databases
David Valle honored with the Arno Motulsky-Barton Childs Award for Excellence in Human Genetics Education.
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Neanderthal DNA
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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.
PhD Scholarship in cancer genomics
Brisbane, QLD
Postdoc: Regulation of nuclear size and shape in yeast
Bethesda, MD
Tenure-track or Tenured Faculty Position
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Postdoctoral Position, Genome Technologies
Farmington, CT
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Funding, Fellowships, and Awards
The application period for the Christin Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship program is open. An immersive experience, the program is designed to broaden fellows' appreciation of employment opportunities outside academia and leave them with both a firm grasp of the important and dynamic role of science and technology in decision-making and a better understanding of the role that they can play in strengthening the science and technology enterprise for the betterment of mankind.
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Call for Nominations: Hermann J. Muller Award for Contributions to Our Understanding of Genes and Society. This annual award and lecture series was established in 2016 to honor Professor Hermann Joseph Muller – renowned geneticist, Nobel Laureate, and social activist. The award is meant to recognize luminary international geneticists whose discoveries in genetics, like Muller's, have or are making a significant impact on human society in the broad sense (e.g., understanding the basis of genetic disorders, disease prevention, and innovations in agricultural genetics.
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News Around the Web
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