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September 28, 2016
Grad students and postdocs: Apply now for the DeLill Nasser Award for Professional Development in Genetics
Deadline: October 28, 2016
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Society News
We are pleased to announce results of the 2016 GSA Board of Directors elections! The following officers and directors will join the board in 2017:
2017 Vice-President & 2018 President
Barbara Meyer, PhD (HHMI/University of California, Berkeley)
Piali Sengupta, PhD (Brandeis University)
Jef Boeke, PhD, DSc (NYU Langone Medical Center)
Hopi Hoekstra, PhD (HHMI/Harvard University)
Mary Lou Guerinot, PhD (Dartmouth College)
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Mark your calendar to attend the 29th Fungal Genetics Conference, March 14-19, 2017, in Pacific Grove, California, where Jay Dunlap (Dartmouth College) will give the Perkins/Metzenberg Lecture. You can also enter the meeting logo design competition!
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Conversations in Genetics is pleased to announce a new interview of Elliot Meyerowitz by Daphne Preuss. Listen to Meyerowitz discuss his work on Arabidopsis growth and development.
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GSA Journals
The GSA Journals are seeking new submissions for the Multiparental Populations (MPP) series. MPPs include the Drosophila Synthetic Reference Population, the Arabidopsis Multiparent Advanced Generation Inter-Cross (MAGIC) population, and the Collaborative Cross mice as well as diversity panels such as Diversity Outbred mice.
Read the call for papers here.
“I would like to tame a small metazoan organism to study development directly.” wrote Sydney Brenner in 1963. Just over a decade later, in GENETICS, Brenner published mutant screen results from the newly tamed nematode Caenorhabditis elegans. In the latest issue of GENETICS, Bob Goldstein introduces Brenner's 1974 Classic, a paper that launched one of the most influential genetic model organisms in biology.
Sydney Brenner on the Genetics of Caenorhabditis elegans
Bob Goldstein
GENETICS September 2016 204:1-2
Aerial imaging of wheat crops can be used to improve genomic prediction of grain yield, report Rutkoski et al. in the latest issue of G3. They used data from aerial imagery as secondary traits in genomic and pedigree prediction models, leading to substantial increases in grain yield prediction accuracy.
Canopy Temperature and Vegetation Indices from High-Throughput Phenotyping Improve Accuracy of Pedigree and Genomic Selection for Grain Yield in Wheat
Jessica Rutkoski, Jesse Poland, Suchismita Mondal, Enrique Autrique, Lorena González Pérez, José Crossa, Matthew Reynolds, and Ravi Singh
G3: Genes|Genomes|Genetics September 2016 6:2799-2808
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Leadership opportunities for postdocs. By Cristy Gelling
We continue to seek energetic postdocs and students to help guide the GSA's initiatives and set our priorities.
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How might a CRISPR gene drive fail? By Nicole Haloupek
Efforts to engineer genomes in wild populations have huge potential for good—but the real world is more complicated than the lab.
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Happy 150th to a fruit fly wrangler who changed the world. By Cristy Gelling
In Kentucky 150 years ago today, a child was born who would - with the help of a hardy inhabitant of trashcans and fruitbowls - grow up to change the world.
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Kindred and KhoeSan: African ancestry is tied to ecogeography
Geography and ecology are key factors that have influenced the genetic makeup of human groups in southern Africa, according to new research discussed in GENETICS.
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Members In the News
Congratulations to GSA members Maitreya Dunham, Amy Gladfelter, Colleen Murphy, Samara Reck-Peterson, Francesca Storici, and Feng Zhang on becoming HHMI Faculty Scholars.
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Aneil Agrawal, Evolutionary geneticist, GSA member, and (eventual) GENETICS author, has been named by Science News as one of ten "Scientists to Watch."
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Education & Professional Development
Applications are now open for the AAAS Early Career Award for Public Engagement with Science, which recognizes early-career scientists and engineers who demonstrate excellence in their contribution to public engagement with science activities.
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AAAS is accepting applications for the 2017-18 Science & Technology Policy Fellowships.
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Funding, Fellowships, and Awards
Applications are open for a new HHMI program to increase diversity in the biomedical research community. The Hanna H. Gray Fellows Program provides postdoctoral funding for individuals from groups underrepresented in the life sciences.
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