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October 26, 2016
Don't miss the
#DROS17 deadline!
Annual Drosophila Research Conference
abstracts due November 11, 2016.
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GSA Meetings
Got an idea for a workshop at the 2017 C. elegans Meeting? Workshop proposals are due by November 15, 2016.
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Show us your creative side! Design a logo for the 29th Fungal Genetics Conference! Submission deadline November 15, 2016.
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New at the Annual Drosophila Research Conference next year:
  • PI Early Career Forum: An opportunity for new PIs to meet one another, showcase their research, network with senior members of the fly community, and discuss how to navigate the challenges of starting a new lab.
  • How I Fly (HIF) ScienceSlam: Bring your ideas to help the public understand why Drosophila research is so vital—in 3 minutes or less! Slam Master Mike Eisen will moderate.
  • Techniques and Technology Platform Session
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Students and Postdocs
The application deadline for the DeLill Nasser Award for Professional Development in Genetics is this Friday, October 28, 2016.
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DeLill Nasser Award for Professional Development in Genetics
Represent early career geneticists at GSA! We are accepting applications from grad students and postdocs for several positions on GSA committees and as nonvoting members of the GSA Board of Directors. Applications are due November 15, 2016.
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Career in Genetics
Did you know the GSA funds up to $2000 for symposia organized by grad student and postdoc members? The next round of proposals is due January 10, 2017.
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Career in Genetics
Do you have compelling work you’d like to share with the world? Learn how to give an effective science talk and strike the right chords with your audience. Apply for the iBiology Young Scientist Seminars and receive intensive training from the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science.
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Career in Genetics
Many early-career scientists search for jobs without the help of one of the most effective career-development tools—informational interviewing. What is an informational interview, and how can it help you?
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Career in Genetics
Career profile: Research development professionals use their scientific expertise and soft skills to help faculty members get funding and push research forward.
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Career in Genetics
GSA Journals
Did you know GENETICS has a "Methods, Technology, & Resources" section? We encourage you to submit articles describing new experimental resources and other tools that will drive our field forward.
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"The birth of the method owes much to having the right expertise in a room"—John Novembre on the GENETICS Classic by Pritchard et al. describing STRUCTURE, one of the most widely used and important frameworks for analyzing population structure.
Pritchard, Stephens, and Donnelly on Population Structure
John Novembre
GENETICS October 2016 204:391-393
Drosophila melanogaster eye color mutants can shed light on trafficking within cells. In the latest issue of G3, Grant et al. identify the genes mutated in four eye color mutants: chocolate, maroon, mahogany, and red Malpighian tubules. The genes are involved in intracellular transport and lysosome biogenesis, among other functions, suggesting they could be used to investigate the genetic networks underlying vesicular trafficking.
An Eye on Trafficking Genes: Identification of Four Eye Color Mutations in Drosophila
Paaqua Grant, Tara Maga, Anna Loshakov, Rishi Singhal, Aminah Wali, Jennifer Nwankwo, Kaitlin Baron, and Diana Johnson
G3: Genes|Genomes|Genetics October 2016 6:3185-3196
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Something in Common by Stan Fields
According to a survey from the Pew Research Center, 33% of Americans believe that God created humans in their present form within the last 10,000 years. GSA President Stan Fields is working on an explanation of evolution that some evolution doubters may be willing to consider.
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GSA Journals Spotlights 2015
The annual GENETICS and G3 Spotlight booklets are now available online. Each Spotlight showcases the excellent research and scholarship published during the year, along with a selection of striking images submitted by our authors.
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Members in the News
Congratulations to GSA Board member Huntington Willard and GSA members Bonnie Bassler, Maria Jasin, Joe DeRisi, and Mark Krasnow on their election to the National Academy of Medicine!
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Perlara PBC, a startup founded by GSA member Ethan Perlstein, has signed a partnership deal with pharmaceutical giant Novartis. Perlara relies heavily on model organism genetics in its approach to rare disease drug discovery.
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An experimental molecular genetics course for high school students has generated a valuable collection of Drosophila enhancer trap lines, described in this month’s issue of G3.
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Former GSA Board member Mohamed Noor and GSA member Eric Spana are combining their love of science with science fiction by leading a course at Duke University that explores the biology of fictional worlds.
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The NIH is seeking input on the use of preprints and other interim research products in NIH applications and reports, and on the standards for reporting them.
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The White House announced new efforts to expand and diversify the US agriculture workforce, including the research sector.
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Rep. Lamar Smith’s (R-Texas) tenure as chairman has reshaped the US House Committee on Science. An article in Nature News examines how he has taken liberal advantage of a new unilateral authority to issue subpoenas, investigating alleged wrongdoing by scientists.
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Funding and Awards
The Gruber Genetics Prize seeks nominations of individuals "who have made original discoveries in the fields of genetic function, regulation, transmission, or variation, or in genomic organization" to be considered for its 2017 award, which includes a cash prize of $500,000. Nominations are due by December 15, 2016.
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Resubmitting an R01 grant proposal to the NIH in Spring/Summer 2017? Want to learn from successful senior researchers? Apply to join a National Research Mentoring Network R01-A1 grantwriting coaching group. Deadline November 16, 2016.
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News Around the Web
NBC Plans Bio-Terror Drama “C.R.I.S.P.R.” with Jennifer Lopez.
Zebrafish embryo 'selfie' takes top prize in microscopic photo contest.
A Google Maps for the Human Body
God and the genome: A geneticist seeks allies among the faithful.
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Share pics of your lab's Halloween costumes on #IAMGSA!
Use the #IAmGSA hashtag on social media to share your lab’s Halloween pics and the best entries will receive T-shirts and other GSA swag! You can use the hashtag year round to share news with the GSA community about members, outreach, and research breakthroughs. Or share updates through our online portal.
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Mentor wisdom on #IAMGSA
“a career in science is all about relationships with people, so make them strong.”
Chris Gunter, @girlscientist
“In the @PetersonLab, it was 'Always design experiments to disprove your pet hypothesis.'"
Mayuri Rege, @MayuriRege
“You can't get what you don't ask/apply for.”
Todd Oakley, @UCSB_OakleyLab
“Don't go to grad school there. :)”
Matthew Hahn, @3rdreviewer
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