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February 15, 2017
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The GSA Executive Committee released a statement on February 3, 2017, in response to President Trump’s executive order on immigration and visas. The order has since been temporarily suspended by the courts, but uncertainty remains for those affected.
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Congratulations to seven undergraduate researchers who will receive Victoria Finnerty Undergraduate Travel Awards to support their attendance at this year’s Annual Drosophila Research Conference. The awardees are:
  • James Cevallos (UCLA)
  • Liesl Strand (University of Washington)
  • Madison Hupp (Kennesaw State University)
  • Courtney Willet (Kennesaw State University)
  • Ryan Salemme (John Carroll University)
  • Jenna Harris (Georgia State University)
  • Matthew Riccetti (University of Dayton)
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GSA Meetings
Planning to attend this year’s International C. elegans Conference? The abstract submission site is now open. Deadline: March 30, 2017.
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Did the executive order on immigration affect your ability to make the early registration deadline for the Annual Drosophila Research Conference? Please email:
Students and Postdocs
This year’s National Postdoc Association (NPA) Annual Meeting will be held in San Francisco on March 17-19. Don’t forget you can save 20% off membership costs by taking advantage of a joint GSA-NPA membership.
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Giving effective presentations is a critical skill for scientists in academia and beyond. Christine Kelly from Inside Higher Ed provides some tips.
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GSA Journals
The conserved ion channel TRPA1 helps animals sense a wide range of cues, including temperature and noxious chemicals. Guntur et al. report that peroxide-sensitive isoforms of Drosophila TrpA1 allow egg-laying females to detect and avoid UV light. They also uncover a surprising role of bitter taste neurons in UV sensing.
Commentary: A Bitter Taste of the Sun Makes Egg-Laying Flies Run
Anupama Dahanukar, Chun Han
Genetics February 2017 205: 467-469
H2O2-Sensitive Isoforms of Drosophila melanogaster TRPA1 Act in Bitter-Sensing Gustatory Neurons to Promote Avoidance of UV During Egg-Laying
Ananya R. Guntur, Bin Gou, Pengyu Gu, Ruo He, Ulrich Stern, Yang Xiang, Chung-Hui Yang
Genetics February 1, 2017 205:2 749-759
Cpf1 has emerged as an alternative to the Cas9 RNA-guided nuclease. Watkins-Chow et al. show that gene targeting rates in mice using Cpf1 can meet or even surpass Cas9 targeting rates, but require higher concentrations of mRNA and guide.
Highly Efficient Cpf1-Mediated Gene Targeting in Mice Following High Concentration Pronuclear Injection
Dawn E. Watkins-Chow, Gaurav K. Varshney, Lisa J. Garrett, Zelin Chen, Erin A. Jimenez, Cecilia Rivas, Kevin S. Bishop, Raman Sood, Ursula L. Harper, William J. Pavan, Shawn M. Burgess
G3: Genes, Genomes, Genetics February 2017 7: 719-722
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Behind the cover: Oh Canada
Learn about the rich history behind the February cover of G3, which celebrates the assembly of the Canadian beaver genome—just in time for Canada's 150th Birthday!
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Canada's 150th Birthday
In the Year of the Rooster, a new chicken genome assembly is hatched
The chicken is one of humanity’s closest and oldest allies. Warren et al. further our understanding of this familiar bird, presenting a new and substantially improved chicken genome assembly.
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Members in the News
Adam S. Wilkins, GENETICS Perspectives Editor, has recently published Making Faces: The Evolutionary Origin of the Human Face. The book illuminates how the unusual characteristics of the human face came about—both the physical shape of facial features and the critical role facial expression plays in human society.
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Undergraduates benefit from doing scientific research, but there are relatively few research mentors available. In the March issue of CBE—Life Sciences Education, Frantz et al. show that a collaborative learning model produces student outcomes just as positive as a traditional apprenticeship.
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Applications are open for the Gordon Research Conference on Undergraduate Biology Education Research: Improving Diversity, Equity, and Learning in Biology Education. Deadline: June 11, 2017.
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The Promoting Active Learning and Mentoring (PALM) Network provides faculty and postdoctoral fellows with resources to gain hands-on experience and mentorship in bringing evidence-based, effective active learning strategies into their own classrooms. Applications for funding are open on a rolling basis.
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G3 Genome Reports
More than 100 demonstrations allied with the “March for Science” in Washington DC will take place across the globe on April 22. You can browse an interactive map listing all march locations.
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Community Announcements
Applications are open for the Yeast Genetics and Genomics course at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. Scholarships are available to attendees. Deadline: April 15, 2017.
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News Around the Web
How Life Turns Asymmetric
One Harvard Lab, Six Iranian Scientists, and Some Tea
Inside the Goth Chicken: Black Bones, Black Meat, and a Black Heart
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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.
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Manager - Genetic Sciences and Compliance (mouse/rat)
Hudson, NY
Project Scientist, Plant Genome Editing and Transformation, Innovative Genomics Initiative
San Francisco, CA
Research Associate (Drosophila)
Worcester, MA
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