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July 5, 2017
News for members of
the genetics community
Worm Love Art #Worm17 love

Missed the fun at the International
C. elegans Conference last month? Check out these #Worm17 photos from Twitter!
Society News
Early Career Scientist Leadership Spotlight — Aleeza Gerstein
Aleeza Gerstein is an evolutionary geneticist and GSA Early Career Scientist Communication and Outreach Subcommittee Liaison. One of her recent contributions to GSA has been helping to design and implement a new Early Career Scientist Peer Review Training initiative with GENETICS.
GSA Meetings
GSA Undergraduate Travel Award Winners
We're proud to announce the winners of the GSA Undergraduate Travel Awards! All the winners attended the 21st International C. elegans Conference last month.
The mouse lemur: a new genetic model organism
A plan to transform the tiny mouse lemur into a primate genetic model began as a project for three high school interns.
An overactive immune system alters the gut microbiome in Drosophila
Mistry et al. found that fruit flies with compromised immune systems had a similar microbiome to their healthy relatives, but flies with overactive immune systems had distinctly different microbiome compositions
GENETICS journal cover
An Extraordinary Sex Determination Mechanism in a Book Louse
Structural Variation Shapes the Landscape of Recombination in Mouse
G3 journal Cover
New in G3: Genes|Genomes|Genetics
Assessment of Single Cell RNA-Seq Normalization Methods
Cold Fusion: Massive Karyotype Evolution in the Antarctic Bullhead Notothen Notothenia coriiceps
Students and Postdocs
Organize a career development symposium
Proposals are due July 10 for the GSA Early Career Scientist Career Development Symposia. Student and postdoc members are eligible to propose and organize local symposia that provide career and professional development opportunities for early career scientists.
Postdoc parent survey
A national survey of US postdocs who are parents revealed a lack of paid leave, pressures to return to the lab, and more hostile environments for parents of color.
The funding gap for fundamental research in Canada
A new report confirmed that funding for fundamental research in Canada is C$459 million below 2005 levels. Less than 2% of researchers reported that they pursued only fundamental research in 2011–15 compared to 24% in 2006–10.
Trump cuts to NSF mostly rejected by House panel
A US House of Representatives spending panel wants to spare the National Science Foundation from most of the 11% cut that was proposed by President Donald Trump for its 2018 budget. But most observers do not expect Congress to reach a final agreement until well into the 2018 year, which begins October 1.
Community Announcements
Larry L. Hillblom Foundation Fellows
Manish Chamoli and Harshi Peiris, GSA members and postdocs at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging, have received fellowships from the Larry L. Hillblom Foundation. The Fellowships provide up to $180,000 for each project over three years.
Lecturer in Biological Sciences
University of Florida

Genomics Research Scientist
GeneDx, Inc

Assistant Research Scientist - cancer cell map
University of California San Diego

Formulation Scientist I (Evening)
Integrated DNA Technologies

Postdoc: stem cells and human organoids
University of Sydney

Postdoc: computational genomics of pregnancy
Vanderbilt University

Postdoc: Madagascar biodiversity genomics
Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium

Postdoc: bioinformatics and genetic epidemiology
Norwegian University of Science and Technology
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