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Genetics Society of America

August 30, 2017
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Vote in the GSA Board elections
All GSA members are invited to vote for the 2018 GSA Vice-President/2019 President and for three new Directors. Check your e-mail next Tuesday, September 5, 2017 for your personalized ballot code, as well as the candidates’ biographies and election statements. The ballot includes four sections with two candidates each:
2018 Vice-President/2019 President
Terry Magnuson
Dmitri A. Petrov

Director 1
Kirsten Bomblies
Amy Lawton-Rauh

Director 2
Cassandra Extavour
Catherine (Katie) Peichel

Director 3
Gary Churchill
Matthew W. Hahn
GSA Meetings
Save the date: International Xenopus Conference
The 17th International Xenopus Conference will be held August 12–16, 2018, at the University of Washington, Seattle. Watch out for the Conference website, which will be announced in the e-news toward the end of September.
How the genetics of seizure susceptibility changes over time
Ferland et al. show that after multiple seizures, the genetic basis of seizure variation in mice shifts from previously identified genomic regions to new ones.
Revisiting Waddington: A new explanation for an old experiment
In the 1940s, C. H. Waddington discovered a peculiar phenomenon in fruit flies: traits could appear in response to environmental stress and then be passed down to future generations. Fanti and Piacentini et al. revisit Waddington’s famous experiments using modern sequencing technology.
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An Efficient FLP-Based Toolkit for Spatiotemporal Control of Gene Expression in Caenorhabditis elegans
Networks Underpinning Symbiosis Revealed Through Cross-Species eQTL Mapping
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New in G3: Genes|Genomes|Genetics
Evaluation and Design of Genome-Wide CRISPR/SpCas9 Knockout Screens
Evidence for Adaptive Introgression of Disease Resistance Genes Among Closely Related Arabidopsis Species
Students and Postdocs
Dave Zucker on career changes and the ups and downs of founding a startup
In the latest Decoding Life post, the founder of Drosophila automation startup FlySorter talks about treating new positions as training, and how he builds his own community of colleagues from different fields.
The GSA Early Career Scientist Leadership Program
As part of the GSA’s renewed focus on early career members, Director of Engagement and Development Sonia Hall has created an innovative Leadership Program for grad student and postdoc members. Now that the Program is in full swing, Sonia talks about how it’s going and what has surprised her about working with the early career leaders and their advisors.
Research!America calls on Congress to raise the budget caps
Congress is about to resume work on the 2018 US federal budget. Research!America, one of GSA’s policy partners, is leading a two-day digital effort to convince policymakers that a bipartisan budget deal is imperative. Follow #RaiseTheCaps on social media on September 11 and 12 to join the call.
Community Announcements
In Memoriam: Robert C. King (1928–2017)
Robert C. King, Professor of genetics at Northwestern University, passed away on June 25th. Bob King is widely known for his definitive work on the morphological characteristics and classification of the fourteen developmental stages of Drosophila oogenesis, and other foundational contributions to understanding this important model system.
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