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October 25, 2017
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New GSA Board members announced
We are pleased to announce that Terry Magnuson (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) will be the 2018 GSA Vice-President and 2019 President. Three new Directors were also elected: Kirsten Bomblies (John Innes Centre), Cassandra Extavour (Harvard University), and Matt Hahn (Indiana University Bloomington). Thank you to all the nominees, the nominating committee, and to you—our members—for voting.
Join the Early Career Scientist Leadership Program
Student and postdoc members looking for leadership and professional development opportunities should apply to join the GSA’s ECS Leadership Program. Participants work closely with other early career members and experienced mentors to propose, develop, and implement projects that address unmet needs in our community. Application deadline: November 30.
GSA Executive Director at Future of Research Early Career Leadership symposium
GSA Executive Director Tracey DePellegrin will be an invited panelist at the “Expanding Leadership roles for Early Career Researchers” symposium organized by Future of Research. We encourage members to attend the Boston event on November 17–18.
GSA Meetings
#DROS18 abstract submission deadline approaching
Share your research with the Drosophila community and learn about the latest results and techniques. The abstract submission deadline for the 59th Annual Drosophila Research Conference is November 16.
Emerging properties and functional consequences of noncoding transcription
As debates continue over the functional significance of many specific long noncoding RNAs, support grows for the notion that the act of transcription rather than the RNA product itself is functionally important in many cases.
Nobel Critters
The year marks the sixth time a Nobel Prize has been awarded for the study of fruit flies. In fact, many of the insights and practical outcomes of biological research have emerged from a few seemingly insignificant species: vermin, creepy-crawlies, and microscopic blobs.
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WormBook: Lipid and Carbohydrate Metabolism in Caenorhabditis elegans
Rhythmic Behavior Is Controlled by the SRm160 Splicing Factor in Drosophila melanogaster
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New in G3: Genes|Genomes|Genetics
Single-Step qPCR and dPCR Detection of Diverse CRISPR-Cas9 Gene Editing Events in Vivo
Fine-Scale Genetic Structure in Finland
Students and Postdocs
Early Career Scientist Leadership Spotlight — Zhiji Ren
Career Development Subcommittee member Zhiji Ren works on non-coding RNA in C. elegans and would love to help early career scientists achieve their career goals by connecting them with people from different backgrounds, career paths, and career stages.
Early Career Scientist Leadership Spotlight — Amey Redkar
Communications and Outreach Subcommittee member Amey Redkar studies fungal plant pathogens and looks forward to communicating with the public about major discoveries originating within our community.
A career panel changed Chris Cherry’s path from fruit fly geneticist to patent lawyer
In the latest “Decoding Life” interview, a patent lawyer talks about the need for biology PhDs in patent law, and how leaving research does not mean the end of being involved in cutting-edge science.
Choosing the right postdoc opportunity
There's much more to choosing a postdoc position than looking at the research reputation of the mentor.
Early Career Leader Updates
A few updates from GSA’s Early Career Scientist Leaders: Heath Blackmon, Trainee Advisory Representative to the GSA Board of Directors, has taken up an assistant professor appointment at Texas A&M University. Aleeza Gerstein, member of the Communication and Outreach Subcommittee, has been appointed to a Community Advisory Committee for the City of Winnipeg. Caitlin McDonough, Co-Chair of the Career Development Subcommittee, will represent the GSA and give opening remarks at the “Cracking the Repetitive DNA Code” GSA Career Development Symposium this Friday October 27.
Faculty, Educators, & Mentors
NSF drops preproposals, deadlines for biologists seeking funding
The US National Science Foundation will no longer require biologists applying for grants to submit preproposals or adhere to an annual deadline for submissions.
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