James F. Crow Award announced
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November 22, 2017
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photo of James F. Crow James F. Crow Award for Early Career Researchers
Open to students and recent PhDs in population, evolutionary, & quantitative genetics

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GSA joins call to reject tax changes that hit grad students
GSA is among the many scientific organizations urging US policymakers to reject a proposed elimination of tax benefits for graduate students. The provision was included in a bill passed by the House on November 16. We encourage members to reach out to their senators and make their voice heard on this important issue.
» aaas.org
Apply for the Early Career Scientist Leadership Program
Applications for GSA’s ECS Leadership Program are due November 30. The program provides rich opportunities for students and postdocs around the world to develop skills, gain leadership experience, network, and produce concrete deliverables that demonstrate their abilities.
» faseb.org
GSA Meetings
Yeast community honors outstanding researchers
GSA is pleased to announce the 2018 Yeast Genetics Meeting Award recipients and special presentations. Save the date for the 2018 meeting, which will be held August 22–26 at Stanford University, California.
Yeast Genetics Meeting Lifetime Achievement Award:
Steve Oliver (University of Cambridge)

Ira Herskowitz Award:
Mike Cherry (Stanford University)

Winge-Lindegren Address:
Virginia Zakian (Princeton University)

Lee Hartwell Lecture:
Fred Winston (Harvard Medical School)
» conferences.genetics-gsa.org
Nominate recent PhDs in Drosophila research for the Sandler Award
The Larry Sandler Memorial Lecture is presented by an outstanding recent PhD graduate on the opening night of the Annual Drosophila Research Conference. Nominations are due December 21.
» conferences.genetics-gsa.org
Stressed-out worms hit the snooze button
While the circadian sleep that follows the pattern of the clock has been studied extensively, sleep that’s triggered by stress is far less understood.
» genestogenomes.org
Do choosy eggs pick sperm for their genes?
Quanta Magazine covers a GENETICS review by Joe Nadeau, in which he examines evidence for genetically biased fertilization. The article also features comments from GSA members Mollie Manier and Harmit Malik.
» quantamagazine.org
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FlyBook: Moving Speciation Genetics Forward: Modern Techniques Build on Foundational Studies in Drosophila
Mitigating Mitochondrial Genome Erosion Without Recombination
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New in G3: Genes|Genomes|Genetics
Comparison of Single Genome and Allele Frequency Data Reveals Discordant Demographic Histories
Pervasive, Genome-Wide Transcription in the Organelle Genomes of Diverse Plastid-Bearing Protists
Students and Postdocs
Corey Welch on going from first-generation student to running a STEM Scholars Program
In the latest “Decoding Life” interview, a STEM Scholars Program Director talks about being the first in his family to complete college and how he inspires students to reach their goals.
» genestogenomes.org
Early Career Scientist Leadership Spotlight — Narjes Alfuraiji
Communications and Outreach Subcommittee member Narjes Alfuraiji studies drug targets in Aspergillus fumigatus and has worked on programs to develop higher education in Iraq.
» genestogenomes.org
Faculty, Educators, & Mentors
NSF solicits biology education network proposals
The NSF’s Research Coordination Networks in Undergraduate Biology Education (RCN-UBE) program supports projects that build communities of biology faculty and stakeholders. Awards do not support primary research, but instead facilitate exchange of information and resources, build community, integrate research and education, and minimize duplication of efforts. An informational webinar will be held November 30; e-mail rcn-ube@nsf.gov to sign up.
» nsf.gov
Raise the Caps
During the week of November 13–17, GSA partner organization Research!America launched a “Raise the Caps” campaign, urging Congress to approve a bipartisan plan to raise the spending caps before the end of the year. Raising the spending caps will allow for greater flexibility to increase federal funding for science.
» researchamerica.org
Community Announcements
Faculty needed for research on genetics education and genetic determinism
Do you teach genetics? Michelle Smith (Univ of Maine), Brian Donavan (BSCS), and Greg Radick (Univ of Leeds) are working on a grant proposal about how the ways in which we teach genetics—including an emphasis on Mendel—influence the views undergraduates have about genetic determinism. Public belief in genetic determinism is a widespread social phenomenon with substantial implications for racial and gender disparities in undergraduate STEM education. If you would be interested in participating in this study, e-mail michelle.k.smith@maine.edu for more information. They are looking for faculty who teach at a range of institutions, and no prior education research experience is needed. They are especially interested in faculty who teach genetics courses, genetics in introductory biology courses, and genetics in classes for future K-12 teachers.
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GeneticsCareers.org is free to use for both jobseekers and employers. A simple registration process provides access to a broad range of job listings in academia, government, and industry, as well as postdoctoral opportunities and more.
Staff Computational Geneticist
Boston Children’s Hospital

Postdoc: gene regulation, Ercan lab
New York University

Junior Specialist, Step I-II
University of California, Berkeley

Assistant Director, R and D GenPath
GeneDx, Inc

Clinical Genomic Variant Analyst
Broad Institute of MIT & Harvard

Postdoc: psychiatric genomics
University of Montreal

Assistant Professor in Cell Physiology
University of Louisiana at Lafayette
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