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December 20, 2017
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GSA Meetings
Sandler Award nominations due December 21 (tomorrow)
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 by TOMORROW, December 21.
Circulomes vary based on cell type
Little is known about the circles of extrachromosomal DNA that have been observed in eukaryotic cells. Shoura et al. aimed to learn more about these mysterious molecules by mapping the “circulomes” of C. elegans and three different human tissues.
G3 Editor in Chief appointed to the Governing Council of the CIHR
Congratulations to Brenda Andrews, Editor in Chief of G3, on her appointment to the Governing Council of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). The Council develops CIHR's strategic directions and policies and evaluates the organization’s performance. The Council also provides advice to the Minister of Health and appoints Scientific Directors and Institute Advisory Board members.
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Beautiful Piles of Bones: An Interview with 2017 Genetics Society of America Medal Recipient David M. Kingsley
Distinguishing Among Modes of Convergent Adaptation Using Population Genomic Data
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New in G3: Genes|Genomes|Genetics
ARSDA: A New Approach for Storing, Transmitting and Analyzing Transcriptomic Data
A Horizontally Transferred Autonomous Helitron Became a Full Polydnavirus Segment in Cotesia vestalis
Students and Postdocs
How Boston postdocs created the career symposium they needed
The Boston Symposium on Careers and Collaboration in Science got started with funding through GSA’s Career Development Symposia program, but from this early seed, the organizers were able to grow their financial support by ten-fold—and scale up their event to match their big goals.
Faculty, Educators, & Mentors
NIH tweaks plan to award more grants to younger researchers
The US National Institutes of Health (NIH) has revised its strategy for halting the aging of its workforce. Instead of focusing on midcareer scientists who are no more than a decade into their independent careers, NIH will instead seek to steer funds to any researcher whose lab is at risk of folding.
#GradTax dropped from US tax plan
Graduate student tuition waivers will remain tax-free, according to the bill passed by the US Congress today. Thank you to the GSA community for your actions, for raising awareness of this issue, and for sharing your stories.
Beyond the #GradTax: more tax proposals that threaten the scientific community
During negotiation of the tax plan, the Early Career Scientist Policy Subcommittee wrote about how other provisions in the House and Senate versions of the bill would affect the scientific community.
Community Announcements
International Congress of the Iranian Genetics Society
The 15th National and 3rd International Congress of the Iranian Genetics Society will be held May 13–15, 2018 in Tehran, Iran, in collaboration with German Society of Genetics.
Members in the News
Congratulations to Stephen L. Helfand
Congratulations to Stephen L. Helfand for his election as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science!
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Research Assistant: Rotifer Genome Editing
Marine Biological Laboratory

Postdoc: Evolutionary Genomics
North Dakota State University

Senior Scientist - NGS Bioinformatics
Lucigen Corporation

Academic and Outreach Coordinator/ Instructor
University of California, Irvine

Research Scientist- Strain and Protein Engineering
Mascoma LLC

Postdoc: disease genetics and gene regulation
Boston University

Junior Specialist, Step I-II – Genetics, Genomics and Developmental Biology– Molecular and Cell Biology
UC Berkeley

Lecturer in Biological Sciences
University of Massachusetts
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