Six outstanding members of our community have been honored with GSA Awards.
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February 14, 2018
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Congratulations to 2018 GSA Award recipients
Six outstanding members of our community have been honored with GSA Awards:
Thomas Hunt Morgan Medal
Barbara Meyer (University of California, Berkeley)
Genetics Society of America Medal
Mariana Wolfner (Cornell University)
George W. Beadle Award
Philip Hieter (University of British Columbia)
Elizabeth W. Jones Award for Excellence in Education
Steven Farber and Jamie Shuda (Carnegie Institution for Science, University of Pennsylvania)
Edward Novitski Prize
Job Dekker (University of Massachusetts Medical School)
GSA Meetings
2018 Ciliate Molecular Biology Conference abstracts open
Abstract submission is now open for the Ciliate Molecular Biology Conference, which will be held July 17–July 22 in Washington, DC. Abstracts are due by April 4.
Crow Award applications due
Applications for the James F. Crow Early Career Researcher Award are due this Thursday, February 15 by 8:00 p.m. EST. Be sure to submit your abstract and application, as well as register for #PEQG18, before the deadline.
Invite viewers to your #Dros18 and #PEQG18 poster
Seek expert feedback on your poster! Student and postdoc members attending #Dros18 or #PEQG18 can submit the names of scientists to invite to their poster presentation. GSA will reach out and invite these scientists to attend the meeting and your poster. We suggest choosing people who typically attend the meeting or who are located in the same city. #Dros18 presenters must sign up by February 14. #PEQG18 presenters must sign up by February 16.
Hyper-conserved sperm proteins can still evolve rapidly
Major sperm proteins are some of the most conserved of any known protein in any organism; their glacial rate of change is on par with that of essential proteins like histones.
Battle-scarred flies help us understand the genetics of aggression
Male fruit flies can develop battle scars that provide a new method to quickly and easily screen for aggression.
GENETICS journal cover
WormBook: Repressive Chromatin in Caenorhabditis elegans: Establishment, Composition, and Function
Comparative Oligo-FISH Mapping: An Efficient and Powerful Methodology To Reveal Karyotypic and Chromosomal Evolution
G3 journal Cover
New in G3: Genes|Genomes|Genetics
Powerful Inference with the D-Statistic on Low-Coverage Whole-Genome Data
Growth of Caenorhabditis elegans in Defined Media Is Dependent on Presence of Particulate Matter
Students and Postdocs
How to write an academic CV
This Career Tips post covers the important elements of writing a CV, along with strategies for navigating your academic job search.
Enriching the science training experience requires empathy and compassion
Early Career Scientist Career Development Subcommittee Liaison Faten Taki discusses why we need empathy for postdocs under pressure.
Marnie Gelbart on engaging both scientists and our communities in spreading awareness of personalized genetic technologies
In the latest Decoding Life interview, the Director of Programs at the Personal Genetics Education Project (pgEd) discusses the origins of pgEd and the need for bidirectional exchange between scientists and communities.
Early career leader updates
More updates from GSA’s Early Career Leaders: Jo Bairzin, Policy Subcommittee Liaison has been awarded an AIBS Public Policy Leadership Award. Amey Redkar, Communication and Outreach Subcommitee Liaison has been awarded a Marie Curie Fellowship. Didem Sarikaya, Career Development Subcommittee Co-Chair, has been awarded a University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship. Lucy Jinglin Xie, Diversity Subcommittee Liaison, has been awarded a Damon Runyon Fellowship. Learn more about the Early Career Scientist Leadership and Professional Development program at the link.
Faculty, Educators, & Mentors
Reevaluating the role of staff scientists
This guest post by Irini Topalidou explores the important role that staff scientists play in advancing the scientific enterprise—and advocates for recognizing this role as a valid, satisfying, and rewarding career path in its own right.
New Faculty Profile: David Matus
David Matus uses nematodes to study morphogenesis at the intersection of cell, developmental, and evolutionary biology. New Faculty Profiles allow GSA members who are establishing their first labs to introduce themselves to our wider community.
Congress budget deal would raise spending caps
US Congress has reached a deal to raise the budget caps. Congress now has until March 23 to agree on an appropriations bill, which will determine whether this will translate to increased funding for science agencies in 2018 and 2019.
Webinar on preparing for Capitol Hill Day
Each spring, members of the FASEB Board and Science Policy Committee meet with their members of Congress in Washington, DC to urge them to increase funding for federal science agencies. A FASEB webinar on February 28 will serve as an advocacy training session for researchers participating in a Capitol Hill Day in DC or visiting local offices of their Congress members.
Community Announcements
First in Fly book published
First in Fly by Stephanie Mohr (Harvard Medical School) is now published. This book celebrates key insights uncovered by investigators using Drosophila as a model system.
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Scientist, Population Genetics
23andMe, Inc.

Technical Support & Application Scientist
Lucigen Corporation

Graduate Student Position in ancient genomes
University of North Dakota

Lecturer - Genetics and Cell Biology
University of Florida

Scientist - Computational analysis of cell types in human brain using single nucleus RNA-sequencing
Allen Institute for Brain Science

Research & Science Scientist, Sequencing R&D
23andMe, Inc.

Research Project Manager
23andMe, Inc.

Next Generation Sequencing Laboratory Manager
GeneDx, Inc

Sr. Research Coordinator – Human Genetics and Genomics
NYU Langone Health

Postdoctoral Fellow - Embryonic morphogenesis
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Research Professor (open rank)
University of Michigan
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