GENETICS Editor Choice Awards, women in science game, policy fellowships
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March 14, 2018
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Welcome new Early Career Leaders!
We’re pleased to announce the latest cohort of student and postdoc leaders joining the GSA’s Early Career Scientist Leadership Program.
Last year by the numbers
5243 members, 59 countries, 600+ volunteers... Check out what we achieved together in this fun 2017 infographic!
GSA Meetings
Missed out on the GENETICS Peer Review Training Program? Headed to #Dros18?
Becoming a better reviewer will make you a better author, while honing some of the skills central to scientific success. Attendees of the Annual Drosophila Research Conference can join a new in-person workshop based in part on the GENETICS Peer Review Training Program pilot. Space is strictly limited.
Talk shop at the #Dros18 Community Lunch
Take a deep dive into the latest topics in our field over lunch at the 59th Annual Drosophila Research Conference. Each discussion at the Community, Connections, and Lunch event will be moderated by established and up-and-coming community leaders. Check out the list at the link below.
International Xenopus Conference abstracts open
Abstract submission is open for the 17th International Xenopus Conference, which will be held in Seattle, WA, August 12–16. Abstracts are due by May 3.
Yeast Genetics Meeting abstracts open
Abstract submission is open for the 2018 Yeast Genetics Meeting, which will be held in Stanford, CA, August 22–26. Abstracts are due by May 17.
Ciliate Molecular Biology Conference abstracts open
Abstract submission and registration are now open for the 2018 Ciliate Molecular Biology Conference, which will be held July 17–22 in Washington, DC. Abstracts are due by April 4.
GENETICS articles recognized with Editors’ Choice Awards
Congratulations to the winners of the Editors’ Choice Awards for outstanding articles published in GENETICS in 2017!
GSA Journals partner with figshare
We are excited to announce our new partnership with figshare to archive supplemental material and data from papers published in GENETICS and G3: Genes|Genomes|Genetics.
Zooming in: population genetics on a mitochondrial level
Genetic variation across the mitochondria of a single individual plays an important role in the severity of mitochondrial disease. Wilton et al. report a new statistical framework for mitochondrial heteroplasmy based on population genetic principles.
‘Worm’ing through chromosome 21 for overlooked Down syndrome genes
Nordquist et al. used C. elegans to systematically investigate the function of genes on human chromosome 21 and identified some that could play previously overlooked roles in nervous system function.
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FlyBook: Female Meiosis: Synapsis, Recombination, and Segregation in Drosophila melanogaster
The ModERN Resource: Genome-Wide Binding Profiles for Hundreds of Drosophila and Caenorhabditis elegans Transcription Factors
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New in G3: Genes|Genomes|Genetics
Multiple Origin but Single Domestication Led to Oryza sativa
Tuning CRISPR-Cas9 Gene Drives in Saccharomyces cerevisiae
Students and Postdocs
Early Career Leadership Spotlight — Sonali Majumdar
Sonali Majumdar is a member of the Career Development Subcommittee and serves the New York City postdoctoral community in a variety of roles. She is pursuing a career dedicated to improving the training experience for early career scientists.
Apply now for DeLill Nasser travel funding
Grad student and postdoc members are invited to apply for the DeLill Nasser Award for Professional Development in Genetics, which supports travel to conferences and courses held between July 1 and December 31, 2018. Applications are due April 3.
Undergrad travel funding for GSA conferences
Applications are now open for the GSA Undergraduate Travel Awards. Undergrad members presenting research at a GSA conference are eligible to apply. The current application period covers the 2018 Ciliate Molecular Biology Conference, International Xenopus Conference, and Yeast Genetics Meeting. Applications are due March 21.
Early Career Leader update
Policy Subcommittee member Thomas Clements will join the faculty of Vanderbilt University Biology Department in the Fall as a lecturer. Learn more about the Early Career Scientist Leadership and Professional Development program at the link.
Faculty, Educators, & Mentors
Nominations open for National Medal of Science
The deadline for nominating outstanding scientists for the National Medal of Science is April 16.
GSA contingent at Hill Day
To support research funding and represent the scientific community, GSA’s Director of Engagement and Development Sonia Hall and the Co-Chairs of the Early Career Scientist Policy Subcommittee Giovanna Collu and Emily Lescak took part in FASEB’s Hill Day on March 8. Thank you to our dedicated Early Career Leaders for representing the GSA and early career scientist community!
House hearing sheds light on sexual harassment in science
GSA partner FASEB reports on a recent hearing of the US House Science Committee that focused on sexual harassment and other workplace misconduct in science.
Community Announcements
Suggest fly community members for memorial at #Dros18
The Organizing Committee of the Annual Drosophila Research Conference will be remembering members of the fly community who have recently passed during the "Year in Review" on Thursday, April 12. If you know of someone who should be included, please send suggestions (including name, institution, and date) to Pamela Geyer: by March 30, 2018.
Women in science card game
If you enjoyed GSA’s model organism Phylo card game, the WWEST Women in Science and Engineering Deck and SCWIST Canadian Scientist Expansion Deck use the same game principles while celebrating the contributions of women in science!
Members in the News
Consider the fruit fly
Stephanie Mohr’s new book First in Fly is reviewed by Sarah Zhang of The Atlantic. Don’t miss her special reading at the Annual Drosophila Research Conference on Thursday, April 12 at 1:45 p.m.
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Research Assistant Professor position in Human Population Genomics
University of Pennsylvania

Postdoc: Human Population Genomics
University of Pennsylvania

Research Associate I
Yale University

Postdoc: autism genetics, zebrafish model
Yale University

Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary

Protein Purification Scientist
Lucigen Corporation

Postdoc: Cellular/Molecular Biology Of Pediatric Tumors, Epigenetics Emphasis
University of São Paulo
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