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August 15, 2018
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Nominations open for GSA Awards
You are invited to nominate outstanding scientists, educators, and community leaders for the Society’s annual awards: the Thomas Hunt Morgan Medal, the Genetics Society of America Medal, the George W. Beadle Award, the Elizabeth W. Jones Award for Excellence in Education, and the Edward Novitski Prize.
Getting to work
Did you know that 1 in 3 students and postdocs we surveyed are extremely concerned about their mental health? Or that 87% of respondents at all career stages are moderately or extremely concerned about their ability to obtain adequate funding? Learn more from GSA President Jeannie Lee in her discussion of the Society’s strategic planning process and the recent community survey.
GSA Meetings
#Yeast18 Conference App
Navigate the Yeast Genetics Meeting with ease by downloading the conference app, now available online.
Save the Date: 60th Annual Drosophila Research Conference
Celebrate 60 years of buzz at the Annual Drosophila Research Conference, March 27–31, 2019 in Dallas, Tx. The Keynote Speaker will be Mariana Wolfner (Cornell University).
Save the Date: 30th Fungal Genetics Conference
Join us at Asilomar March 12–17, 2019 for the 30th anniversary of the Fungal Genetics Conference. The 2019 Perkins/Metzenberg Lecture will be given by John Taylor (University of California, Berkeley).
A new tool for longevity and mating studies in C. elegans
By borrowing a system found in plants, researchers can turn off sperm production in an inducible, reversible, and non-toxic manner.
Enhancing our view of enhancers
GC content alone is associated with distinct functional classes of human enhancers.
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The Effect of Strong Purifying Selection on Genetic Diversity
Human-Mediated Introgression of Haplotypes in a Modern Dairy Cattle Breed
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New in G3: Genes|Genomes|Genetics
RAD Sequencing and a Hybrid Antarctic Fur Seal Genome Assembly Reveal Rapidly Decaying Linkage Disequilibrium, Global Population Structure and Evidence for Inbreeding
ovoD Co-selection: A Method for Enriching CRISPR/Cas9-Edited Alleles in Drosophila
Students and Postdocs
The California Council on Science and Technology Policy Fellowship: an inside view
The California Council on Science & Technology (CCST) places ten PhD-level scientists in the California legislature for one-year appointments. Learn more in an interview with former fellow Bish Paul.
Faculty, Educators, & Mentors
Looking for teaching ideas? Genetics articles in CourseSource
Are you teaching meiosis, the central dogma, Hidden Markov Models, or lab classes this fall? Check out these peer-reviewed articles from CourseSource describing undergraduate biology activities.
Addressing sexual harassment in STEM
Members of the GSA Early Career Scientist Policy Subcommittee outline the problem of sexual harassment in science, policies that seek to prevent harassment, and steps the scientific community can take.
Members in the News
Katherine Xue studies how the flu evolves inside you
The recipient of the 2018 Crow Award reveals details of flu evolution at the smallest—and largest—scales.
Community Announcements
Share your ideas for the future of genomic medicine
GSA members of all career stages are invited to a Community Town Hall in Atlanta, GA, at the Morehouse School of Medicine, September 26, to help shape the direction of the National Human Genome Research Institute’s 2020-2030 strategic plan. The agenda will focus on: Trainee Development, Diversity, Disparities, and Population Health, Genetic Technology, Community Outreach & Engagement, Healthcare/Precision Medicine.
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