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November 7, 2018
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Drosophila logo #Dros19 abstracts due next week!

Annual Drosophila Research Conference abstracts are due November 15.

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GSA Travel Award applications due next week
Applications are due by November 13 for GSA's student and postdoc travel awards. These include the DeLill Nasser Award for Professional Development in Genetics (grad students and postdocs), the GSA Undergraduate Travel Awards, and the Victoria Finnerty Undergraduate Travel Awards.
Last chance to vote in the GSA Board elections
A reminder that the election of new members of the Board of Directors ends this Friday, November 9. If you are a 2018 GSA member, you should have received your personal ballot code, which was sent from on October 9.
GSA Meetings
#Fungal19 housing, abstracts, and registration open
Don’t miss out on the 30th Fungal Genetics Conference! You can now reserve housing, submit your abstract, and register for the conference. A reminder that to receive GSA member discounts, you must have paid your 2019 member dues. Deadline: December 5.
Family tree of 400 million people shows genetics has limited influence on longevity
A study in GENETICS of a huge pedigree suggests assortative mating may have inflated previous estimates of human life span heritability.
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FlyBook: The Drosophila Dot Chromosome: Where Genes Flourish Amidst Repeats
Caution, Overload: The Troubled Past of Genetic Load
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New in G3: Genes|Genomes|Genetics
Ade2 Functions in the Drosophila Fat Body To Promote Sleep
An Efficient Genome Editing Strategy To Generate Putative Null Mutants in Caenorhabditis elegans Using CRISPR/Cas9
Students and Postdocs
The American Physiological Society Early Career Advocacy Fellowship: an inside view
The APS Early Career Advocacy Fellowship is a two-year program to engage early career scientists in advocacy activities while they continue their academic work. Learn more in this interview from the Early Career Scientist Policy Subcommittee’s fellowship series.
Applications open for Young Scientist Seminars
Are you a graduate student or postdoc with a compelling research story that you want to share with the world? Do you want to learn how to give one of the best science talks of your career? The Young Scientist Seminars is a unique opportunity for young scientists to develop their communication skills and showcase their work.
Apply for the Early Career Scientist Leadership and Professional Development Program
Build a portfolio of work that demonstrates your skills while teaming up with a great community of students and postdocs! Applications are due November 30.
GSA co-signs letter of concern on NSF BIO’s One PI/Co-PI policy
GSA has signed a letter with 20 other biological and ecological organizations expressing concern at the National Science Foundation Biological Science Directorate’s new policy that limits the number of proposal submissions to its core programs to one Principal Investigator/Co-PI submission per year.
FASEB commends NSF on efforts to combat harassment
GSA partner organization FASEB has praised the National Science Foundation for its leadership in implementing policies and procedures to ensure that research environments are free from harassment.
Election 2018: Impact on science funding and policy issues
GSA partner FASEB will host a webinar tomorrow, November 8, reviewing the results of the 2018 US mid-term Congressional elections and discussing the potential impact on science funding and policy issues. An analysis of expected changes in congressional committees and an overview of the legislative outlook for 2019 will also be presented.
Community Announcements
Scientists oppose US administration’s gender definition proposal
More than 1,600 scientists, including GSA members and Nobel Laureates, have signed a statement opposing the Trump administration’s proposal to legally define gender based on genitalia at birth and genetic testing.
Jonathan Walton 1953–2018
Jonathan Walton (Michigan State University) passed away on October 18, 2018. Walton was an internationally recognized leader in the study of plant-pathogen interactions and a frequent attendee of the Fungal Genetics Conference at Asilomar.
Members in the News
A Passion for Mentorship: JoAnne Engebrecht receives faculty teaching award
Congratulations to GSA Board member and GENETICS Associate Editor JoAnne Engebrecht for receiving the UC Davis College of Biological Sciences Faculty Teaching Award!
GSA Travel Award Applications
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#Dros19 Abstract Submission
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Early Career Scientist Leadership and Professional Development Program Application
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#Fungal19 Abstract Submission
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Gruber Genetics Prize Nominations
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Larry Sandler Award Applications
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Career Development Symposia Proposals
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Wadsworth Center, NY Department of Health

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