Fungal Genetics Conference abstracts due soon.
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November 21, 2018
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Fungal logo Abstracts due for 30th Fungal Genetics Conference

Don't miss the abstract and early registration deadline of December 5. We'll see you in Asilomar!

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Society News
Profile of Job Dekker, 2018 recipient of the Edward Novitski Prize
The Novitski Prize is awarded to researchers who have solved challenging problems in genetics through experiments that demonstrate exceptional creativity and ingenuity. Read about 2018 recipient Job Dekker (University of Massachusetts Medical School) in a profile in GENETICS. Dekker is recognized for his innovative approach to understanding chromosome interactions and nuclear organization.
Get funding for Career Development Symposia
Gain leadership experience and serve your fellow early career scientists by organizing a GSA Career Development Symposium! GSA offers funding for student and postdoc members to organize local symposia that provide career and professional development opportunities for early career scientists. Examples could include career skills workshops, networking events, and scientific symposia with substantial opportunities for student and postdoc presenters. Applications are due January 10.
GSA Meetings
International C. elegans Conference—Save the Date!
Mark your calendars for the 22nd International C. elegans Conference, to be held June 20–24, 2019 in Los Angeles, CA. Don’t miss keynote speaker Cori Bargmann, GSA professional development events, and the much-anticipated return of the Worm Show!
#Dros19 poster abstract submission deadline extended
The abstract submission deadline has been extended for the 60th Annual Drosophila Research Conference (posters only). Abstracts are due December 13.
Know an outstanding PhD student in Drosophila research?
Nominations for the Larry Sandler Memorial Lecture close on December 21. Any student completing a PhD in an area of Drosophila research between July 2017 and December 2018 is eligible for nomination.
She has her mother’s coping style
Parent-of-origin effects help determine how lab rats respond to stress.
From sequence to centimeters: predicting height from genomes
Machine learning and access to ever-expanding databases improves genomic prediction of human traits.
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Robust Genome Editing with Short Single-Stranded and Long, Partially Single-Stranded DNA Donors in Caenorhabditis elegans
Can Deep Learning Improve Genomic Prediction of Complex Human Traits?
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New in G3: Genes|Genomes|Genetics
Comparing Genome-Wide Association Study Results from Different Measurements of an Underlying Phenotype
A Case Study of Genomic Instability in an Industrial Strain of Saccharomyces cerevisiae
Students and Postdocs
Ananda Ghosh on finding your niche
In the latest “Decoding Life” interview, a technology transfer agent at NYU emphasizes the importance of having the right mentor-mentee pairings throughout your career.
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! This program is conducted remotely and allows you to work closely with other members and experienced mentors to propose, develop, and implement programming that addresses unmet needs in our community. Applications are due November 30.
Faculty, Educators, & Mentors
NSF BIO lifts restrictions on PI/Co-PI proposals
Effective immediately, the National Science Foundation BIO Directorate has lifted its previous restriction on the number of proposals a given PI or co-PI could submit annually. GSA joined 20 other biological and ecological organizations in opposing the original restrictions.
Nominations invited for the Gruber Prizes
The Gruber Foundation invites nominations of outstanding scientists for the Gruber Genetics Prize and the Gruber Neuroscience Prize. GSA partners with the Gruber Foundation in selection of the committee of distinguished experts tasked with choosing recipients of the Genetics Prize. Nominations are due December 15.
FASEB expresses concern about lack of diversity on key NIH advisory committees
GSA partner organization FASEB has released a letter to the Director of the National Institutes of Health expressing concerns about the lack of diversity on key federal advisory committees, specifically the Advisory Committee to the Director.
FASEB recommends using RePORTER system to accommodate studies that include human participants
NIH’s definition of clinical trials has been expanded to encompass any basic research involving human participants. GSA partner organization FASEB has submitted comments on reporting standards for prospective basic science studies. FASEB raised two concerns: the expanded definition of what constitutes a clinical trial and the appropriateness of requiring all basic research studies involving human subjects to be registered on
Community Announcements
Does public engagement really matter?
GSA is one of 30 scientific organizations participating in a landmark survey—administered by ScienceCounts and the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science—to assess members’ views on science communication and public engagement. Please take 15 minutes to complete the survey and let your voice be heard.
Members in the News
Early career leader Haifa Alhadyian featured in Kansas University publication
Haifa Alhadyian, a member of the Early Career Scientist Communication and Outreach Subcommittee, was interviewed for KU College Stories. The piece highlighted her leadership and science communication experiences, including in GSA’s Early Career Scientist Leadership and Professional Development Program.
Early Career Scientist Leadership and Professional Development Program Application
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#Fungal19 Abstract Submission
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#Dros19 Extended 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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Laboratory Manager: Molecular Geneticist PhD
Neurocode Labs Inc.

Frank R. and Betty J. Koller Postdoctoral Fellowship
Marshfield Clinic Research Institute

PhD students: eco-evo-devo of African cichlid fishes
Indiana State University

Assistant Professor of Biology
Ball State University

PhD student: Ecological Genomics
University of Maine

PhD students in Developmental Genetics
University of Tulsa

Postdoc: Complex Disease Genetics
Arking Lab

Postdoc: Ecological Genomics
University of New Hampshire

Senior Scientist, Biomarker Signatures
Johnson & Johnson

Associate Director of Bioinformatics
Medical College of Wisconsin

Postdoc: Ethical, Legal and Social Implications (ELSI) of Genetics
The Hastings Center
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