And a new Strategic Plan for GSA!
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January 16, 2019
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GSA President Jeannie Lee announces a new Strategic Plan
GSA’s Strategic Plan was developed through community collaboration to:
• Shape a 5–10 year future that includes scholarship, support for geneticists at all career stages, public engagement, and advocacy
• Set GSA on a course for long-term fiscal sustainability
This plan will be built upon eight Strategic Pillars that both capitalize on our existing strengths and align our efforts with aspirational goals. Thank you to everyone involved in developing this exciting strategy for GSA’s bright future!
Don’t forget to renew your GSA membership
Members receive exclusive benefits, including:
Discounted registration fees for attending GSA conferences
Reduced publication charges for GSA's two peer-edited research journals
GENETICS and G3: Genes|Genomes|Genetics
• Eligibility for professional development programs
Check out the full list of member benefits and renew your membership today.
GSA Meetings
Don’t miss out on #Fungal19
Don’t wait for the last minute to register for the 30th Fungal Genetics Conference! Registration numbers at this popular conference are strictly limited by the venue.
Join the GENETICS Peer Review Training Program Workshop at #Fungal19
This workshop at the 2019 Fungal Genetics Conference will provide an introduction to peer reviewing for early career researchers, including graduate students. It will cover best practices, a mock review, and a discussion panel with GENETICS editors.
Sign up for the Grants and Funding event at #Dros19
This event at the 60th Annual Drosophila Research Conference aims to provide attendees important information on grantsmanship and funding. During the program, attendees will hear talks and discussions from experienced investigators and program officers. Check out more of the exciting professional development events happening at #Dros19!
Late abstract submissions for #Dros19 are open
There’s still time to submit your late abstracts for the 60th Annual Drosophila Research Conference! Don’t miss your chance — the deadline for submissions is February 1.
GENETICS Peer Review Training Program applications open
Attention early career scientists: The GENETICS Peer Review Training Program is currently accepting applications. Apply by February 14 for a chance to participate.
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FlyBook: Imaging Flies by Fluorescence Microscopy: Principles, Technologies, and Applications
WormBook: Mitotic Cell Division in Caenorhabditis elegans
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New in G3: Genes|Genomes|Genetics
iProteinDB: An Integrative Database of Drosophila Post-translational Modifications
Wolbachia Infection Associated with Increased Recombination in Drosophila
Students and Postdocs
Amanda Young on the excitement of a career in product development
In the latest “Decoding Life” interview, a scientist and manager at Illumina discussers her work developing applications for next-generation sequencing. She talks about how careers in product development broadly impact the scientific community and how you can tailor your skills to land a job.
Faculty, Educators, & Mentors
New Faculty Profile: Karen Mruk
Karen Mruk, an assistant professor at the University of Wyoming’s School of Pharmacy, uses zebrafish to study the role bioelectricity plays in locomotor function.
Why fruit flies belong in primary and secondary schools
Guest authors Sanjai Patel and Andreas Prokop explain why school biology lessons are important places to advocate for fundamental biomedical research, and they present strategies developed by the Manchester Fly Facility to bring Drosophila research into primary and secondary classrooms.
FASEB is now accepting nominations for its 2020 Excellence in Science Award
The award is given in recognition of outstanding achievement by women in biological science. Submit your nominations by March 1, 2019.
U.S. government shutdown starts to take a bite out of science
Scientists from several disciplines discuss how the U.S. government shutdown has impacted their work.
2019 AIBS Congressional Visits Day
The American Institute of Biological Sciences, a GSA partner organization, invites scientists and graduate students to join their annual Congressional Visits Day in Washington, DC, from March 25–27. Participants will meet with members of Congress to help them understand the important role the federal government plays in supporting the biological sciences.
Community Announcements
Scientists-to-Scientists Portal for those affected by the government shutdown
The Ecological Society of America has created a portal where scientists can offer support to colleagues affected by the US government shutdown, whether it’s a temporary host for a graduate student, collecting samples, checking on field sites, or hosting meet-ups to break the isolation of those affected.
NIH OSP is now recruiting for a director of its Science Policy, Coordination, Collaboration, and Reporting Division
The NIH Office of Science Policy is announcing a vacancy for the Director of its Science Policy, Coordination, Collaboration, and Reporting Division. This vacancy represents an exceptional opportunity to:
Establish a policy portfolio that cuts across the biomedical research enterprise, including issues such as rigor and reproducibility, public-private partnerships, and other emerging priorities
Lead projects to develop the evidence base for proactive policies shaping the conduct of biomedical research (i.e., clinical research, data sharing, etc.)
Manage high profile collaborations on behalf of the NIH Director, such as relationships with the Office of Science and Technology Policy, the Foundation for the NIH, AAAS, the National Academies, and more
Facilitate key partnerships within NIH to ensure seamless coordination on policy issues
Build and manage a high-performing team of science policy professionals and analysts
To apply, use the following links:
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Housing reservations for #Fungal19
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Late Abstract Submissions for #Dros19
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Hotel Reservation deadline for #Dros19
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Abstract Submissions for #Worm19
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Postdoc: chromatin-based regulation
Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School

Organismal Biologist
Northeastern Illinois University

Genetic Counselor
University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics

Postdoc: Microbiology of Soil and Plant Associated Microorganisms
Marine Biological Laboratory

Postdoc: Fungal Genomics and Systems Biology
Laval University

Postdoc: Genomics and Neuroscience
NYU School of Medicine

Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology
Centre College

Postdoc: Drosophila muscle development
San Diego State University

Research Fellow: Development of Computational Tools to study Cancer Genomics
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

Lab Manager: Dartmouth
Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
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