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February 13, 2019
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Joseph Heitman awarded 2019 Edward Novitski Prize
GSA is pleased to announced that Joseph Heitman (Duke University) is the recipient of the 2019 Edward Novitski Prize. Heitman is honored for his work on human fungal pathogens and for identifying the molecular targets of widely-used immunosuppressive drugs. The latter work proved to be a seminal contribution to the discovery of the TOR pathway, which regulates cell growth and activity in response to nutrients.
GSA Meetings
C. elegans Conference abstract submission is open
Interested in submitting an abstract for the 22nd International C. elegans Conference? Your opportunity is here! The #Worm19 submission site is currently open and will remain open until the submission deadline on March 28.
Add the GENETICS Peer Review Training workshop to your #Dros19 registration
This workshop will provide an introduction to peer reviewing, including information on best practices and a mock review. Becoming a better reviewer will help you to become a better author and to hone some of the skills central to scientific success. Attendance is limited, so don’t wait to register!
Sign up for the Community, Connections, & Lunch happening at #Dros19
Do you want to reconnect with the fly community? To meet new colleagues and learn from stimulating discussions on topics you care about? Join us for moderated discussion tables on scientific, professional development, and other topics. All career stages are welcome—we want you to join the conversation! Lunch is included at this event.
Sign up for the New Faculty Forum at #Dros19
At this one-day workshop designed for new faculty and advanced postdocs, attendees will discuss common challenges, hear strategies for managing a laboratory, and more. Don’t miss a chance to collaborate, commiserate, and celebrate with a strong network of peers long after the fly meeting ends.
Women’s hidden contributions to theoretical population genetics
An analysis of the acknowledgment sections of theoretical population genetics papers from the 1970s and 1980s reveals overlooked contributions of women to the foundation of the field.
Does Candida grow on trees?
An opportunistic human pathogen makes itself at home on old oaks.
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FlyBook: Drosophila as a Genetic Model for Hematopoiesis
Evidence for Weak Selective Constraint on Human Gene Expression
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New in G3: Genes|Genomes|Genetics
Metformin Affects Heme Function as a Possible Mechanism of Action
A Noisy Analog-to-Digital Converter Connects Cytosolic Calcium Bursts to Transcription Factor Nuclear Localization Pulses in Yeast
Students and Postdocs
Need funding to attend a conference or course?
Twice a year, GSA selects a group of students and postdocs to receive the DeLill Nasser Award for Professional Development in Genetics, which grants early career geneticists funds to attend national and international meetings and enroll in laboratory courses. The application site for the Fall 2019 cycle will open February 26. Apply by April 3 to be considered.
Faculty, Educators, & Mentors
Nominations for the FASEB Excellence in Science Award are due March 1
Do you know a woman who has shown outstanding achievement in biological science? Consider submitting a nomination for the FASEB Excellence in Science Award. GSA members are eligible to be nominated for this award from our partner organization FASEB.
Highlights from CBE – Life Sciences Education
Revising a lesson is too often both labor-intensive and ineffective. In CBE – Life Sciences Education, Pelletreau et al. describe a process of collaboration, iteration, and assessment that serves as a model for faculty and curriculum development. The teaching topic addressed in this project was the misconception-laden Central Dogma: replication, transcription, and translation.
New study confirms what scientists already know: basic research is under-valued
Postdoc research fellow Isobel Ronai discusses the ramifications of the public’s disinterest in basic research and provides data for why people, particularly funders, should care more.
Members in the News
Angelika Amon receives Vilcek Foundation Prize, which recognizes immigrants who contribute to American society
Former GSA Board member Angelika Amon is the Kathleen and Curtis Marble Professor of Cancer Research at MIT and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator. Born in Austria, her research on cell growth and division holds enormous potential for developing new forms of cancer treatments. She is receiving the $100,000 Vilcek Prize for her record of extraordinary contributions to the field.
S. Michal Jazwinski appointed president of The Gerontological Society of America
S. Michal Jazwinski of Tulane University is the new president of The Gerontological Society of America, the nation’s largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to the field of aging.
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Editor-in-Chief of Fly
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Frank R. and Betty J. Koller Postdoctoral Fellowship
Marshfield Clinic Research Institute (MCRI)

Bioinformatics Scientist, Scientific Data Curator
Computercraft Corporation

Clinical Curation Scientist
The Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen)

Postdoc: Drosophila Systems Genetics
Clemson University Center for Human Genetics

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Baylor College of Medicine

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William & Mary

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