GSA mourns the passing of Sydney Brenner.
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April 10, 2019
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photo of Sydney Brenner GSA mourns the passing of Sydney Brenner

Nobel laureate Sydney Brenner, who made many contributions to genetics, including establishing C. elegans as a model system, died April 5 at the age of 92. For a sense of the exciting early days of C. elegans genetics, read his popular GENETICS Perspectives article, “In the Beginning was the Worm”.

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Society News
The DeLill Nasser Award deadline has been extended
The DeLill Nasser Award for Professional Development in Genetics supports travel costs for students and postdocs to attend national and international meetings and enroll in laboratory courses. Apply or nominate a qualified candidate by April 16.
GSA Meetings
Submit your poster-only abstracts for #Worm19 by May 1
Interested in sharing your work at the 22nd International C. elegans Conference? If you haven’t yet submitted your research, poster-only abstracts are due by May 1.
Learn the ins and outs of article publishing at the #Worm19 Publishing Q&A
Do you ever wonder what happens behind the scenes when you submit your article to a journal? Ask the journal editors themselves at the #Worm19 Publishing Q&A! Add this informative event to your conference registration today.
Gain expert feedback on your #Worm19 poster
C. elegans students and postdocs, do you know you can invite specific people to your #Worm19 poster? Through the poster invite program, GSA will reach out to three scientists on your behalf with details of your abstract. Take advantage of this valuable opportunity!
Check out the photos from #Fungal19
Fungal researchers, it was great to see you at the 30th Fungal Genetics Conference! Relive your time at Asilomar by viewing photographs generously provided by Matt Sachs and Minou Nowrousian, now available on the conference site.
“Predicting” the future: how genomic prediction methods anticipated technology
A landmark paper published in GENETICS founded the field of genomic prediction before the requisite technology was available.
Browse the Genomic Prediction Series
Since its beginnings in Meuwissen et al. 2001, the GSA Journals have long been the home of cutting-edge research in genomic prediction and have published an ongoing series on this topic since 2012. You can now explore all the articles in the collection in a convenient browseable format and learn from a new review by Naomi Wray and colleagues.
Meet early career scientists working in genomic prediction
We’re shining a light on up-and-coming researchers in genomic prediction and related areas by highlighting graduate students and postdocs working in this exciting field. Check out the next generation now!
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Evolutionary loss of genomic proximity to conserved noncoding elements impacted the gene expression dynamics during mammalian brain development
Complex Trait Prediction from Genome Data: Contrasting EBV in Livestock to PRS in Humans
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High-Efficiency CRISPR/Cas9-Mediated Gene Editing in Honeybee (Apis mellifera) Embryos
Genetic and Molecular Analysis of Essential Genes in Centromeric Heterochromatin of the Left Arm of Chromosome 3 in Drosophila melanogaster
Faculty, Educators, & Mentors
Biology in Bloom: Implementing Bloom's Taxonomy to Enhance Student Learning in Biology
To aid faculty in assessing the cognitive levels of learning activities and assessments, Crowe et al. developed the Blooming Biology Tool (BBL) which places Bloom’s Taxonomy in the context of the biological sciences. They demonstrate that this tool can be used in the alignment of learning goals, activities and assessments, and to help students improve their study habits. This article was published in CBE—Life Sciences Education.
Apply or nominate for the Rosalind Franklin Award by Monday, April 15
Women in the first 1–3 years of an independent faculty position are eligible to apply or be nominated for the $75,000 award to fund their genetics research. The application cycle is only open every other year, so be sure to apply by April 15.
Apply for the Early Career Reviewer Program at NIH
If you have two years’ experience as a full-time faculty member or researcher and have not served on an NIH Center for Scientific Review study section, then you may be eligible for the Early Career Reviewer Program.
“Case for Canines in Biomedical Research” webinar from FASEB
In the “Case for Canines in Biomedical Research” webinar, two officials from the US Department of Veterans Affairs will explain why canine research models are critical in atrial fibrillation and spinal cord injury research, and crucially, explain the specific federal hoops that scientists must address before initiating this type of research.
Community Announcements
Apply for an award from the American Society for Human Genetics
Did you know ASHG is currently offering awards for every career level, totaling $85,000? Recipients will also be invited to give an address at ASHG 2019 in Houston, TX, in October. Apply or nominate a qualified applicant today!
Register for the Crete 2019 Insect Hormone Meeting
If you care about insect hormones, any hormone, or the processes they regulate, the 2019 Insect Hormone Meeting is for you! Themes include, but are not limited to, hormone production and transport; nutritional physiology and metabolism; reproductive physiology; control of organ and body size; tissue remodeling and morphogenesis; evolution; hormonal control of behavior; control of developmental timing; hormones in host-microbe interactions; and inter-organ communication. The meeting will take place from June 30–July 6, 2019 in Kolymbari, Crete.
Rosalind Franklin Young Investigator Award
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DeLill Nasser Award for Professional Development in Genetics
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#Worm19 Early Registration Deadline
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Poster-only Abstract Submissions for #Worm19
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#Worm19 Housing Deadline
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Postdoc Fellowship: Genome Stability and Bioinformatics
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

Clinical Cancer Geneticist
The National Cancer Institute, Center for Cancer Research (CCR)

Research Assistant, Lab Manager
Harvard Medical School, Boston Children's Hospital

INSPIRE Postdoc Fellowship
Rutgers University

Staff Fellow Molecular Biologist
The Food and Drug Administration, Center for Veterinary Medicine

CERC Postdoc Fellowship in Genetic Control of Wheat Frost Tolerance

Postdoc Researcher
Dartmouth College

Postdoc Associate - Drosophila, Mosquito, RNAi, virology
Boston University School of Medicine, Dept Biochemistry

Genetic Counselor
Tufts Medical Center

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Stockholm University
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