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May 8, 2019
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TAGC20 photo collage Save the date for TAGC 2020!

The Allied Genetics Conference will be held from April 22–26, 2020 in the Metro Washington, DC area.

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Society News
Check out the TAGC 2020 lineup!
We’re pleased to announce invited speakers, professional development events, and presentation topics for The Allied Genetics Conference 2020. We’ll be announcing more in the coming months, so don’t forget to sign up for email updates!
» conferences.genetics-gsa.org
GSA Meetings
Coming soon: #Worm19 conference abstract assignments
C. elegans abstract authors, your assignments are coming soon! Keep an eye out next week for more information about your upcoming abstract presentations.
» conferences.genetics-gsa.org
Learn the ins and outs of article publishing at the #Worm19 Publishing Q&A
How do you choose a journal? What do you put in a cover letter? How do you address reviewers’ comments effectively? Do you have publishing questions? Ask the journal editors themselves at the #Worm19 Publishing Q&A! Add this informative event to your conference registration today.
» conferences.genetics-gsa.org
Sign up for the GENETICS Peer Review Training Workshop at #Worm19
Interested in boosting your resume at the C. elegans conference? Look no further than the GENETICS Peer Review Training Workshop, which will help you become a better author and hone skills that are central to scientific success.
» conferences.genetics-gsa.org
Congratulations to the Undergraduate Travel Award recipients
We're proud to announce the winners of the Undergraduate Travel Award! The recipients will be attending the 22nd International C. elegans Conference at UCLA from June 20–24. We can't wait to see you at #Worm19!
» genestogenomes.org
How Caenorhabditis elegans Senses Mechanical Stress, Temperature, and Other Physical Stimuli
Nematodes can detect and discriminate among diverse environmental cues and exhibit sensory-evoked behaviors that are readily quantifiable at high resolution. In the latest WormBook chapter, Goodman and Sengupta describe the sensory neurons and molecules that enable C. elegans to sense and respond to physical stimuli.
» genetics.org
The RNA Polymerase II Core Promoter in Drosophila
Transcription by RNA polymerase II initiates at the core promoter, which is sometimes referred to as the “gateway to transcription.” In the latest FlyBook chapter, Ngoc, Kassavetis and Kadonaga describe the properties of the RNA polymerase II core promoter in Drosophila.
» genetics.org
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No Cost of Complexity in Bacteriophages Adapting to a Complex Environment
Lysenkoism Against Genetics: The Meeting of the Lenin All-Union Academy of Agricultural Sciences of August 1948, Its Background, Causes, and Aftermath
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New in G3: Genes|Genomes|Genetics
Lost in Translation: On the Problem of Data Coding in Penalized Whole Genome Regression with Interactions
QTL Underlying Circadian Clock Parameters Under Seasonally Variable Field Settings in Arabidopsis thaliana
Students and Postdocs
Early Career Scientist Seminar Series speakers
Join us online on May 15, 10:00–10:40 a.m. EDT for this month’s Early Career Scientist Seminar Series!

Jia-Xing Yue, Institute for Research on Cancer and Aging, Nice (IRCAN)
CNRS Structural genome dynamics revealed by the yeast population reference panel

Matthew Berg, University of Western Ontario
Lost (and found) in translation: Using mistranslating tRNAs to investigate genetic code evolution and cellular response to translational errors

» surveymonkey.com
Early Career Leadership Spotlight — Vandana Raghavan
Vandana Raghavan is a member of the Communication and Outreach Subcommittee. Using baker’s yeast, she studies how the balance between maintaining the genetic code and generating mutations for adaptation is reached. Her goal while serving on the committee is to broaden their ability to reach a wider audience.
» genestogenomes.org
Early Career Leadership Spotlight — Nele Haelterman
Nele Haelterman is a member of the Early Career Scientist Steering Committee. She studies the cellular functions of several genes that, when lost, cause Osteogenesis Imperfecta, otherwise known as brittle bone disease. With the Committee, she hopes to create a more positive and stimulating environment for early career scientists who are about to take the next step in their career.
» genestogenomes.org
Faculty, Educators, & Mentors
Highlights from CBE — Life Sciences Education
In CBE — Life Sciences Education, Crouch et al. present a tool to measure student understanding of the core concepts at key time points in a biology degree program.
» lifescied.org
Participate in a Biological Sciences Congressional District Visit with AIBS
The American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS), a GSA partner, organizes an opportunity for scientists to inform the nation's science policy each year. The Biological Sciences Congressional District Visits event enables scientists to meet with their federal or state elected officials in their home state—not in Washington, DC—and allows policymakers to learn first-hand about the science and research facilities in their district.
» aibs.org
NIH announces amended guidelines for gene therapy oversight
As part of an effort to streamline duplicative and burdensome oversight over gene therapy, NIH has amended the NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant or Synthetic Nucleic Acid Molecules. The amendments remove the requirement to register and report on human gene therapy protocols to the NIH. Oversight continues under the FDA, which has regulatory oversight of all human gene therapy clinical trials.
» nih.gov
Community Announcements
2019 Ross Prize in Molecular Medicine — Genomics of Autoinflammatory Diseases
On June 4, join your colleagues at the New York Academy of Sciences for an evening of scientific talks and networking as NYAS awards the 2019 Ross Prize in Molecular Medicine to Daniel L. Kastner.
» nyas.org
Request for information regarding tissue source options for generating human immune system mice
NIAID is requesting information on which tissues are deemed important by the biomedical research community as potential alternatives to the use of fetal tissue. If you work in this field, please consider responding to the request for information or share this notice with your colleagues who work with HIS mice. The deadline to respond is May 29.
» grants.nih.gov
Register for the 2019 Toronto RNA Enthusiasts' Day
Join your colleagues on July 30th, 2019, for the fourth annual Toronto RNA Enthusiasts Day (TREnD), a GSA Career Development Symposia. Researchers at every level are welcome.
» trendrna.com
Members in the News
Congratulations to the 2019 American Academy of Arts and Sciences awardees
Congratulations to GSA members Susan Ackerman, Richard Durbin, Yishi Jin, Paul Turner, and Detlef Weigel who have been elected new members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences for their outstanding achievements in Biological Sciences.
» amacad.org
Congratulations to the newly elected members of the National Academy of Sciences
In recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research, 10 members of GSA were elected to the National Academy of Sciences: Susan Ackerman, Sue Jinks-Robertson, Harmit Malik, Luciano Marraffini, William McGinnis, Elaine Ostrander, Susan Strome, Paul Turner, Daniel Voytas, and Mariana Wolfner.
» biology.missouri.edu
#Worm19 Housing Deadline
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Mayo Clinic

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Simons Foundation

Lecturer—Genetics and Biochemistry
Clemson University

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Simons Foundation

Research Analyst II
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Postdoc Fellow - Genetic and Molecular Epidemiology
Brigham and Women's Hospital/Harvard Medical School

Postdoc Position in Genetics of Cocaine and Methamphetamine Sensitivity in Drosophila
Clemson University Center for Human Genetics

Clinical Geneticist Opportunities
Kaiser Permanente Southern California

Postdoc Position in Complex Disease Genetics
Johns Hopkins University McKusick-Nathans Institute of Genetic Medicine
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