February 13, 2013


Opportunity with the GSA Journals

GENETICS and G3: Genes|Genomes|Genetics, the journals of the Genetics Society of America, are seeking a Journals’ Assistant Editor to work with the Editors-in-Chief (EiCs), Senior Editors and the Executive Editor to fulfill our mission to identify and communicate significant discoveries and advances in genetics

The Josurnals’ Assistant Editor will be an integral part of our editorial team, working closely with the Editorial Board and staff to increase the profile and impact of the GSA Journals by helping to recruit new submissions, identify new content, and broadcast our journals to new audiences.

Candidates must have a PhD in Genetics or a related field, strong interpersonal skills, be an accomplished written and oral communicator, appreciate the thrills and trials of discovery, and exude enthusiasm for science. Candidates should be curious, and on top of current topics and trends in science. A year or more experience with scientific journal publishing, an interest in video or multi-media software, and an appreciation of social media platforms is preferred. 

This position is located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and requires some travel.
A detailed job description can be found here. Apply with a cover letter, resume, salary history, and two or three writing samples at this website. Additional information about applying is available from FASEB. Equal Opportunity Employer.

GSA Education

GSA is excited to announce its Career Development Workshop, Federal Funding Opportunities & the Proposal Review Process, a free, pre-conference workshop for attendees of the 2013 Drosophila Research ConferenceParticipants will learn of multiple federal funding opportunities through the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  The workshop will be from 3-5 pm on Wednesday, April 3, 2013 and is organized by two GSA members, Joyce Fernandez and Leslie Pick, who are serving as NSF program officers.  A panel discussion will be followed by a hands-on exercise to examine program solicitations and review criteria and to work through the mechanics of writing a good proposal.

The GSA Career Series has a new interview!  Learn about being a program director at the Environmental Protection Agency courtesy of Dan Costa, and peruse through the other articles to read about careers outside of academia.


GSA is now accepting submissions to GSA PREP, its Peer-Reviewed Educational resource Portal!  If you have a laboratory exercise, laboratory protocol (e.g., quick and inexpensive DNA extraction), in-class exercise, image/animation, or a course syllabus, please submit it to be part of GSA’s database of educational resources to share with colleagues. Submissions will be reviewed for completeness, accurate descriptions of their successful execution and intended audience, and core concepts and core competencies to improve the quality of genetics education.  Resources accepted into the portal will be citable, allowing the authors to list the resource on their CV.  Submit your teaching materials today! 

Reviewers wanted:  If you’d like to be a reviewer for the resources submitted to GSA PREP, please join our Education Special Interest Group and complete the SIG survey.

GSA Travel Awards

Attention undergraduates and their advisors! GSA is accepting applications for the GSA Undergraduate Travel Award, which provides support for undergraduate members to present their research at a GSA conference.  The upcoming round of applications will support students attending the 19th International C. elegans Conference from June 26-30, 2013, at UCLA.  Application deadline: March 29, 2013.

The GSA Journals

The February issue of GENETICS has a slew of interesting articles, including “Quantitative Trait Loci Mapping of the Mouse Plasma Proteome (pQTL)” by Daniel Teupser et al., describing how combining plasma screening with genetic screening better identifies diagnostic and therapeutic targets. Also, read “The Genetics of Canine Skull Shape Variation” by Jeff Schoenebeck and Elaine Ostrander.  Then, check out the highlights for more must read articles.

February G3: Genes|Genomes|Genetics is online! Read about methods to identify, predict, and validate candidate therapeutic targets for tumors with mutations in CIN genes, designing a genetic cross (a training package for Drosophila geneticists), plus articles on genomic selection and prediction. Check out the breadth of organisms, including Trichoderma reesei, Centaurea solstitialis, Serpula lacrymans, marine bivalves, chickens, and field crickets!

Members in the News

Former GSA Board member Eric Lander (The Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard) is hosting a free, online course, 7:00x: Introduction to Biology: “The Secret of Life” starting March 5, 2013. This introductory level biology course will let students “explore the mysteries of biochemistry, genetics, molecular biology, recombinant DNA technology and genomics, and rational medicine.” Taught over 12 weeks, it requires 6-8 hours per week to view videos, complete assignments and exams.  For more information, visit the website.


President Obama highlighted investments in research during his State of the Union address last night, emphasizing how science contributes to our economic success: "Every dollar we invested to map the human genome returned $140 to our economy — every dollar." And he issued a call to expand our support of R&D: "Today, our scientists are mapping the human brain to unlock the answers to Alzheimer’s. They’re developing drugs to regenerate damaged organs; devising new material to make batteries 10 times more powerful. Now is not the time to gut these job-creating investments in science and innovation. Now is the time to reach a level of research and development not seen since the height of the Space Race. We need to make those investments."

Sequestration, the automatic budget cuts that would reduce funding for the NIH, NSF, and other federal research agencies is still looming, scheduled to take effect March 1, 2013 unless Congress acts soon.  If you recognize the importance of federal support for science, GSA urges you to contact your Senators and Representative via the FASEB Action Alert.  Elected officials need to hear from you about the impact such cuts would have on your research and the progress of science. Feel free to personalize the recommended text and to forward the alert to your friends and colleagues. You don’t have to be a researcher to care about this issue.

To learn how sequestration will affect science research, view the winning video from the FASEB “Stand Up for Science” competition.  The winning entry was submitted by ‘Stand With Science,’ a group of graduate students from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Their video, “What’s Next,” underscores the importance of federal funding to science and technology and highlights the adverse consequences that across the board spending cuts could have on future, innovative research.

The Congressional Biomedical Research Caucus has lined up eight speakers for their 2013 Briefing Series beginning on Wednesday, April 10, 2013.  The Caucus is a bipartisan, bicameral group of legislators from the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate. The series, which takes place in the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, DC, provides legislators and their aides the opportunity to learn more about potential and actual advances in health care made by the federal government’s investment in basic biomedical research. If you are in DC on any of the dates you are welcome to attend. No RSVP required.

The National Science Foundation is in search of a new director with the announcement that current director Subra Suresh will become the president of Carnegie Mellon University as of July 1. President Obama will have the opportunity to nominate someone for the NSF position, which requires Senate confirmation.  The President will also be looking for a new Secretary of Energy. Steven Chu has indicated that he will be stepping down to “return to an academic life of teaching and research” when a new Secretary is in named.

Other Meetings

The 15th International Congress of Immunology in Milan, Italy, August 22-27, 2013 is offering numerous travel grants to young (<35 years old) immunologists, immunologists from developing countries and others, but applicants must have an accepted abstract.  Abstract deadline:  Friday, February 15, 2013.

Do you have a brief announcement to submit to GSA e-News?
E-news items include news about GSA members – new positions, book publication, awards or grants received and obits; short policy items; brief research news items and grant programs; and, award nomination announcements.

Deadline for next issue: February 22, 2013.  Send items to Phyllis Edelman, pedelman@genetics-gsa.org.