|March 3, 2015|
GSA is now accepting applications for two of our travel awards:
Also of interest to Worm Meeting attendees: we are pleased to announce a new workshop for 2015: "Preparing your educational resources for online publication." Co-sponsored by CourseSource, this workshop shows educators how to prepare their teaching resources for publication in an online repository. After learning how to navigate the submission process for GSA PREP and CourseSource, attendees will have a dedicated time to work on their submissions while "TAs" are standing by to answer questions. Apply now for this exciting new workshop! Applications are due May 29, 2015.
The GSA Journals
Will you be at the 56th Annual Drosophila Conference this week? If you have a question about our journals or just want some publishing advice, meet GENETICS Editor-in-Chief (EiC) Mark Johnston, plus GSA Journal editorial staff Cristy Gelling, Ruth Isaacson, and Tracey DePellegrin, and one of the more than 25 of our scientist-editors who'll be at the meeting! GENETICS and G3 are sponsoring the opening night reception, so come talk to us there or stop by our booth!
Neuroprotective NSF1: Degradative pathways such as autophagy play a crucial role in eliminating toxic or misfolded proteins. In the February issue of GENETICS, Babcock et al. demonstrate a novel neuroprotective role for N-ethylmaleimide sensitive fusion protein (NSF1) in Drosophila, showing it is required to maintain fusion events required for autophagy and lysosomal trafficking under periods of stress. Overexpression of NSF1 rescues neurodegeneration in a model of Parkinson's disease.
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Congratulations to GSA members Evelyn M. Witkin (Rutgers University) and Stephen Elledge (Harvard Medical School; HHMI), winners of the 14th annual Wiley Prize in Biomedical Sciences for their studies of the DNA damage response. The award of $35,000 will be presented to the winners on April 17, 2015 at the Wiley Prize luncheon at The Rockefeller University. [more...]
GSA member Susan Wessler (University of California, Riverside) has been re-elected as home secretary of the National Academy of Sciences. She will continue to be responsible for the membership activities of the Academy during her second four-year term beginning July 1, 2015.
The Rat Genome Database, a project co-established by GSA member Howard Jacob and based at the Medical College of Wisconsin, has received a new four-year, $8 million grant from the NIH.
NPR reports on the glut of postdocs, claiming that only 1 in 10 biology PhDs will secure an academic position. GSA member Gary McDowell is interviewed.
Education and Professional Development
The author of February's Primer in GENETICS, Gretchen Edwalds-Gilbert (Claremont McKenna, Pitzer, and Scripps Colleges), reminds us that "Location is Everything." This Primer accompanies Merwin et. al.'s 2014 GENETICS article "Genetic analysis of the ribosome biogenesis factor Ltv1 of Saccharomyces cerevisiae," and explores the cellular processes that produce mature ribosomes. Core concepts covered by this Primer/article pairing include genomic control of development and effects of mutations on proteins and function. Use of this resource will also help students develop core competencies, including hypothesis testing and data interpretation. Consider using this in your classroom this semester along with the Model Organism Primer describing yeast as a model system!
"Women of color in science face a double whammy of discrimination," according to a blog post at ScienceCareers covering a report released in January. The report indicates that the scientific workplace offers no respite from stereotypes based on race or gender, and is an important step in learning more about a "relatively understudied group" in science.
Funding, Fellowships, and Awards
The L'Oréal For Women in Science program recognizes and rewards the contributions women make in STEM fields and identifies exceptional women researchers committed to serving as role models for younger generations. The program will award five postdoctoral women scientists in the United States this year with grants of up to $60,000 each. Applications are now open to candidates from a variety of fields, and are due March 20, 2015.
The National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) has reported that the success rate for research project grants—mainly R01s—has increased to 25% for fiscal year (FY) 2014, up 5% from the year before. In a blog post, NIGMS director Jon Lorsch attributes the increase, in part, to a number of adjustments to the institute portfolio and funding policies last fiscal year in order to bolster NIGMS support for investigator-initiated research.
The Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) invites underrepresented minority postdocs and professionals in academia, industry, government, and nonprofits to apply for their 2015 Summer Leadership Institute, held in Washington, DC, July 20-24. This course features a comprehensive leadership curriculum and includes opportunities for networking, professional development, and focused mentor interactions. Apply by March 16, 2015.
The McKnight Memory and Cognitive Disorders Award from the McKnight Foundation assists scientists working to apply the knowledge achieved through basic research to human brain disorders that affect memory or cognition. The Foundation is interested in proposals that address memory or cognition under normal and pathological conditions. For more information and eligibility criteria, please see the award website. Applications are due April 1, 2015.
FactCheck.org challenges comments made by Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) last fall that question the value of investing in Drosophila research and claim that NIH funding has been increasing "for years." GSA member Hugo Bellen provided information about the contributions of fruit fly to the research enterprise (see his recent article in GENETICS about this topic). The piece concludes that "Paul is entitled to his opinions on where government funds are best spent, but the study of flies has yielded important benefits to human health."
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