How about mouse genetics? You also have until tomorrow to meet the early registration deadline for the 27th Annual Mouse Molecular Genetics Meeting, September 29–October 3 in Pacific Grove, CA, and save over $100!
Finally, if Xenopus is your model system, don’t miss the registration and housing deadlines for the 15th International Xenopus Conference, August 24–28 also in Pacific Grove, CA. The deadline is July 24 for this meeting, which is new to the GSA conference portfolio.
The 11th International Conference on Zebrafish Development and Genetics has just kicked off in Madison, Wisconsin. You can follow the conference remotely by keeping up with the hashtag #ZFISH2014 on Twitter.
Stan Fields asks: Would Fred Sanger get funded today?: In a perspective published in the latest issue of GENETICS, Stan Fields examines a recent claim that Sanger would not have been awarded funding in today’s climate because he “published little of import” between his major discoveries. Fields, who was affiliated with Sanger’s lab in Cambridge, outlines the history of Sanger’s research and argues that Sanger would, indeed, be regarded favorably by an NIH review panel, but also that Sanger’s career exemplifies how the funding review process could be improved to ensure room for “the single creative idea that proves to be a game-changer.”
Genetics of Sex: The GSA journals have created an ongoing special-interest collection of papers and reviews focusing on the genetics of sex, including sex determination, sex chromosomes, mating and incompatibility systems, meiosis, and recombination. The first group of articles in the collection are published in a special section of the June issues of GENETICS and G3, accompanied by a Commentary by Michelle Arbeitman, Artyom Kopp, Mark Siegal and Mark Van Doren that places the articles in context. New papers will be added to the collection as they are published to provide a growing resource for the community. See the Call for Papers: Genetics of Sex for more information on submitting your own work! [more...]
Genetics of Immunity: Defense against infection is increasingly recognized to have a complex determination involving multiple mechanisms. In the spirit of greater discourse among researchers spanning various disciplines, approaches, and organisms, GENETICS and G3 invite submissions that address the broad reach and complexity of the genetics of immunity. Several such articles are published in the latest issues of both journals, along with a Commentary by Brian Lazzaro and David Schneider. The call for papers is ongoing, and future articles will be highlighted in the Genetics of Immunity collection. [more...]
Members in the News
President Obama has announced that he will nominate GSA President Vicki Chandler as a member of the National Science Board (NSB). The NSB is the policymaking body for the National Science Foundation (NSF) and serves as an independent body of advisors to both the President and the Congress on policy matters related to science and engineering. In addition to her role as GSA President, Chandler is Chief Program Officer for Science at the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. Our congratulations to Vicki! [more…]
GSA members Victor Ambros (Univ of Massachusetts Med Sch) and Gary Ruvkun (Mass General Hosp & Harvard Med Sch) will share the 2014 Gruber Genetics Prize in recognition of their pioneering discoveries of the existence and function of microRNAs and small interfering RNAs. The award honors individuals whose groundbreaking work provides new models that inspire and enable fundamental shifts in knowledge and culture. Ambros, Ruvkun, and plant biologist David Baulcombe will share the $500,000 prize and receive a gold laureate pin. They join seven other members of the GSA community who have received this prestigious prize in past years. [more…]
Included in this Issue:
GSA members Marlene Belfort (Univ at Albany) and Terry Magnuson (Univ of North Carolina) have been appointed to the NIH Council of Councils, which advises the NIH Director on issues that span NIH. This includes making recommendations on research that represents important areas of emerging scientific opportunities, rising public health challenges, or knowledge gaps that deserve special emphasis or would otherwise benefit from strategic planning and coordination. Belfort and Magnuson will serve on the council through October 31, 2016. [more…]Three GSA members have been named as Pew Scholars in the Biomedical Sciences by The Pew Charitable Trusts. Each will receive flexible funding over four years to seed innovation at the start of their independent research careers. Congratulations to Erik Andersen (Northwestern Univ), Chris Hittinger (Univ of Wisconsin), and Sabine Petry (Princeton Univ)! GSA member Craig Mello, a 1995 Pew scholar and a 2006 Nobel laureate in physiology or medicine, chaired the selection committee.
Education and Professional Development
What are your chances of becoming a PI? The PI Predictor calculates the probability that you will become a PI based on gender, first authorship, median impact factor, number of publications, school ranking, and other variables; it compares these metrics to PhDs who became PIs at large research universities and to those who did not. The study that inspired this algorithm found that first authorship was one of the biggest predictors of large-research PI positions, and that women always had a lower probability of becoming a PI compared to men with the same credentials. Read more about the PI Predictor in this ScienceCareers article.Whether or not you decide to pursue the PI path, Dr. Peter Fiske wants you to know that you WILL find a great job. The job market for scientific careers is an ever-changing landscape, and Fiske describes a strategy to help you put your science to work and find the right fit. Among the recommendations that he makes: know yourself; know your worth; know your friends; show your best self; and harness the power of the informational interview.
What do you do when your NIH grant application gets rejected? Don’t worry: NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases outlines your options and provides advice on deciding how to proceed.
The deadline for NSF's CAREER Program applications is approaching on July 21. CAREER, the Faculty Early Career Development Program, awards junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education, and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations. What’s more, CAREER awardees are eligible for the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), selected by the White House!
The National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) has just advertised the opening for a new Director of the Division of Training, Workforce Development and Diversity and has asked GSA to share the opportunity with our community. This position is extremely important for U.S. biomedical training and education because NIGMS supports a large fraction of the training supported by NIH. Applications for this senior position will be accepted until July 15, 2014.
The National Science Board is seeking nominations for two awards: the Vannevar Bush Award honors “life-long leaders who have made exceptional contributions toward the welfare of humankind and the nation through public service activities in science, technology, and public policy,” while the Public Service Award “honors individuals and groups that have made substantial contributions to increasing public understanding of science and engineering in the United States.” Nominations are due October 1.
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