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July 23, 2014

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Xenopus ConferenceLast chance for Xenopus researchers! The registration and housing deadline for the 15th International Xenopus Conference, August 24–28 in Pacific Grove, CA, is TOMORROW (July 24).

Deadlines for the 27th Annual Mouse Molecular Genetics Conference are also approaching, with registration and housing due by July 31. Don’t miss out on the latest technical developments in genetics and engineering of the mouse genome!

Yeast Genetics Conference
Time to get geared up for the 2014 Yeast Genetics Meeting, which starts next week in Seattle! If you’re feeling spontaneous, on-site registration spots are still available. If you can’t make it, keep up virtually through meeting tweets under the hashtag #YEAST14.

Don't forget to nominate your outstanding colleagues for any of the five annual GSA Awards! The deadline is September 21, 2014.

The GSA Journals

Domestication Syndrome
Credit: Lucky Dog Animal Rescue

Domestication syndrome: More than 140 years ago, Charles Darwin noticed something peculiar about domesticated mammals. In addition to being more tame than their wild ancestors, domestic species tend to display a suite of characteristic features, including floppier ears, patches of white fur, and more juvenile faces with smaller jaws. In the latest issue of GENETICS, Perspectives editor Adam Wilkins and co-authors Richard Wrangham and Tecumseh Fitch propose a hypothesis to explain why breeding for tameness causes changes in such diverse traits. They suggest that these features could be linked by changes in the development of the embryonic neural crest. Their hypothesis has attracted considerable interest in the past week, including many international media reports (like this one from Pacific Standard), a forthcoming segment on AAAS podcast Science Update, an interesting overview in The Conversation, and an F1000 recommendation. [more...].

Photo courtesy of Brian Gratwicke CC BY 2.0 from Flickr
Fighting off fungi: Dramatic global declines in amphibians have been linked to the fungal pathogen Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis, but some species are more vulnerable than others. In the latest issue of G3: Genes|Genomes|Genetics, as part of the GSA Journals' Genetics of Immunity collection, Ellison et al. examine the transcriptome of the highly susceptible Panama Golden Frog after exposure to the fungus. [more...].

Are you attending the 2014 Yeast Genetics Meeting in Seattle? Find the GSA Journals Booth and talk with editors and staff about your research, GENETICS and G3! On Wednesday July 30, we’re hosting a ‘How to get publisheddinner, where you can learn tips and tricks about publishing, and hear from GENETICS  Editor-in-Chief Mark Johnston and G3 Editor-in-Chief Brenda Andrews.

Members in the News

Fungal geneticists and GSA members Barry Scott (Massey Univ) and Louise Glass (UC Berkeley) are among this year’s winners of the Humboldt Research Award. The award, presented by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Germany, is worth up to €60,000; it recognizes internationally renowned researchers who have made a significant impact on their discipline, and encourages collaboration with German research institutions. [more...]

David Valle, recipient of ASHG’s 2014 Victor A. McKusick Leadership Award. (Courtesy: Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine via ASHG)

GSA member David Valle has been named as the winner of the Victor A. McKusick Leadership Award by the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG), in recognition of his significant impact on human genetics research and education. His research focuses on the genetic factors underlying human health and disease. Notable achievements include characterizing the molecular basis of many single-gene disorders, developing mouse models to study human disorders, and analyzing genetic variants associated with psychiatric diseases such as schizophrenia. ASHG will present the McKusick Award, which includes a plaque and $2,500 prize, during ASHG’s 64th Annual Meeting in San Diego. [more...]

GSA Board member, GENETICS Associate Editor, FlyBook Editor-in-Chief and Drosophila researcher Lynn Cooley is the new dean of the Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Congratulations, Lynn! [more...]

The Daily Mail reports on the work of GSA members Scott Davis, Louisa Scott, and Jon Pierce-Shimomura, who have created a C. elegans strain that “doesn't get drunk.”

GSA member and Drosophila researcher Koen Venken made the news in Texas for being named a McNair Scholar, which will support his new position at Baylor College of Medicine.

Included in this Issue:

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Clinical Geneticist Position Available in Central California, Santé Health Foundation, Fresno, CA

Postdoctoral position in meiotic recombination and chromosome dynamics, National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, MD

Senior Biocurator, Stanford Univeristy, CA

Technician/Research assistant position available, CNRS Institute of Genetics of Development of Rennes, Rennes,

Post-doctoral positions available - Complexity and Variability in Cell Proliferation, CNRS Institute of Genetics of Development of Rennes, Rennes,

Director, PCH Genomics Laboratory, Phoenix Children's Hospital, Phoenix, AZ


Staff Scientist, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX

Scientist - Genetics, Lab Pros, Inc., Boston, MA

Oncology Genetic Counselor, The University of Arizona Health Network, Tucson, AZ

Program Assistant, Expecting Health, Genetic Alliance, Washington, DC

Director of the Center for Applied Clinical Genomics, Nemours, Wilmington, DE

Senior Researcher / Lab mananger, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY

Postdoctoral Fellow, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY

Education and Professional Development

You’ve already created educational resources for your own class; why not share them and get a new publication for your CV? GSA PREP seeks useful resources, from a single case study to a full course, that will be peer-reviewed and published by GSA. We also seek high-quality images and animations and useful laboratory protocols. Our current call for resources covers the core category “Nature of genetic material,” which includes several concepts in genetics and genomics. Submit your resources to GSA PREP today, and join other authors who are reaping the benefits of published resources (with DOIs) that will be seen by thousands of visitors to GSA PREP and the LifeSciTRC library! The deadline for this call is August 31, 2014.

Looking for a postdoc, an industry job, or even a brand new career? Remember to check out, a joint project of GSA and ASHG. This month alone has seen fifteen new postings highlighting career opportunities across the breadth of our discipline, including academic, industry, government, and nonprofit jobs, as well as listings for postdoctoral and student positions. This free service to the genetics community provides a forum for matching qualified job seekers with careers in all areas of genetics. Job seekers can register today and post CVs to be seen by potential employers! If you have an opening in your laboratory or institution—or if you know of interesting positions available elsewhere—please post those opportunities. Registration, posting, and searching are free, quick, and easy!

Many excellent pedagogical practices have been developed with outstanding evidence of increased learning and retention; however, these have yet to be broadly implemented across universities or promoted at an institutional level. To remedy this, NSF’s Innovation Corps Team Program (I-Corps Teams) is looking for proposals that will help “widespread adoption, adaptation, and utilization” of pedagogical approaches. I-Corps for Learning will provide mentoring as well as funding to accelerate the innovation needed to spread these approaches. Please see the Dear Colleague Letter for a more detailed description of eligibility. Proposals must be submitted by September 30, 2014.

Funding, Fellowships, and Awards

NSF’s Centers of Research Excellence in Science and Technology (CREST) program provides support to enhance the research capabilities of minority-serving institutions through the establishment of centers that effectively integrate education and research. Proposals are due August 7 for two programs: 1) CREST Partnership Supplements support the establishment or strengthening of partnerships and collaborations between active CREST Centers and nationally or internationally recognized research centers; 2) Broadening Participation Research proposals for evidence-based research studies that contribute to understanding the participation of and successful outcomes for underrepresented groups in STEM. The deadline for HBCU Research Infrastructure for Science and Engineering (RISE) awards, which support the development of research capability at Historically Black Colleges and Universities that offer doctoral degrees in science and engineering disciplines, is August 13. Details are available from the NSF website.


NIGMSNIH’s National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) is seeking feedback from the scientific community on its proposed new Maximizing Investigators’ Research Award (MIRA) program. The MIRA program would consolidate support for an entire lab’s research program and offer higher levels of support and a longer time period than the average NIGMS R01 award. NIGMS hopes that the new approach will increase funding stability and provide the flexibility to follow important new research directions. NIGMS is asking for your feedback on the program and how well you think it will work. Comments are being accepted through August 15.

The NIGMS program is one of manyexamples of NIH institutes seeking to provide more stable support for research. NIH Director Francis Collins and Deputy DIrector for Extramural Research Sally Rockey elaborate in a new blog post.

Hot new research

Mapping what happens to each and every cell as a fly develops. Source: Phillip Keller, Janelia Farm/HHMI.

And finally…

Recent highlights from the GSA’s social networking platforms.  Keep up with the buzz by joining us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google+:

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