GSA News

April 20, 2011   


G3: Genes|Genomes|Genetics, GSA’s new peer-reviewed, peer-edited, fully open access Journal, is accepting manuscripts for its debut edition in June 2011. G3 will focus on manuscripts that emphasize data quality and utility, rather than detailed mechanistic insight or subjective assessment.  Like its sister Journal, GENETICS, G3 offers the same high quality editorial content and rapid review.

Early registration is still available for the 18th International C.elegans Meeting, June 22-26, 2011 at UCLA.  Sign up now!  Deadline for early registration:  May 20, 2011.

Thank you to the 931 registrants at the 26th Fungal Genetics Conference, March 15-20, 2011 who raised $2,050, which was sent to the Red Cross, for the victims of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami.

Come to Mouse Genetics 2011, June 22-25 in Washington, DC and hear invited Plenary Speaker Elaine Fuchs (Rockefeller Univ), one of a trio of researchers who has just been awarded the prestigious 2011 Albany Medical Center Prize of $500,000 for work in stem cell research.  There’s still time to register for this conference, which will feature other notable speakers, including Dr. Francis Collins, NIH Director.

Mark your calendar:  the GSA 2012 Yeast Genetics and Molecular Biology will be July 31- August 5, 2012 at Princeton University.  GSA member Mark Rose (Princeton Univ) chairs the coordinating committee.

NIH News

The National Institutes of Health has issued a request for proposals for “Enhancing Zebrafish Research with Research Tools and Techniques” to “exploit the power of the zebrafish as a vertebrate model for biomedical and behavioral research.” For more information and deadline for submission, see the RFP.

Dr. Rajesh Ranganathan was named last month as NIH director Dr. Francis Collins’ senior adviser for translational research.  He started as a contractor to NIH last November and became a federal employee at the end of January.  Prior to that he worked at Novartis for seven years, where he established academic-style reviews for worldwide therapeutic programs, and training and education programs.  He received his PhD at MIT, working with GSA member and Nobel laureate Dr.  H. Robert Horvitz.


The US Congress finally passed a budget resolution on Friday, April 15, at the eleventh hour before the government came grinding to a halt.  The resolution, which funds the government until September 30, 2011, the end of the 2011 fiscal year, resulted in flat-funding for NIH for the rest of the fiscal year, although two areas sustained $260 million in cuts – a $210 million cut for all of the Institutes/Centers and the Office of the Director at NIH and a $50 million cut for Buildings and Facilities. NSF sustained a $53 million cut in two accounts:  $43 million cut for Research and Related Activities (funding level is $5.56 billion) and $10 million cut for Education and Human Resources (funding level is $862.7 million). For more information, read the Appropriations Committee Press Release and follow the links there.

Other Meetings

Mark your calendar now for the 2011 SACNAS National Conference, October 27-30, 2011 in San Jose, CASACNAS is a society whose mission is to foster “the success of Hispanic/Chicano and Native American scientists – from college students to professionals. . . .”  For more information about the organization and the conference, visit the web links above.

September is the time to visit Germany for genetics.



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