GSA News

April 11, 2012   

GSA needs your help! GSA will have its first booth at the USA Science and Engineering Festival (USASEF) this year, from April 27-29, 2012, at the Washington, DC Convention Center. The USASEF is free, and family-oriented, with exhibits geared towards K-12 students and the public. Over 100,000 people are expected to attend, including our nation's senior political leaders; President Obama has received an invitation. This is our chance to show students how great science can be, but we can't do it without you.  If you are interested in volunteering for a shift, click here. If you have any questions, please contact Beth Ruedi as soon as possible.

Register now for upcoming meetings:

The GSA Yeast Genetics and Molecular Biology Meeting abstract submission site is open. The meeting will be held July 31 – August 5, 2012 at Princeton University, NJ.  Deadline for abstracts: April 26.

The application website for the Rosalind Franklin Young Investigator Award will open on Thursday, April 19.  Funded by the Peter and Patricia Gruber Foundation, and administered by a joint committee appointed by GSA and the American Society of Human Genetics, the awards are for young female geneticists who are within their first three years as an independent investigator.  The $75,000 career development research award is given to two young women geneticists over three years; one award funds research in human and non-human mammals, and the other funds research in model organisms. Application deadline: June 8.

Nominations for GSA officers and directors are still open; look for a reminder email in your mailbox. GSA members are invited to submit nominations for the following vacancies on the GSA Board of Directors, for three year terms beginning January 1, 2013 through December 31, 2015: Vice President (serves as Vice President in 2013, President in 2014 and Past President in 2015); Secretary; and four Directors. Members with a broad perspective across model organisms or systems of study are welcome to nominate a colleague or themselves. We also encourage nominations of early-career members and those from groups traditionally underrepresented in the sciences.  Deadline for nominations:  April 20, 2012.

The GSA Journals

In the April 2012 issues of GENETICS and G3:Genes|Genomes|Genetics, the editors have provided a forum for scholarly discussion on genomic selectionGENETICS features a loblolly pine data set and its corresponding analyses (Resende et al. 2012); G3 presents a pig data set (Cleveland et al. 2012) and a compilation of 10 simulated data sets along with the software to simulate more (Hickey and Gorjanc 2012). The editors invite members to submit additional articles on this topic and to “augment analysis of this public data, to add new data, and to debate and improve benchmarking approaches."


Last month, the Obama Administration announced the “Big Data Research and Development Initiative” to deal with the huge volumes of data developed by research and to improve digital data collection and management.  The National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health have jointly issued the initiative’s first funding opportunity to "support the development of core technologies for data collection, management, analysis and extraction."

The March 30 post of Rock Talk by Sally Rockey, NIH’s Deputy Directory for Extramural Research, addresses the question, "Does It Matter Where Your Grant Application Is Reviewed?" To see her reply, read the link above.

For an informative and easy to understand description of the NIH budget process, from NIH budget formulation to appropriation allocation, see, "Inside the Budget Process" on the National Institute of General Medical Sciences Feedback Loop blog.

Gary H. Gibbons, M.D., has been named as the new Director of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Dr. Gibbons is the founder and current director of the Cardiovascular Research Institute, chairperson of the Department of Physiology, and professor of physiology and medicine at the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta.  He is expected to start his new position this summer.

The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) has released a new series of factsheets describing the importance of National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding to each state.  These factsheets include NIH funding by congressional district, and feature talking points to use if you invite your congressional representative to your lab plus other important information for understanding the benefit of this funding to each state.

A new FASEB report, Engaging Basic Scientists in Translational Research: Identifying Opportunities, Overcoming Obstacles is now available. The report is based on a FASEB symposium last year "that explored the role that basic investigators play in moving research discoveries from bench to bedside."

Other Meetings of Interest

The Biomedical Engineering Entrepreneurship Academy, July 11-13, 2012 at the University of California, Davis, invites researchers, graduate students, faculty and postdocs for a three-day intensive program where "Participants work to identify, design, and validate new business opportunities for their research. Sessions are taught by venture capitalists, angel investors, entrepreneurs and industry executives." Application deadline: June 8, 2012.

The 17th Summer Institute in Statistical Genetics, July 9-27, 2012 at the University of Washington in Seattle is now open for registration.  Early bird registration deadlineJune 11, 2012.

Mark your calendar for the International New Frontiers Symposium 2012: Personal Genomics, December 3-4, 2012 in Nijmegen, The NetherlandsKeynote lecture will be by GSA Medal Awardee (1987) and Nobel Laureate (2002) Sydney Brenner.



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