GSA News

August 24, 2011   


G3: Genes|Genomes|Genetics, the GSA’s new open-access journal launched in June, is accepting manuscript submissions. G3 publishes high-quality foundational research and experimental resources in genetics and genomics. G3 provides full access to research data as well as article-level links to genes and other objects in model organism databases. Rapid peer review and fast time-to-publication ensure that manuscripts are handled quickly and fairly.  Be sure to check out the latest issue!

Attention Drosophila geneticists: Applications are now being accepted for the Larry Sandler Award.  Thesis advisors are encouraged to enter your students for this prestigious award, which will be given at the 53rd Annual Drosophila Genetics ConferenceAbstract submissions for the conference will open on September 22.

It’s time for your voice to be heard!  The ballot for the 2012 GSA Board of Directors and Officers will be emailed on August 25, 2011.  Please review the nominations and cast your vote by October 6, 2011.  Your participation enhances the future of GSA!

GSA members are invited to nominate their colleagues for the 2012 GSA Awards. These include the GSA Medal, the Thomas Hunt Morgan Medal, the George W. Beadle Award, the Elizabeth Jones Award for Excellence in Education, and the Edward Novitski Prize. Deadline for nominations is September 30.

Students and postdoctoral fellows are invited to apply for one of 12 DeLill Nasser Travel Awards to be made this fall. These awards of $1,000 each defray the cost of travel and accommodations for the recipient to attend a conference, meeting, or course that will significantly contribute to the recipient’s career in genetics.  Applications are being accepted for meetings or courses that will take place January 1 – June 30, 2012. Deadline for applications is October 3.  There will be a second round of awards (deadline March 15) for travel to meetings or courses that take place July 1 – December 31, 2012.

Renew your GSA membership this September!  GSA members have a plethora of member benefits, including: reduced fees for GSA conferences and for publishing in GENETICS and G3: Genes|Genomes|Genetics; education and career support; policy and advocacy; The GSA Reporter newsletter and this biweekly e-News; and active involvement in GSA itself.  The online renewal website will go live the third week of September

Grants and Funding

The National Human Genome Research Institution (NHGRI) Ethical, Legal and Social Implications (ELSI) research program has announced three new programs that fit into NHGRI’s new strategic plan for the future of genomics, informing “the development of sound research, health, and public policies so that we can all realize the greatest benefit from the information that exists in each of our genomes.”  These include an R01 project grant program ($500,000 per year for three years), an R03 project grant ($50,000 per year for two years), and an R21 developmental research grant award (total of up to $275,000 over two years).

The NIH has announced the 2012 NIH Director’s Pioneer Award Program and the 2012 NIH Director’s New Innovator Award ProgramApplications for the Pioneer Award will be accepted from September 7 – October 7, 2011; applications for the New Innovator Award will be accepted from September 14 – October 14, 2011.


NIH requests your input!  If you have ideas that “have the potential to fundamentally change how we think about, support, or do research in a specific field, or to create an entirely new field”, NIH asks that you contribute those ideas to new Common Fund programs for 2013. Deadline for feedback is September 14, 2011.

After six years as director of the Center for Scientific Review (CSR) for the National Institutes of Health, it was announced earlier this month that Dr. Toni Scarpa will retire in September.  CSR receives all and reviews most of the 80,000 grant applications sent to NIH annually.  For more information, read the press release.

In his address to the United States on July 25, President Obama mentioned medical research as a specific investment that the country must continue despite plans to reduce the deficit. FASEB President Joseph C. LaManna wrote a letter thanking the President for his support of medical research, saying “These are very challenging times but we take great comfort in knowing you clearly recognize that our future depends on research.”   For the entire letter, see the link above.





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