GSA News

December 1, 2010   


Deadlines are Coming. . . .

GENETICS has become a forum for NextGen sequencing papers!  Ten of them have been published in the Journal in the last 18 months, along with two Perspectives articles. Read GENETICS to keep up with the latest advances in the field, and submit your best work for publication in our journal. 

Members in the News

Are you challenged in presenting genetics material to students who are not science majors and who lack a strong background in biology and chemistry?  If yes, the new edition of THE HUMAN GENOME: A User's Guide, 3E, by Julia E. Richards (Univ of Michigan) and GSA President Scott Hawley (Stowers Institute) can help you.  THE HUMAN GENOME: A User’s Guide uses stories about people facing genetic dilemmas in an engaging writing style to illustrate fundamental concepts in human genetics. The authors' premise is that students are capable of understanding fairly sophisticated genetic concepts about human genetics without a lot of prior course work in chemistry, biology and math. The new edition provides entirely new chapters on stem cells, human genome projects, forensics and more. The book, just published by Elsevier, can be ordered through Amazon or Elsevier.

GSA member and Nobel laureate Elizabeth A. Blackburn can now add a “Rock Stars of Science™”credential to her résumé.  Blackburn is among 17 scientists named in the “GBGB Geoffrey Beene Gives Back® innovative philanthropic business model” as a 2010 “Rock Doc.” The Rock Stars of Science™ campaign, begun last year, is designed to show the public that science and scientists are “cool” –- as cool as any music rock star.

Public Symposium and Audiocast

The National Research Council's Board on Research Data and Information, will be holding a public symposium on The Value of Shared Access and Reuse of Publicly Funded Scientific Dataon Wednesday, December 1, 2:00 – 4:20 pm in Washington, DC.  This symposium will examine some of the research, economic, and social benefits that can be derived from providing online access to publicly funded scientific data, as well as how such benefits can be evaluated.  Audio files will be made available at  at a later date.

Will Anything Change?

Will a new party in power in the US House of Representatives change anything in science and research? 

The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) expects that the federal deficit, now at a record level of nearly $1.4 trillion, will force both Democrats and Republicans to decrease spending. To ensure that federal investment in research continues despite a tough economic climate, FASEB is urging members of the scientific community to contact your members of Congress about the work you do and the importance of continued federal research funding.



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