GSA News

December 15, 2010   


Give the gift of GSA membership to yourself, your postdoctoral fellows, graduate and undergrad students.  If you haven’t reactivated your membership yet, now’s the time to pay your dues for 2011.  And for less than $100, your postdoctoral fellows and graduate students can become GSA members for two years.  Undergrad membership is only $25 for a year!  Get the benefits of GENETICS journal access, discounts on registration for four 2011 GSA-sponsored meetings, and much more!

There’s still time to give a 100 percent tax deductible donation to GSA for 2010.  Your contribution helps improve education, communications and policy advocacy programs for you, your postdocs and students. A donation to the DeLill Nasser Fund provides travel grants directly to young scientists and encourages them to continue in the field.  Thank you in advance for giving generously in support of your GSA!

Reminder:  December 17 deadline approaching for Larry Sandler Award Nomination for the 52nd Annual Drosophila Research Conference, March 30 – April 3, 2011 in San Diego, CA.

Members in the News

GSA congratulates Kevin McCluskey of the Univ of Missouri-Kansas City and curator of the Fungal Genetics Stock Center (FGSC), who was recently elected to the executive board of the World Federation for Culture Collections (WFCC).  The WFCC is an international organization and McCluskey is the only current Board member representing the United States.  According to McCluskey, “WFCC members are involved in developing bioeconomy and have a significant impact on pioneering breakthroughs in biomedicine and biotechnology.”


The Global Probiotics Council is offering the Young Investigator Grant for Probiotics Research for “young investigators committed to basic research on gastrointestinal microbiota, probiotics and their role in health and wellness.”   Two $50,000 grants will be awarded to researchers in the US.  Deadline for application:  February 15, 2011.

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute has announced a new grant program for International Early Career Scientists.  The program will identify up to 35 outstanding early career scientists within selected countries outside the US, who have the potential of becoming scientific leaders.  Successful applicants will receive five-year grants -- $250,000 the first year and $100,000 each year thereafter – totaling $650,000.  Deadline for application:  February 23, 2011, 2 pm EST, US.


Jeremy Berg, Director of NIH’s National Institute of General Medical Sciences announced earlier this month that he will be stepping down to become associate senior vice chancellor for science strategy and planning in the health sciences at the University of Pittsburgh.  Berg, who has been with NIGMS for more than seven years and described his time at NIGMS as one of the ?highlights of his career,? is making this move to support his wife?s career, a leading breast imaging clinical researcher.

A senior working group of the National Institutes of Health voted last week to approve a new NIH center that will focus on translational medicine and therapeutics.  According to the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB), NIH has launched a feedback site  “to serve as a portal for receiving and distributing information regarding the new translational science center and the merger of NIDA and NIAAA.  With regard to the new translational science center, now being called the National Center for Advancing Translational Science (NCATS), NIH has issued a statement addressing recent developments and broadly laying out how they intend to move forward.  This statement also includes a list of the members of the NCRR Task Force, which has been charged with finding homes for the remaining NCRR programs.”


Where do graduate school alumni go after they receive their degree?  Quite frankly, most graduate schools don’t know. This information in a December 2 article of The Chronicle of Higher Education is based on a presentation at the Council of Graduate Schools 50th Annual Meeting, December 1-4, 2011 in Washington, DC.  While individual departments may keep track of their graduates and the jobs they place in, most graduate schools do not keep systematic records of alumni careers.  According to the Chronicle article, if graduate schools knew the careers their students want and those that they ultimately find, they could better serve their students.

What countries are foreign students coming from?  An article in The Christian Science Monitor reported that the top five countries sending students to the US to study are:  1. China, 2. India, 3. South Korea, 4. Canada, and 5. Taiwan.  To read more, see the link above.



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