GSA News

February 24, 2010   

Did You Know? There are nearly 20 Nobel Laureates that are or were GSA members at the time they received their prize.  Among these Nobel Laureates, nearly half received their awards in the last decade and all of those recipients were members of GSA at the time they received their award.  In 2009 GSA members to receive the Nobel Prize were members Elizabeth H. Blackburn and Carol W. Greider.  For a list of all GSA member Nobel Laureates, please see

News about Members

In Memoriam
Maria Ragland Davis, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Univ of Alabama, Huntsville

GSA member Maria Ragland Davis, PhD, a member of the fungal community, was one of three shooting victims at the University of Alabama in Huntsville on Friday, February 12, 2010. Dr. Davis was an associate professor in the Department of Biological Sciences.  She taught courses in cell development and gene silencing in fungi.  She ran a small but productive lab focused on functional genomics and post-harvest growth of the plant pathogenic fungus Botrytis cinerea.  The University held a memorial service on Friday, February 19, 2010. Funeral services for Dr. Davis were on Saturday, February 20, 2010. Memorial funds have been set up for her and her colleagues. For more information on where to send a donation visit:


The anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birthday earlier this month (February 12th), prompts us to remind you that the complete work of Charles Darwin is online for free at   From the Origin of Species to private papers and manuscripts read it all and view pdfs of the original printed publications or of Darwin’s handwritten manuscripts.

Positions Available

The National Human Genome Research Institute of the National Institutes of Health is searching for a Scientific Director to lead its Division of Intramural Research (DIR, ) located in Bethesda, MD.  Applications will be reviewed starting March 1, 2010 and will be accepted until the position is filled.  For more information, see

Other Meetings

Postdocs notoriously have little free time, but if you want a weekend break from your routine and the opportunity to meet with other postdocs, there’s still time to register for the 8th Annual Meeting of the National Postdoctoral Association ( in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Friday, March 12-Sunday, March 14, 2010.  Francis S. Collins, MD, PhD, Director of the National Institutes of Health, will be the keynote speaker.  For more information, click on the link above.

Registration is still open for Experimental Biology 2010, the annual meeting sponsored by six of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) member societies along with 18 guest societies, to be held April 14-18 in Anaheim, CA.  This annual meeting, attended by 13,000 scientists and exhibitors covers the general fields of study in anatomy, pathology, biochemistry, molecular biology, investigative pathology, nutrition, pharmacology and immunology.  For more information see

    Upcoming Important Dates:

Today, February 24, 2010
MOHB: Registration Opens

March 4, 2010
Yeast: Registration Opens

March 8, 2010
Deadline: The GSA Excellence in Research Journalism Award

March 16, 2010
Drosophila: Deadline for Hotel Reservations



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