GSA News

January 19, 2011   


DEADLINES TOMORROW, January 20th:  Early (discounted) conference registration and late abstract submission for the 52nd Annual Drosophila Research Conference. Register now for significant discounts and/or submit your late abstract to be a part of this meeting.

The Drosophila Image Award submissions site will remain open until January 30th. 

Website for the GSA Mouse Genetics 2011 Meeting, June 22-25, at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC opens tomorrow.  Submit your abstract and register online now!

Policy Alert

The NCRR Task Force has released a "straw model" showing the proposed new NIH homes for current NCRR programs.  The link also invites feedback to the Task Force on this proposal.  Because NIH is limited by law to 27 institutes and centers, in order to accommodate the proposed National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), it has been recommended that the programs under the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR) be distributed to other institutes and centers

Grants & Awards

Two $50,000 grants are available for early career investigators under the Young Investigator Grant for Probiotics Research. For more information, see the link above.  Deadline for application:  February 15, 2011.

The Amgen Scholars Program, a summer research program at UCLA, is accepting applications from undergraduate students from across the US who are interested in pursuing a PhD and, eventually, a career in science.  Undergraduate students interested in biomedical science, chemistry, bioengineering or chemical engineering research are encouraged to apply.  For more information, including eligibility and application requirements see the link above.  Deadline for application:  February 1, 2011

The FASEB Excellence in Science Award, sponsored by Eli Lilly and Company, and recognizes the research accomplishments of women scientists, is accepting nominations for its 2012 Award. “Nominees are typically women who are senior in their field and nationally known for their outstanding contributions in research, leadership, and mentorship,” according to the FASEB announcement.  Nominees and nominators must be a member of GSA or at least one of FASEB’s 22 other societies.  Self nominations are not accepted.  For more information, see link above. Deadline for nominations:  March 1, 2011. 

NHGRI is soliciting applications for Genomic Resource Grants for Community Resource Projects. These grants are “for the development and support of genomic resources,” including, but not limited to, “informatics resources such as model organism databases and ontologies, comprehensive collections of genomic features (such as structural variants), and collections of physical resources (such as samples and cDNA clone banks).”  NHGRI will fund these programs for up to five years, but a limit on the amount of funding has not yet been set.  Letter of Intent due:  February 15, 2011; Application due:  March 15, 2011.

The US Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is releasing the first of seven requests for applications (RFA) to the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) to support research, education and extension in fundamental and applied food and agricultural services. There are six priority areas for funding including plant health and production and plant products and renewable energy, natural resources and environment. For more information on all seven RFA’s, including one for fellowships for pre- and postdoctoral students, see the link above.

NIH News

Four examples of “exceptional R01 applications in the shorter format,” funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases are showcased at the NIAID link.  These examples were selected “as sound examples for new investigators as well as experienced investigators who are new to the shorter format.”

Education & Careers

Have you seen?  Science education in the news – December 26, 2010, The New York Times article on the growth of the professional science master’s (P.S.M.) degree programs at US universities. Subject areas include biotechnology, biodefense and bioinformatics.   The January 13, 2011, The Chronicle of Higher Education article on universities favoring scientific research at the expense of teaching, undermining the research programs by not adequately preparing undergraduates and graduate students, who are the future scientists needed to work in these research labs.  The Chronicle article was based on articles in Nature and ScienceThree GSA members, including Board member Utpal Banerjee, Sarah C. R. Elgin and Graham C. Walker were among the authors of the Science article.

Biologist ranks among the top 10 jobs for 2011 according to CareerCast, an online job search and career information site. Ranked at #7, based on criteria such as “stress, physical demands, hazardous or unpleasant working environments,” it is just below meteorologist.  Software engineer takes the #1 spot.



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