GSA News

June 15, 2011   

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The Genetics Society of America invites applications for the position of Executive Director, to begin service as soon as October 1, 2011 at GSA offices in Bethesda, MD.  The Executive Director reports directly to the President/Board of Directors and is the chief administrative officer of the Society.  To review responsibilities and qualifications, please see the ad at the link above.  For more information on GSA, please see our website.  Please pass this information along to colleagues who would be interested in this position.

Look for the inaugural issue of G3: Genes|Genomes|Genetics, GSA’s new open access peer-review journal, at the end of June.  G3 is focused on publishing large-scale datasets of high quality and utility, and provides access to full datasets and related research via links within the articles.  If you have completed data-rich foundational research, you are encouraged to submit an article to G3 for review!

Just a reminder  . . . . GSA has two Conferences next week:  The 18th International C. elegans Meeting, June 22-26, 2011 at UCLA is still accepting registrations. Remember to bookmark the mobile C. elegans website on your internet enabled device at  The Mouse Genetics 2011 Meeting, June 22-25 is at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC.  Registration is still open for the Mouse Meeting.  We hope to see you at one of these meetings!

Members in the News

Congratulations to GSA Member Ronald W. Davis (Stanford), recipient of the 2011 Peter and Patricia Gruber Genetics Prize in recognition of his pioneering work “in the development and application of recombinant-DNA techniques.”  The Gruber Foundation notes that “Davis has profoundly influenced the way scientists study the molecular basis of life.”  Davis will receive the $500,000 cash award, a medal, and a citation at the 12th International Congress of Human Genetics (ICHG) and the 61st American Society of Human Genetics Annual Meeting in Montreal this October.

GSA Board Member Sue Wessler (UC-Riverside) is the recipient of the 2012 Excellence in Science Award from the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB).  Each year, the FASEB Excellence in Science Award “recognizes outstanding achievement by women in biological science,” and presents the recipient with a $10,000 grant.  GSA congratulates Dr. Wessler, who was also recently granted the Stephen Hales Prize from the American Society of Plant Biologists!


Genome Technology has released the results of its 9th annual salary survey.  The results are broken down by region, gender, career, and position, among other factors.  In 2011, senior scientists in industry reported a median salary of approximately $75,000, while associate professors reported a median of approximately $100,000.  However, the prospect of raises or promotions in industry looks more promising than in academia, though the positions in industry may not be as stable.


The National Science Foundation (NSF) has launched a free application for the iPad called Science360.  According to a press release, “The main application screen is laid out in a user-friendly format, providing users with the top news, videos, images and discoveries from the science community.”  iPads and other tablets are being used more frequently in the classroom worldwide.


On May 27th, Dr. Cora Merrett was confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve as Deputy Director of the National Science Foundation.  Dr. Merrett was initially nominated by President Obama in October of 2010, and then was re-nominated in January 2011 for approval by the new Congress.

NIH has requested $31.987 billion for its Fiscal Year 2012 budget; the breakdown of the budget for each institution is available here.   Following this request, the Department of Health and Human Services detailed the budget reallocation required to establish the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) and abolish the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR)National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) Director Jeremy Berg also detailed their plans for the FY2012 budget.

NIH Director Francis Collins has named Dr. Judith Greenberg as the acting director of NIGMS when current director Jeremy Berg steps down in July 2011.  Greenberg will remain acting director until a permanent director of the institute is determined.

Other Meetings of Interest

The European Molecular Biology Organization conference on Comparative Genomics of Eukaryotic Microorganisms will take place in Sant Feliux, Spain from October 15th-20th, 2011.  The registration deadline is July 31st.

The Human Genome Organisation (HGO) has announced that the theme for their 2012 Human Genome Meeting will be “Genetics and Genomics in Personalised Medicine.”  The meeting will take place in Sydney, Australia, from March 11th-14th, 2012.  The abstract submission deadline is September 11th, and the early registration deadline is November 11th.







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