GSA News

June 21, 2010   


With over 400 attendees, Genetics 2010: Model Organisms to Human Biology was a great success.  MOHB featured almost 60 talks, over 200 posters, several workshops, and a chance for human and model organism geneticists to meet and compare notes.  Excellence in genetics education was also a primary focus at MOHB, with an education workshop, career luncheon, and GSA’s first “Undergraduate Experience” with a genetics class from Worcester College.  We hope that the attendees left with new ideas and collaborators, and we thank everyone who attended.

The Yeast Genetics and Molecular Biology Meeting registration deadline is Thursday, June 24. This is one meeting you don’t want to miss this year! In addition to all the excellent submitted abstracts that will be presented, the highlights include a symposium featuring Paul Nurse and Lee Hartwell (who shared the Nobel Prize in 2001) and Marc Garneau (Canadian Astronaut and member of Parliament), a lecture by Jack Szostak (2009 Nobel Prize winner), a series of talks by this year’s distinguished group of award winners, a microbrew beer festival and a banquet at the world renowned Museum of Anthropology.  The registration rates will go up after June 24, so don’t delay in registering.

GSA members are encouraged to nominate their colleagues for 2011 GSA Awards , which include the GSA Medal, the Thomas Hunt Morgan Medal, the George W. Beadle Award, the Elizabeth Jones Award for Excellence in Education, and the Edward Novitski Prize. Deadline for nominations is September 30.

Postdocs and graduate students—don’t forget to apply for a DeLill Nasser Travel Award to help defray the cost of travel and accommodations for a conference, meeting, or course!  Deadline for applications is September 30.

Although the news of Obama’s probable nominee for the Director of the National Science Foundation was leaked in March, it was not verified until early this month.  Obama has nominated the Dean of MIT, Subra Suresh, for this prestigious position.  Suresh will still need to be approved by the Senate before being appointed.


The National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy have teamed up to make a new initiative called Science and Technology for America’s Reinvestment: Measuring the Effect of Research on Innovation, Competitiveness and Science (STAR METRICS).  STAR METRICS will aid in demonstrating the impact of federal funding on scientific research, including the impact on employment, health, and the generation of knowledge.  Ideally, this initiative will help definitively document the positive impact that federal funding has on research and discovery.


On May 28th, the House of Representatives passed a bill that earmarks $84 billion in federal funding for the sciencesThe National Science Foundation is one of several agencies that will receive this funding;  NSF alone should have access to approximately $40 billion over the next five years.


Upcoming Important Dates:

June 24, 2010
: Early Meeting Registration

June 24, 2010
: Housing Reservation Deadline

June 28, 2010
: Abstract Search and Program Planner Online


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