GSA News

June 30, 2010   


Gerald Fink Wins Gruber Prize in Genetics

The Peter and Patricia Gruber Foundation today announced that former GSA President Gerald R. Fink will receive the 2010 Genetics Prize for work on the genetics and molecular biology of yeast and Arabidopsis. genetics and molecular biology. Fink is Professor of Genetics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and was a founding member and director of the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research. For more details, click here. Congratulations, Gerry, on this well-deserved recognition!

GSA’s Model Organisms to Human Biology 2010 meeting provided an excellent venue for presenting the winners of the 2010 GSA Awards! Congratulations to Tom Cline (University of California, Berkeley), winner of the Edward Novitski Prize; Barbara Meyer (University of California, Berkeley), winner of the GSA Medal; and Alexander Tzagoloff (Columbia University), winner of the Thomas Hunt Morgan Medal.  The George W. Beadle Award was presented to William M. Gelbart (Harvard University) and the Elizabeth Jones Award for Excellence in Education to Utpal Banerjee (UCLA) at Drosophila 2010.  GSA members are encouraged to nominate their colleagues for the 2011 GSA AwardsThe deadline is September 30th.

The GSA Model Organisms to Human Biology 2010 meeting made scientific news headlines.  GenomeWeb published articles highlighting Gary Ruvkun’s keynote address on the importance of model (or “cardinal”) organisms in research, as well as Eric Vilain’s talk on sexual orientation and DNA methylation.

The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB), of which GSA is a member, announced that Gail R. Martin will receive the FASEB 2011 Excellence in Science Award.  The Excellence in Science Award is sponsored by Eli Lilly and Company to recognize outstanding achievement by women in biological science.  Dr. Martin (UCSF) is an excellent scientist whose research and mentoring has made a substantial impact on the biological community, and we congratulate her.

June 26th marked the 10th Anniversary of the first draft of the human genome.  While unraveling the mystery of the whole genome is more complicated than the public hoped in regards to human medicine, this is perhaps only the beginning of the “genome revolution”.  Cheers!


Ever wonder how to effectively communicate with Congress?  Join the 2nd Annual Biological Sciences Congressional District Visits Participant Training Webinar, “Advocating Science: Tips for Communicating with Congress” on July 22nd from 3:00-4:30 pm (ET).  The webinar is presented by the American Institute of Biological Sciences, and is sponsored by GSA.  Steps for accessing the webinar are listed in the link (above).  If you are not able to attend, the webinar will be archived online for future viewing.


Science in the News features lectures and newsletter articles archived online, as well as links to local events in your area!  These include Science Cafés, Science Festivals, and the 2010 USA Science & Engineering Festival. The SITN staff also encourages GSA members to contact them for tips on starting outreach programs.

A new web tool,, elucidates the US Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act.  In the dawn of personal genomics, this should serve as a very useful tool for educating the public—spread the word!


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