GSA News

March 14, 2012   

The GSA is pleased to announce that its open-access journal G3: Genes|Genomes|Genetics, launched in June 2011, is now indexed in PubMed. In compliance with NIH Public Access Policy, all G3 articles are freely available at PubMed Central.

Upcoming Deadlines

The GSA Model Organisms to Human Biology - Cancer Genetics abstract deadline is Thursday, March 29, 2012. The meeting, June 17-20 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC, promises to be an outstanding opportunity for basic research scientists studying questions relevant to cancer in model organisms to interact with those researching cancer in humans.   In addition to keynote addresses by Burt Vogelstein, Eric S. Lander and Angelika Amon, the directors of two NIH institutes will address participants: Chris A. Kaiser of NIGMS and Eric Green of NHGRI.

The 10th International Conference on Zebrafish Development and Genetics abstract submission deadline is Thursday, March 29, 2012.  The conference is June 20-24, 2012 at the University of Wisconsin - Madison.

Nominations for the Chi-Bin Chien Award for graduate students, post-doctoral fellows or new faculty who will be attending the Zebrafish Conference are being accepted until April 1, 2012. Donations to the Chi-Bin Chien Award fund are also encouraged to ensure that the award is sustainable.

Applications for the 2012 DeLill Nasser Awards for Professional Development in Genetics will be accepted until Wednesday, April 4, 2012Graduate students and postdoctoral researchers may apply for this travel award to attend any national or international meeting or to enroll in a laboratory course.  Applications are now being accepted to attend meetings or courses occurring from July 1–December 31, 2012.

Don’t forget:  Renew your GSA membership for 2012 if you haven’t already done so!  Ask your colleagues to join GSA and receive the membership benefits you now enjoy.

Drosophila Research Conference Roundup

Relive the experience of the 53rd Annual Drosophila Research Conference by liking GSA’s Facebook page and following GSA on Twitter (@GeneticsGSA). We’ve posted pictures from the meeting among other resources. Also search the hashtag #DROS2012 on Twitter for the many, many tweets from the fly community at the meeting. 

GSA would also love to hear what you thought about Drosophila 2012, so if you attended, please complete this brief survey.

Congratulations to the recipients of the many awards announced at the conference:

  • Larry Sandler Award: Stephanie Turner Chen (UCSF)
  • Victoria Finnerty Awards: Selma Avdagic (Saint Louis Univ Sch of Med, MO); Samantha Galindo (Univ of Wisc-Madison); Kenneth B. Hoehn (Duke); Emily Hsieh (Univ of Wash; FHCRC); Jacqueline McDermott (Hofstra Univ, NY); Mohammad Siddiq (Indiana Univ)
  • Drosophila Image Awards: Still Image:  K. G. Guruharsha (Harvard). Video Image: S.L. Haigo (UCSF).
  • Poster Awards: First Place: Kathryn Landy (Rutgers); Jimok Yoon (UT Southwestern Med Ctr); Young-Jun Kim (NICHD/NIH). Second Place: Balint Z. Kacsoh (Emory); Quin Shi (UT Southwestern Med Ctr); Maria Teresa Abreu-Blanco (FHCRC). Third Place: Mickey Buckingham (Univ of Oxford); Julie Tan (Univ of Toronto); Rebecca Fox (Johns Hopkins Univ).


President Obama announced last week that he intends to appoint Dr. Sonny Ramaswamy as the new director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). NIFA, which was established by Congress in 2008, administers most of USDA’s extramural research funding, including the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI). Dr. Ramaswamy has been dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences at Oregon State University (OSU) since 2009 and also directs the Oregon Agricultural Experiment Station. As an agricultural entomologist, he has studied the reproductive biology of insects and plant-insect interactions. Dr. Ramaswamy is expected to begin his six-year term at NIFA later this spring.


Nominations for the National Medal of Science are now open. Consider nominating deserving members of the genetics community for the nation’s highest honor for scientists. Nominations are due March 31, 2012.

Other Meetings of Interest

The next Cell and Molecular Biology of Chlamydomonas meeting will be held June 5-10, 2012 in Potsdam, Germany.  The deadline for abstract submission and hotel registration is Wednesday, March 14, 2012.

The 2012 topic meeting on Aging, Metabolism, Stress, Pathogenesis, and Small RNAs in C. elegans will be held at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, July 12-15 2012. Abstract submission deadline: Tuesday, May 1, 2012.

The 1st International Conference on Genomics in the Americas will be held September 27-28, 2012 in Philadelphia, PA at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).  The conference theme is “Revolutionizing Medicine and Agriculture through Next-Gen Sequencing and Bioinformatics.”




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