GSA News

May 19, 2010   


The Genetics 2010: Model Organisms to Human Biology meeting will be held next month in Boston, MA. The final schedule of events, with all the abstracts, is available on the meeting Web site. It is not too late to register for the meeting or reserve housing. We are looking forward to a great meeting with outstanding speakers.

What’s the buzz in genetics education?  Find out at the Education Networking Social event at GENETICS 2010:  Model Organisms to Human Biology. Join us for drinks and hors d’oeuvres on Monday, June 14th, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the Berkeley Room.  You’ll mix and mingle with other educators and GSA leaders, and hear more about GSA’s new initiatives in education.  We thank W.H. Freeman Publishers for their generous sponsorship of this event. For more information, email Beth Ruedi.  Hope to see you there!

The 2010 Yeast Genetics and Molecular Biology Meeting in Vancouver is sure to be exciting; highlighted speakers include Nobel Laureates Paul Nurse, Lee Hartwell and Jack Szostak, as well as Canadian Astronaut/Parliament member Marc Garneau. Early registration ends June 24, 2010.   Registration fees increase after that date, so register now!

GSA members are invited to nominate their colleagues for a 2011 GSA Award. These 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.

Students and postdoctoral fellows are invited to apply for one of 12 DeLill Nasser Travel Awards to be made this fall. These awards of $1,000 each defray the cost of travel and accommodations for the recipient to attend a conference, meeting, or course that will significantly contribute to the recipient’s career in genetics. Deadline for applications is September 30.

GENETICS, in collaboration with WormBase and Textpresso, provides interactive journal articles by linking genetic objects in the papers to corresponding pages in WormBase.  For now, nine data entities are linked in both HTML and PDF versions of articles.  These include genes, protein names, variations, clones, anatomy terms, and author names.  Soon the markups will include phenotypes — in particular, short-name phenotypes commonly used by the worm community that are sometimes confusing for readers unfamiliar with C. elegans nomenclature.  This collaborative project has pioneered the development of a similar pipeline for other model organism databases, including Saccharomyces Genome Database (SGD). The linked articles first appeared in GENETICS during August 2009.

Congratulations to the winners of the 2010 Drosophila Image Award: R. J. Adams, G.B. Blanchard, L.C. Butler, N. Gorfinkiel, A.J. Kabla, N.J. Lawrence, L. Mahadevan, B. Sanson, N.L. Schultz, and D. P. Welchman for their work on Quantitative Gastrulation.  Each year, the Drosophila Board and GSA team up to present this award to recognize, celebrate, and encourage the continued generation of compelling images that communicate important biological results relevant to Drosophila.


The National Science Foundation has announced its plans to funnel $3 million into the Instrument Development for Biological Research (IDBR) program in 2011, allowing for 10-12 grants supporting the development of ground-breaking biological tools.  Within this program are Innovation Proposals, which will fund projects devoted to improving current technologies, and Bridging Proposals, which will fund projects that transform prototypes or high-end instruments into tools with broader reach and function.


GSA member Lewis Held has developed a website devoted to 101 Unsolved Puzzles in Evo-Devo.  These puzzles may be used as an educational tool, whether prompting term papers for a developmental genetics course, teaching students to navigate primary literature, or flexing critical thinking muscles.  Resources like this can be submitted to the GSA Education Programs Coordinator for peer review, and may be added to GSA’s newly re-vamped education resource website currently under construction.  Additionally, if you are interested in becoming a peer-reviewer for educational resources, join GSA’s Education Special Interest Group!


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June 10, 2010
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