GSA News

May 4, 2011   


Register now for the 2011 Mouse Genetics meeting, June 22-25 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington DC.  Sponsored by GSA in collaboration with the International Mammalian Genome Society and the Complex Trait Community, this conference features Francis Collins (NIH), Allan Balmain (UCSF), Andrew Benson (Univ of Nebraska), Hal Brunner (Radbound Univ Nijmegen), Elaine Fuchs (The Rockefeller Univ), Aviv Regev (Broad Inst) and David Valle (Johns Hopkins Univ) as speakers.  The Verne Chapman Memorial Lecture features GSA member and past editor of “Perspectives” in the GENETICS Journal, William Dove (Univ of Wisc).  Deadline for hotel reservations is May 25.

The GSA-sponsored 18th C. elegans Meeting, June 22-26, 2011 at UCLA is accepting early reservations now until May 20. After that registration fees increase.  Housing deadline is also May 20.  Keynoter for this meeting is Joseph Culotti (Samuel Lunenfeld Res Ctr).

Don’t forget to submit your data-laden manuscripts to G3: Genes|Genomes|Genetics, GSA’s new peer-reviewed, peer-edited, fully open-access Journal.  With its debut publication set for next month, G3 will focus on data and experimental design, with article-level links to data for use in future analysis. 

Members in the News

In memory of Victoria Finnerty, long-time GSA member and a dedicated Drosophila geneticist and teacher, the GSA has established The Victoria Finnerty Memorial Fund for Undergraduate Travel Awards.  The Fund is now accepting donations for travel grants that will fund undergraduates engaged in research to attend GSA’s annual Drosophila Research Conference.

Congratulations to GSA members who received awards from the American Society of Microbiology (ASM).  Recipients and these awards are: Leah Cowen (Univ of Toronto), Merck Irving S. Sigal Memorial Award; Susan Forsburg (USC), Roche Diagnostics Alice C. Evans Award; and, Susan Gottesman (NCI, NIH), Abbott-ASM Lifetime Achievement Award.

The 2011 Class of Members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences includes several GSA members.  Our congratulations to Victor Ambros (Univ of Mass Med Ctr), Jeffrey H. Miller (UCLA), Rodney J. Rothstein (Columbia Univ) and Eric Ursell Selker (Univ of Oregon).

NIH News

The NIGMS strategic plan for biomedical and behavioral research training, Investing in the Future, is now available online.  Read about NIGMS’ vision for biomedical and behavioral research training and how four key themes and actions associated with each theme help support a trainee in becoming a well-trained scientist.

NIH’s Center for Scientific Review (CSR) has a new advisory council to advise “the National Institutes of Health on the peer review of NIH grant applications in scientific review groups at CSR,” according to a press release from NIH.  For more information on the Council, visit its website.

NIH has also recently established a “working group on the future biomedical research workforce.”  This group, according to an NIH press release, “will recommend actions to the Advisory Committee to the Director to ensure a diverse and sustainable biomedical and behavioral research workforce.” 

NIH has advertised the following funding opportunity, “Predictive Multiscale Models for Biomedical, Biological, Behavioral, Environmental and Clinical Research,” (Interagency U01), PAR-11-203.  For more information, see the link above.

Call for General Audience Articles

ResearchSaves™ Magazine is looking for previously published articles “with high resolution photos that deal with basic or applied research featuring animal models and are written for a general consumer audience.”  For more information and to submit articles contact Michael Stebbins at info@fbresearch.org. Deadline:  May 16.

Other Meetings

Next-Gen Sequencing Europe will be held June 30-July 1, 2011 in Hamburg, GermanyAbstracts are being accepted.  Deadline:  May 20, 2011.  For more information, see link above.

Botany 2011: Healing the Planet, a conference of the Society for Economic Botany, the American Fern Society, the American Society of Plan Taxonomists and the Botanical Society of America Is meeting July 9-13, in St. Louis, MO at the Chase Park Plaza.  For information and registration, see the link above.

Mark the date:  The Future of Genomic Medicine V, March 1-2, 2012, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, CA



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