Announces Adam Fagen, PhD, as
The Genetics Society of America is
pleased to announce the selection of
Adam P. Fagen, PhD, as its new Executive Director. Dr. Fagen comes to
GSA from the American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB), where he is director
of public affairs, with chief responsibility for government relations,
education, and communications. He will begin his tenure at GSA on December
1, 2011. “We are delighted to welcome Dr. Fagen to GSA as Executive
Director,” said Paul Sternberg, GSA President. “He brings a breadth of
experience in science policy and leadership, including several areas of
particular importance to GSA members: science education and training,
outreach, and government relations."
Renew your GSA
membership for 2012! GSA members have a
plethora of member benefits, including: reduced fees for GSA
conferences, for publishing in GENETICS and G3: Genes|Genomes|Genetics
reagents; education and career support; policy
and advocacy; The GSA Reporter newsletter and this biweekly
e-News; and active involvement in GSA itself. The
online renewal website is now live—renew today!
Drosophila geneticists: The deadline for
abstract submissions for the
53rd Annual Drosophila Genetics Conference is
tomorrow, November 8! Submit your abstract while you still can and come join us for the
outstanding science, networking, and education programs.
Nominations are now being accepted for the
Larry Sandler Award
December 19). Thesis advisors are encouraged to enter their students
for this prestigious award.
this year for undergraduates:
The Victoria Finnerty Memorial Fund for Undergraduate Travel Awards,
is a travel awards program specifically for
undergraduate students who want to attend the 2012 Drosophila
conference. Deadline for application, which must include two
letters of recommendation, is Monday, November 28th.
Mark your calendar
Model Organisms to Human
Biology – Cancer Genetics
in Washington, D.C., June 17 – 21, 2012.
Investigators working with model organisms and humans will have the
opportunity to communicate with each other, exchange ideas,
and forge new collaborations. Keynote speakers include
The meeting will also include a
symposium featuring talks by
and the newly named
Director of NIGMS, Chris
the Zebrafish community and the
10th International Conference on Zebrafish Development and Genetics.
The meeting will be held June 20-24, 2012 at the University of
Wisconsin, Madison. The
meeting website will go
live in mid-November. Questions: Contact
Anne Marie Mahoney.
Save the date:
GSA Mouse Molecular Genetics conference will be at
Pacific Grove, California, from October 2 -6, 2012. Join your fellow mouse geneticists at this exciting
meeting! The conference organizers are currently working on the program; to
stay informed and receive updates about this meeting, sign up through the
website. The full meeting website will go live in mid-December.
The YeastBook series
will launch in the
November issue of GENETICS
with a Perspectives by David Botstein and
Gerry Fink, as well as two review articles.
YeastBook is a
comprehensive compendium of
reviews that present the current state of knowledge of the molecular
biology, cellular biology, and genetics of the yeast Saccharomyces
cerevisiae. Edited by Alan G. Hinnebusch, along with a team
of section editors, Yeastbook will include more than 50 review articles
written by the most prominent yeast geneticists of today. Look for the
first articles next week!
genetics and genomics manuscripts to
the peer-edited journals of the GSA!
high-quality foundational research
and manuscripts describing
useful results in all areas of
genetics and genomics, and
is not bound by the subjective editorial criteria of
importance, novelty, or broad appeal. GENETICS
seeks to publish significant advances in the field that are of
interest to a wide range of genetics and genomics investigators.
offer quick turn-around times (current times from submission to first
decision: GENETICS, 36 days; G3,
Check out the latest issues on the links above!
Education and Outreach
GSA will be a
part of FASEB Row at
ABRCMS 2011! If you are
attending ABRCMS in St. Louis,
Missouri, from November 9-12, stop by Booth 318 and visit with Beth Ruedi, GSA’s Director of Education and Career Development. Join Beth at the booth any time during
the meeting to discuss GSA member benefits with student attendees. If you are interested, contact
GSA is a partner
in the Biology Scholars Program (BSP) – if you are passionate about
education, and want access to alumni
travel grants, alumni
fellowships, and excellent BSP courses, join the BSP in 2012! Fellow
GSA Members who are BSP Alumni include
Alix Darden (Univ Oklahoma Health Science
Center), Daron Barnard (Worcester State College), John Geiser
(Western Michigan Univ), and Kathy Zoghby (Univ Richmond). The 2012 program includes
- Assessment Residency:
Measuring Student Learning in Washington, DC, from June 27-30,
2012. Application deadline: February 15, 2012.
- Transitions Residency:
From Science Education Research to Publication in Washington, DC,
from July 16-18, 2012. Application deadline: February 1,
- Research Residency: The
Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Washington, DC, from July
25-28, 2012. Application deadline: March 1, 2012.
“How Do You Think We Should
Manage Science in Fiscally Challenging Times?” is
a question Dr. Sally Rockey, NIH Director for Extramural Research asked on
her blog last month. If you’d like to read more or respond, go to her
blog post or e-mail
The Office of Science and Technology Policy has issued three Requests
for Information (RFI) recently on
Public Access to Digital Data Resulting from Federally Funded Scientific
Public Access to Peer-Reviewed Scholarly Publications Resulting from
Federally Funded Research;
Building a 21st Century Bioeconomy.
Let your voice be heard—respond
to these RFIs today!
L’Oréal USA Fellowships For Women In Science Program has opened its
application website to accept candidates for its 2012 fellowships.
Women who are postdoctoral researchers are awarded $60,000
in addition to a week of professional development workshops facilitated
by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), L’Oréal’s
partner in this endeavor. Deadline for application: December 15,
The Sao Paulo
Research Foundation (FAPESP)
invites recent Ph.D. graduates with a successful research track record to
postdoctoral fellowships. The fellowships are granted for two
years with a possibility of a 12-month renewal, and include a monthly
stipend, travel to and from Brazil, expenses for the
selected candidate and family, and overhead for small research
expenses. Applications are accepted at any time.