GSA News

November 7, 2011   


GSA Announces Adam Fagen, PhD, as Executive Director

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 and for 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! 

GSA Conferences

Attention 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 (deadline: December 19).  Thesis advisors are encouraged to enter their students for this prestigious award.

  • New this year for undergraduates travel awards.  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 for 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 Bert Vogelstein, Eric Lander, and Angelika Amon.  The meeting will also include a modENCODE symposium featuring talks by Eric Green, Gary Karpen, Robert Waterston, and the newly named Director of NIGMS, Chris Kaiser.

GSA welcomes 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: the GSA Mouse Molecular Genetics conference will be at Asilomar in 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 meeting website. The full meeting website will go live in mid-December.

GSA Journals

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!

Submit your genetics and genomics manuscripts to the peer-edited journals of the GSA! G3: Genes|Genomes|Genetics publishes 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.  Both journals offer quick turn-around times (current times from submission to first decision:  GENETICS, 36 days; G3, 33 days).   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 Beth Ruedi.

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 three residencies:

  • 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, 2012.
  • 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 Research; Public Access to Peer-Reviewed Scholarly Publications Resulting from Federally Funded Research; and Building a 21st Century Bioeconomy.  Let your voice be heard—respond to these RFIs today!


The L’Oréal USA Fellowships For Women In Science Program has opened its application website to accept candidates for its 2012 fellowshipsWomen 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, 2011.

The Sao Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) invites recent Ph.D. graduates with a successful research track record to apply for 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.





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