GSA News

November 17, 2010   


The GSA is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2011 awards:

  • James E. Haber (Brandeis Univ), Thomas Hunt Morgan Medal
  • Abby F. Dernburg (UC-Berkeley), The Edward Novitski Prize
  • John R. Carlson (Yale Univ), Genetics Society of America Medal
  • Joseph R. Ecker (Salk Institute), George W. Beadle Award
  • Peter J. Bruns (HHMI, retired), Elizabeth W. Jones Award for Excellence in Education

Congratulations to all the GSA award winners.  For more information about these awards and a listing of past winners, please see the GSA website.

Congratulations to Tina Hesman Saey, a writer at Science News, who has received the first Genetics Society of America Excellence in Research Journalism Award.  Saey received the award for her article “Molecular Evolution” printed in the January 31, 2009 edition of the magazine and online.  She will receive her award at a GSA-sponsored meeting in 2011.

In addition to electing the 2011 Board members – Phil Hieter (Univ of British Columbia, Canada) as vice president and Bonnie Bartel (Rice Univ, Houston), Judith Berman (Univ of Minnesota, Minneapolis), and Jeannie T. Lee (Harvard Med Sch and HHMI, Mass Gen Hosp) as directors  -- the GSA membership approved the revised GSA bylawsCarol S. Newlon (UMDNJ-New Jersey Med Sch) was elected by the GSA Board of Directors as the new treasurer.

Now is the time to reactivate your membership and receive the benefit of discounted registration for the following 2011 GSA-sponsored meetings:

Members in the News

The GSA congratulates member Manolis Kellis (MIT and Harvard), who was honored by the White House as one of 85 recipients of the Presidential Awards for Outstanding Early Career Scientists.  This award is the “highest honor bestowed by the United States government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers,” according to the White House press release.

GSA offers its condolences to the family and friends of Leigh Van Valen (Univ of Chicago), an evolutionary biologist and long-time GSA member, who died last month at the age of 75.  According to the obituary in the New York Times, he was known for his eccentricities and his evolutionary hypothesis on adaptation, known as the Red Queen hypothesis from the character in Through the Looking Glass.

Fellowships and Grants

The National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent) is offering fellowships for graduate and postdoctoral students in evolutionary biology and related fields.  Deadline for the graduate applications is January 1, 2011 for the 2011 fall semester. For postdoctoral fellowships the deadline is December 1, 2010.

In addition, NESCent has a Call for Proposals for Sabbatical Scholars and Collaborative Working Groups.  Proposals should support innovative approaches to outstanding problems in evolutionary biology.  Deadline for Proposals for Working Groups is December 1.  Sabbaticals may be for one semester or one year or for short-term visits (2 weeks to 3 months).

For deadlines and more information on these fellowships and grants, please visit the NESCent website.

Applications are open for the 2011 L’Oréal USA Fellowships for Women in Science Program, which provides up to $60,000 to five female postdoctoral researchers in the US pursuing careers in the life and physical/material sciences, mathematics, engineering and computer science.  For more information, visit their websiteDeadline for online applications: December 13, 2010. Transcripts must be postmarked no later than December 15, 2010.

Call for Submissions

The Worm Breeder’s Gazette is calling for article submissions for their next issue, November 22, 2010. Worm researchers can submit an article at any time using their online submission form by logging in.  New users need to register first.  For assistance, contact:  Gazette technical assistants Daniel Wang or Todd Harris or Gazette Editor Jane Mendel.

Career Resource

How do you encourage women to sustain careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields?  Arizona State University has developed one solution, CareerWISE, a website that provides online coaching and psychological education to women in the STEM fields. Funded by the National Science Foundation, this project is aimed at women pursuing their PhDs in STEM fields, who often face social and academic issues that are much more demanding than those of their male counterparts.



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