GSA News

October 20, 2010   


There's still time to vote for the GSA 2011 leadership and 2010 bylaw revisions. Hurry!  The opportunity to cast your ballot ends Friday, October 29, 2010.

We need your response to the brief GSA Surveys on the development and presentation of your laboratory and/or lecture courses in genetics. Deadline for response is October 22, 2010.

If you’re a graduate student or postdoctoral fellow, apply now for a DeLill Nasser Award for Professional Development in Genetics. Up to 12 grants of $1,000 (U.S.) for travel to attend a national or international meeting or laboratory course between January-June 2011 will be awarded. But hurry, the deadline is October 22, 2010.

REACTIVATE your GSA membership for 2011 by paying your dues and be eligible for reduced fees for all 2011 GSA Conferences, including:

News About Members

GSA congratulates Susan L. Lindquist (Whitehead Inst/MIT) who has been named by President Barack Obama as one of the 10 recipients of the 2009 National Medal of Science.  She, along with the other recipients of the Medal of Science and the National Medal of Technology and Innovation, will receive their awards at a White House ceremony later this year.

The 2010 Gruber Genetics Prize will be presented to Gerald Fink (Whitehead Inst/MIT) on Thursday, November 4, 2010 at the 60th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Human Genetics in Washington, D.C.  Dr. Fink has done pioneering work in the field of yeast genetics and the broader field of molecular genetics. Nominations for the 2011 Gruber Genetics Prize are open until December 15, 2010.  For more information, see the Gruber website.

Congratulations to Carol Greider (Johns Hopkins Univ Sch of Med), Nobel laureate (2009) who was elected to the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academies this month.  The IOM “recognizes individuals who have made major contributions to the advancement of the medical sciences, health care and public health.”  New members are elected by the current active members. 

Two GSA members have received 2010 NIH Common Fund Awards:

Award Nominations

Nominations for the 2011 Lasker Foundation Awards will open November 1, 2010.  Awards are offered in basic medical research, clinical medical research and public service. Deadline for submitting nominations is February 1, 2011. 

Funding Opportunity

NIH has announced a new funding opportunity for early career scientists, the NIH Director’s Early Independence Award Program.  This program is for exceptional young scientists, who upon the completion of their graduate degree (PhD, MD or equivalent), can bypass the traditional postdoctoral training and move directly into an independent research project. The deadline for application is January 21, 2011.

Respondents Needed

What are the basic topics in biology all college level biology majors should master before entering higher level biology courses? A committee of the National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT) is researching this issue and would like you to participate in an online survey as they collect additional data in response to this question.



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