GSA News

October 7, 2011   


The deadline for the 2012 GSA Awards has been extended!  You now have until October 17 to nominate your colleagues for the GSA Medal, the Thomas Hunt Morgan Medal, the George W. Beadle Award, the Elizabeth Jones Award for Excellence in Education, and the Edward Novitski Prize.  Nominate a worthy candidate today!

The deadline for the DeLill Nasser Travel Award applications has also been extended to October 17!  Students and postdoctoral fellows are invited to apply for one of 12 DeLill Nasser Travel Awards to be made this fall. These awards of $1,000 each defray the cost of travel and accommodations for the recipient to attend a conference, meeting, or course that will significantly contribute to the recipient’s career in genetics.  We are currently accepting applications for meetings or courses that take place January 1 – June 30, 2012.

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 liveórenew today!

Visit the GSA booth (#825F in the Global Village) on October 12 -14 at the 12th International Congress of Human Genetics/61st American Society of Human Genetics Annual Meeting in Montreal, Canada.  If you are attending the meeting, please stop by and meet Phyllis Edelman, Acting Executive Director; Tracey DePellegrin Connelly, Executive Editor, the GSA Journals; and Beth Ruedi, Director of Education and Career Development. 

Attention Drosophila geneticists!  Abstract submissions are being accepted for the 53rd Annual Drosophila Genetics Conference.  Submit your abstract and come join us for the outstanding science, networking, and education programs!

Mark your calendar for Model Organisms to Human Biology – Cancer Genetics to be held in Washington, D.C. from June 17 – 21, 2012. This highly interactive meeting provides the opportunity for investigators working with different organisms, including humans, 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 as yet to be named Director of NIGMS.

GSA welcomes the Zebrafish community and the 10th International Conference on Zebrafish Development and Genetics, chaired by David Raible (Univ Washington, Seattle). The meeting will be held June 20-24, 2012 at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Contact Anne Marie Mahoney with any questions.  The meeting website will go live in mid-November.

GSA Journals’ News

GSA and GENETICS congratulate 2011 Nobel Prize winner in Physiology or Medicine, Bruce A. Beutler, who shares this award with Jules Hoffman and Ralph M. Steinman. Beutler, author of four articles published in GENETICS, including one published in March 2011, is a practicing scientist, geneticist and one of your colleagues.  Send your best work to GENETICS.

The YeastBook series is beginning in the November issue of GENETICS. 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 over 50 review articles written by the most prominent yeast geneticists of today. Read the first three articles online next month.

Submit your genetics and genomics manuscripts featuring high-quality foundational research and experimental resources to G3: Genes|Genomes|Genetics!  G3 provides full access to research data as well as article-level links to genes and other objects in model organism databases. Rapid peer review and fast time-to-publication ensure that manuscripts are handled quickly and fairly.  Also be sure to check out the latest issue.

News About GSA Members

Congratulations to Trudy Mackay, past GSA Treasurer (2006 - 2010), to be honored as one of the 2011 North Carolina Awards recipients for her distinguished leadership in science.  The award will be presented to her November 10, 2011 at the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh.


Last week The White House and the National Science Foundation announced new workplace flexibility policies for women and men in research careers.  Among the best practices that NSF will expand “are ones that will allow researchers to delay or suspend their grants for up to one year in order to care for a newborn or newly adopted child or fulfill other family obligations.”

Education and Outreach

Last chance to volunteer as a judge for GSA Awards at SACNAS 2011 on Thursday, October 27; Friday, October 28; and Saturday, October 29. If you are interested, please send an e-mail including your name, institution and email address and the days you are available to judge to Phyllis Edelman ASAP.

Volunteer judges are needed for the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair to be held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, from May 13-18, 2012.  Intel ISEF is the world’s largest international pre-college science competition and is a program of Society for Science and the Public.

Other Meetings of Interest

Sign up now for the University of Alabama at Birmingham's Section on Statistical Genetics NHGRI-funded 1st Annual Short Course on Next Generation Sequencing: Technology & Statistical Methods on December 13 - 16, 2011. The course will be held at UAB in Birmingham and HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology in Huntsville, AL.





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