GSA News

September 21, 2011   


GSA members are invited to nominate their colleagues for the 2012 GSA Awards. These include 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. Deadline for nominations is September 30.  Students and postdoctoral fellows are also invited to apply for one of 12 DeLill Nasser Travel Awards to be made this fall. Deadline for applications is October 3.

Don’t forget to vote in the GSA elections—your participation enhances the future of GSA!  The ballot for the 2012 GSA Board of Directors and Officers is in your inbox.  Please review the nominations and change to the by-laws, and cast your vote by October 6, 2011

GSA will be sponsoring 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. Feel free to contact Anne Marie Mahoney with any questions.  The meeting website will go live in mid-November.

Renew your GSA membership for 2012!   GSA members have a plethora of member benefits, including: reduced fees for GSA conferences, publishing in GENETICS and G3: Genes|Genomes|Genetics, and 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! 

The September edition of The GSA Reporter is now available on the GSA website, and will be appearing in mailboxes soon.

GSA and the GSA Journals, GENETICS and G3:Genes|Genomes|Genetics, will be at the 12th International Congress of Human Genetics/ 61st American Society of Human Genetics Annual Meeting in Montreal, Canada, from October 11-15, 2011.  If you are attending the meeting, please stop by and see us in the Global Village (booth 825F) in the Exhibit Hall!

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.

Drosophila geneticists!  Abstract submissions will be accepted for the 53rd Annual Drosophila Genetics Conference starting tomorrow, September 22.  Submit your abstract and join us for the outstanding science, networking, and education programs!

Mark your calendar for the Model Organisms to Human Biology – Cancer Genetics meeting, in Washington, D.C., 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.  Platform sessions will have two invited speakers—one model organism and one human cancer researcher—and four speakers chosen from the submitted abstracts. 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.

News about GSA Members

Congratulations to GSA Vice President Phil Hieter (Univ of British Columbia), who was recently inducted as a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS)CAHS notes that Hieter’s research has “demonstrated the utility of researching fundamental questions in model experimental organisms and has created a systematic cross-reference of yeast genetics and human biology.”

Education and Outreach

GSA is seeking members from the San Jose, California, area to volunteer as judges 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 by Monday, September 26

Volunteer judges are needed for the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, which will 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

The 2011 World Stem Cell Summit will be held in Pasadena, California, October 3-5, 2011.  GSA members will receive a discounted registration fee via our membership in Research!America (code 5RESEARCH!AMERICAnonprofit5).  Registration deadline: October 2, 2011.

The Keystone Symposium Complex Traits: Genomics and Computational Approaches will be held in Breckenridge, Colorado, from February 20-25, 2012.  Abstract and scholarship deadline: October 20, 2011.

The EMBO Conference Series meeting The Molecular and Developmental Biology of Drosophila will be held in Kolymbari, Crete, Greece from June 24-30, 2012.  Registration deadline: November 1, 2011.





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