GSA News

September 7, 2011   


Let your voice to be heard!   If you haven’t already voted for the 2012 GSA Board of Directors and Officers, you will be receiving a reminder in your inbox.  Please review the nominations and proposed changes to the by-laws, and cast your vote by October 6, 2011.  Your participation enhances the future of GSA!

Renew your GSA membership this September!  GSA member benefits include: reduced fees for GSA conferences, for publishing in GENETICS and G3: Genes|Genomes|Genetics, for subscriptions to other publications, and for reagents and antibodies from U.S. Biological; education and career support; policy and advocacy. The online renewal website will go live in mid-September.

The Model Organisms to Human Biology – Cancer Genetics Conference will be held June 17-20, 2012 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC. This GSA conference will connect investigators who study cancer-relevant problems in model organisms with those who study human cancer, and will maximize interactions to help forge new collaborations.

G3: Genes|Genomes|Genetics, the GSA’s new open-access journal, publishes high-quality foundational research and experimental resources in genetics and genomics. 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.  Be sure to check out the latest issue, and submit your manuscript today!

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.

Attention Drosophila geneticists: Nominations are now being accepted for the Larry Sandler Award (deadline: December 19).  Thesis advisors are encouraged to enter your students for this prestigious award, which will be given at the 53rd Annual Drosophila Genetics Conference

Students and postdoctoral fellows: don’t forget to apply for one of 12 DeLill Nasser Travel Awards to be given this fall.  Applications are being accepted for meetings or courses that will take place January 1 – June 30, 2012. Deadline for applications is October 3. 


The National Science Foundation is calling for nominations for the 2012 Alan T. Waterman Award.  The award recognizes the talent, creativity, and influence of “an outstanding young researcher in any field of science or engineering supported by the National Science Foundation.  In addition to a medal, the awardee receives a grant of $500,000 over a three year period for scientific research or advanced study … at the institution of the recipient’s choice.”  The deadline for nominations is October 31, 2011.


The Advisory Committee to the NIH Director Working Group on the Future Biomedical Research Workforce is requesting your input while they develop a model for a “sustainable, diverse, and productive U.S. biomedical research workforce.”  They seek responses from students, postdoctoral fellows, scientists, scientific societies, and NIH grantee institutions, as well as from the general publicDeadline for response is October 7.

The Department of Health and Human Services has revised its financial conflict of interest regulations, originally implemented in 1995.  Major revisions in 2011 include a lowering of the threshold for significant financial interest from $10,000 to $5,000.  New regulations also require: investigators to disclose all significant financial interests related to their institutional duties; institutions to disclose additional information to NIH regarding financial conflicts; and that institutions must make this information available to the public via a website or written response within five business days of a request. Implementation of the new revisions will take place by August 2012.


Attention undergraduate biology faculty!  The National STEM Education Distributed Learning (NSDL) Biological Sciences Pathway, BiosciEdNet (BEN), invites you to apply to become BEN Scholars.  BEN Scholars receive training in leadership and access to resources to share with colleagues.  Travel support and a small stipend are provided.  BEN Scholars must be available to participate in the NSDL BEN National Leadership Training Institute, January 25-28, 2012 in Washington, D.C.  Applications are due by September 22, 2011.

The American Society of Human Genetics has published a study examining the United States’ standards of modern genetics in high school curricula.  The study found widespread inadequacy of high school science education standards in genetics, with 43 of 50 states failing to keep pace with modern core concepts.

Other Meetings of Interest

The Society of Toxicology announced its Translational/Bridging Travel Award, given to assist with travel to the SOT Annual Meeting, March 11-15, 2012, in San Francisco.  The awards are for mid- or senior-level scientists, and will consist of a cash stipend and complimentary registration for the meetingDeadline for nominations is October 9, 2011.  Visit the award site for award descriptions, additional information, and to make nominations.





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