|December 17, 2014|
The GSA Journals
Read more about the new editors on the GSA journals blog Genes to Genomes.
What do collapsible tent poles and the S. cerevisiae Ndc80 complex have in common? In the SGD blog post, A Lot Hinges on Ndc80, Maria Constanzo discusses a recent GENETICS study by Tien et al. revealing that the Ndc80 complex folds tightly early in mitosis, which is critical for its role in helping chromosomes to line up properly on the spindle.
GENETICS and G3 want you to save your energy for doing research, not reformatting manuscripts:
ASHG Meeting Report: The X-factor in complex disease
Wild zebrafish sex: a lab mystery solved
Laboratory zebrafish hide a dirty little secret. Although the tiny fish have proven to be a vital model of vertebrate development and disease genetics, zebrafish reproduction—at least in the lab—has wildly variable outcomes.
Members in the News
Congratulations to GSA member Susan R. Wessler (University of California, Riverside) for being awarded the McClintock Prize for Plant Genetics and Genome Studies by the Maize Genetics Executive Committee. Wessler received the award in recognition of her exceptional contributions to and leadership in the study of plant transposable elements for the last three decades. She also served on the GSA Board of Directors from 2009–2011.
GSA member and former Secretary Mariana Wolfner (Cornell University) discusses her research on the reproductive proteins of Drosophila on the radio show Science Studio.
On-demand science: The company Science Exchange offers Airbnb-like lab equipment sharing for scientists, reports The Economist. GSA member Ethan Perlstein is quoted.
Included in this Issue:
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Funding, Fellowships, and Awards
The National Science Foundation (NSF)'s Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Biology are awarded to recent PhD recipients for research and training in selected areas. The fellowships are also designed to provide active mentoring of the Fellows by the sponsoring scientists who will benefit from having these talented young scientists in their research groups. Applications are due January 8, 2015.
NSF's Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE) program invites proposals that address immediate challenges and opportunities that are facing undergraduate STEM education, as well as those that anticipate new structures and new functions of the undergraduate learning and teaching enterprise. Applications are due January 15, 2015.
The AAAS Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellows Program places science, engineering, and mathematics students at media organizations nationwide. Fellows have worked as reporters, editors, researchers, and production assistants at such media outlets as the Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, National Public Radio, National Geographic, and Scientific American. Fellows use their academic training during this 10-week summer program as they research, write, and report today's headlines, sharpening their abilities to communicate complex scientific issues to the public. Applications are due January 15, 2015.
A spending deal reached by the U.S. House and Senate will fund the federal research agencies through fiscal year 2015, which runs through September 30. NIH will receive $30.08 billion (up 0.50% from FY 2014), NSF $7.34 billion (up 2.37%), and USDA's Agricultural and Food Research Initiative is appropriated at $325 million (up 2.84%). The Department of Energy Office of Science and USDA Agricultural Research Service would remain flat. The increase for NIH still leaves its budget below pre-sequestration levels; Science Insider discusses a few areas to receive larger increases and some concerns to be addressed.
A new compromise has been reached in Europe that should allow approval of genetically modified crops to be reached more easily and rapidly, following years of debate. The agreement will allow individual EU countries to overrule EU approvals, and is hoped to ease legislative deadlocks at the EU level.
A new biosketch format will be required for NIH grant applications submitted for due dates after January 24, 2015. The transition to the new biosketch format follows a Request for Information and a series of pilot Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) using the new format over the last year. The new biosketch format extends the page limit from four to five pages, and allows researchers to describe up to five of their most significant contributions to science, along with the historical background that framed their research. Further details are available on the NIH website.
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