|January 21, 2015|
New for 2015, we're teaming up with CourseSource to host a workshop at most GSA Conferences this year: "Preparing your educational resources for online publication." The workshop will guide attendees through the submission process for both CourseSource and GSA PREP and give them a dedicated time to work on their submissions:
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The GSA Journals
In the latest issue of G3: SNP interactions and breast cancer, fetal alcohol syndrome in Drosophila, heterochromatin and light-activated gene expression, and much more.
Lodicule swelling is responsible for floret opening in many grass species, allowing for pollen dispersal and cross-pollination. In barley, the closed floret habit is under the control of cly1, which inhibits development of the lodicule. In the latest issue of GENETICS, Wang et al. investigate the genetic and epigenetic basis of the unusual lodicule development conferred by a novel allele of cly1. [more...]
Have a timely result that you want you to publish quickly? Think Communications at GENETICS. Our new Communications article type provides a format for expedited publication of particularly significant and timely observations or advances. Communications receive the same rigorous peer review as Investigations, but ensure that authors can share time-sensitive results as fast as possible. Authors should submit a pre-submission inquiry including an abstract and a cover letter explaining why the findings are particularly significant and timely. For more information, please read the Instructions for Authors or contact the GENETICS editorial office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Did you know that G3 submissions increased by 37% from 2013 to 2014? Our authors tell us they like that our editors - all practicing scientists - are successful researchers who are well-recognized in their fields and who make quick but thoughtful decisions within about a month (for all reviewed manuscripts). And after acceptance, we continue to care about you and your paper. We want your article to be quickly available and robust - which means high-quality production and handling post-acceptance. Like GENETICS, G3 features Early Online publishing and PubMed deposits within days of acceptance, copyediting, links to model organism databases, full composition/layout, and page proof services, and a responsive, experienced editorial staff. By publishing in the GSA's open access, dedicated genetics and genomics journal, your work is read by audiences you want to reach, and from beginning to end we strive to provide quality, visibility and long-term impact. Send your next manuscript to G3 and see why authors and readers are discovering that not all journals are created equal.
Mapping granny: ancestry inference for admixed individuals
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Education and Professional Development
Apply now to be a 2015–2016 Biology Scholar! The American Society of Microbiology is accepting applications for the Biology Scholars Program, which empowers biologists to be leaders in education reform. The nearly 250 alumni of this program come from all manner of institutions, from community colleges to large research universities; to date, GSA has ten Biology Scholar alumni, most of whom are actively involved in GSA education initiatives. Apply by February 1 for one of three year-long residencies: Assessment, Research, or Transitions.
Does your institution have Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) funding for summer 2015? Let us know so we can spread the word to students at community colleges, undergraduate institutions, and other US institutions! Please provide information about your institution's REU program (or any similar program) by January 23, so GSA can include the news in our special-issue Education Quarterly this winter. [more...]
A new article illustrates the ongoing decline in grants awarded to young scientists and the implications for science. "Without their own funding, young researchers are prevented from starting their own laboratories, pursuing their own research, and advancing their own careers in academic science. It is not surprising that many of our youngest minds are choosing to leave their positions," notes author Johns Hopkins University President Ronald J. Daniels.
The Wall Street Journal reports on the declining number of scientists in Congress: only 2 Senators or Representatives hold doctorates in the natural sciences.
NIH reminds the scientific community of their Genomic Data Sharing Policy, which takes effect for NIH grant applications submitted for the January 25, 2015, due date and thereafter.
National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) director Jon Lorsch has shared additional data about NIGMS funding patterns (right) . Among the statistics: 20% of NIGMS grantees have <$185k in NIH direct costs, 20% have >$505k.
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