Happy New Year 2013!
Each new year brings a new
Board of Directors to GSA.
Michael Lynch (Indiana
Univ) is the 2013 GSA President, and Phil Hieter (Univ
British Columbia) moves to the role of Past President. New to the
Board are those elected by the membership this past fall: Vice President
Vicki Chandler (Gordon & Betty Moore
Fdn); Secretary Anne Villeneuve (Stanford Univ Sch Med); and
Directors Lynn Cooley (Yale), Anna Di Rienzo (Univ Chicago),
Sally Elgin (Washington Univ), and Deborah A.
Siegele (Texas A&M). Also new this year are two advisory
representatives to the Board: graduate student Katie Dumas (Univ
Michigan) and postdoc Krista Dobi (Memorial Sloan-Kettering).
A complete list of the
is on the GSA website.
thanks six individuals who completed their service on the Board of
Directors at the end of 2012: Past President Paul W.
Sternberg (Caltech); Secretary Mariana Wolfner (Cornell
Univ); and Directors Utpal Banerjee (UCLA), Beth De Stasio
(Lawrence Univ), Sue Jinks-Robertson (Duke Univ), and Tom
Silhavy (Princeton Univ). We also extend a special thank you to
retiring Publications Committee chair Tim Schedl (Washington
Univ) for his service to the Society. The GSA community extends its
appreciation to these dedicated individuals for their volunteer
service to the Society and for helping to advance the field of
GSA has just launched a completely
new website for 2013! We hope the new website makes it easier to find information that will be valuable to the genetics community and others. Additional new content and features are still to come, but we welcome your feedback and ideas.
To offer suggestions or report problems, please click on the “Feedback” link that appears on the right side of every page.
Thank you for your ideas on how we can make the new website an even more useful resource.
If you have not already renewed your
membership for 2013, please do so now to continue uninterrupted GSA benefits, including
discounts on 2013 conferences (Fungal Genetics,
your personal subscription to
advocacy representation and more.
Also don't forget the wonderful benefits of GSA's
educational and career support;
encourage your student and postdoc colleagues to join as
Drosophila Image Award Competition is still accepting photos and short videos.
Deadline for submissions: February 4, 2013. Awards will be presented at the 54th Annual Drosophila Research Conference, April 3-7, 2013 in Washington, DC. For more information,
The GSA Journals
January issue of
GENETICS includes articles highlighting
sex chromosome evolution in anther smut fungus; protein functional complexity in bacteria; monoamine roles in
Drosophila melanogaster; admixture in North American
D. melanogaster; gene expression variability in humans; and asymmetric cell division in fission yeast
Schizosacchararomyces japonicas; and much, much more.
The American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) is
offering graduate students with the opportunity to gain first-hand experience in shaping science policy through its
Emerging Public Policy Leadership Award. Award recipients win a free trip to Washington, DC, to receive policy and communication training and to meet with congressional policymakers to discuss the importance of federal investment in the biological sciences. The award is open to U.S. citizens enrolled in a graduate degree program in biological sciences, science education, or a closely related allied field.
For more information visit the AIBS
website. Application deadline: Monday, January 28, 2013.
The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) Maximizing Access to Research Careers (MARC) program is accepting
applications for two seminar programs, “Writing Winning Grant Proposals” for faculty members and “Getting Started as a Successful Grant Writer and Academician” for graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and new assistant professors. The seminars, on
March 7 and March 8, 2013 respectively, are both at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA.
Deadline for application: Friday, February 1, 2013, 5:00 PM ET. Visit the
website for more information.
GSA Members in the
Congratulations to the five graduate students and five postdoctoral researchers who are
recipients of 2013
DeLill Nasser Awards for Professional Development in Genetics.
Each of these recipients will receive a $1,000 travel award to attend any national or international meeting, conference or laboratory course the will enhance his or her career:
Daniel K. Bricker
(Univ of Utah Sch of Med)
Wen Huang (NCSU)
Russ Corbett-Detig (Harvard)
Alysia Mortimer (Emory)
Maria N. Hindt (Dartmouth)
Olga S. Novikova
(Univ of Albany, NY)
Mengshu Xu (Univ
Robert Unckless (Cornell)
GSA members and their work are featured in several recent news articles:
A December 1, 2012 article in
The Scientist, “Genomics 101,” highlights a course
Jef Boeke (Johns Hopkins Univ) developed in bioinformatics where students use basic molecular biology techniques to “Build-a-Genome,” their own 10-kb slice of yeast chromosome 3.
The December 10 issue of The Scientist
reports on the work of
Corey Nislow (Univ of Toronto and G3 Associate Editor) about how archaea package their DNA around histones, suggesting that chromatin may be motivated more by gene regulation than tight packing of DNA.
The December 15, 2012,
Fernando Casares’ (Spanish National Research Council) work on zebrafish developmental genetics, which informs the evolution of limbs from fins.
The U.S. Congress has temporarily – for two months –
averted the fall over the “fiscal cliff” by reaching a deal that would raise taxes on all but the wealthiest households – those making over $450,000 annually – while holding rates for middle-class taxpayers at 2012 levels.
The bill also pushes the issue of sequestration
– automatic cuts to federal agencies, including the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the Pentagon –
down the road for a few months. Dealing with
this unfinished business will be the 113th Congress, which
was sworn in today. Keep in touch with GSA and our
partners as discussions continue.
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