|January 7, 2015|
GSA is pleased to announce the Spring 2015 winners of GSA's DeLill Nasser Award for Professional Development in Genetics! The awards provide $1,000 travel grants for each recipient to attend any national or international meeting, conference, or laboratory course. The winners are:
Attending the Drosophila Research Conference? Please volunteer your time and expertise for our educational events! We have opportunities for graduate students, postdocs, faculty, and other career scientists to help out. Please complete this survey to let us know whether you can help.
New for 2015, GSA is teaming up with CourseSource to host a workshop at most Society conferences: "Preparing your educational resources for online publication." The first of these will take place just before the Drosophila Research Conference in Chicago, 4-7 pm on Wednesday, March 4, 2015. 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. [more...]
The GSA Journals
Did you know that GENETICS and G3 allow authors submitting manuscripts for review to submit simultaneously to bioRxiv with just a click of a button? The GSA Journals' partnership with Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory allows our journals to be the first (outside of CSHL's own) to feature this innovative offering encouraging the use of preprint servers. [more...]
For 2015, make a New Year's resolution that you (and your paper) will be treated well as an author, and submit to journals who do just that. How many times have you:
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Members in the News
GSA member Mike Snyder (Stanford University) has been awarded $7.1 million in funding from the recently launched Genomics of Gene Regulation (GGR) program of the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI). Snyder's team will study the networks of genes and pathways underpinning the development of keratinocytes.
Education and Professional Development
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, and GSA will include the news in our special-issue Education Quarterly this winter. [more...]
10 Do's and Don'ts for prospective and current PhD students, including pointers on how to make the most of your PhD and common mistakes to avoid.
Funding, Fellowships, and Awards
USDA's National Institute of Food & Agriculture has announced a new institutional fellowship program with nearly $17 million available to support undergrads, predocs, and postdocs. Deadlines are in February 2015.
Last call for the National Science Foundation (NSF)'s Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Biology, which are awarded to recent PhD recipients for research and training in selected areas. The fellowships are also designed to provide active mentoring to the Fellows by the sponsoring scientists. Applications are due January 8, 2015.
NSF's Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE) program invites proposals that address immediate challenges and opportunities facing undergraduate STEM education, as well as those that anticipate new structures and 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 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.
This week brings the start of the 114th Congress with Republicans holding majorities in both the House and Senate. With help from the FASEB Office of Public Affairs, we've posted the composition of key Senate committees for the GSA community. If you are a constituent of these Senators, we hope you will take advantage of the opportunity to communicate your views about the importance of federally funded research. [more...]
Jon Lorsch, director of NIH's National Institute of General Medical Sciences, has posted a new entry on the NIGMS Feedback Loop blog about the need for shared responsibility to increase the efficiency and sustainability of the biomedical research enterprise. He asks researchers to think about these questions: Can I do my work more efficiently? What size does my lab need to be? How much funding do I really need? How do I define success? What can I do to help the research enterprise thrive?
The US Patent & Trademark Office is taking another look at how it handles the patenting of inventions derived from nature.
Two of India's major science funding agencies are joining the open access push by requiring the research they fund to be published in publicly available repositories.
Confused about the new NIH biosketch format? The Rock Talk blog provides some details on its implementation.
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