|February 19, 2015|
Almost time for the 56th Annual Drosophila Research Conference! On-site registration spots are still available for this meeting in the heart of Chicago from March 4–8.
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The GSA Journals
In the February issue of G3, Salomé and Weigel use whole genome sequencing to reveal that a classical trisomic Arabidopsis line has a complex pedigree and is not what it seemed.
Going to the 56th Annual Drosophila Conference in Chicago next month? If you have a publishing question about our journals or just want some advice, meet GSA Journal Editors GENETICS Editor-in-Chief (EiC) Mark Johnston, G3 Senior Editor and FlyBook co-EiC Scott Hawley, plus GSA Journal editorial staff Cristy Gelling, Ruth Isaacson, and Tracey DePellegrin, and the 23 of our scientist-editors who'll be at the meeting! GENETICS and G3 are sponsoring the opening night reception, so hope to see you there, or stop by our booth!
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and Professional Development
Have you ever wondered why your students weren't taking advantage of your office hours? The Teaching Professor Blog unpacks the results of a recent study investigating that question, and recaps suggestions for a more successful office hour experience.
If you've been experimenting with flipped classrooms and have had some success, consider submitting your materials to GSA PREP. With a resulting publication for your CV, you'll also help other educators in the community with the sometimes tricky process of creating an effective flipped classroom design.
The Institute of Medicine has released the summary of a workshop on Improving Genetics Education in Graduate and Continuing Health Professional Education. GSA's Director of Education and Professional Development, Beth Ruedi, was among those participating in the August 2014 workshop.
The power of encouragement: a new study shows that unconscious biases in elementary school teachers can discourage girls from studying math and science in later years.
Funding, Fellowships, and Awards
The American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) is now accepting applications for its Genetics & Education Fellowship, co-sponsored by NIH's National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI). The fellowship serves as "a bridge for genetics professionals wishing to transition to education careers," and allows fellows to work with NHGRI's Education and Community Involvement Branch and ASHG's education department, with the option of working with another organization involved in science education. Applications are due April 24, 2015.
NIH's Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) Enhancing Diversity in Biomedical Data Science R25 program provides resources for eligible institutions to implement innovative approaches to research education for diverse students in Big Data science, including those from underrepresented backgrounds in biomedical research. Letters of intent are due March 7 and applications are due April 7.
Those interested in genetics policy should consider applying to the 16-month Genetics & Public Policy Fellowship co-sponsored by ASHG and NHGRI. Applications are due April 24.
NIH's Office of Research Infrastructure Programs (ORIP) is seeking input from the community as it develops its next five-year strategic plan. ORIP's Division of Comparative Medicine (DCM) is one of the primary supporters of resources for model organism research; according to the request for information (RFI), DCM "has a long history of supporting research and resource programs which enable scientists to develop, characterize, and improve models of human disease involving animals, cells, and bioinformatics." We encourage you to share your perspectives with GSA on a series of questions to help us submit a collective response or send your own feedback to the RFI. The deadline for responses is March 2. [more…]
NIH is also seeking input on the potential to establish some sort of "emeritus award" that could enable or facilitate senior investigators to transition out of an NIH-funded research program. While this could include PIs who are moving toward retirement, it could also be applicable for those transitioning toward full-time teaching, mentoring, or administration. Such an award could be a mechanism for senior investigators to hand off their research to junior colleagues or to complete projects and close out their laboratories. Let NIH know what you think by responding to the RFI by March 6, 2015.
The cascade of bills in Congress that would impact NIH continues. Reps. Kathy Castor (D-FL) and G.K. Butterfield (D-NC) have introduced the Permanent Investment in Health Research Act, which would make NIH medical research a non-discretionary program, similar to Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. The bill faces an uphill fight, especially without any Republican co-sponsors.
USDA has given approval for the commercial planting of Arctic apples, which have been genetically engineered to be resistant to turning brown when sliced or bruised.
The UK government has approved mitochondrial replacement therapy, an in vitro fertilization technique to prevent diseases caused by mutations in mitochondrial DNA. The decision was welcomed by numerous scientists and praised as a triumph of scientists' engagement with the public.
When citizens and science connect: the National Academy of Sciences Roundtable on Public Interfaces of the Life Sciences hosted a workshop in January about public engagement on genetically modified organisms geared towards life science researchers. The entire workshop, including reports and panel discussions with science communication and GMO experts, is now available online as a YouTube playlist.
On February 27, NIH will celebrate the 8th annual Rare Disease Day by showcasing various rare disease research activities. Registration is free and the event will be webcast.
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory will host a course "Cell & Developmental Biology of Xenopus: Gene Discovery and Disease", April 9–21, 2015. Funding is available for two full fellowships for applicants from non-standard backgrounds (i.e., physics, math, computer science, engineering), as well as several half-scholarships for people new to Xenopus research. Applications are due February 23.
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