|March 19, 2015|
Last chance for undergraduate researchers attending the 20th International C. elegans Meeting at UCLA, June 24-28, 2015, to apply for the GSA Undergraduate Travel Awards! The awards promote excellence in undergraduate research and education by supporting travel costs for undergraduate students attending a GSA conference and presenting their research. Applications are due March 20, 2015. [more...]
The GSA Journals
Attending the 28th Fungal Genetics Conference this week? If you have a question about our journals or just need some publishing advice, make sure to look out for GSA journals Assistant Editor Cristy Gelling, who will be onsite all week.
Included in this Issue:
A glaring paradox clarified: The latest issue of GENETICS features an editorial by Editor-in-Chief Mark Johnston about the influence of the Journal Impact Factor on science that discussed an alternative metric emphasizing the research experience of the journal's editors. In response to feedback from readers, Mark wrote a follow-up blog post clarifying that he doesn't advocate using journal metrics to evaluate job, promotion or funding candidates; rather, the alternative metric is a device to illustrate the difference in research experience between the professional editors of the top-tier (high impact factor) journals and the peer editors of community-run journals like GENETICS and G3.
Members in the News
The Scientist reports on recent progress using CRISPR/Cas9 technology. Among the projects highlighted is one from GENETICS Senior Editor and former GSA Board member John Schimenti, who is using CRISPR/Cas9 to develop mouse models of cancer and meiosis.
USA Today highlights new research from GSA Board member Fernando Pardo-Manuel de Villena that gene expression is more heavily influenced by the male parent.
Science Careers profiles GSA member and 'indie scientist' Ethan Perlstein and his entrepreneurial path to rare disease research using model organisms.
Education and Professional Development
"Exploring Genetic Variation in a Caffeine Metabolism Gene," a new GSA PREP resource by Zephyr and Walsh of Rollins College, teaches a variety of basic molecular biology techniques while catering to students' innate desire for self-discovery. The students assess their own DNA, developing hypotheses about their genotype based on what they know about their response to caffeine. The lab can be scaled up or down to meet the needs of majors and nonmajors alike.
Pedagogical research has shown that using primary literature to introduce students to core concepts and competencies in biology is highly effective; however, peer-reviewed research papers can be daunting to students. Primers in GENETICS provide a means to ease readers into the world of primary literature, guiding readers through papers covering topics from development to evolution. Primers are perfect for undergraduate majors, beginning graduate students, or even AP bio classes!
NSF has issued a Dear Colleague letter soliciting I-Corps for Learning Teams, which will work to develop and implement strategies to scale educational innovation.
Funding, Fellowships, and Awards
Nominations are currently being accepted for the National Medal of Science and National Medal of Technology and Innovation. The National Medals offer a unique opportunity to showcase the best and brightest minds within your organizations and the outstanding scientists and innovators you work with each and every day. Nominations are due April 27 and June 1 respectively.
The L'Oréal For Women in Science program recognizes and rewards the contributions women make in STEM fields and identifies exceptional women researchers committed to serving as role models for younger generations. The program will award five postdoctoral women scientists in the United States this year with grants of up to $60,000 each. Applications are now open to candidates from a variety of fields, and are due March 20, 2015.
Speaking in Iowa, former Florida governor Jeb Bush suggests support for increased NIH funding. "As we've cut back with NIH funding and other types of research funding, we lose the initiative to cure diseases. And I think this is an appropriate role for government," he says.
Australia's national research infrastructure has now escaped the threat of closure due to a political standoff. The threat had prompted sustained campaigning by scientists including an open letter from scientific organizations to Prime Minister Tony Abbott. Despite the reprieve, scientists point out that funding for the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS) requires “a more permanent solution.”
In an effort to strengthen the pool of grant reviewers, NIH has reiterated its expectation that the PIs they support will serve as reviewers when asked.
The Division of Comparative Medicine (DCM) within the Office of Research Infrastructure Programs (ORIP) invites you to attend the upcoming Workshop on One Health: Integrating the Veterinarian Scientist into the Biomedical Research Enterprise on April 7–8 at the Lister Hill Auditorium, located at the NIH main campus in Bethesda, MD. The purpose of this workshop is to bring together veterinarians, clinicians and basic researchers to provide information and advice on how basic and applied biomedical research can advance the NIH mission relative to human health and disease.
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