are now open for the GSA Board of
Directors. GSA members who have
paid their dues for 2013 are receiving e-mail
invitations to nominate colleagues (or
yourself) to the positions of
Vice President (2014, who becomes President
beginning January 1, 2015 for a one-year term
and then Past President in 2016);
Treasurer (3-year term, 2014–2016) and
three Directors (3-year term,
2014–2016). As you send in your
nominations, please keep in mind that being an
officer or a director of GSA is a responsibility
to the entire genetics community. All
nominations will be reviewed by the GSA
Nominating Committee, who will determine the
ballot in accordance with the GSA bylaws.
Deadline for nominations:
5 p.m. EDT, Friday, May 17, 2013.
the annual GSA awards are open
GSA website. Members may nominate
colleagues for any or all of the Society’s
annual awards until September 2013:
From the GSA Journals
For your next
manuscript, publish in the GSA Journals
and G3 are fast! Turnaround
time from submission to first decision is about
a month. Fast-track – where the journal lines up
an editor and reviewers ahead of time, accelerating time to first decision
– is also
GENETICS and G3's Early Online (EO),
your manuscript is published online in less than
two weeks of acceptance, has a DOI, and is in
PubMed. EO manuscripts are free-to-read on the
and G3 are peer-edited, with
scientists in the field writing thoughtful
reviews and making fair decisions to increase
your manuscript's long-term impact and reach.
and G3 accept pre-submission inquiries:
- Got data? Both
GENETICS and G3 are committed to
open data policies. All raw data is
required to accompany the article.
- Want open
access? G3 is an OA journal,
and for GENETICS, an author can
choose OA for a fee.
GSA Members in the News
Congratulations to Catherine
Peichel (Fred Hutchinson Cancer Res Ctr) who was
among 175 scholars, artists and scientists from among 3,000
applicants to receive a
John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship Award,
which she will use on a sabbatical to work in the lab of
Walter Salzburger (Univ of Basel, Switzerland). An
evolutionary geneticist, Peichel uses the threespine
stickleback fish as a model to focus on genetic variation in
body type and behavior between species.
Congratulations to former GSA Board
member Susan Wessler for being named a
Fellow of the American Society of Plant Biologists
in recognition of her distinguished and long-term
contributions to plant biology and service to her community.
DNA in the News
Ten years ago this month, scientists
announced the completion of the Human Genome Project.
The National Human Genome Research Institute has a
series of events this year to celebrate the
This month also marks the 60th
anniversary of the publication of the Watson-Crick
paper describing the structure of DNA.
For DNA Day, Thursday, April
25, GSA is teaming up with American Society for Human
Genetics in the hunt for your best
DNAnalogies! For example, “The genome is like a
cookbook and each gene is a recipe that tells the cell how
to make a particular functional product.” Start
thinking about your DNAnalogies and post them to a
Facebook on Thursday, or
join the fun on
Twitter and use #DNAnalogies.
Don't forget–don't let your DNAnalogies go awry!
The Federation of American
Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) is
collecting feedback from the scientific
community on how administrative burden affects
investigators. Information collected
survey will be included as
part of FASEB’s response to a National Science
Board (NSB) request for information (RFI)
Investigator’s Administrative Workload for
Federally Funded Research.”
Survey responses will not be attributed to
individuals. Investigators are encouraged to
participate in the survey and share with others.
You can also
respond directly to the
NSB RFI if you would like to
provide additional feedback.
FASEB is accepting applications to
Writing Seminar & Practical Exercises Workshop,
which will be held August 26–28, 2013
at the Marine Biological Laboratory in
Woods Hole, MA. This nationally acclaimed seminar
teaches new investigators how to write a grant application
and is intended for senior graduate students, postdoctoral
associates, and current non-tenure track faculty members who have
not previously been successfully funded. MARC travel
awards are available. The
application for the program and the
travel award form are due on Friday, July 12, 2013.
Other Meetings of Interest
7th International Conference on Bioinformatics and
Biomedical Engineering (iCCBE 2013)
in Beijing, China, September 26–28, 2013 is
accepting abstracts until May 6, 2013. The goal of
the conference is “to bridge the gap between researchers,
scientists and experts in both academia and industry as an
important vehicle for information sharing and cooperation.”
For more information, visit the
Registration is now
open for the
18th Summer Institute in Statistical Genetics
at the University of Washington, Seattle, July 6–28,
2013. The institute is to introduce
geneticists to modern methods of statistical analysis
and for statisticians to understand the statistical
challenges posed by modern genetic data. For
more information, visit the
website. Early-bird registration
deadline: 11:59 PM (PT), Monday, June 10, 2013.
The application site is open for the
2013 Generic Model Organism Database (GMOD) Summer School,
a training course in genetic and genomic software
to be held at the National Evolutionary Synthesis
Center (NESCent) in Durham, North Carolina, July 19–23, 2013.
The GMOD Summer School is the best way to learn how
to install, configure, and use popular GMOD tools,
including GBrowse, JBrowse, Galaxy, MAKER, Tripal,
WebApollo, and Chado; courses are
taught by the tool developers, and there will be evening
sessions for those who want to work on their own data or
troubleshoot issues with the developers. Application
is competitive. Interested participants are encouraged
to apply early. Application deadline: Monday,
June 10, 2013.
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