July 31, 2013


Job Opportunities with GSA

Communications and Engagement Manager

The Genetics Society of America (GSA) is seeking a forward-looking scientist to develop and implement the Society’s communications strategies as Communications and Engagement Manager. This new position will expand and enhance GSA’s communications activities and involve the genetics community more closely in the work of the Society.  He or she will manage GSA's communications through various electronic and print platforms, promote awareness of and interest in the Society and genetics in general, and enhance member engagement and outreach.  The ideal candidate will combine a background in genetics with demonstrated experience in communications, science writing, outreach, or public relations. He or she will bring a passion for science and a deep commitment to engaging members of the genetics community.

An advanced degree in genetics or a related field is preferred, as is familiarity with GSA or similar scientific organizations.  Interested individuals should apply with a letter outlining qualifications and interest in the position, curriculum vitae, and a brief portfolio highlighting relevant writing and/or communications experience. Additional information is available from FASEB. Equal Opportunity Employer.

Journals Assistant Editor

and G3: Genes|Genomes|Genetics, the journals of the Genetics Society of America, are seeking a Journals’ Assistant Editor to work with the Editors-in-Chief (EiCs), Senior Editors and the Executive Editor to fulfill our mission to identify and communicate significant discoveries and advances in genetics.  The Journals’ Assistant Editor will be an integral part of our editorial team, working closely with the Editorial Board and staff to increase the profile and impact of the GSA Journals by helping to recruit new submissions, identify new content, perform viability and market analyses on suggested topics in genetics and genomics (and related subjects) as it relates to publication, and broadcast our journals to new audiences.

Candidates must have a PhD in genetics or a related field, strong interpersonal skills, be an accomplished written and oral communicator, appreciate the thrills and trials of discovery, exude enthusiasm for science, and have the talent and energy for forming and maintaining relationships with the scientific community. A detailed job description can be found here. Apply with a cover letter, resume, salary history, and two or three writing samples at this website. Additional information is available from FASEB. Equal Opportunity Employer.


GSA Awards

Honor your colleagues who have demonstrated outstanding contributions to the field of genetics, to the community of geneticists or in genetics education by nominating them for any of the five annual GSA Awards: the Thomas Hunt Morgan Medal; the Genetics Society of America Medal; the George W. Beadle Award; the Elizabeth W. Jones Award for Excellence in Education; and the Edward Novitski Prize. In order to help provide a diverse pool of nominees that represents the excellence in our discipline, GSA especially encourages the nomination of women and deserving individuals from groups traditionally underrepresented in science

The GSA Journals

In the current issue of GENETICS, three interesting articles investigate the genomic prediction of traits.  Valente et al. (and see Commentary by Rousset) assess whether the use of structural equation models, which can convey causal relationships among traits, improves predictions. Gianola explores the role of prior assumptions in Bayesian whole-genome regression models, finding that claims made about genetic architecture using these methods must be taken with caution. And finally, Habier et al. look into the black box of Genomic-BLUP, a statistical method that uses relationships between individuals calculated from single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) to capture relationships at quantitative trait loci (QTL).

Congratulations to G3: Genes|Genomes|Genetics, which in July has seen its highest rate of manuscript submissions ever!  G3 is published by GSA with a dedicated focus on genetics and genomics. G3 is open access, has a fast time-to-decision, and offers early online publication within a week of acceptance. Why have your research get lost in a sea of papers in a mega-journal?  Consider submitting your next manuscript to G3óbecause your research is important to you, itís important to us!  Pre-submission enquiries are encouraged.

Professional Development

GSA invites trainee members to serve the Society as an advisory representative directly to the GSA Board of Directors or to contribute to one of the Society’s committees. Selected graduate student or postdoc applicants will be directly engaged in helping set GSA priorities and guide its activities. To indicate interest in this new leadership opportunity, complete the online application no later than August 30, 2013. In addition to answering a few questions and providing a CV, applicants will be asked for the names of two references who can speak to your abilities related to professional and/or volunteer service. Appointments are anticipated to be two years in length.

Radhika Nagpal, a young faculty member at Harvard University, has written a guest blog post for Scientific American about coping successfully with tenure-track faculty life.  Her advice and insights have struck a chord with many GSA members on social media, and include rules such as “stop taking advice” and “decide that this is a 7-year postdoc.”

GSA Members in the News

Three members of the GSA community have been named as recipients of the 2013 Warren Alpert Foundation Prize: David Botstein, Ronald W. Davis, and David S. Hogness. The three are honored "for their seminal contributions to the concepts and methods of creating a genetic map in the human, leading to the identification of thousands of disease genes." For more information about the winners, the prize, and 2014 nominations, please click here.

Awards and Fellowships

The Burroughs Wellcome Fund is accepting preproposals for its Career Awards at the Scientific Interface, which provide $500,000 to bridge advanced postdoc training and early career faculty service. The awards are intended for researchers or engineers with backgrounds in the physical/mathematical/computational sciences whose current work addresses biological questions.  Candidates must be dedicated to pursuing a career in academic research.  Preproposals are due by September 3, 2013.

The American Society for Microbiology is seeking a recent science PhD graduate or an early postdoctoral fellow to support ASM mentoring initiatives.  The ASM Mentoring Fellow will work with ASM committees and their Education Board to develop society-wide, evidence-based, structured mentoring programs.  The application deadline is August 31, 2013.


The Obama Administration released a plan in April that would radically realign the government’s investment in STEM education while trying to eliminate ineffective and redundant programs.  However, several congressional panels as well as some leaders in STEM education have rejected the plan, saying that the administration did not consult experts in the field before trying to cut programs.

A postdoctoral researcher wrote a guest column for the Seattle Times describing how the cuts to NIH research are making it more and more difficult for young scientists to keep doing basic biomedical research as they further their careers.  Indeed, this is a shared concern, as evidenced by the nearly 20,000 emails generated by a FASEB e-action alert in support of increased NIH funding.

And finally…

Some recent highlights from the GSA social networking platforms.  Join us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn:

Do you have a brief announcement to submit to GSA e-News?
E-news items include news about GSA members Ė new positions, book publication, awards or grants received and obits; short policy items; brief research news items and grant programs; and, award nomination announcements.

Deadline for next issue: August 9, 2013.  Send items to Beth Ruedi, eruedi@genetics-gsa.org.