For Immediate Release
Monday, December 14, 2015
Early-career scientists selected to serve on the Genetics Society of America Board and Committees
BETHESDA, MD -- The Genetics Society of America (GSA) is pleased to announce the selection of nine new Trainee Representatives who will serve on the GSA Board of Directors and the Society's programmatic committees.
The GSA Trainee Representative program began in 2013 as a way to engage students and postdocs directly in the Society leadership and offer an opportunity for the voices and perspective of early-career scientists to be heard at the Board level.
"It's been great to see the way that the trainee reps have brought great ideas and new energy to the GSA leadership these past few years," said GSA Executive Director Adam P. Fagen, PhD. "These students and postdocs are helping to strengthen the Society's longstanding commitment to our early career members, who make up a growing percentage of our membership."
Trainee representatives were selected through a competitive application process based on demonstrated leadership roles, volunteer service, and letters of recommendation. These new representatives will hold two-year terms beginning January 1, 2016.
GSA's newest Trainee Representatives
Heath Blackmon, PhD
Department of Ecology, Evolution, & Behavior
University of Minnesota
Amanda L. Zacharias, PhD
Department of Genetics
Perelman School of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania
Department of Molecular Biosciences
University of Kansas
Department of Biology & Wildlife and Institute of Arctic Biology
University of Alaska Fairbanks
Alison Gerken, PhD
Department of Molecular Genetics & Microbiology
University of Florida
Delbert A. Green II, PhD
NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Biology
Department of Ecology & Evolution
Faten A. Taki
Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program in Biological Sciences
East Carolina University
Aleeza C. Gerstein, PhD
CIHR Banting Postdoctoral Fellow
Department of Microbiology & Immunology
University of Minnesota
Thomas P. Clements
Program in Biochemistry & Cell Biology
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About the Genetics Society of America (GSA)
Founded in 1931, the Genetics Society of America (GSA) is the professional scientific society for genetics researchers and educators. The Society’s more than 5,500 members worldwide work to deepen our understanding of the living world by advancing the field of genetics, from the molecular to the population level. GSA promotes research and fosters communication through a number of GSA-sponsored conferences including regular meetings that focus on particular model organisms. GSA publishes two peer-reviewed, peer-edited scholarly journals: GENETICS, which has published high quality original research across the breadth of the field since 1916, and G3: Genes|Genomes|Genetics, an open-access journal launched in 2011 to disseminate high quality foundational research in genetics and genomics. The Society also has a deep commitment to education and fostering the next generation of scholars in the field. For more information about GSA, please visit www.genetics-gsa.org.