For Immediate Release
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Genetics Society of America announces results of election for new Board members
Lynn Cooley will serve as 2016 Vice-President, 2017 President
BETHESDA, MD – The Genetics Society of America (GSA) is pleased to announce the election of six new members to its Board of Directors. The new members include a Vice-President, who will serve as President of the Society in 2017, a Secretary, and four Directors:
The newly elected board members begin their tenure on January 1, 2016, and will remain on the GSA Board through December 31, 2018.
"We are honored that these talented and committed scientists will be joining the Society leadership," said Adam P. Fagen, PhD, GSA's Executive Director. "It is clear that the new members will continue the strong tradition established by current and previous Board members of enhancing our service to the genetics community and raising the visibility of our field."
Learn more about the newly elected leadership below:
New Members of the GSA Board of Directors
Vice President (and President-Elect): Lynn Cooley, PhD
C.N.H. Long Professor of Genetics
Professor of Cell Biology and Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology
Dean, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Lynn Cooley is a Drosophila researcher at Yale University, where she serves as the Dean of the Graduate School for Arts and Sciences, C.N.H. Long Professor of Genetics, and Professor of Cell Biology and Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology. Her research involves the mechanisms controlling oocyte growth in the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster. Dr. Cooley is eager to work with the GSA Board to promote the enormous benefits of genetic approaches to understanding biological mechanisms. She wrote in her candidacy statement that "my top priority is to work with the GSA to advocate strongly for genetics and the tremendous value of basic research. I am very interested in the potential of amplifying these messages through coordinated efforts among model system communities." Dr. Cooley has served GSA in several leadership positions over the years; she is currently completing a term as a GSA Director, is the current Editor-In-Chief of FlyBook, which just launched publication in GENETICS, and is the Associate Editor of GENETICS. She also served as 2004-2005 President of the North American Drosophila Board of Directors. She is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), a member of the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering, and was a Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences.
Secretary: David Greenstein, PhD
David Greenstein is a C. elegans researcher in the Department of Genetics, Cell Biology, and Development at the University of Minnesota. His major research interest is in the genetic control of germline development in the nematode worm C. elegans, where he has demonstrated that the major sperm protein in this model organism functions as a hormone to promote oocyte meiotic maturation, ovulation, and fertilization. Dr. Greenstein is an Associate Editor of GENETICS, a co-editor of WormBook, and served as an organizer for the 17th International C. elegans Meeting in 2009. He has been honored with an American Chemical Society Undergraduate Award, National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship, National Institutes of Health (NIH)Postdoctoral Fellowship, and an American Cancer Society Research Scholar Award. Dr. Greenstein is enthusiastic to contribute to the advancement of GSA's mission in promoting research, education, and outreach.
Director: JoAnne Engebrecht PhD
University of California, Davis
Director: Erika Matunis, PhD
Institute for Cellular Engineering
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Erika Matunis is a professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine where she uses the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster to understand how stem cells cooperate with their natural microenvironments or niches to sustain adult tissue regeneration. She has been an invited speaker at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), giving the WALS lecture in 2013 and the Sadler Lecturer in 2015. Dr. Matunis has been active in the GSA community, serving as both conference organizer and session chair in previous Drosophila Research Conferences. She also serves on the Advisory Board for the Maryland Science Center's Cellular Universe, as a grant reviewer for various funding agencies including The Wellcome Trust and the NIH, and as a member of the abstract programming committee for the International Society for Stem Cell Research and the American Society for Cell Biology. As a Director, Dr. Matunis looks forward to advocating for the support of model organism research and collaborative interdisciplinary science.
Director: Eric Selker, PhD
University of Oregon
Director: Huntington Willard, PhD
Professor, Department of Human Genetics
University of Chicago
Huntington Willard is a human geneticist by training, who considers the human one of many model organisms in which to explore the genetics, genomics, and epigenetics of complex species. His research focuses on complex genome organization and its impact on gene expression and genome biology in humans, mammals, yeast, and marine organisms. he currently serves as the President and Director of The Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA, and Professor of Human Genetics at the University of Chicago. Dr. Willard has been an active member of the genetics community throughout his career, serving on multiple editorial boards, grant review panels, and committees such as the Secretary's Advisory Committee on Genetics, Health & Society at the Department of Health and Human Services. He also served as the 2001 President of GSA's sister organization, the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG). He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Science as well as a AAAS Fellow. Dr. Willard has been honored with several awards, the most recent of which is ASHG's Arno Motulsky-Barton Childs Award for Excellence in Human Genetics Education. As a Director, he hopes to encourage the integration of research and education at all levels.
The new officers and directors join the following continuing members of the Board of Directors:
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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.