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2014 Important Dates

Abstract Submission Opens March 21
Conference Registration Opens March 28
Travel Award Application April 24
Abstract Submission Deadline April 24
DeadlineAbstract Revision Deadline April 25
Microphone Runner Application Deadline April 26
Platform/Poster Assignments Online June 8
Abstract Search and Program Planner Online June 25
Early Meeting Registration June 26
Housing Reservation June 26

Education and Professional Development


The following events will be offered at the Yeast Genetics Meeting:

Tuesday, July 29, 2014


GSA Trainee Boot Camp: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Husky Union Building, Room 340

Fee: $40

Based on feedback from trainees both in focus groups and individual conversations, GSA will offer a pre-conference "bootcamp" with a series of professional development workshops. A preliminary agenda is available here. Open to graduate students and Postdocs only. Space is limited to 40 participants.


5:00-6:30 pm: GSA Education Special Interest Group Mixer/Pedagogy Workshop

Husky Union Building, Room 337

Faculty with a passion for genetics education are encouraged to attend this event, where they can mix and mingle with other educators.  Current members of the Education SIG can catch up on actions taken by GSA with regards to the education initiative, and those who are not yet SIG members can learn about the Education SIG.  Information about GSA PREP, the Primers in GENETICS, GSA's editorial partnership with ASCB on CBE-Life Sciences Education, and other education-related opportunities will also be discussed.  From 5:30-6:30, we will have a workshop with four 15-minute presentations focused on pedagogy and best practices in education. 


5:30 Where should I publish my educational materials with GSA? Beth Ruedi


5:45 Development and implementation of a workshop on inclusive teaching for biology teaching assistants by postdoctoral scholars at UCSD Daniel Pollard


6:00 CURE-ing cancer with yeast: Course-based Undergraduate Research Experiences use S. cerevisiae as a model to study anticancer ruthenium complexes

Pamela Hanson


6:15 Methods for overcoming learning barriers in molecular biology Rasmus Frandsen
(Tech Univ of Denmark)

Wednesday, July 30, 2014


The Genetics Conference Experience: 8:30 am – 12:30 pm

The GSA Genetics Conference Experience provides students from genetics classes at local undergraduate institutions with the unique opportunity to observe distinguished career scientists present their current research in a conference setting.  The students, accompanied by their professor, will receive a background lecture and participate in an interactive discussion before attending part of a plenary session.  This informative and engaging program is meant to give students a glimpse into the real world of genetic research, and is NOT intended for students who are already involved in scientific research, but rather will provide students with the opportunity to learn about current scientific research outside of a textbook, witness the communication of scientific research first-hand, and ideally will foster an interest in furthering their science education. It is free of cost, and invitation-only.


Undergraduate Dinner:  6:00 pm – 7:00 pm


Undergraduate researchers attending the conference will network on their own, forming a peer-group that will help provide lasting support for the remainder of the conference. After going through the buffet line, participants should go to the tables designated "Undergraduate Researchers".


Thursday, July 31, 2014


Plenary Session and Workshop for Undergraduate Researchers: 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Kane Hall, Room 210

Undergraduate conference attendees will attend a plenary session with two talks presented at a level appropriate for an undergraduate audience. Participants will then have a chance to talk to a panel of graduate students about applications, interviewing, admission, choosing a lab and quality of life in graduate school.


1:30 Signaling circuits in fungi Paul Cullen


1:50 Beyond Beer and Wine: Isolating wild yeast from unroasted cacao and coffee beans Aimee Dudley

(Pac NW Diabetes Res Inst)

2:15 Graduate Student Panel Panelists:

Mia Jaffe

Laramie Lemon

Zhihao Tan


GSA Career Dinner: 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm 


The GSA Career Dinner is an excellent opportunity for undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows to have informal conversations with senior career scientists regarding the unique challenges and rewards of a scientific career. The dinner is organized by topic table. Topics may include things like: transition to independence, work-family balance, teaching at undergraduate institutions, non-academic careers for scientists, the when, how, and why of networking, dealing with difficult colleagues, etc.


After going through the buffet line, participants should look for topic tables of interest.