2018 Genetics Recruitment Symposium

20 Feb

February 2nd, 2018 the Genetics Program hosted 11 potential students at the Genetics Recruitment Symposium.

Many GGSA members participated in both poster presentations and oral platforms displaying the wide range of fields and projects the Genetics Program covers.

And the winners are:

Oral Platforms/Flash Talks
1st Place: Jessica Elswood ($500; left) – Powering Lactation: Where Mitophagy and Mitochondrial Dynamics Meet
2nd Place & People’s Choice Award: Samantha Iiams ($300 & $100; right) – RNA-seq in Seasonal Forms of Monarch Butterfly Reveals a Possible Role of the Vitamin A Pathway in Regulating Insect Photoperiodic Responses
3rd Place tie: Caitlin Curry ($100 each; center) – A Century of Conservation Genetics of African Lions (Panthera leo)
3rd Place tie: Carolina Mantilla-Rojas ($100 each; not pictured) – Progression of colorectal cancer through epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR)-independent mechanisms

 

Poster Presentations
1st Place: Heather Eggleston ($300; not pictured) – Identifying Heme Importers and Exporters through RNA Seq Analysis in Aedes aegypti
2nd Place: Rebecca Booth ($200; center) – How HOX Proteins Regulate DNA Binding
3rd Place: Diana Medina ($150; right) – Small Regulatory RNA (sRNA) in Borrelia burgdorferi is Required for Optimal Infectivity 
People Choice Award: Alexandra Trott ($100; left) – Molecular Characterization of the Effects of Shift Work and Food Consumption on Metabolic and Cardiovascular Functions in the Rat

Teaching Awards were also given out to two outstanding teaching assistants who taught the Genetics Laboratory course Fall 2017. Casy Pflug (right) won the Student’s Choice Teaching Award ($500) and the Award for Teaching Excellence ($500) went to Collin Osborne (left) for his exceptional work with his students. These two went above and beyond in teaching the Genetics course.

A special THANK YOU to Scott Pearson for running the poster and flash talk competition and Joseph Dubie for being our fearless leader during Recruitment.

Recruitment Symposium Call for Abstracts is NOW OPEN!
The deadline for abstracts is December 22nd, 2017 at 5pm. This should still be plenty of time to put together a 150-word abstract. The guidelines for submitting an abstract are outlined below. You can submit your abstract through google forms:
or, if that is not working, you can e-mail them to Joseph (dubiejoe@tamu.edu).
Guidelines:
Your name
Title
Abstract (maximum 150 words)
What’s your preference? Poster, talk or both?By participating, you enter yourself into the competition to win the following prizes!Oral Presentation:

1st Place:  $500
2nd Place: $300
3rd Place:  $200
People Choice Award:  $100
Poster Presentation:
1st Place:  $300
2nd Place: $200
3rd Place:  $150
People Choice Award:  $100
The winners of the Award of Teaching Excellence and Students’ Choice Teaching Award will also be announced and receive plaques. Also, by entering into the oral presentation (which has much better prizes!) you will no longer be competing for the poster presentation awards. However, we strongly encourage you all to participate in both, as the poster presentations give you an excellent chance to interact with the recruits and provide feedback on your opinions of them.

It’s that time of year again, time to submit your abstracts for the Recruitment Symposium on February 2, 2018. We are looking for both talks and posters. The duration of the talks will once again be 5 minutes, with a maximum of 3 slides (including the title slide). For both posters and talks, the awards will be comparable to last year. More information about the exact prize support will be coming soon.

To be eligible to participate send the following information to Joe by e-mail (dubiejoe@tamu.edu) by Friday, Jan 12th at 5pm:

Your name
* Title
* Abstract (maximum 150 words)
* What’s your preference? Poster or talk?
* Would you be interested in doing both?

You can email Joe with any additional questions.

Congratulations to the inaugural class of Genetics Fellows!
2017 Genetics Fellows
Wesley Brashear (Bill Murphy)
David Forgacs (Jim Derr)
Ramesh Gunaratna (Robin Fuchs-Young)
Scott Pearson (Weston Porter)
Carolina Rojas (David Threadgill)
Alexandra Trott (Jerome Menet)

2017 Genetics Recruitment Symposium

24 Feb

February 10th, 2017 GGSA hosted 20 potential students with the Genetics Recruitment Symposium.

14 GGSA members participated in both poster presentations and oral platforms displaying the wide range of fields and projects the Genetics Program covers.

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And the winners are:

Poster Presentations
1st Place: Kathy Scienski ($300) – Bovine chromosome 6 associated with gray coat color in Nellore-Angus cattle
2nd Place: Camille Duran ($200) – Noncanonical NF-kappaB signaling enhances invasion, pseudopodia formation and ITGA11 expression in glioma
3rd Place: Jessica Elswood ($150) – Got Milk? Enhancing Lactation by Promoting Mitochondrial Differentiation
People Choice Award: Scott Pearson ($100) – Novel ATM Response Element Bridges Gap Between EMT and DNA Damage Response Pathway

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From Left: Kathy Scienski, Scott Pearson, Jessica Elswood, Camille Duran

Oral Platforms/Flash Talks
1st Place: Camille Duran ($500) – Noncanonical NF-kappaB signaling enhances invasion, pseudopodia formation and ITGA11 expression in glioma
2nd Place: Alexandra Trott ($300) – Regulation of the Mammalian Circadian Clock Transcriptional Output by CLOCK:BMAL1
3rd Place tie: Jessica Elswood – Got Milk? Enhancing Lactation by Promoting Mitochondrial Differentiation
3rd Place tie: Scott Pearson ($100 each) – Novel ATM Response Element Bridges Gap Between EMT and DNA Damage Response Pathway
People Choice Award: Hilary Scott ($100) – The split personality of Sialylation in the Drosophila nervous system: A bi-partite mechanism for regulating neural networks

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From Left: Hilary Scott, Alexandra Trott, Scott Pearson, Jessica Elswood, Camile Duran

Teaching Awards were also given out to two outstanding TA’s who taught the Genetic Laboratory course Fall 2016. Hilary Scott, who has taught a remarkable 8 semesters of the course, won the Student’s Choice Teaching Award ($500). The Award for Teaching Excellence ($500) went to GGSA Recruitment Officer, Samantha Peeler-Fletcher, for her exceptional work with her students. These two went above and beyond in teaching the Genetics course.