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.

The GGSA Research Symposium in BioBio Friday February 10!
The poster competition is from 2-3:30 PM and 5 minute oral platforms are from 3:30-5:00 PM.

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Come support your fellow GGSA members and be sure to fill out your picks for the new category of People’s Choice Awards for both poster presentations and oral platforms! We are also awarding TA awards (Award of Teaching Excellence and the Students’ Choice Teaching Award) to present to two of the Genetics TAs from Fall 2016. Competition winners will be announced following the oral competition around 5 PM.

See competition prizes below (these are different than what is listed on the recruitment schedule but were discussed at the January GGSA meeting).

Poster:
1st Place:  $300
2nd Place: $200
3rd Place:  $150
People’s Choice Award:  $100

Oral:
1st Place:  $500
2nd Place: $300
3rd Place:  $200
People’s Choice Award:  $100
See you there!

2016-2017 GGSA Travel Award Application Now Open

6 Feb

The GGSA Travel Award Application is now officially open! The last day to submit applications is on March 24, 2017 11:59 PM CST. Late applications will not be accepted. Send your applications to me at my email: cmantillar@tamu.edu and have the subject … Read More »