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Genetics Society of America announces Spring 2013 DeLill Nasser Travel Award recipients

BETHESDA, MD January 3, 2013 The Genetics Society of America (GSA) is pleased to announce the selection of 10 early career researchers five graduate students and five postdoctoral researchers as recipients of a Spring 2013 DeLill Nasser Award for Professional Development in Genetics. The award is a $1,000 travel grant for each researcher to attend any national or international meeting, conference or laboratory course that will enhance his or her career.

"Each round, the review committee has a tough job selecting the most deserving applicants from among the many strong applications," said Adam Fagen, PhD, Executive Director. "These 10 recipients represent just a small sample of the excellence found among grad students and postdocs in our community, ensuring a strong future for the field of genetics."

The DeLill Nasser Award was established by GSA in 2001 to honor its namesake, DeLill Nasser (1929-2000), a long-time GSA member who provided critical support to many early career researchers during her 22 years as program director in eukaryotic genetics at the National Science Foundation. Since the formation of this award, nearly 100 graduate students and postdocs have received funding for travel to further their career goals and enhance their education. The program is supported by GSA, and with charitable donations from members of the genetics community.

The 10 recipients of the spring 2013 DeLill Nasser Awards, their institutions and the conference or lab course each intends to attend are listed below.

Graduate Students

Daniel K. Bricker, University of Utah School of Medicine, Salt Lake City
54th Annual Drosophila Research Conference, April 3-7, 2013, Washington, DC

Russ Corbett-Detig, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
54th Annual Drosophila Research Conference, April 3-7, 2013, Washington, DC

Maria N. Hindt, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH
International Conference on Arabidopsis, June 24-28, 2013, Sydney, Australia

Kathy Ngo, University of California, Los Angeles
2013 Gordon Research Conference on Developmental Biology, June 30July 5, 2013, Lucca, Italy

Mengshu Xu, University of Toronto, Canada
EMBO Conference Series: Chromatin and Epigenetics, May 8-12, 2013, Heidelberg, Germany

Postdoctoral Researchers

Wen Huang, PhD, North Carolina State University, Raleigh
54th Annual Drosophila Research Conference, April 3-7, 2013, Washington, DC

Alysia Mortimer, PhD, Emory University, Atlanta, GA
54th Annual Drosophila Research Conference, April 3-7, 2013, Washington, DC

Olga S. Novikova, PhD, University at Albany, NY
27th Fungal Genetics Conference, March 12-17, 2013, Pacific Grove, CA

Jason Slot, PhD, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
27th Fungal Genetics Conference, March 12-17, 2013, Pacific Grove, CA

Robert Unckless, PhD, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
54th Annual Drosophila Research Conference, April 3-7, 2013, Washington, DC

Members of the DeLill Nasser Award Selection Committee reviewed the applications for this cycle. They included: Chair Sue Wessler, PhD (University of California, Riverside), and members Tim Christensen, PhD (East Carolina University, Greenville, NC); Marnie Halpern, PhD (Carnegie Institute for Science); R. Scott Hawley, PhD (Stowers Institute for Medical Research); Kristin Latham, PhD (Western Oregon University); Terry Orr-Weaver, PhD (Whitehead Institute and MIT); Helen K. Salz, PhD (Case Western Reserve University); and Jeffrey Williams Thomas, PhD, nephew of DeLill Nasser.

Up to 25 graduate students and postdoctoral researchers receive DeLill Nasser Awards annually to assist them in acquiring career enrichment. For more information about these awards, visit the GSA website at


Contact: Phyllis Edelman
Genetics Society of America

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