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Fernando Pardo-Manuel de Villena - Chair
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Dmitri Petrov - Co-Chair
Stanford University

Matthew Hahn
Indiana University

Hopi Hoekstra
Harvard University

Lauren M. McIntyre
University of Florida

Matt Rockman
New York University

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Special Events

New Faculty Forum

Thursday, May 17, 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Your first faculty appointment brings many new challenges. Network, learn, and find support at the New Faculty Forum, a one-day workshop designed for new faculty (those within the first five years of their appointment) and advanced postdocs. Attendees will discuss common challenges, share their elevator pitches, and have opportunities to learn about:

  • tools and techniques for managing budgets effectively;
  • tips for negotiating and establishing relationships with vendors;
  • how to be a supportive mentor;
  • the basics of designing and teaching a new course;
  • and more!

This focused event will allow you to form a strong network of peers with whom you can continue to collaborate, commiserate, and celebrate long after the meeting ends. A closing networking social will also allow you to connect with more established researchers. Lunch will be provided.

Advance registration required. If you did not sign up for the Forum during registration for the conference, you can sign up here.

Fee: $100. Limited Attendance.

GENETICS Peer Review Training Workshop

Sunday, May 13, 1:30–5:30 p.m

This workshop will provide an introduction to peer reviewing for early career researchers, including graduate students. Led by GENETICS editors, the workshop will cover best practices and reviewing exercises. Becoming a better reviewer will help you hone some of the skills central to scientific success, including critical thinking, evaluating research, providing helpful feedback, and understanding the mindset and expectations of peer reviewers and editors.

Advance registration required. If you did not sign up for this workshop during registration for the conference, you can sign up here.

Fee: $75. Limited attendance.

Mixer on Lake Mendota

Join your colleagues on the campus of the University of Wisconsin, Madison for a final night mixer. What could be better than an old-fashioned tailgate? How about the sun setting over Lake Mendota at the Memorial Union Terrace (listed as one of the top five things to do in Madison on Trip Advisor)! And while there will be plenty to satisfy your hunger and thirst, if you are not ready for the night to end, you'll walk by dozens of restaurants, bars, coffee houses, and nightlife on your way back to the hotel.

Advance registration required.

Fee: $50.

Student and postdoc member benefit: Invite poster viewers

Amplify your work and seek expert feedback by inviting specific scientists to attend your poster presentation.

  • Undergraduate student, graduate student, and postdoctoral GSA members may invite up to three scientists to attend their poster.
  • You may invite faculty, industry researchers, or fellow early career researchers who have registered for the meeting.
  • Please note that GSA cannot guarantee meeting attendance of any particular person.
  • GSA will reach out to these scientists and invite them to attend the meeting and your poster.
  • Your abstract and contact details will be included in the invitation.

Student and postdoc members: once you have submitted your abstracts, apply here. Deadline: April 30, 2018.

A community-oriented approach to build and support women in science

Monday, May 14, 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Organizer: Nadia Singh, University of Oregon

The goal of this event is to create a sense of community that empowers and inspires women to take control of their careers by building community support networks. With Katie Peichel (University of Bern), Laurie Stevison (Auburn University), Heather Fiumera(Binghamton University-SUNY), and Nadia Singh.

1st Floor, Senate Room

Developing your teaching philosophy

Monday, May 14, 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Organizer: Jessica Maher, University of Wisconsin- Madison

A teaching philosophy statement is a common element in academic job or award applications, but can prove challenging to write. In this workshop, we will explore elements of compelling teaching statements, and discuss how to demonstrate evidence of effective teaching that is tailored for different audiences. Participants will have the opportunity to reflect on their own teaching practices, and consider how they might get started writing or polishing an existing teaching statement.

2nd Floor, Conference Room I

GENETICS Discussion 1

Monday, May 14, 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Featured authors: Robert L. Unckless, University of Kansas, Andrew G. Clark, Cornell University, Philipp W. Messer, Cornell University

Early Career Facilitator: Jessica Velez, University of Tennessee, Oak Ridge Laboratory

Featured article: Evolution of Resistance Against CRISPR/Cas9 Gene Drive

Join featured GENETICS authors to explore the stories behind the scientific discoveries. These discussions provide unique opportunities to talk directly to the authors for deeper understanding of the data, methods, advancements, and future directions.

2nd Floor, Conference Room II

Navigating the career decision-making process

Monday, May 14, 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Organizers: Sonia Hall, Genetics Society of America, Jackie Bubnell, Cornell University

This interactive career planning workshop will engage participants in thinking about how their skills, interests, and values can be used to inform their career planning and decisions.

2nd Floor, Conference Room III

Publishing Q&A

Tuesday, May 15, 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Lost in publication? Not ready to publish yet, but curious about the peer-review process? Students and postdocs are invited to join journal editors, including editors and editorial staff from the GSA journals GENETICS and G3: Genes|Genomes|Genetics, over breakfast to discuss the ins-and-outs of getting your articles published. All questions welcome!

2nd Floor, University Rooms

Beyond the scholarly article: Reaching a broad audience through book publishing

Tuesday, May 15, 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Organizers: Dennis Lloyd, University of Wisconsin PressNathan MacBrien, Northwestern University Press

1st Floor, Senate Room

Looking for a mentor to help you incorporate active learning in classrooms?

Tuesday, May 15, 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Organizers: Sue Wick, University of Minnesota and Christopher Baker, The Jackson Laboratory

You may have seen data clearly showing how incorporation of active learning techniques increases student performance and decreases the number of D, F, and W grades in STEM courses, but feel that implementing these methods on your own can be daunting. This session will provide information about an NSF-funded, one-on-one teaching mentoring program, Promoting Active Learning and Mentoring (PALM).

2nd Floor, Conference Room I

GENETICS Discussion 2

Tuesday, May 15, 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Featured Author: Luke M. Noble, New York University

Early Career Facilitator: Andrea Hodgins-Davis, University of Michigan

Featured article: Polygenicity and Epistasis Underlie Fitness-Proximal Traits in the Caenorhabditis elegans Multiparental Experimental Evolution (CeMEE) Panel

2nd Floor, Conference Room II

GENETICS Discussion 3

Tuesday, May 15, 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Featured Authors: Elizabeth King, University of Missouri, Enoch Ng’oma, University of Missouri

Early Career Facilitator: Ben Harrison, University of Washington

Featured article: Genetic Dissection of Nutrition-Induced Plasticity in Insulin/Insulin-Like Growth Factor Signaling and Median Life Span in a Drosophila Multiparent Population

2nd Floor, Conference Room V

Talk science to me: How to start science outreach in your own community

Tuesday, May 15, 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Organizers: Adam Ramsey, Co-Chair, GSA Communication and Outreach Committee and Jessica Velez, Co-Chair, GSA Communication and Outreach Committee

Are you interested in science outreach? Perhaps you’re not sure where to start, or nervous about the questions you might receive, or not sure how to target your audience. Join us as we dismantle the barriers to starting your own outreach initiations in your local community, discuss the realities of speaking with your community, and share our personal stories of science outreach success.

2nd Floor, Conference Room III

Data management for reproducibility and re-usability

Tuesday, May 15, 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Organizer: Jan Cheetham, University of Wisconsin- Madison

As the research landscape continues to produce more data, practices become increasingly computational and expectations of sharing, re-usability, and reproducibility become more prevalent, research data management has become an ever increasingly popular topic. Research Data Services will introduce research data management best practices for attendees, as well as focus in on critical areas such as documentation, sharing, and minimum standards for reproducibility.

Presenters: Jan Cheetham, Cameron Cook, Trisha Adamus

1st Floor, Assembly Room

Science Slam

Wednesday, May 16, 11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

The #PEQG18 Science Slam is your opportunity to step away from the bench and computer to show the community the importance of your work and earn bragging rights for your lab! Even if you don’t want to present, please come and cheer your peers on!


  1. 3-minute time limit
  2. Presentation must be original
  3. No props (including technology) permitted
  4. Lab and individual entries welcome

2nd Floor, Capitol Ballroom

Writing scientific papers

Wednesday, May 16, 11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Organizer: Kristi Montooth, University of Nebraska, Lincoln

Regardless of whether one loves or hates to write, writing well challenges everyone. And, while there is no one way to write a scientific paper, there are better and worse strategies to produce an excellent paper. In this workshop, we will focus on writing as a practice and debunk common myths that prevent productive writing. We will then discuss what makes a better or worse introduction. Come prepared for an active lunch hour, and bring a laptop or tablet for collaborative editing of GENETICS papers.

Conference Room IV

GENETICS Discussion 4

Wednesday, May 16, 11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Featured Author: Dahlia M. Nielsen, North Carolina State University

Early Career Facilitator: Mark G. Sterken, Wageningen University

Featured Article: Networks Underpinning Symbiosis Revealed Through Cross-Species eQTL Mapping

2nd Floor, Conference Room II

Careers in publishing

Organizer: Toni Gunnison, Journals Manager, University of Wisconsin Press

Join us for a panel discussion to explore a diverse range of careers in publishing. Gain a deeper understanding of the skills and experience needed, day-to-day responsibilities, and pathways to success.

Panelists: Amber J. Rose – Acquisitions Assistant (U of Wisconsin Press)Danielle Pacha – Managing Editor (A-R Editions)

Elizabeth Gebhardt – Managing Editor (Alliance of Crop, Soil, and Environmental Science Societies)

Abby Morrison – Publication Systems Assistant (Alliance of Crop, Soil, and Environmental Science Societies)

2nd Floor, Conference Room III