Community Special Events and Awards
James F. Crow Early Career Researcher Award
Professor James F. Crow’s contributions to the field of genetics were impactful and innumerable. Crow and his students revealed the rates
and fitness consequences of mutations, discovered segregation distorter loci, and began the characterization of P transposable elements,
using Drosophila melanogaster as a model system. His theoretical achievements included laying the foundation for the neutral theory of
molecular evolution, reformulating the concept of genetic load, and understanding the effects of inbreeding on genetic variation. Crow’s
textbook “An Introduction to Population Genetics Theory,” published in 1970 with Motoo Kimura, remains the gold standard text for theoretical
population genetics today. With Bill Dove, Crow co-edited the monthly “Perspectives” section of GENETICS for more than 20 years.
Crow’s own written contributions to the section (45 articles) masterfully situated controversies and leaders in genetics in their historical
Crow seamlessly integrated research with outstanding teaching and a passion for public service. Crow excelled at explaining genetic concepts
to a wide range of audiences, making him an unusually effective and popular teacher. He spoke to people he met in the community with
the same admiration and excitement with which he greeted his scientific colleagues. Crow was that rare colleague whom everyone loved:
a model scientist and an exemplary human.
Crow considered his students to be his greatest gift to science. It is in this spirit that the Genetics Society of America presents the
James F. Crow Early Career Researcher Award to honor and celebrate Crow’s legacy. Finalists for the Crow Award will present their research
in a high-profile PEQG session. The overall winner will be selected by the conference keynote speakers.
To be eligible to apply you must:
- be a GSA member;
- be a student or recent PhD (PhD awarded after January 2018);
- conduct population, evolutionary, or quantitative genetics research;
- and have submitted an abstract for presentation at TAGC 2020 under the Population, Evolutionary, and Quantitative Genetics category.
More information about application deadlines and materials will be available in Fall 2019.
Previous recipients and finalists
Katherine Xue, University of Washington
Jeremy Berg, Columbia University
Alison F. Feder, Stanford University
Amy Goldberg, University of California, Berkeley
Emily B. Josephs, University of California, Davis
Emily C. Moore, North Carolina State University
Sarah Sander, Cornell University
Matthew S. Ackerman, Indiana University, Bloomington
Emily Behrman, University of Pennsylvania
Heath Blackmon, University of Minnesota
Gili Greenbaum, Ben-Gurion University
Sandeep Venkataram, Stanford University
Ensure the sustainability of this community award by contributing to the Crow Award Fund. GSA is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Contributions
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