Newswise — The Genetics Society of America is pleased to announce the 2010 Yeast Genetics and Molecular Biology Meeting, July 27-August 1, 2010, at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver, Canada. This biennial meeting brings together investigators studying various aspects of eukaryotic biology in yeast. Program highlights include presentations by three Nobel Laureates and a Canadian astronaut who is also a Member of Parliament.

The 2010 Yeast Genetics and Molecular Biology Meeting is the most important scientific meeting for yeast biologists. Highlights include a symposium featuring Nobel Laureates (2001) Paul Nurse and Lee Hartwell , and Marc Garneau (Canadian astronaut and Member of Parliament), and a lecture by Nobel Laureate (2009) Jack Szostak. In addition, there will be a series of talks by this year’s distinguished group of award winners, special topic workshops, about 90 short talks selected from abstracts, and a banquet at the world renowned Museum of Anthropology.

The UBC campus and Vancouver provide a spectacular setting for this conference. The UBC campus is affordable and provides an opportunity for scientific discussion and interaction, and Vancouver is a dynamic, multicultural city set among majestic mountains, sparkling ocean, rainforests and foliage, making it one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

Representatives of the media are cordially invited to attend the special lectures and symposia, workshops and platform and poster sessions. Please review the Press Information at http://www.yeast-meet.org/2010/pages/media.shtml. If you are interested in attending, you can register for the meeting at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/YeastMedia.

Program Highlights

Tuesday, July 27Ira Herskowitz Award, presented to younger scientists whose cutting edge research and technological innovation has made the most significant impact on the field in the last 20 years.Recipient: Brenda Andrews, Univ of Toronto

Wednesday, July 28Lee Hartwell Lecture, named in honor of Nobel Laureate Lee Hartwell, this award and lecture is presented by scientists whose research in yeast has made the most impact in the broader areas of biology.Presenter: Randy Schekman, Univ of California, Berkeley

Symposium: New Technology/Resources: Organizer: Stan Fields, Univ of Washington, Seattle

Thursday, July 29Special Symposium: Discovery, Research and SocietyPresenters: Paul Nurse, 2001 Nobel Laureate and President, Rockefeller Univ, New York City; Leland Hartwell, 2001 Nobel Laureate and Director, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle; and, Marc Garneau, Canadian astronaut and Member of Parliament.

Genetics Society of America Award Presentation: The Edward Novitski Prize for 2009, given in recognition of his extraordinary creativity and intellectual ingenuity in solving significant problems in genetics research. Recipient: Rodney Rothstein, Columbia Univ, New York City

Friday, July 30Lifetime Achievement Award, for lifetime contributions in the field of yeast genetics and outstanding community service.Recipient: Paul Nurse, Rockefeller Univ, New York City

Genetics Society of America Award Presentation: The 2009 GSA Medal for outstanding contributions in the field for the past 15 years.Recipient: Marian B. Carlson, Columbia Univ, New York City and HHMI

Saturday, July 31Winge-Lindegren Address, presented by those scientists whose significant contributions and unique perspectives have provided exceptional leadership in the field. Presenter: Jasper Rine, Univ of California, Berkeley

Sunday, August 1Presentation of Genetics Society of America Poster Awards

GENERAL PRESS INFORMATION AND REGISTRATION:

The 2010 Yeast Genetics and Molecular Biology Meeting is open to print, online and broadcast news media and freelance science, medical and health writers on a verifiable assignment from an established news source. Complimentary meeting registration will be available to members of the media who provide appropriate press credentials and identification. For Press information, please see http://www.yeast-meet.org/2010/pages/media.shtml.

To register for the meeting, go to http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/YeastMedia.

For all other media inquiries, please contact: Phyllis Edelman, GSA Public Relations and Communications Manager, pedelman@genetics-gsa.org, or phone: 301-634-7302.

ABOUT THE GENETICS SOCIETY OF AMERICA

Founded in 1931, the Genetics Society of America (GSA) is the professional membership organization for geneticists and science educators. Its more than 4,000 members work to advance knowledge in the basic mechanisms of inheritance, from the molecular to the population level. The GSA is dedicated to promoting research in genetics and to facilitating communication among geneticists worldwide through The Genetics Society of America Conferences including the biennial conference on Model Organisms to Human Biology, an interdisciplinary meeting on current and cutting edge topics in genetics research, and annual and biennial meetings that focus on the genetics of particular organisms. GSA publishes GENETICS, the leading journal in the field. For more information about GSA, please visit www.genetics-gsa.org.


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