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2018 awards for Best Graduate Student Paper in MBE and GBE

We are pleased to announce the 2018 awards for Best Graduate Student Paper in the SMBE journals Molecular Biology and Evolution, and Genome Biology and Evolution. The prize for each of these awards will be presented at the SMBE 2018 meeting awards ceremony, and provide recognition for outstanding student papers published in the calendar year prior to the meeting.

Molecular Biology and Evolution Best Graduate Student Paper Award 2018: Rémi Allio

Molecular Biology and Evolution Best Graduate Paper Award 2018 Presented To Rémi Allio for "Large variation in the ratio of mitochondrial to nuclear mutation rate across animals: implications for genetic diversity and the use of mitochondrial DNA as a molecular marker", published in MBE 2017. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28981721

Genome Biology and Evolution Best Graduate Student Paper Award 2018: Philipp Brand


Genome Biology and Evolution Best Graduate Paper Award 2018 Presented To Philipp Brand for “The evolutionary dynamics of the odorant receptor gene family in corbiculate bees”, published in GBE 2017. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28854688

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  • Wednesday, July 04, 2018
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SMBE 2018 Faculty Awards

Congratulations to the winners of the SMBE 2018 annual faculty awards! 




2018 SMBE Allan Wilson Junior Award for Independent Research Winner: Melissa Wilson Sayres, Arizona State University

Dr. Melissa Wilson Sayres is an Assistant Professor in the School of Life Sciences and Center for Evolution and Medicine at Arizona State University. Broadly, her laboratory analyzes large-scale genomic and transcriptomic datasets to study sex-specific processes. The Wilson Sayres laboratory studies how sex chromosomes arise and evolve, utilizes sex chromosomes to understand population history, and is working to incorporate genetic and phenotypic sex as a biological variable in health and disease research. She received her B.S. in Medical Mathematics from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, her Ph.D. in Integrative Biology: Bioinformatics & Genomics from The Pennsylvania State University working with Dr. Kateryna Makova, and studied as a Miller postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, Berkeley with Rasmus Nielsen. Her laboratory and research are currently supported by an NIH NIGMS R35 Maximizing Investigators’ Research Award, the Leakey Foundation, and a Heritage grant from Arizona Game and Fish. 


2018 Margaret Dayhoff Mid-Career Award Winner: Matthew W. Hahn

Matthew W. Hahn is a Professor of Biology and Computer Science at Indiana University. He got his B.S. from Cornell University working with Rick Harrison, his Ph.D. from Duke University working with Mark Rausher, and was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, Davis working with Chuck Langley and John Gillespie. His research uses population genetic and phylogenetic approaches to understand adaptation, speciation, and the evolution of genes and genomes.  


2018 SMBE Motoo Kimura Lifetime Contribution Award Winner: Tomoko Ohta

I was born in 1933, and graduated from the University of Tokyo in 1956. At that time, female students were very few in Japanese Universities, and it was difficult to get a good job in a professional field. I spent a few years at the publishing company doing editorial tasks such as proof-reading. I was not good at this job and was looking for a research position at a university or an institute. Fortunately, the Kihara Institute for Biological Research moved from Kyoto to Yokohama and I was hired. There I worked on plant cytogenetics. Then I had a chance to study at North Carolina State University. After finishing my PhD in 1966, I found a position at the Kimura Laboratory of the National Institute of Genetics, Mishima, Japan, where I started research life on molecular evolution and population genetics. It was a good time to start research in this field, because Kimura was thinking to examine biochemical data from the standpoint of population genetics. He proposed the neutral theory of molecular evolution in

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  • Thursday, April 05, 2018
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SMBE Undergraduate Travel and Mentoring Awards

Deadline extended



The Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution offers travel awards for undergraduate students to attend their annual meeting and recent mentoring there, this year in Yokohama, Japan (http://smbe2018.jp). Eligibility includes Masters students under a 3+2 system. Eligibility is based on status at the time of application.

Awardees will receive 1500-2000 USD ($) toward travel and registration fees (the larger amount is for long-haul travel, the smaller for within Australasia). You will also be assigned a mentor at the meeting to advise you and to introduce you to potential collaborators, PhD supervisors, etc. You will also participate in the meeting’s poster session with a poster you will prepare on your research.

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  • Monday, January 29, 2018
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Nominations Requested for Prestigious SMBE Awards

SMBE honors outstanding researchers each year with four distinctive awards. They are the:

  • Allen Wilson Junior Award for Independent Research
  • Margaret Dayoff Mid-Career Award
  • Motoo Kimura Lifetime Contribution Award
  • SMBE Community Service Award
SMBE is now calling for nominations for these awards and is asking you to consider nominating a worthy colleague.

The nominations will be due on January 19, 2018.


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  • Wednesday, December 20, 2017
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Plan to Participate - SMBE 2018 in Yokohama, Japan

SMBE2018, Yokohama, Japan, website is live

http://smbe2018.jp/

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  • Friday, August 04, 2017
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SMBE satellite symposium on Molecular Evolution and Medicine

SMBE members are invited to attend a two-day symposium on Molecular Evolution and Medicine. SMBE members will receive a 50% discount on the registration fee if they use the TEMPLE50 discount code.

Location: Temple University, Philadelphia, USA
Program (Day 1): September 16, 2017: Molecular Evolution informs Medicine talks and posters (Temple sponsored)
Program (Day 2): September 17, 2017: Molecular Evolutionary Genetics (Nei Celebration; SMBE sponsored)

Program information is listed at http://igem.temple.edu/mem/program (>40 speakers)

To register, click on http://igem.temple.edu/mem/registration (use discount code TEMPLE50)

To present a contributed talk or poster, visit http://igem.temple.edu/mem/abstracts (deadline August 15)



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  • Friday, August 04, 2017
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