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AIBS Recognizes Four New Members

September 1, 2009

 

AIBS is pleased to announce that four new organizations have become member societies of AIBS.

Grambling State University, Department of Biological Sciences. The Department of Biological Sciences at Grambling State University (GSU) has recently joined AIBS. The Biological Sciences Department, which is headed by Felix I. Ifeanyi, aims to (a) provide an intellectual climate for the development of critical thinking; (b) provide training in preprofessional areas of study; (c) provide training for in-service secondary school biology teachers; (d) offer service courses for nonmajors; and (e) share knowledge through community service, seminars, and workshops. The department offers concentrations in general biology and wildlife biology. Additionally, an active biology club at GSU encourages cooperation and friendship among biology majors to assist students in preparing for the future, to promote an interest in biology and other sciences among college and grade-school students, and to encourage collaboration with other science clubs. For more information about GSU, please visit www.gram.edu.

George Mason University, Undergraduate Biology Program. AIBS is excited to have the undergraduate biology program at George Mason University (GMU) become a part of its membership. The biology program at GMU offers the undergraduate student a comprehensive yet liberal education in the biological sciences. With diverse interests in biology and environmental science, the faculty offer a broad range of courses. Student internships in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area are encouraged to supplement the student's university education. The programs offer field studies in plants, animals, and ecology, and provide the background necessary for careers in many areas of biological science, such as environmental management, microbiology, molecular biology, biotechnology, genetics, secondary education, and medical technology. Students are also prepared for advanced studies in the life sciences, medicine, dentistry, veterinary science, and allied disciplines. For more information about GMU, please visit www.gmu.edu.

Genetics Society of America. AIBS is glad to welcome the Genetics Society of America (GSA) to its membership. The GSA aims to serve researchers, scientists, teachers, engineers, breeders, and geneticists-in-training by (a) facilitating communication between geneticists, (b) promoting research that will bring new discoveries in genetics, (c) fostering the training of the next generation of geneticists so they can effectively respond to the opportunities provided by our discoveries and the challenges posed by them, and (d) educating the public and their government representatives about advances in genetics and the consequences to individuals and to society. The GSA endeavors to be the collective voice of its members on subjects for which a deep knowledge of genetics and biological science is critically important.

Founded in 1931, the GSA is the professional membership organization for geneticists and science educators. Its nearly 4000 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 GSA conferences, including the biennial conference "Model Organisms to Human Biology," an interdisciplinary meeting on current and cutting edge topics in genetics research, as well as annual and biennial meetings that focus on the genetics of particular organisms. The GSA publishes Genetics, the leading journal in the field. For more information about GSA, please visit www.genetics-gsa.org.

Association for Biology Laboratory Education. We are pleased to have the Association for Biology Laboratory Education (ABLE) join AIBS. The ABLE was founded in 1979 to promote information exchange among university and college educators actively concerned with teaching biology in a laboratory setting. The focus of ABLE is to improve the undergraduate biology laboratory experience by promoting the development and dissemination of interesting, innovative, and reliable laboratory exercises. Developing interesting and proven laboratory activities, identifying reliable suppliers of biological materials, maintaining and managing living laboratory organisms, training assistants for laboratory teaching, addressing animal-use issues, and implementing safe laboratory practices are some of the challenges that the organization addresses through its annual conference, its Web site, and its newsletter, Labstracts. For more information about ABLE, please visit www.ableweb.org.

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