Katie Dumas appointed advisory member to 2013 Genetics Society of America’s (GSA) Board of Directors
Kathleen Dumas, PhD Candidate in Cellular and Molecular Biology and STPP grad, was selected to serve as an advisory member to the 2013 Genetics Society of America’s (GSA) Board of Directors. Congratulations, Katie!!
Genetics Society of America (GSA) is pleased to announce the selection of two early career scientists, graduate student Kathleen Dumas (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor) and postdoctoral researcher Krista Dobi, PhD (Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York), as advisory representatives to the GSA Board of Directors. These two individuals were selected from among more than 50 of GSA’s graduate student and postdoctoral members who volunteered to serve in leadership positions on the GSA Board of Directors. Additional early career researchers will be selected to contribute to the work of GSA committees.
“GSA has a long history of supporting its early career members through programs and policies that promote the professional development of our student and postdoc members,” said GSA President Phil Hieter, PhD. “The selection of Kathleen and Krista—and their peers on our committees—will ensure that the next generation of geneticists will always be at the table when Society priorities are discussed.”
GSA Executive Director Adam Fagen, PhD, added that “we hope this is just the beginning of more active engagement of our early career members in the work of the Society.” Students and postdoctoral scholars represent nearly half of GSA’s 5,000 members.
Ms. Dumas is a graduate student in the Cell and Molecular Biology Department at the University of Michigan (UM), Ann Arbor, working on insulin signaling genetics in the nematode worm C. elegans and also completed a graduate certificate program in Science, Technology, and Public Policy. Her research success has been facilitated by what she expressed as “the collaborative environment among C. elegans researchers.” Ms. Dumas has a history of volunteer service to her professional community, which includes serving as co-president of the Graduate Student Council at UM; revitalizing a moribund chapter of the Association for Women in Science; and serving as a lead organizer for a forum for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to share research, gain interdisciplinary perspectives and network with experts in the science and policy fields. Ms. Dumas has attended several International C. elegans meetings organized by GSA and received a 2012 GSA DeLill Nasser Travel Award for Professional Development in Genetics.
“Katie Dumas is a sophisticated student researcher who has exceptional leadership skills and dedication to bridging the interface between research and public policy,” said Jessica Schwartz, PhD, Director of the PhD Program in Cell & Molecular Biology at UM. “She is an excellent communicator and will represent an informed student perspective effectively. I am certain that Katie will make excellent contributions to GSA,” she added.