HFSP News – 7 April 2011

In this issue:

1. HFSP Nakasone Award for Michael Elowitz, Caltech
2. 2011 HFSP awards announced
3. Call for nominations for the 2012 HFSP Nakasone Award
4. Update on the HFSP Career Development Award (CDA)
5. Web site update
6. HFSP Awardees and Alumni section
7. Keep up with news about HFSP
8. Impressum and Subscription info

1. HFSP Nakasone Award for Michael Elowitz, Caltech

The 2011 HFSP Nakasone Award has been conferred upon Michael Elowitz of the California Institute of Technology for his pioneering work on gene expression noise. He will give the Nakasone Lecture at the HFSP Awardees Meeting in Montreal at the beginning of June.

2. 2011 HFSP awards announced

The 2011 Research Grant, Fellowship and Career Development Awards have been announced. This year HFSP is funding 11 Young Investigator Grants, 22 Program Grants, 76 Long-Term Fellows, 9 Cross-Disciplinary Fellows and 8 Career Development Awards.

3. Call for nominations for the 2012 HFSP Nakasone Award

HFSP invites nominations for the 2012 HFSP Nakasone Award. With this award, HFSP is keen to recognize scientists whose methodological or conceptual breakthroughs have had a major impact in fundamental biology. The first HFSP Nakasone Award winners are Karl Deisseroth, Stanford University (2010) and Michael Elowitz, Caltech (2011).

4. Update on the HFSP Career Development Award (CDA)

The Board of Trustees approved a modification in the CDA guidelines concerning the choice of host country which was discussed during the “Meet the Staff” session at the Kerala Awardees Meeting. The existing emphasis on repatriation for HFSP fellows remains unchanged but CDA candidates may go to another HFSP member country for the tenure of their award. It was also decided that a new review committee will be responsible for the evaluation of the applications for the CDA.

5. Web site update

The new HFSP web site now has a strong emphasis on presenting the research performed by HFSP Awardees. Regular summaries are published of selected publications ("Awardees articles") as well as articles about HFSP awardees and other topics related to international frontier science.

Selected articles from the "HFSP success stories" section:

Making decisions through collective behaviour
Body self-perception
Looking back on the launch of single molecule biophysics

6. HFSP Awardees and Alumni section

HFSP alumni are all current and former grant, fellowship and CDA awardees, members of the HFSP review committees, Council of Scientists and Board of Trustees.

a. Join the HFSP Alumni section:

Over 500 HFSP Alumni have so far signed up to the new alumni section of the web site. The alumni database can be searched to find members of the HFSP community by name, city, country, research interests and techniques used.

HFSP alumni are invited to sign up for this section and enter their personal profiles. We hope this will become a valuable resource for those who wish to find new collaborators or to make contact with members of the HFSP community in their city or country.

When you sign up, we will verify that you are in our database and then open the site for you.

b. The next HFSP Alumni Meeting will be held at the IMP in Vienna on September 9th just before the EMBO Meeting. It will be open to the Austrian alumni and to participants at the EMBO Meeting. We will send more details shortly to all those who have signed up to the HFSP alumni section. If you are attending the EMBO Meeting and are interested in joining the alumni meeting, make sure you sign up for the alumni section on our web site.

c. HFSP would like to encourage current and former awardees to get together to form local or regional alumni groups. Do you already have meetings with other HFSP awardees? If so, please let us know at alumni@hfsp.org.

d. The alumni section includes a discussion forum where you can raise scientific or career-related issues, advertise open positions in your laboratories or find other alumni who will be attending alumni or awardees meetings.

e. Are you a member of LinkedIn? If so, you may add other HFSP awardees to your LinkedIn network by joining the HFSP group.This is open to all current and former awardees, review committee members, members of the Council of Scientists, Board of Trustees and the Secretariat.

7. Keep up with news about HFSP

You may keep up with changes to the HFSP web site by subscribing to RSS feeds of Announcements, Awardees articles and News. You can do this by clicking on the RSS icon on the header of each section on the home page. You can follow changes in these feeds using an RSS reader such as Google Reader or one of many client applications available for all major operating systems and smartphones. New material posted in various sections of the web site will be announced in the news section. Read more about RSS feeds.

For information about the Program see the HFSP Web site.

HFSP also has feeds on:

Facebook  (open to all)
Twitter  (open to all)
LinkedIn  (for HFSP alumni)

8. Impressum and Subscription info

The HFSP Newsletter is issued on behalf of the Human Frontier Science Program by the International Human Frontier Science Program Organization. It contains announcements of HFSP-related matters and other information of interest to the support of young scientists and to interdisciplinary research in general. Please tell your friends, colleagues, students, etc. about this mailing list. They can subscribe via a link on the HFSP home page.

This newsletter replaces the former one that was hosted by the Universities Network, Rennes, France. You may still consult the old newsletter archive .