DROSOPHILA INFORMATION NEWSLETTER
Volume 12, October 1993
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DIN Vol. 12 TABLE OF CONTENTS
>Introduction to Drosophila Information Newsletter
>How to subscribe to the Newsletter
>TABLE OF CONTENTS
>Sandler Lecture - Call for nominations
>Faculty position available
>Research assistant position available
>Bloomington Stock Center news
>REQUESTS FOR MATERIALS
>Ovarian cDNA library and mutants
>Mutations at 68EF
>Genetics and Biology of Drosophila vols 3a,b,d,e
>Needle sharpening for embryo injections
CALL FOR NOMINATIONS - LARRY SANDLER MEMORIAL LECTURE
We invite the nomination of candidates to present the
seventh Larry Sandler Memorial Lecture at the 1994 Drosophila
Conference. The Sandler Lecture is given on the first night of
the conference; the 1994 conference will be held at the Sheraton-
Chicago Hotel from April 20-24. Any student completing a Ph.D. in
an area of Drosophila research in calendar year 1993 is eligible
and may be nominated by his/her thesis advisor. Past recipients
of this honor are: Dr. Bruce Edgar (1988), Dr. Kate Harding
(1989), Dr. Michael Dickinson (1990), Dr. Maurice Kernan (1991),
Dr. Doug Kellogg (1992), Dr. David Schneider (1993). The Sandler
Lecturer will be chosen by a committee composed of Andrew Clark,
Ian Duncan, Ruth Lehmann, Don Ready, Barbara Wakimoto and Mariana
Wolfner. Nominations should include a curriculum vita, a thesis
abstract of one or two pages, and a letter of nomination from the
advisor. Nominations should be sent by December 14, 1993 to:
Mariana Wolfner, Section of Genetics and Development, Cornell
University, 423 Biotechnology Bldg., Ithaca NY 14853-2703.
Telephone: (607) 254-4801, FAX: (607) 255-2428.
CORNELL UNIVERSITY - SECTION OF GENETICS AND DEVELOPMENT
Our Section is seeking an ASSISTANT PROFESSOR for a tenure
track position, available in the Fall of 1994. The successful
candidate will be expected to establish a vigorous externally
funded research program in an important area of modern Genetics.
The primary teaching responsibility will be to design and offer a
lecture course in genetic analysis, with emphasis on eukaryotes,
for advanced undergraduate and beginning graduate students. We
strongly encourage applications from women and members of
underrepresented minority groups. Applications should include a
curriculum vitae, reprints of recent publications and a brief
statement of present and future research interests. Complete
applications and three letters of recommendation, solicited by
the applicant, should be mailed to: G & D Search Committee, 101
Biotechnology Building, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
14853-2703. Applications will be reviewed beginning November 15,
1993. Cornell University is an Affirmative Action/Equal
RESEARCH ASSISTANT POSITION AVAILABLE
Will assist in genetic analysis of Drosophila mutants
displaying behavioral, developmental, and neurological
phenotypes. Duties will include: maintaining and selecting
Drosophila mutant stocks; performing genetic crosses; isolating
new mutants and establishing stocks. Long term employment
position; candidates with lab experience in genetics will be
given preference. Please send cv to S. Benzer, Division of
Biology 156-29, Caltech, Pasadena, CA 91125.
BLOOMINGTON STOCK CENTER NEWS
* The Bloomington Stock Center will be closed December 20 -
31, 1993. Large orders received after noon EST on the 9th of
December will not be shipped until the new year due to the high
rate of loss we experience during the Christmas mail crunch.
Smaller orders (our call) received by noon EST on the 16th will
be shipped on the 20th, but we recommend that you avoid ordering
stocks during this period.
* A new set of ry[+]-marked P insertions from the Drosophila
Genome Center are now available from the Bloomington Stock
Center. Most of these stocks carry lethal inserts on 3; the rest
are male sterile inserts on 2 or 3. All carry the PZ construct. A
list of insertion sites has been posted on bionet.drosophila and
the relevant stock lists on FlyBase (p-list.txt, p-list.rpt, p-
by-location.txt and p-by-location.rpt2) have been updated to
include these stocks.
* Our P stock stockkeeper, Starr Eck, is recovering from
surgery and is expected to be away for another 3 to 5 weeks.
Requests for more than 50 P stocks at a time will not be filled
until Starr returns to work. If you are interested in receiving
the whole Genome Center set as soon as possible ask to be added
to the waiting list.
* The set of unlocalized mini-w[+]-marked P inserts from Dan
Lindsley will soon be discarded. If you want any of these stocks
order them now.
* There is mounting evidence that stocks carrying both hsFLP
and FRTs are unstable. We will soon discard the hsFLP + FRT
stocks from the Xu and Rubin set (Development 117:1223). If you
aren't among the 5,007 people that have already received th