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ASHG Annual Meeting: Beantown becomes Genetown (continued)
September 2013
by Jeffrey Bouley  |  Email the author

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Recognizing success
BOSTON—In addition to the individuals noted in the article "Honoring the achievers" in this special pre-show annual meeting coverage (see part 1), the ASHG will be conducting other awards ceremonies for which the names of the recipients had not yet been made public, as follows:  
Saturday, Oct. 26
8:20 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.
C.W. Cotterman Awards  
Each September, the editorial board of The American Journal of Human Genetics selects two articles published in the journal in the previous year that best represent outstanding scientific contributions to the field of human genetics. Two Cotterman Awards are given annually. Monetary awards of $1,000 and a certificate will be presented to the recipients for the top two papers published in the journal during the previous year on which the first author was either a predoctoral or postdoctoral trainee, and an ASHG member.  
Saturday, Oct. 26
8:30 a.m. to 8:40 a.m.
ASHG Charles J. Epstein Trainee Awards for Excellence in Human Genetics Research   ASHG honors excellence in research conducted by predoctoral and postdoctoral trainees, including genetic counseling trainees, through merit-based awards that recognize highly competitive abstracts submitted for the annual meeting. These awards have come to be named to honor the late Dr. Charles Epstein. In the end, 63 semifinalists were selected based on abstract score and awarded complimentary registration plus $750 each. Of those semifinalists, 18 finalists (selected by the Awards Committee) received an additional $250. The finalists' presentations were reviewed by the ASHG Awards Committee and volunteer judges. Six winners announced at the ASHG annual meeting will receive an additional $1,000 each.    

Social media guidelines
ASHG encourages the use of social media before, during and after the 63rd annual meeting as a means to share information and network with others who are attending the meeting, but reminds meeting attendees to adhere to ASHG's social media guidelines. That said, there are several things the society would like you to do, such as:
  • Follow ASHG on Twitter (@GeneticsSociety) and use the #ASHG2013 meeting hashtag to follow the latest updates and join in the conversation about the annual meeting.
  •  Follow ASHG on Facebook at
  •  Blog or tweet about what you are hearing and learning at the Annual Meeting, but refrain from sharing when the speaker explicitly requests you do so. Talks are Tweetable and shareable by default, but speakers can ask that specific details or slides are not shared.
  •  Converse and network with other attendees before, during and after the conference.
  •  Provide feedback to ASHG staff and the society's Program Committee to help guide and plan future annual meetings.
  •  Communicate with respect and consideration for others, and keep criticism constructive.  
However, the use of photographic, video or other type of recording devices is strictly prohibited in all oral sessions and poster sessions at the ASHG annual meeting. Therefore, it is also strictly prohibited to post photos, images or video recordings from these sessions on any type of online site, including social media platforms, blogs, personal websites and so on.  
ASHG also notes that attendees cannot capture, transmit or redistribute data presented at the ASHG Annual Meeting. This may preclude subsequent publication of the data in a scientific journal, but the society urges attendees to be respectful of journal embargo policies and not to jeopardize the work of their colleagues.  
Finally, while communication and constructive criticism are encouraged, the ASHG doesn't want attendees to engage in rudeness, slander or personal attacks.
Also on the social media front, attendees are encouraged to subscribe to ASHG's YouTube channel at and its Vimeo channel at Doing so will provide access to recordings of selected ASHG annual meeting sessions, and educational videos about careers in human genetics, teaching genetics, family health history and more.    

Boston's No. 1 role
Boston has played in innovative and central role in science, engineering, culture, society and more over the centuries, notes the ASHG, and below the society shares some of the city's notable "firsts" in U.S. history:
    1634 - First public park: Boston Common
    1636 - First college: Harvard University
    1653 - First public library
    1714 - First American restaurant: Union Oyster House (still in operation)
    1716 - First lighthouse: Boston Light (still in operation)
    1780 - First State Constitution
    1876 - First telephone: Alexander Graham Bell
    1877 - First woman in the United State to earn a Ph.D. (earned by Helen Magill White)
    1897 - First subway: Metro Boston Transportation Authority (the "T")
    1897 - First U.S. marathon: Boston Marathon
    1903 - First World Series game: Boston Americans 3, Pittsburgh Pirates 7
    1928 - First computer, at MIT 1947 - First microwave oven, invented by Percy Spencer
    1954 - First kidney transplant (Peter Bent at Brigham Hospital)
    1964 - First nuclear powered surface vessel, USS Long Beach, launched at Quincy
    1972 - First TV show with closed captioning for the deaf
    2006 - First in-utero operation, Children's Hospital in Boston
    2011 - First full face transplant in the U.S.
CREDIT: Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau
Beacon Hill is one of Boston's smallest and most historic neighborhoods, and in it you can find a mix of everything from charming townhouses to fashionable shops, and a stroll down Charles Street can give you access to antique shops, cafés, boutiques, high-end apparel shops and more. the neighborhood is roughly one square mile in size and has three sections: the south slope, the north slope and the "Flat of the Hill," which is a level neighborhood built on landfill.
The tower of Boston's Custom House in Financial District neighborhood of Boston was the first skyscraper in the city when it was built in 1917. The structure is now Marriott's Custom House Hotel.
With historic Faneuil Hall as its centerpiece—a 1742 gift to the city from Peter Faneuil, Boston's wealthiest merchant at the time—the Faneuil Hall Marketplace consists of four buildings: Faneuil Hall, Quincy Market, North Market and South Market. The quartet of historic buildings with their dozens of shopping and dinging options, are all set around a cobblestone promenade where jugglers, magicians and musicians often entertain the passers-by.
Boston's HarborWalk winds through the city's waterfront neighborhoods and downtown district, stretching from Chelsea Creek to the Neponset River, through East Boston, Charlestown, North End, Downtown, South Boston and Dorchester.
The New England Aquarium, which opened in 1969, is a global leader in ocean exploration and marine conservation. It is also one of the premier visitor attractions in Boston, with more than 1.3 million visitors each year. Featured here is the recently renovated, 40-foot wide Giant Ocean Tank, which at its deepest point goes down 26 feet. The tank holds 200,000 gallons of salt water, heated to between 72° and 75° Fahrenheit, as it is a tropical exhibit. This exhibit is so big that it was built first, and then the rest of the aquarium facility was built around it.
The Charles River, which flows through Boston, is an 80-mile-long river that flows in an overall northeasterly direction in eastern Massachusetts. The river is well known for its rowing, sculling, dragonboating and sailing, whether recreational or competitive.
Pictured here are two Boston landmarks: Trinity Church and the John Hancock Tower. Located in the Back Bay area of Boston, the church, founded in 1733, is a parish of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts. The John Hancock Tower, officially named Hancock Place and colloquially known as The Hancock, is a 60-story building that is the tallest in New England and has been the tallest building in Boston for more than 30 years.
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