New Home Needed for the Drosophila Species Center

Kathy Matthews matthewk at FLY.BIO.INDIANA.EDU
Fri Jul 31 18:28:58 EST 1998


The Drosophila Species Center (formerly the National Drosophila
Species Resource Center), presently housed at Bowling Green State
University since 1982, is a unique collection of Drosophila
species that provides materials to researchers in over 40
countries. The Center maintains 265 species representing 33
species groups and genera in the family Drosophilidae, with a
total of 1,405 strains at present: the most diverse collection of
living organisms in the world. Both geographically-based wild-
type and mutant strains are represented. Mutant D. melanogaster
stocks are maintained at the Bloomington Drosophila Stock Center
at Indiana University. The Center has been funded by the National
Science Foundation, and filled 324 requests for a total of 1,165
subcultures during 1997. The Center is staffed by a Director and
3.5 FTE support staff. An advisory committee is comprised of 5
scientists who represent various disciplines in Drosophila
biology; this committee oversees stewardship and policy of the
Center. 

Due to programmatic changes at BGSU, the University is prepared
to transfer the Center to a new location at the end of the
current grant, March 1, 2001. Proposals for the future management
of the collection will need to be submitted to NSF by July 1,
1999. The Center's advisory committee has outlined criteria that
would be optimal for the new institution that manages the
collection. 

Briefly, the Director should be a scientist with an active
research program in a field served by the Center (population
biology, genetics, systematics, evolutionary biology,
development), and with knowledge of species other than D.
melanogaster. The Director should have strong administrative and
communication skills; provide evidence for long-term
institutional commitment to the Center; and have an active role
in its development. A new institutional home will ideally have
approximately 2,000 sq. ft. of space available for the Center,
with presently existing modern facilities or the capability to
develop such facilities.

See 
http://flybase.bio.indiana.edu/stocks/stock-centers/lk/new-species-center.html 
for further information.

The advisory committee is available for discussion with any
interested member of the Drosophila community. Contact
information is listed below. 

Bill Heed, Chair, Univ. Arizona: (520) 621-1835
David Grimaldi, Amer. Museum Natural History: grimaldi at amnh.org
Marty Kreitman, Univ. Chicago: mkre at midway.uchicago.edu
Kathy Matthews, Bloomington Drosophila Stock Center: matthewk at indiana.edu
Marvin Wasserman, Queens College (CUNY): msw$biol at qc1.qc.edu



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