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Follow the CSHL Cell Biology of Yeasts Meeting on Twitter!

November 03, 2013

Wish you were going to Cold Spring Harbor for the Cell Biology of Yeasts meeting this week, November 5-9?  SGD will be live tweeting from CSHL, highlighting topics from talks and posters. Keep up with events at the meeting by following @yeastgenome on Twitter or searching #YCB2013 for all tweets!

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Memorial Gathering for Dr. Fred Sherman

October 23, 2013

Fred Sherman, 1932-2013


A memorial gathering in memory of Fred Sherman will be held at 10:00 am on Friday, December 6, 2013. The gathering will be held in the Ryan Case Methods Room (Rm #1-9576) of the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, 601 Elmwood Avenue, Rochester NY 14642. This event will be a celebration of the life and science of Fred, comprised of reminiscences about Fred by some who knew him well, followed by an opportunity for any guest to say a few words about Fred. For more information, contact Mark Dumont (, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY 14642 (Phone 585-275-2466).

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Randy Schekman and the Awesome Power of Yeast!

October 07, 2013

Congratulations to Randy Schekman, James Rothman, and Thomas Südhof, who have been awarded the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for their work in understanding how the cell organizes its transport system. Randy Schekman used the awesome power of yeast to identify and characterize genes required for vesicle traffic. James Rothman characterized these and other proteins in mammalian cells, and Thomas Südhof showed the critical role of vesicle trafficking in nerve cells. You can read summaries of their Nobel winning work at NatureThe Scientist, and The New York Times, or search SGD to see how each of these researchers has used our model organism in their research: Randy SchekmanJames RothmanThomas Südhof.

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Fred Sherman, 1932-2013

September 18, 2013

Dr. Fred Sherman

The yeast community mourns the loss of Dr. Fred Sherman, who passed away on September 16, 2013. Dr. Sherman was a member of the faculty at the University of Rochester from 1961 until his death. He served as Chair of the Department of Biochemistry and then Chair of the combined Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics from 1982-1999. He performed ground-breaking research on the structure and regulation of genes and the effects of genetic mutations on proteins and was a proponent of the use of baker’s yeast as a genetic model system – a system that is now used at virtually all research centers worldwide, largely due to Dr. Sherman’s efforts and his teaching of many leaders in the field. The importance of his work has been recognized by his appointment to the prestigious National Academy of Sciences in 1985, by his receipt of an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Minnesota in 2002, by his election as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2006, and by his receipt of both the George W. Beadle Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Genetics Society of America in 2006. He was continuously funded by NIH for over 45 years.

Dr. Sherman’s family will receive friends on FRIDAY September 20, from 3-7 PM at Michael R. Yackiw Funeral Home, 1650 Empire Blvd., Webster. On SATURDAY, friends may join his family for a graveside service gathering at the Mt. Hope Ave. entrance of Mt. Hope Cemetery at 11 AM. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be directed to a fund to support an annual lecture in Fred’s memory. To donate please mail donations to: Fred Sherman Lecture of the University of Rochester, Box 712, University of Rochester Medical Center, 601 Elmwood Ave., Rochester NY, 14642.

Plans for a future memorial service will be announced at a later date.

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Carl Singer Foundation Established

April 12, 2013

Carl Singer

Carl Singer, who was an integral part of the yeast research community for many years, passed away on February 8, 2013. Throughout his career, Carl supported yeast research both with his engineering expertise and with his good cheer. In tribute to Carl, the Singer family has now set up The Carl Singer Foundation, a charitable foundation dedicated to supporting scientific education in the field of yeast genetics. Questions about the foundation may be directed to Harry Singer at

Carl’s family would be happy to receive memories of Carl’s life at

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Carl Singer, 1945 – 2013

March 25, 2013

This image, from the Singer family, exemplifies Carl’s good cheer.

It is with great sadness that we note the passing of Carl Singer on February 8, 2013. Carl was a staunch supporter of the international yeast community. His good humor, generosity and infectious enthusiasm have been bright highlights of every yeast meeting for many decades. His creativity and engineering prowess have exerted a similarly powerful impact in labs world-wide, contributing to the quality of yeast research and the ease of performing it. He will be sorely missed.

Please send memories celebrating his life to his family at A celebration of Carl’s life will be held at 2 PM on Tuesday, March 26th, at St. Michael’s Church, Minehead, UK.

Thanks to Terry Cooper for drafting this obituary.

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Symposium in remembrance of Jon Widom, 1955 – 2011

February 22, 2012

As many of you know, Jonathan Widom died suddenly last summer.  He was a Professor in the Department of Molecular Biosciences at Northwestern University.  The beauty of Jon’s scientific research was more than matched by his surpassing intellectual brilliance and personal warmth, and he is deeply missed by those who knew and loved him.  Jon’s family and colleagues have organized a symposium celebrating his life and work, which will be held at Northwestern’s Evanston campus on March 16, 2012.  Information about this gathering, called “Unraveling the Mysteries of Life:  Recognizing the Life and Work of Jon Widom”, can be found online here.  All are welcome. Additionally, tributes to Jon that will be shared at the meeting (and afterward) can be contributed here.

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