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In Memoriam: Thomas Steitz

posted on October 12th, 2018

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our friend and colleague Thomas A. Steitz, a key scientist, colleague, mentor and entrepreneur in the history of RNA Biology and a beloved member of our Society. He died on October 9 at the age of 78. He will be greatly missed. Tom was Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry at Yale University, where he made seminal contributions to our understanding of mechanisms of gene regulation, including the atomic structure of the ribosome, for which he received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2009. His influence will continue to inspire generations of RNA researchers. Our thoughts are with Joan and their family. They have established an endowment for the Thomas Steitz Memorial Lecture Series, contributions to which can be made through

Member Spotlight Series

posted on October 19th, 2018

We are looking for volunteers to help interview and compose profiles for our 2019 Member Spotlight Series—a monthly feature highlighting the outstanding lives and accomplishments of two RNA SOCIETY members. Come be part of the Spotlight Team—connect with other Society members and hone your writing skills! For more information, contact Dr. Olivia Rissland at  [email protected].

Fall 2018 RNA Society Newsletter

posted on August 21st, 2018

Dear RNA Society members,

We are pleased to share with you the Fall 2018 RNA Society Newsletter.

This issue recaps the fantastic RNA 2018 conference in Berkeley; announces application deadlines for RNA Salons, as well as the Mid-Career, Early-Career and Scaringe Awards; provides an up-date on the on-going mentor program (seeking new mentors and mentees); introduces you to the new representatives for the Junior Scientist Committee; summarizes the results of the post-meeting survey by the participants of RNA 2018 in Berkeley and announces the new Editors on our journal, RNA. We also offer a big thank you to this year’s volunteers, report on meetings sponsored by the society, and lists employment opportunities. Take time to check it out!

Brenda Peculis & Jim McSwiggen

Developments at the Society Journal, RNA

posted on August 20th, 2018

The Society journal, RNA, continues to thrive. Now in its 24th year, RNA continues to publish high quality articles, as well as timely communications, reviews, and opinion pieces, with an impact factor in the top 20% of journals in this class. Read more

Call for Nominations: 2019 RiboClub Life Achievement Award

posted on August 15th, 2018

On the occasion of the 20th Anniversary of the RiboClub meetings, we are pleased to announce that nominations for the 2019 RiboClub Life Achievement Award are being accepted. Eligibility for this award is open to all scientists working in Canadian Institutions, with major contributions to the field of RNA biology. Read More

Call For Papers: Special Issue in the Journal of Structural Biology on RNA Structural Challenges, Modeling, and Design

posted on August 15th, 2018

We welcome contributions from scientists working to advance the field on both the genomic and molecular levels of RNA using novel experimental, mathematical, statistical, and computational approaches. Manuscript Submission Window: Aug.1 to Nov. 30, 2018. Learn More

Travel Award Applications Open

posted on January 17th, 2018

Applications for travel awards to RNA 2018 are now being accepted. Members only. Click here.


posted on January 3rd, 2018

Lynne Maquat, a long-time member of the RNA Society, is receiving the 2017 Vanderbilt Prize in Biomedical Science. Established by Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in 2006, the competitive prize honors women scientists with a "stellar record" of research accomplishments who have made significant contributions to mentoring other women in science.

Annual RNA Society Elections

posted on March 29, 2017

Voting is now open for RNA Society Members of the Board. View the candidate biographies here. The election ballot will be sent separately, but if you don’t receive it, please contact the RNA Society CEO at [email protected].

Scientists and the US Immigration Ban

posted on February 3, 2017

The RNA Society stands in support of our colleagues affected by the US Immigration Ban. More