A confocal image of Dscam2 isoform B expression in the Drosophila optic lobe during mid pupal development. Colors are inverted to highlight the complexity of neuronal projections within the brain. This image was featured on the November 2018 issue of GENETICS. In this issue, Kerwin et al. characterise the morphological and synaptic defects associated with the mis-expression of Dscam2 isoforms. In the visual system, regulated Dscam2 isoform expression is essential in attaining the appropriate number of synapses. See Kerwin et al., 208: 717–728.


Impactful policy needs the active engagement of scientists, who are critical to ensuring that government and funder decisions at all levels reflect scientific knowledge and sustain support for innovation. GSA is dedicated to helping our members more effectively advocate for science and for scientists.

Policy Fellowship Database

Are you interested in a public policy career? The GSA Policy Fellowship Database highlights policy training opportunities for scientists. You can filter by required education, location, compensation, application deadline, and other features, making it easier to find opportunities that fit your unique needs. Curated by the Early Career Scientist Policy Subcommittee.

Advocacy Resources

Need help getting involved in US-based advocacy? Make use of the tools, advice, and information provided by our partners at the Federation of American Societies For Experimental Biology (FASEB). GSA members are also invited to represent our Society at a FASEB Hill Day, in which scientists travel to Capitol Hill to speak directly with policymakers about critical issues that affect their work.

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Policy Statements

When issues that affect the scientific community arise, GSA understands the importance of clearly communicating our position. Public policy statements are reviewed and approved by the GSA Board of Directors and/or Executive Committee, as are those letters drafted by other policy coalitions and signed by GSA.

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Policy Partnerships

By partnering with policy coalitions that unite the scientific and biological research communities, we support the causes that matter the most to you and your fellow scientists. We work closely with the following organizations in tracking emerging policy issues and coordinating advocacy actions. Be the first to know when your voice is needed by signing up for email advocacy alerts from each of our partners, linked below.

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Equity and Inclusion Update: The Presidential Membership Initiative

The GSA Equity and Inclusion Committee shares progress and plans for the future. In June of this year, in response to the widespread calls for action on racism that were sparked by the murder of George Floyd, GSA publicly committed to the work of dismantling racism in science, beginning from within our own Society. Now, […]

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by Editorial Staff


Don’t close the borders to science

Our safety and prosperity are more dependent than ever on scientific breakthroughs. Medical advances like vaccines, rapid diagnostics, and new drugs all require a robust and innovative STEM workforce, as do other endeavors that hinge on genetic research, including agriculture, biotechnology, and conservation. The contributions of immigrant and visiting scientists in the US have substantially […]

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by Editorial Staff

Policy & Advocacy

GSA supports open access—but we need time for a full transition

Last Friday, I was made aware of an executive order being finalized by the White House that reportedly mandates immediate public access to journal articles describing federally funded research. If this policy were enacted as is, many scientific societies would have to severely cut their services to the scientific community, such as peer-reviewed journals, travel […]

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by Tracey DePellegrin

I found Hill Day to be an equalizing experience—early career scientists are just as able to advocate effectively as senior faculty. Our advocacy needs to be as diverse as our community!

Giovanna Collu, GSA representative at a FASEB Hill Day and former Co-chair of the Early Career Scientist Policy Subcommittee
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