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.

GSA 2019 Appeal:
Scientists Supporting Scientists

By contributing to GSA’s 2019 Appeal, you are ensuring that the Society will have the resources needed to continue providing opportunities to our early career scientists. Right now, we can’t fully meet the increasing demand for these programs. With greater resources, we will be able to expand these programs, sustain them, and develop new initiatives to meet the ever-evolving needs of our members.

Sustain and Expand Early Career Programs

Leadership and Professional Development Program: This two-year program provides participants with training, mentoring, networking, and the chance to address unmet community needs.

GENETICS Peer Review Training Program: This program provides early career scientists with training in the important skill of manuscript reviewing.

Career Development Symposia: This program grants funds to early career scientists who organize local symposia offering professional development opportunities for their peers.

Scientific Writing Program: This pilot program is testing a new model for scientists to develop thesis and manuscript writing skills.

With your help, we can launch new programs, including:

GSA Grant Writing Program: This remote training program will help early and mid-career scientists to learn about grant writing and grantsmanship.

Industry Mentoring Connections Program: This mentoring program connects early career scientists with industry professionals to learn about industry careers and how to prepare for them.

I am not only developing my communication skills, but also expanding my professional network by working with a diverse group of early career scientists, editing and reviewing each other’s work.

Haifa Alhadyian, member of the Communication and Outreach Subcommittee
Read more about the experiences of program participants

Connect and Celebrate GSA Members

GSA Conferences: Our conferences are known for providing many opportunities for early career scientists to present their research. They also provide excellent platforms for professional development workshops and advocacy programs.

Awards: GSA’s travel awards, childcare grants, and conference inclusion initiatives help more people participate in events that are critical to their careers. 

Communicating the impact of research: We plan to develop toolkits, narratives, and case studies for members to use in their discussions with the public and policy makers.

The greater the financial resources available, the more people we can accommodate.

Without the DeLill Nasser award, I would not have been able to attend 60th Annual Drosophila Research Conference, where I presented the culmination of my graduate work and received valuable feedback. We even have a collaboration that is going to begin as a result of the conference. I also attended the Peer Review Workshop, the Publishing Q&A, and helped moderate the New Faculty Forum sessions. I learned an invaluable amount that will influence my scientific career for many years to come.

Balint Z. Kacsoh, DeLill Nasser Award recipient

Support the Transition to Open Science Publishing

As GSA prepares to transition GENETICS to a fully open science publishing model, we face substantial challenges. This transition requires new resources as we:

  • Experiment with new models of scientific publishing that decrease dependence on revenue from institutional subscriptions
  • Provide open peer review

Publishing in GENETICS has helped make my career, thanks to thoughtful scientific reviews and the efforts of the editors. Serving as an Associate Editor today, I work hard to extend this culture of fair and constructive peer review to my authors, which is so important for the advancement of science.

Pamela Geyer, GENETICS Associate Editor