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A Message from 2014 GSA President Vicki Chandler

 

 

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The past two years as GSA Vice-President and President have been a great learning opportunity for me and I have been impressed by the many things the Society does for its members and genetics more broadly.

 

GSA has recently opened the 2015 membership year, and I want to encourage you to submit your renewal as soon as possible. I hope you will also encourage your colleagues and trainees to renew their membership—and if they aren’t already members, to join the Society for the first time. Together we can have a powerful voice for the genetics community, helping represent the interests of our members worldwide. Plus a larger membership base allows us to provide more valuable services for our members. Our society is strong with a growing membership and expanding set of activities. Yet we know there are more people who would benefit from joining the GSA community.

 

So why do I believe it is so valuable to be a member of GSA?

 

One important function of GSA is to speak with one voice to advocate for changes that will benefit our research and education enterprise. GSA has greatly expanded our activities related to advocacy. In the past year, GSA leadership and member committees have worked to develop and submit a series of letters and statements to federal agencies that are developing policies and practices that have potential to impact our community. For example, we have strongly encouraged NIH’s National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) to enhance its focus on investigator-initiated basic research and the essential infrastructure needed to support this research—priorities that are resonating with NIGMS. We have encouraged the National Science Foundation (NSF) to allow individuals to remain at their graduate institution for a postdoctoral fellowship when the position would contribute to the individual’s breadth of training; NSF has indicated they will revisit this requirement. We have provided feedback on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Plant Breeding roadmap and encouraged the agency to better engage the basic research community and to stress investigator-initiated opportunities. And we have stressed to Congress the importance of fundamental discovery and the essential role of model organisms in advancing our understanding of human disease. See this FASEB Washington Update article for more information about these and other advocacy activities that GSA’s officers, Board members, members and staff have carried out.

 

The Society puts a high priority on the career development of our students and postdocs, who now make up more than half of the GSA membership. This includes the new Trainee Bootcamp at GSA conferences and other career development activities to help prepare trainees for a wide range of careers. Activities in this category also include supporting and promoting our members in their activities; see, for example, articles in the latest GSA Reporter on science outreach (p. 5) and advice for women in science (p. 4), each of which was written by a graduate student member. GSA also developed GeneticsCareers.org, a completely free jobs board that helps match qualified job seekers with career and training opportunities across all areas of genetics.

 

We also provide direct support to our members for attending meetings. For example, we offer GSA Undergraduate Travel Awards to assist our undergraduate members in presenting their research at GSA conferences— and the DeLill Nasser Award for Professional Development in Genetics, which supports travel costs for graduate students and postdocs to attend national and international meetings and enroll in laboratory courses. The recipients of the most recent rounds of both of these awards can be found on the GSA website.

 

We continue to drive and support activities that help with teaching and learning genetics, such as the following: educational Primers published in GENETICS, that make it easy to use primary research literature in the classroom; GSA PREP, the Society’s growing peer-reviewed education resource portal; and our editorial partnership on the publication of CBE–Life Sciences Education. Indeed, recognizing the importance of education across all levels for our field, GSA has launched a new membership category for K–12 teachers and community college faculty. We hope this new membership category will help attract even more GSA members who focus on education.

 

Another important role for a society is to provide honor and recognition to outstanding members whose achievements we celebrate. Have a look at the announcements of the winners of this year’s Society awards, including the George W. Beadle Award, Edward Novitski Prize, Elizabeth W. Jones Award for Excellence in Education, and the Genetics Society of America Medal.

 

We are continuing to innovate in publishing, helping you share your science in GSA’s two peer-edited journals: GENETICS and G3. Both journals are continually innovating as well as expanding their editorial boards to reflect the evolution of our field; see this year's announcements of new editors for GENETICS and G3. Our journals are making it as easy as possible for you to publish: the editorial boards strive
 to give you an answer on your manuscript as soon as possible and accepted articles are published quickly; we will review manuscripts that are formatted for either our journals or for other journals; and we will promptly respond to presubmission inquiries so you can know whether your article fits within the journal scope. And we have greatly expanded our efforts to spread the word about your research published in GSA’s journals;just a small sample of some recent media coverage of G3 and GENETICS articles is detailed on the recently launched GSA journals blog, Genes to Genomes.

 

I am very excited about a very special meeting GSA will be hosting in 2016. The Allied Genetics Conference (TAGC) will co-locate individual meetings of the C. elegans, ciliate, Drosophila, mouse, yeast, and zebrafish communities and a new focal area in population, evolutionary, and quantitative genetics in Orlando, Florida. TAGC will build on the strength of these constituent meetings to provide an experience that is greater than the sum of its parts. Attendees will not only benefit from the top science and sense of community within the individual conferences, but have the opportunity to network with colleagues and hear about cutting-edge research from across our field. In addition to the individual meetings, there will be three exciting plenary sessions with a terrific slate of speakers, which will be announced in the new year. Make sure that you have saved July 13–17, 2016, on your calendar and subscribed to meeting updates; we look forward to seeing you at TAGC.

 

Finally, I want to thank each of you for all you do to contribute to education and research, which makes our community so strong.

 

Vicki Chandler, PhD

2014 President, Genetics Society of America

Vicki Chandler is the Chief Program Officer for Science at the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. A longtime researcher in plant genetics, she was also the founding director of the BIO5 Institute, an interdisciplinary center at the University of Arizona. She is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the National Science Board.


 

 

If you have suggestions for other benefits we should explore, please contact GSA at society@genetics-gsa.org.