Snapshots of 2018: ASHG Fosters the Field’s Future
December is a time for reflection, looking back on a terrific year for ASHG and looking forward to new directions and goals in 2019. What were your best 2018 ASHG memories, your proudest research accomplishments, your biggest professional challenges overcome? How do these inform your year ahead and how you’d like to engage with ASHG?
I’ve been reflecting on many experiences in my first full calendar year as ASHG’s Executive Director, and my gratitude to be supporting such an exciting, rewarding, and diverse community. Thanks to everyone who has been so encouraging and informative. While there are too many memories to list, they all remind me how essential ASHG is as a community, and of its commitment to advance human genetics to serve science, health, and society. Here are but a few 2018 memories, their takeaways, and some questions they spark for 2019.
In 2019, how can ASHG continue to help the field collectively enhance education and career paths for the next generation, and embrace and benefit from ever-greater diversity?
In 2019, whom will you nominate for recognition through ASHG awards? ASHG strongly encourages nominations, and we actively seek greater inclusion of women and underrepresented scientists. Please look for the opening of nominations and submit yours!
In 2019, how will we make it easier and more rewarding for members to become involved in public education and engagement?
In 2019, how will we encourage members to take advantage of ASHG’s growing advocacy resources and build our voice for human genetics advocacy?
In 2019, what tools, resources, or events could help integrate social issues into members’ professional practice and broader scientific affairs?
In 2019, how will we foster new global connections that strengthen the field’s global reach and impact?
The Society looks forward to helping you build another full year of new discoveries, connections, and knowledge in 2019 and beyond. Look for continued new programming for the community throughout the year and we’ll see you in Houston for another fantastic Annual Meeting -- #ASHG19!