We are so excited to publish our third annual edition of the Columbia Junior Science Journal. We want thank all our submitters for sharing their work with us. As with every year since CJSJ’s inception, the breadth of the submissions has been astounding and the quality outstanding. Inclusive in our journal this year are a report from the lab of Dr. Joachim Frank, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2017, on ribosome structures produced in different microfluidic devices, an analysis of acid-catalyzed carbocation formation in perylene monoanhydride diester synthesis, and new findings about Notch signaling in Harpegnathos saltator.
I am grateful that these researchers have shared their dedication and passion with us, giving us the oppurtunity to learn from and connect with them. For example, Caitlin Brown of Fox Lane High School conducted a Drosophila screen for possible drugs for Noonan syndrome. She presented at this year’s CUSJ Spring Research Symposium where she discussed her work with me. I was also in a Drosophila lab for time, and we connected through our experiences waking up early to collect virgin females for our crosses.
I hope that CJSJ will continue to be a platform for high schoolers to share their experiences with others and encourage them along their journeys in the sciences. As our society becomes increasingly complex, the role of science and scientists will only become that much more important. We look forward to seeing what our authors do in the future and how they will contribute to the betterment of our society.
Throughout the entire process of putting this journal together, our editorial board found itself returning the glaring inequities in access to research opportunities both at the high school and undergraduate level. While CUSJ's conversations and plans have only begun to take shape, we wanted to take this opportunity to call attention to these issues for our readers. We hope that in your own ways, you will consider what you can do to support an inclusive, diverse pipeline of future scientists.
Video from Tomer et al., Nature Methods, 3 June 2012.