By Sheryll Poe | August 31, 2022
For the first time in 15 years, AAA’s Anatomical Sciences Education journal will have a new editor in chief. Jason Organ, associate professor of Anatomy, Cell Biology & Physiology at the Indiana University School of Medicine will be the third editor in the history of the journal, taking the reins from outgoing Editor in Chief Wojciech Pawlina.
Organ has a long history with ASE, serving as social media editor for the journal and as guest editor for the Anatomical Record, including April’s special issue on ethics. “There are a lot of things that are really exciting about the journal and a lot of things I’m looking to change,” said Organ, who joined AAA in 2004. “It’s a daunting task but I’m up for a challenge.”
In 2018, Organ received the AAA’s Basmajian Award for excellence in teaching gross anatomy and outstanding accomplishments in biomedical research and scholarship in education. In 2017, he received an Innovation Grant to hold the inaugural Science Communication Boot Camp (SCBC). The goal of the boot camp was to give AAA members the tools and strategies to become more effective science communicators, particularly when it comes to engaging the public and the policymakers who fund scientific institutions.
As incoming EIC, Organ said he’d “like to bring ASE more in line with the other journals in our association in terms of the way they run and the way things hit the public, while also capitalizing on the fact that ASE is a very strong brand and these editors have done a fabulous job. Creating this journal and giving us a place to publish the best education research in the anatomical sciences is really amazing.”
When not teaching, Organ is also co-editor and writer of the Public Library of Science (PLOS) Science Communication Blog and co-host of the Science Night Podcast. In his spare time, Organ spends time with his wife and two sons, attends live music shows, and he has taken up the sport of fencing during the pandemic.