Happy New Year all! SER is off to a great start as a result of all of the work of the SER Board to end 2018 on a very productive note. Here are a few updates on the ongoing SER initiatives. As advertised, we recently launched a new podcast, Epidemiology Counts! A huge thank you to the podcast working group for all of your hard work in making this happen. Be sure to give it a listen (https://serepidemiologycounts.blubrry.net/), it is amazing! Please share with your friends and family members as it is meant for a general audience. This is a great opportunity to let people know what epidemiology is about – and what exactly it is that you do all day.
We are also happy to report that the SER Diversity and Inclusion Committee members have found some interesting results from the Diversity and Inclusion Survey that was sent out last summer. I am excited to discuss these findings at the upcoming Annual Meeting. Speaking of which, I encourage you all to register and make your hotel and flight reservations. You won’t want to miss the meeting this year as Alix Spiegel from NPR’s Invisibilia Podcast will be one of our keynote speakers! We also will be piloting a new initiative at the annual meeting this year, thanks to Jaimie Gradus, called “Take a Break with…”. The goal of this initiative is for junior members to have the opportunity to network and spend more one-on-one time with senior members of SER during the afternoon coffee breaks. Be on the look-out in April for more information on how to sign up. With the intent of creating greater accessibility for all members at the meeting, the President’s Reception will be open to all this year – complete with a DJ, dancing and more! It will be a great night, so don’t miss it! Furthermore, we are working on a new methods award for SER that will be announced at this year’s meeting and to be first awarded at the 2020 Meeting, stay tuned!
The SER Visits initiative has been a success this past year and we are continuing to expand the list of universities SER has been able to visit. The latest additions are San Diego State University and Florida International University. Click here to learn more. If you have a suggestion for an institution that you see is underrepresented at SER, please do not hesitate to let us know. In the spirit of increasing institutional diversity, there have been some developments with the bibliometric analysis that is looking at previously accepted SER abstracts and workshops in order to identify institutional, topical, and career-level gaps in acceptances. We plan to start discussing the findings at the upcoming SER Executive Committee Board Meetings. I hope everyone had a happy and safe holiday season and I cannot wait to see what the rest of 2019 has in store for SER!