SPC President’s Message

I hope this finds you all well!  We had a successful SER-SPC Business Meeting in Minneapolis in June and are looking forward to the year ahead.  We have many exciting events and opportunities to become involved with SPC.

We continue our SPC Career Development Webinar Series this fall with the topic, “Grant writing and opportunities for early career epidemiologists.”  Please register if you would like to attend this one-hour webinar at noon on 11-September.  Please also join us for the next online SPC Journal Club on 16-October.

We are now accepting abstracts for the 2019 Fall SERdigital conference to be held at noon on 13-November.  This semi-annual web meeting is in the format of a debate between two leading epidemiologists and has three live oral presentations selected from abstracts submitted by students and postdocs.  The student/postdoc abstract winners will be selected to present their work live on our interactive digital conference and will also receive complimentary registration to the 2020 SER annual meeting.  Abstracts are due on 13-September-2019 and can be submitted on the SER website.  The topic for the November 2019 meeting is “Are Epidemiologists Scientists or Public Health Practioners?”  Mary Bassett (Harvard) and David Savitz (Brown) will debate this topic.

We hope that you would like to become involved with SPC.  Please see the SPC Board Structure page for information about our officers and their duties.  You may contact us online if you would like volunteer to join a SPC subcommittee or you can contact the Chairs directly.  We will start developing SPC programs for the 2020 SER annual meeting early in the fall.  If you are interested in assisting with event planning, please contact our Program Co-Chairs Paige Wartko (pwartko@uw.edu) or Precious Esie (pie2104@cumc.columbia.edu).  We also welcome volunteers to assist our Media Chair, Robert Orellana (orellana.4@buckeyemail.osu.edu), with generating material for and participating in our twitter initiative (SPC Twitter handle:  @SER_SPC).

We are in the process of updating the SPC web pages to make information about SPC, our purpose, and our events more navigable.  In addition to the general benefits of being a member of SER (access to SERdigital, SERtalks, and SERplaylists; access to AJE; travel scholarships; and discounted registrations at our annual meeting), becoming a member of SPC allows you to help us advocate for the needs of students and postdocs within the broader Society and generate content specific to early-career epidemiologists.  We are developing our SPC survey and will distribute it to our listserv later this fall.  Your responses to the survey will help us better understand how well the SPC is meeting our members’ needs and inform our programming and new initiatives all throughout the year and at the 2020 SER annual meeting.  Your responses are of great value to help us better inform the SPC’s future.  As such, I encourage you to take the time to complete the survey when it hits your inbox.

Finally, don’t forget to stay connected with SER on social media:  Linkedin (SER), Facebook (epiresearch), and Twitter (@societyforepi).

I look forward to serving you as SPC President over the coming year. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or suggestions.

All the best,

Dana K Pasquale, MPH, PhD
2019-2020 SER-SPC President
Email: dkpasquale@gmail.com