SER President’s Message

Dear SER Friends,

It’s 2020 – a new year and a new decade – with lots to look forward to.   This month we received an all-time high number of abstract submissions for our 2020 SER meeting in Boston.  Given that the number of abstract submissions correlates strongly with meeting attendance, we are looking toward an SER to beat all SERs!!

Thanks to the many, many members who help disseminate epidemiology in many, many ways.  First there’s Twitter!  @societyforepi has over 8,000 followers, fueled by dedicated SER Communications Committee members pushing out great content and stimulating great conversation.  Ten Epidemiology Counts podcasts were published in 2019, covering contemporary public health issues for a lay audience. Look out for a second podcast, ‘SERious EPI,’ which will discuss novel methods and will hit the airwaves soon.  Two webinars are coming up this spring in collaboration with Applied Epi colleagues.  The CDC’s Epidemiology Intelligence Service fellowship program and the Council on State and Territorial Epidemiologists will each be featured under the sponsorship of SER’s Membership & Nominations Committee.  And then there’s good old-fashioned journal articles:  SER’s Diversity and Inclusion working group published the results of their survey of SER members in AJE.  If you haven’t already, I recommend you subscribe to SER’s Calendar to stay up to date on all the events. Click here to learn more.

You are cordially invited to attend SER’s inaugural online Mid-Year Meeting.  Keynote Speaker Sonia Hernandez-Diaz will start us off, followed by two methods sessions ‘Where do DAGs Come From?’ and  ‘How Should Future Epidemiologists Learn Epidemiology?’  It’s Friday March 6, 11am – 3:15 (eastern) and registration is open.  I hope to ‘see’ you there.

Martha Werler, DSc, MPH
President, SER