SPC President’s Message

I hope this finds everyone healthy and well.

As you know, the difficult decision was made to postpone the SER Annual Meeting in Boston to December 15-18, 2020.  The intention is to keep the program as close to the June agenda as possible.  As epidemiologists, we are all doing our parts to reduce transmission and support our communities.  While it will be disappointing not to see everyone in June, we hope to see you instead in December.

We understand that postponing the Annual Meeting might be especially burdensome to SPC members, as many of us count on the dissertation and course development workshops for academic development and count on attending the annual meeting to become familiar with the newest epidemiological methods.  In fact, analysis of the SPC survey indicated that the primary reason for respondents to join SER is to keep up with new methods.  December is a long way away.  In addition to the excellent content and online sessions regularly held by SPC (please see below), we will also host additional content or sessions over the summer if there is interest.  More networking opportunities were also suggested for the annual meeting, and that is certainly a possibility to move online over the summer.  I invite you to contact me directly if you have any other suggestions, though all of us on the SPC Board are available to you at all times.  As always, please feel free to reach out to me or other SPC board members with questions, suggestions, and feedback.

Until December, SPC will continue to post content and hold our regular online sessions.  The next SPC journal club will be held on 15-April-2020.  Please join us on 13-May-2020 at 12p EST for the last in the three-part series on grant writing for trainees (registration is now open).  The session, entitled “Foundational Grants for Research Funding”, will highlight some non-traditional funding opportunities.  Foundational grants are among the lesser known alternatives to those offered by governmental agencies, and are available to researchers at various career stages and often to non-U.S. citizens.  During presentations of their projects as well as attendee Q and A, a panel of interdisciplinary researchers will be able to speak to the unique considerations involved in obtaining funding from private agencies.

Please consider renewing your SER membership to support our professional organization if you haven’t yet already.  We strive to keep the membership rate as low as possible; students and post-docs qualify for a discounted membership rate of $35 (does not include journal access).

We look forward to seeing you at the SER 2020 Annual Meeting in Boston in December.  Though it won’t be held until December, we would like to congratulate the winner of the tee-shirt design contest for the SER/SPER 2020 Fun Run, Dr. Agnė Ulytė of the University of Zurich.

Take care and stay well.

Best,
Dana K Pasquale, MPH, PhD
2019-2020 SER-SPC President
Twitter: @dana_epi