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Posts by Suzanne Bevan:
I can’t believe it’s November! This means we are more than halfway through the quarter or semester for those in academia or nearing the end of the work year. The holiday season and the end of another challenging year are fast approaching. Naturally, there are SER reasons for looking forward to Fall and the New Year. We are preparing for our 2023 Annual Meeting in Portland, Oregon, and the 2023 Mid-Year Meeting. Our plans are buoyed by the growth in size, diversity, and increasing global reach of our membership. Gratifyingly and perhaps unsurprisingly, we received record-setting submissions for symposia, breakfast and lunchtime sessions, professional development sessions, and pre-conference workshops. Given the limited space and time at the Annual Meeting to accept many more excellent and thoughtful submissions, we expanded opportunities to present them at the Annual Meeting, mid-year meeting, or special events throughout the year. The Board and I are grateful for and excited about the timely, engaging, and impactful research, talks, moderated discussions, debates, and workshops slated for the Annual Meeting. Furthermore, we have a call for submissions for abstracts, nominations for awards, and applications to the Course Development and Revision Workshop and the Student Dissertation Workshop. We should […]
Dr. John W. Jackson and Dr. Jaime Slaughter-Acey
Alright Students and Postdocs, it’s time to start gearing up for SER submission season! Yes, the Annual Meeting is half a year away. Yes, there are midterms and finals and projects that need your attention. But whatever you’re able to do now is going to set up your SER experience for next year. So here we go (*cracks knuckles*). SUBMIT AN ABSTRACT. Abstracts are due the MORNING of January 13th (or earlier, see #2). Given how long it takes to do an analysis, write an abstract, get feedback from coauthors, and make appropriate edits, NOW is the time to start working on these. https://epiresearch.org/annual-meeting/2023-meeting/abstract-submission/ APPLY FOR TRAVEL SCHOLARSHIPS. These are due December 9th, and they require you to have ALREADY submitted an abstract. This is real money that SER awards to real students and postdocs to help you get to the Annual Meeting. Also be sure to ask your advisors and check with your graduate schools etc. for additional funding options. There is often internal support for academic conferences, and those will have their own deadlines. https://epiresearch.org/annual-meeting/awards/spc-travel-scholarships/ STUDENT DISSERTATION WORKSHOP. Applications are due February 3rd. This program is specifically geared towards epidemiology doctoral students MIDWAY through their training. SER pays […]
What sparked your decision to become an epidemiologist? After my undergraduate degree, I worked in a local public health department as a health promoter. While I enjoyed interacting with members of the community, I found that there was never time between falls prevention seminars, active transportation meetings, and flu shot campaigns to consider the evidence. Particularly in small regions, I saw that public health practitioners often lacked access to the resources and time to implement evidence-based practice. I decided to do my MSc in epidemiology to gain skills in understanding the science underlying public health. It wasn’t a huge leap from public health practice to epidemiology, and I quickly fell in love with psychiatric epidemiology. I have been enormously privileged to study and work alongside inspirational researchers in Canada, the UK, Sweden, and more. I am thrilled that I have found a career where I get to ask questions, read widely, and make beautiful charts and graphs. What could be better? What do you see as the biggest obstacle facing epidemiologists in the next five years? Epidemiologists will undoubtedly face interesting and challenging questions in the coming years. I expect that epidemiologists will need to grapple with the complex ways […]
What sparked your decision to become an epidemiologist? I was working as a HIV doctor in Nigeria, in a rural area with HIV prevalence of 10%, where the epidemic was primarily driven by mother to child transmission of the virus. Through a combination of targeted, data driven public healthcare and improved community participation in healthcare, my team and I saw HIV prevalence in the community drop from 10% to 4.7% within 4 years and massive improvement in the overall health of the community. This was the start of my journey in public health and epidemiology, and an interest in all the ways data could be used to address health inequities and improve the health of populations. What do you see as the biggest obstacle facing epidemiologists in the next five years? The public’s distrust of all things public health, and a lack of understanding of what epidemiology is, and how our processes work Do you have any pets? No pets now, unfortunately. Why did you join SER? What keeps you coming back? I love the sense of community and oneness SER fosters among its members, as well as the opportunities provided for growth as an epidemiologist. What advice do you […]
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I continue to bask in the afterglow of the 2022 annual meeting, our first in-person meeting since our last in 2019. I hope you do too. By many accounts, it was a successful meeting. We reconnected with friends, mentors, mentees, and collaborators in person as responsibly as we could, given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Thank you all for making the annual meeting safe, memorable, and edifying. Nonetheless, we must recognize that the COVID-19 pandemic prevented some members from joining our yearly in-person meeting. The executive committee is looking into making our events and programs through the year as accessible to all as feasible and affordable. Not to put too much pressure on us, but we face the unfinished challenge of COVID-19, which is now worsened by new threats from monkeypox and poliomyelitis. Furthermore, we must deal with deteriorating reproductive health rights in the US, climate change threats to our health, homophobia, transphobia, racism, violent policing, disinformation, misinformation, social disorder, and wars. These threats often intersect to affect the most vulnerable among us. To make matters worse, parts of society are increasingly at odds with science and the work of epidemiologists and other scientists. Our work has become more complicated. From […]