Ms. Julie Peterson, statistical analyst and doctoral student in the Department of Epidemiology at Boston University School of Public Health, was appointed as the education co-chair of the Society for Epidemiologic Research’s Student and Post-Doc Committee (SER-SPC) in July. She will serve in the role for two years.
As the education cochair, Ms. Petersen is responsible for coordinating and moderating the journal club hosted by the SER-SPC, as well as attending SPC meetings, including one that will be held at SER’s annual meeting in June 2020. She is also coordinating SPC webinars, where epidemiology students and professionals can gain both soft and hard skills that they may not have received in their formal training, such as grant writing.
Ms. Petersen’s main goal in her new role is to ensure relevant and impactful topics and pressing public health issues are covered through the webinars and journal club.
“As epidemiologists, I think we are more effective when we work with other disciplines,” says Ms. Petersen. “I’m working to make sure that the topics at these events are ones that, when appropriate, attract a broader audience, so we can get a broader perspective on pressing issues such as obesity and racial disparities.”Friday Letter Submission, Publish on October 11