Author: Andrew Van Wasshnova

November 2021

Dear CSE Colleagues, In the hustle and bustle ahead of the CSE Fall Symposium and my own organization’s annual ‎meeting, I neglected to draft an October president’s letter. Please forgive me and let this ‎message stand in for two. This year’s fall symposium, our second iteration of this virtual event, was very different from the […]

June 2021

Dear CSE Colleagues, For those of us in the US mid-Atlantic region and parts of the Midwest, the past few weeks have been filled with the buzzing alien sounds of Brood X cicadas, also known as the Great Eastern Brood, who emerged this spring after 17 years underground. The sound of trillions of cicadas singing […]

May 2021

Dear CSE Colleagues, I hope you are all well and were able to participate in CSE’s Virtual Annual Meeting a ‎few weeks ago. I’d like to reiterate here what I said at the business meeting: It has been a ‎true pleasure to work with Past President Carissa Gilman over the last year. As a leader, […]

April 2021

Dear CSE Colleagues, Next week is our annual meeting, which is the culmination of a year of planning and hard work by our ‎Program Committee, led by co-chairs Emma Shumeyko and Brittany Swett. Emma, Brittany, and I ‎spent a lot of time discussing the theme of this year’s meeting. We wanted to keep it positive […]

March 2021

Dear CSE Colleagues, Earlier today I went to a mass vaccination site to get my first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. While I was ‎waiting in line for my number to be called, I kept thinking back to my first letter to you as CSE president, ‎when I wrote, “I remain optimistic about the power […]

January 2021

Dear CSE Colleagues, Many of us have been anticipating this new year for so long that it is hard to believe it is finally here. We ‎are weary from uncertainty, worry, anger, and loss. And, unfortunately, this year did not get off to the ‎auspicious start many of us might have hoped. Instead, we find […]

October 2020

Dear CSE Colleagues, I have just finished day 2 of the CSE Fall Symposium, and already I can’t wait to listen to the recordings for the concurrent sessions I was unable to attend. Our 2020 Program Committee Co-chairs Emilie Gunn and Peter Olson put together a fantastic lineup of content that was topical, relevant, and […]

September 2020

Dear CSE Colleagues, Next week (September 21-25) is Peer Review Week, and the theme this year, Trust in Peer Review, could not be more timely in light of the current pandemic. All around us, we see the repercussions of a failure of trust in science, as people chafe against mask mandates and ignore social distancing […]

May 2020

Dear CSE Colleagues, I hope you were able to join us at the annual business meeting. But if you weren’t, I want to start by reiterating what an honor it is to take the gavel from Past President Dana Compton. Dana and I served as Program Co-Chairs for the 2016 Annual Meeting in Denver, and […]

April 2020

Dear CSE Colleagues, It’s hard to believe this is the last President’s letter I’ll be writing. The past three years that I’ve served as Vice President, President-Elect, and President, have been rewarding, challenging, and—especially recently!—full of the unexpected. It’s been an honor serving CSE, and I thank you all for entrusting me with leadership of […]