February 2021

Dear CSE Colleagues,

Carissa Gilman, CSE President

It’s sunny and warm in Atlanta today after what felt like weeks of cold rain, and it’s starting to seem like ‎spring might actually arrive soon. That means the 2021 CSE Virtual Annual Meeting is right around the ‎corner, and I could not be more excited about what the Program Committee, led by co-chairs Emma ‎Shumeyko and Brittany Swett, have planned for us. Between a robust schedule of concurrent sessions, ‎keynote and plenary speakers Dr. Michael Osterholm and Jessica Malaty Rivera, ethics debate, ‎roundtables, virtual exhibition hall, and social events, we have a lot planned for you. I hope you’ll save the ‎date for May 3-5 to be part of this event. One of the benefits of a virtual meeting is that full registration ‎grants you access to recordings of all the sessions, which helps alleviate some of the tough decisions ‎surrounding which sessions to attend. I know you’ll find this year’s meeting to be relevant, informative, ‎and engaging.‎

The CSE Education Committee continues to work on various initiatives, including webinars, short course ‎development, and assisting with podcast content generation. We thank Andrea Kunz of the Society for ‎Immunotherapy of Cancer for her tireless leadership as Chair of the Webinar Subcommittee and are sad ‎that she has decided to step down. However, we are thrilled that Randy Townsend of the American ‎Geophysical Union has agreed to assume this important position. We are excitedly working on reinventing ‎the committee with new members and look forward to holding monthly meetings to discuss educational ‎content opportunities. Stay tuned for thought-provoking new webinar content and more from the CSE ‎Education Committee!‎ And if interested in joining, contact CSE for more information.

This month, the CSE Membership Committee has selected its 2021 CSE scholarship recipients, and we look ‎forward to introducing them to the rest of the organization soon. We are also very pleased to welcome ‎new members to the committee: Virginia Ramsey of the American Society of Nephrology, Christina ‎Bennett of the American Chemical Society, and Doug Parker of the American Society of Civil Engineers.‎

This week, we announced an outstanding slate of candidates for the CSE Board of Directors. Please make ‎your voice heard by casting your ballot to elect the newest leaders of our organization. Thanks go to Past ‎President Dana Compton and the entire Nominating Committee for their work in putting forth such a ‎talented and dedicated slate of nominees. Voting will close Monday, March 8, so be sure to take a few ‎moments to review each candidate’s vision statement and enter your selections.‎

Finally, I am pleased to announce that we have a winner in our Virtual Happy Hours Rebranding ‎Competition. These events, which can range from social gatherings, information sessions, discussions, or ‎networking events—or a combination of all at once—will now be known as CSE Connect. Congratulations ‎to Christina Nelson for submitting the winning selection. Our next event will be Friday, March 5 and will ‎feature Patty Baskin and Leslie Neistadt talking about the CSE Mentorship Program. I hope you will join us ‎for this fun and informal networking opportunity.‎ RSVP today!

Our committees and task forces are working on many more initiatives to drive our mission and goals ‎forward. If you haven’t already, be sure to renew your membership before the deadline of March 31 to ‎take advantage of all CSE has to offer this year.‎


New Year, New Volunteer Opportunities

New to CSE? Looking to expand your professional network? Or, simply wanting to gain new skills? Consider getting involved with a CSE committee! Engaging with your Council provides a unique opportunity to build your professional and personal network, while gaining experience in things you might not typically be exposed to in your day-to-day work.

Most committees meet monthly for an hour, and additional work outside of the committee is normally minimal, tacking on maybe an extra hour of “homework.”

Committees that could use a few extra leaders include:

  • Development/Sponsorship
  • Education
  • Marketing
  • Membership

If interested, please email CSE to get connected.


Welcome to the Newest Members of CSE!

Thawatchai Akaraviputh
Terry Anderson
Courey Averett
Teresa Barensfeld
Jennifer Black
Laurie Cohen
Marnie Colton
Amanda Delzer Hill
Leah Ellman-Stortz
Cath Ennis
Gregory Gores
Faegheh Hoshyargar
Barbara Hyde
George Kroumpouzos
Howard Lipshitz
Jessica Pettitt
Deborah Prince
Julie Quinn
Virginia Ramsey
Kali Tal
Iana Ushko


CSE Members Celebrating Anniversaries!

Each month, CSE will recognize its members celebrating a milestone anniversary. We are grateful for your continued involvement in our Council!

10 Years of Membership
Augustine Okhamafe
Morgan Sorenson
Trista Wagoner