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 of science to guide us through these most troubled times.” More than anything, I feel profoundly grateful to be the recipient of the product of the rapid and urgent science that went into developing an approved vaccine. At the same time, I recognize that not everyone benefits equally from this science, as the vaccine remains out of reach for most of the world’s population. We are a global community, and we are not safe unless all of us are safe. Thinking back to another letter, I said, “Science is what will bring an end to the continuing ravages of this pandemic.” While that remains true, we have seen the devastating effects wrought when science is hamstrung by government apathy and flawed policy. That is why I ask myself what we can do as scholarly publishing professionals to help address the issue of distribution inequality.
This is one question I hope to pose to our keynote and plenary speakers for this year’s annual meeting, to be held virtually May 3-5, 2021. Dr. Michael Osterholm and Jessica Malaty Rivera, both infectious disease experts, will speak to the role our scholarly community can play in supporting an improved crisis response through disseminating science, debunking misinformation, and rebuilding trust among communities. In addition to these general sessions, this year’s program committee, led by co-chairs Emma Shumeyko and Brittany Swett, have organized 24 outstanding concurrent sessions as well as roundtables, lunch and learns, and social events. Be sure to register by April 9, 2021, to lock in your early bird rate.
In addition to the annual meeting program, we will be offering 3 short courses—the April 30th Advanced Short Course on Publication Management; May 10th Short Course on Publication Management; and brand new this year, the May 6th Short Course on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Thank you to our short course director Brit Stamey for organizing these key educational offerings.
If you are looking for another way to get involved with CSE, the Certificate Program, led by subcommittee chair Morgan Sorenson, needs reviewers for projects from the program participants. This involves reviewing incoming project proposals from participants and offering advice or guidance if needed. This is a low time commitment for someone who is looking to volunteer for CSE but doesn’t have a lot of time to spare.
Finally, did you know Science Editor is now on Instagram? As an amateur photographer, Instagram is my favorite social media platform, so I’m particularly excited about this new way to engage with CSE. You can check out the feed here.
The May annual meeting will be here before we know it, and I do hope you will make the time to join us. I look forward to seeing you all soon.
Welcome to the Newest Members of CSE!
Janaynne Carvalho do Amaral
Natasha Morales Drissi
CSE Members Celebrating Anniversaries!
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10 Years of Membership