Epidemiology Section October 2010 Newsletter

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Dear Epidemiology Section Members,  
We enjoyed seeing everyone again at the TOS meeting in San Diego.  Please find a copy of the meeting minutes attached.

Our next conference call for the section will be held on 01 Nov 2010 at 12-noon (EST).  To join the call, please call 1.605.715.4920 and entry the access code 763.6067.

The following agenda items will be discussed:

1)      Introduction of new section officers

2)      Symposium planning working group

3)      Mentoring program

4)      Electron membership roster

5)      Obesity Fact Book working group

If you are unable to attend the conference call, please contact Jimmy Efird regarding symposium topic ideas (650.248.8282, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).  

To help with mentor planning, please contact Meghan M. Slining.


We encourage everyone to participate in our electronic section membership roster. An example is enclosed, with a template on the second slide. Please add your photo and fill in the informational sections. This will be distributed to our interest group to help us get to know one another.  Please email the completed powerpoint slide as is (do not convert to a pdf) to Caroline Fox.


TOS Mentoring Program
What is the TOS Mentoring Program?

The TOS Mentoring program is intended to assist students, postdocs, and junior faculty members plan their careers with the advice of more experienced colleagues. The length of the mentoring relationship is determined by the mentor/mentee match, with a minimum of one meeting either in-person or through email.

How does the program work?

Both mentors and mentees will complete an information form with basic information and interest in discussing a variety of mentoring topics. The Mentoring Subcommittee will match mentors and mentees based on shared goals and interests. Participants will be notified by email about their match and provided contact information to initiate the relationship.

Who can participate?

Requirements to be a mentor:

  • You have an advanced degree and experience in obesity research.
  •  You are willing to provide mentorship, via email or in-person, for at least one session and for an extended period if desired.

Requirements to be a mentee:

  • You are interested in discussing career development, research or professional challenges with a more experienced colleague.
  • You are willing to take responsibility for the mentoring relationship, initiating the first meeting and following up with your mentor match.

Mentees can select more than one mentor, perhaps for different purposes, and mentors can counsel more than one mentee.

How do I sign up?

Contact to Meghan Slining with the following information:

Name, Title, Institution and desired role (Mentor or Mentee)
The Mentoring Subcommittee will send information forms to all respondents which will be returned by January 10, 2010.  Matches will be made in late January and mentor/mentee pairs will be notified shortly thereafter.
I am looking forward to hearing from you! 

Jimmy Efird, PhD
The Obesity Society
Epidemiology Section Chair

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