SETAC Globe - Environmental Quality Through Science
19 June 2014
Volume 15 Issue 6

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Global Executive Director’s Corner

Charlie Menzie, SETAC Global Executive Director

I am thrilled to be able to serve as your next Global Executive Director. Mike Mozur left big shoes to fill, and I am grateful I had the opportunity to collaborate with and learn from him. I think it was fortunate that my selection was first announced at the SETAC Europe meeting in Basel, Switzerland. What a terrific event! It featured an incredible mix of SETAC’s diverse environmental sciences combined with unbridled excitement and enthusiasm of members, all amid incredible architecture, museums and evening haunts. The SETAC Europe staff in Brussels, with help from their SETAC North America team members, organized quite a show. I witnessed the SETAC Science Slam. When we were not laughing, we were learning from the contestants. If you haven’t seen it, you should watch the catchy SETAC Science Slam video. The auditorium where the event was held was packed, and it was a testament to how SETAC members combine their intellectual, creative and fun-loving attributes.

My primary goal is to work with others within SETAC to help keep our society a rewarding, professional home for its members. SETAC is unique in that it not only provides an opportunity to present our science and learn from others, but it also offers a place where we can grow personally and professionally. Mentoring and volunteering are two key aspects of being a SETAC member, and these can happen at so many different levels. Together with the tripartite nature of SETAC, the society provides a unique experience and an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of other scientists a well as in our world. And, the world needs informed input on scientific and other technical matters. 

SETAC is truly a global society, and for me that presents one of my major responsibilities. Over the next year, I will focus on working with SETAC Africa, Asia/Pacific and Latin America. As our society grows geographically, there will be periods of transition during which we build membership toward tripartite participation, build capacity for science programs and technical capabilities, and work out the logistics of membership. There is no substitute for face-to-face meetings, and I will make an effort to meet with representatives of all geographic units (GUs) over the coming year. And, I will be working with the SETAC offices as they continue to support our GUs.

I will also be working with Ellen Mihaich, coordinator of the Global Partners Program, to reach out to our partners to gain their insights on scientific needs and capacity building, to discuss the proposed SETAC certification and accreditation programs, and to stimulate student participation. Furthermore, we are very interested in having our global partners participate in the development of young GUs such as Africa and Latin America.

Finally, I will engage with our science leaders and journal editors to help ensure that SETAC continues to offer the most relevant programs and opportunities for publishing. Please consider SETAC journals to be your first choice for publication. Not only will you gain visibility among the most relevant peer group, but you will increase the overall quality and impact of the journals as they become increasingly recognized as the “go to” publications for environmental toxicology and chemistry.

I have derived many professional benefits through my SETAC collaborations. My success in this new role will involve expanding those connections and relying upon SETAC’s many volunteers to make good things happen. I look forward to that. I always have an “open door” and weclome your ideas, questions and concerns..

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