I received an e-mail from the CDC that referred to me as a “well-known mesothelioma tissue researcher”.
I can’t say that I was “well-known” before this e-mail, but now that my e-mail address has been openly listed with 480 other recipients, it is now a certainty. Has no one heard of Bcc?
Although I have published 4 papers on diagnosis of mesothelioma, I can’t help feeling self-conscious about being listed with some of the notables on the list. I wonder if they noticed me or how they felt about the democratic lack of priority to the order.
More likely, they skipped to the poorly worded and not-so-anonymous (see bold text below) request for a survey response and hit delete.
Dear Mesothelioma Researchers:
The Mesothelioma Virtual Bank (MVB) supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is seeking your help in a study that will examine the information needs of mesothelioma researchers. This study will attempt to measure the variety and types of information used by mesothelioma researchers.
In the previous literature, there is no significant study that addresses the issue of the mesothelioma researcher’s information needs. As a well-known mesothelioma tissue researcher in the discipline, we hope that you will participate in this survey and fill out this questionnaire. Your participation is completely voluntary. You may withdraw at any time. There are no direct benefits to you for participating in this research study and there are no foreseeable risks associated with this study.
Through pilot testing it has been determined that the average time to complete this questionnaire is less than 15 minutes. All of your responses to these questions will remain confidential, indexed to your ID number (your email address).