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Doug Schaubel (Professor of Biostatistics) and Ananda Sen (Research Associate Professor in Biostatistics), Fellows of the American Statistical Association
Profesor Doug Schaubel and Research Associate Professor Ananda Sen have been selected as ASA (American Statistical Association) Fellows . Congratulations to both for this well-deserved honor.
Professor Jeremy Taylor, Director of a Center to focus on the Statistics of Cancer Research
Professor Jeremy Taylor as the director of a new collaborative center focused on biostatistical research and analysis in cancer. The center is housed in the Department of Biostatistics. (News Release)
Professor Michael Elliott on NPR: UM study links lower MEAP scores to lead exposure
Professor Michael Elliott on NPR: UM study links lower MEAP scores to lead exposure. Statcom student Nanhua Zhang (now an assistant professor at the University of South Florida) worked with Elliott, Detroit City epidemiologist and former SPH student Harolyn Baker, and others at the Detroit Department of Health and Detroit School District in a study that that links lead exposure in children to lower achievement on standardized tests. The study is published in the March 2013 issue of the American Journal of Public Health.
Professor Goncalo Abecasis received prestigious Overton Prize Award by the International Society for Computational Biology
Professor Goncalo Abecasis has been awarded the prestigious Overton Prize Award by the International Society for Computational Biology. ISCB established the Overton Prize in memory of G. Christian Overton, a major contributor to the field of bioinformatics and founding member of the ISCB Board of Directors, who died unexpectedly in 2000. The Overton Prize is awarded annually to an emerging scientist, in the early to middle stage of their career, who is recognized for outstanding accomplishment and significant contribution to the field of computational biology through research, education, and/or service.
Chen Hu selected as the winner of the student paper award
Chen Hu, a recent Ph.D. graduate from the Department of Biostatistics advised by Professot Tsodikov, has been selected as the winner of the student paper award of the Biopharmaceutical Section of American Statistical Association (ASA) 2013, for the third paper of his doctoral dissertation "A Frailty-based Progressive Multistate Model for Progression and Death in Cancer Studies" . For a reminder, the second paper of his dissertation titled "Joint Modeling Approach for Semicompeting Risks Data with Missing Nonterminal Event Status" was selected as the Young Investigator Award, Statistics in Epidemiology of ASA in 2012, and the first paper titled "Semiparametric Regression Analysis for Time-to-Event Marked Endpoints in Cancer Studies" was selected as the student travel award of 9th International Conference on Health Policy Statistics in 2011. Congratulations!
Professors Bhramar Mukherjee and Veronica Berrocal receive a Stage I grant from the Gilbert Whitaker Fund for the Improvement of Teaching
Professors Mukherjee and Berrocal were part of a team that was awarded a Stage I Gilbert Whitaker fund for the Improvement of Teaching
Xuejing Wang, Shi Li and Jared Foster receive a travel award for ENAR 2013
The ENAR Distinguished Student Paper Awards Committee, has selected Xuejing Wang, a Ph.D. student supervised by Professor Bin Nan, Shi Li, A Ph.D.student supervised by Professor Bhramar Mukherjee and Jared Foster, a Ph.D. supervised by Professor Jeremy Taylor and Professor Bin Nan to receive a travel award for the meeting that will take place in Orlando, Floirda March 10-13, 2013. Congratulations!
Peisong Han received two paper awards this year
Peisong Han, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Biostatistics, supervised by Dr. Lu Wang received two paper awards this year (2012), one from JSM (Joint Statistical Meetings) and the other from ICSA (International Chinese Statiscal Association. Congratulations!
Yang Shi received the Rackham Centennial Fellowship Award for 2012
Yang Shi, a Ph.D. student supervised by Dr. Hui Jiang received the Rackham Centennial Fellowship Award for 2012. This award, created in celebration of the Graduate School’s 100th anniversary, is designed to enable graduate students enrolled in a Rackham program to work on research, scholarly, or creative projects in collaboration with faculty mentors during the Spring/Summer 2012 term to advance progress towards the degree and their future impact as “Michigan Graduate Students in the World”. Congratulations!
Zhichao Sun, recipient of the 2012 Global Public Health Pre-Dissertation Travel AwardZhichao Sun, a Ph.D. Student, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Biostatistics, supervised by Dr. Bhramar Mukherjee, received the 2012 Global Public Health Pre-Dissertation Travel Awards from the UM Global Public Health Initiative. Congratulations!
Chen Hu, recipient of two awards this academic year
Chen Hu, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Biostatistics, supervised by Dr. Tsodikov received two awards this academic year: the Statistics Young Investigator Award (ASA) and a Student Travel Award to the 9th International Conference on Health Policy Statistics. Congratulations!
Department of Biostatistics Student Awards for the academic year 2011-2012
Best First-Year Masters Student: Jingchunzi Shi
Zhuqing Liu, recipient of RAB Poster Student Award in the ENAR 2012
Zhuqing Lin, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Biostatistics, supervised by Dr. Timothy Johnson, received the Regional Advisory Board (RAB) Poster Student Award at the ENAR Conference 2012. He was one of 8 students selected out of 140. Congratulations!
Professors Mousumi Banerjee and Bhramar Mukherjee elected ASA Fellows, 2012
The American Statistical Association (ASA), the nation’s preeminent professional statistical society, announced on May 10
Tara Smith receives the 2012 "Excellence in Staff Service Award"
Tara Smith, Administrative Assistant Senior in the Department of Biostatistics received the Excellence in Staff Service Award for 2012. Congratulations to Tara for this well-deserved award.
Professor Bhramar Mukherjee receives SPH Faculty Excellence in Teaching award
Each year the University of Michigan School of Public Health recognizes a faculty member for outstanding Teaching accomplishment.
Yijiang Li, recipient of Distinguished Student Paper Award
Yijiang Li received the International Biometric Society’s Eastern North American Region (ENAR) Distinguished Student Paper Awards for the 2012 ENAR Spring Meetings in Washington, DC. The award recognizes his excelent paper entitled "Optimization and simulation of an evolving kidney paired donation (KPD) program" . Yijiang Li is a Ph.D. student supervised by both Drs. Peter Song and Jack Kalbfleisch. Congratulations!
Professor Roderick Little, recipient of the Fisher Lectureship and Award for 2012
Professor Roderick Little is the recipient of the Fisher Lectureship and Award for 2012. The Fisher Lectureship and Award, awarded annually, was established in 1963 by the Committee of Presidents of Statistical Societies (COPSS) to honor the outstanding contributions of the late Sir Ronald Aylmer Fisher, and those of a current statistician, on aspects of statistics and probability that closely relate to the scientific collection and interpretation of data. The award exists to recognize the importance of statistical methods for scientific investigations. Congratulations !
Qi Gong, recipient of the 2012 John Van Ryzin Award!
Qi Gong's manuscript entitled "Partly Conditional Estimation of the Effect of a Time-Dependent Factor in the Presence of Dependent Censoring", has been selected as the best paper submitted this year to the International Biometric Society’s Eastern North American Region (ENAR) Distinguished Student Paper Award Competition. Qi Gong, is a Ph.D. student supervised by Dr. Douglas Schaubel. Congratulations!
Professor Roderick Little elected to the Institute of Medicine
Professor Roderick Little has been elected to the Institute of Medicine. Congratulations for this well-deserved honor. Election to the IOM is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine and recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service.
Nicole Fenech receives the 2011 "Excellence in Staff Service Award"
Nicole Fenech, Student Administrative Coordinator in the Department of Biostatistics received the Excellence in Staff Service Award for 2011. Congratulations to Nicole for this well-deserved award.
SPH Excellence in Research awarded to Professor Jack Kalbfleisch
During the School of Public Health commencement ceromonies on April, 28, 2011, Jack Kalbfleisch, Ph.D. Professor of Biostatistics and Statistics, and Director of the Kidney Epidemiology and Cost Center (KECC) received the Excellence in Research Award. Congratulations for this well-deserved honor.
Meihua Wu, Rena Jie Sun and Kevin Zhe Hi win ENAR Student Awards
Three of our Ph.D. students have won an ENAR student award. Meihua Wu for his paper entitled "Designing Longitudinal Studies with Repeated Measures: the Case of Salivary Cortisol in the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis"; Rena Jie Sun for "A Risk-Adjusted O-E CUSUM with a V-mask for Monitoring Medical Outcomes" and Kevin Zhi He for "Modifications of and Alternatives to the Standardized Mortality Ratio in Evaluating Center-Specific Mortality". Congratulations!