Alumni Honors & Awards
- Dr. Debashis Ghosh, professor in the departments of statistics and public health sciences at Penn State University and an investigator at the Methodology Center, has been awarded the 2013 Mortimer Spiegelman Award. The award was created in 1970 by the Applied Public Health Statistics Section of the American Public Health Association (APHA) to honor a statistician, 40 years of age or younger, who has made outstanding contributions to health statistics, especially public health statistics. The award will be presented at the 2013 APHA meeting in November. Debashis works on the development and application of new statistical methodology for inferring causal effects from observational data. He is particularly interested in the development of machine learning methodologies for the analysis of observational data.
- Dr. Siobhan Brown, staff member of the Department of Biostatistics and working as a Research Scientist at the Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium Data Coordinating Center, and Dr. Scott Emerson are the first place winners in the ASA Biopharmaceutical Section’s “Best Contributed Paper” at the 2012 Joint Statistical Meetings. Their paper was titled “Active Control Trials with Adaptive Modification of Margin to Address Nonconstancy.”
Congratulations New Alumni!
- Matthew Bryan, Ph.D. - Methodology for Examining Differential Rates of Change for Longitudinal Data (Advisor: Patrick Heagerty); Next stop: Post-doc at the University of Washington.
- Michelle Ross, Ph.D. - The Bayesian Analysis of Data Arising From Complex Sampling Designs (Advisor: Jon Wakefield); Next stop: Post-doc at the University of Washington, BEBTEH.
- Shanshan Zhao, Ph.D. - Covariate Measurement Error Correction Methods in Mediation Analysis With Failuer Time Data (Advisor: Ross Prentice); Next stop: Post-doc at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.
- Miranda Bradford, MS - Relationship of Nightime Arousals and Nocturnal Cortisol in IBS and Normal Subjects (Co-Advisors: Barbara McKnight & Kevin Cain); Next stop: Continue work at Seattle Children's Hospital.
- Danielle Guffey, MS - Hosmer-Lemeshow Goodness-of-Fit Test: Translations to the Cox Proportional Hazards Model (Co-Advisors: Susanne May & William Barlow); Next stop: Continue work at the UW Clinical Trial Center ROC.
- Quenna Wong, MS - Assessing Measurement Error Correction for Genotype Imputation in GWAS (Co-Advisors: Robyn McClelland & David Yanez); Next stop: Continue work at University of Washington, CHSCC.
- Ms. Zheyu Wang will begin a tenure-track Assistant Professor position at Johns Hopkins University, Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center. Zheyu entered the Biostatistics graduate program in 2008 and plans to complete her PhD this summer. She is the recipient of the department’s 2010 Donovan J. Thompson Award for best combined performance on the PhD Theory and PhD Applied Exams, as well as the 2011 winner of the student paper competition in the ASA Health Policy Statistics Section at Joint Statistical Meetings. Zheyu has also garnered praise from faculty and students for her excellent teaching.
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