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An undergraduate experience with Gardens for Health International spurred first-year PhD student Avi Kenny’s interest in global health.

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As a math undergrad, Natalie Gasca was intrigued with patterns and statistics. Her drive to help people led her to pursue a doctorate in biostatistics.


New method to assess platelet health could help ER doctors

UW News
March 22, 2019
Tessa Rue (MS ’06), a research scientist with UW Biostat’s Center for Biomedical Statistics, is among the co-authors of research that created a novel system to identify emergency room patients in need of a blood transfusion.
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GSA Grants 2019 Elizabeth W. Jones Award for Excellence in Education to Bruce Weir

Genes to Genomics: a blog from the Genetics Society of America
March 8, 2019
Bruce Weir, PhD, of the University of Washington in Seattle is the recipient of the 2019 Genetics Society of America (GSA) Elizabeth W. Jones Award for Excellence in Education, in recognition of his work training thousands of researchers in the rigorous use of statistical analysis methods for genetic and genomic data.
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Four CATALyST scholars selected to train as learning health system scientists

Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute.
March 6, 2019
Biostatistics alum Rebecca Yates Coley (MS ’10, PhD ’14) is among the inaugural class of CATALyST scholars. The new program aims to train promising early-career scientists in the conduct of learning health systems research.
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Impact of rotavirus vaccine introduction in children less than 2 years of age presenting for medical care with diarrhea in rural Matlab, Bangladesh

Clinical Infectious Diseases
March 5, 2019
M. Elizabeth Halloran, UW professor of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, is one of the authors of a new-time-series analysis The study provides initial evidence of the population-level impact of rotavirus vaccines in children <2 years of age in Matlab, Bangladesh.
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‘More Data, More Problems:’ UW professor draws from experience to explain why big data is so complicated

The Daily of the University of Washington
March 4, 2019
Daniela Witten, a statistics and biostatistics professor at the UW, delivered a lecture March 1 about the unique and modern research problems that stem from big data. Witten drew examples from her own work to illustrate the complicated nature of big data statistics.
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