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Daniela Witten
Daniela Witten
Daniela Witten elected Fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics
Daniela Witten, professor of statistics and biostatistics at University of Washington, and the Dorothy Gilford Endowed Chair in Mathematical Statistics, has been elected a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics (IMS).
Healthcare workers stand at the entrance of a Covid-19 hospital in Ahmedabad in January 2022. Photograph: Amit Dave/Reuters
Healthcare workers stand at the entrance of a Covid-19 hospital in Ahmedabad in January 2022. Photograph: Amit Dave/Reuters
Covid-19: India accused of trying to delay WHO revision of death toll
The Guardian,

India has called into question the methodology used by the WHO to calculate its death toll from Covid-19. Jon Wakefield, a professor of statistics and biostatistics at the University of Washington who was one of those involved in the modelling for the WHO, released a statement that explained the methodology in detail and rebutted the claims made by the Indian government about the veracity of the modelling.

India mass cremation site, photo courtesy Atul Loke for NYTimes
India mass cremation site, photo courtesy Atul Loke for NYTimes
India is Stalling the W.H.0.'s Efforts to Make Global Covid Death Toll Public
New York Times,

Jon Wakefield, UW professor of statistics and biostatistics who played a key role in building the model used for estimates of the World Health Organization global data of COVID death estimates is quoted in this story and says the numbers represent what statisticians and researchers call “excess mortality” — the difference between all deaths that occurred and those that would have been expected to occur under normal circumstances.

Ellen Graham
Ellen Graham
PhD student Ellen Graham receives ASA’s Gertrude M. Cox Scholarship
Ellen Graham, a biostatistics PhD student at the University of Washington School of Public Health, has been awarded the Gertrude M. Cox Scholarship by the American Statistical Association (ASA).
Close up of different multivitamin and supplement pills
Close up of different multivitamin and supplement pills
Do multivitamins and supplements like cocoa flavanols keep cancer, heart disease away?
Fred Hutch News,

“It’s a multivitamin industry with really limited data to support their use,” said Dr. Garnet Anderson ('89), director of the Public Health Sciences Division of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. “At least not here in the U.S. where we have access to high-quality foods.”