Biostatistics News

Gillings Merit Scholars and Gillings Dissertation Awards announced

August 17, 2016 Sixteen students at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health have been selected as 2016-2017 recipients of Gillings Merit Scholarships or Gillings Dissertation Awards. The scholarship and dissertation award funds, established in 2010 to help the Gillings School recruit and support graduate students with exceptional promise and potential, were made possible through… Read more »

Indian scholar awarded P.K. Sen Distinguished Visiting Professorship

August 17, 2016 Sebastian George, PhD, associate professor in the Department of Statistics and Biostatistics at St. Thomas College, Palai, in Kerala, India, has been named P.K. Sen Distinguished Visiting Professor in Biostatistics at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. George, who is also an adjunct professor in the biostatistics department at Christian Medical… Read more »

Gillings School’s summer undergraduate training program inspires new group of young scholars

July 29, 2016 As the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s summer undergraduate training program comes to a close this week, participants and mentors are celebrating another season during which a diverse group of motivated young men and women were provided with opportunities to develop skills in public health research. The 2016 training program,… Read more »

Biostatistics’ Tan wins award for best paper in Canadian statistics journal

July 18, 2016 Xianming Tan, PhD, research associate professor of biostatistics at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has received the Statistical Society of Canada’s Canadian Journal of Statistics Award for his paper, “Variable selection and inference procedures for marginal analysis of longitudinal data with missing observations and covariate measurement error,” published online… Read more »

Gillings alumna LaVange elected ASA president

June 28, 2016 Lisa LaVange, PhD, 1983 alumna and former professor of biostatistics at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been elected the 113th president of the American Statistical Association (ASA). LaVange, who also served as the former director of the UNC Collaborative Studies Coordinating Center, will serve the ASA as president-elect… Read more »

Kosorok to co-lead NIH ‘Big Data’ supplemental grant to train doctoral students in biomedical sciences

June 28, 2016 The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) have awarded a $97,956 supplemental “Big Data to Knowledge”  (BD2K) grant to The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to train predoctoral students in data-centric, biomedical science issues during summer 2016. Michael R. Kosorok, PhD, W.R…. Read more »

Few adults aware of chemicals in cigarettes, study finds

June 22, 2016 Adults in the United States have little awareness of the chemical components of cigarette smoke, though many of them report having looked for information about the composition of tobacco products. In a study published in the journal BMC Public Health, researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill suggest that… Read more »

AJPH editorial proposes a ‘causal impact’ framework to improve public health decision making

June 13, 2016 In a recently published editorial, researchers from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health departments of epidemiology and biostatistics argue that a “causal impact” framework – one that includes internal and external validation and examines the effects of population-level interventions – could improve public health decision-making. Gillings School co-authors are Daniel… Read more »

Amy Richardson: An internship led to a great career

May 27, 2016 Public health led Amy Richardson, PhD, to Google. It wasn’t her expected career path, but the 2014 alumna of the Gillings School’s biostatistics department landed a job after an internship with the technology giant during the final year of her doctoral program. As a quantitative analyst in Google’s offices in Mountain View,… Read more »

Duke’s Berger delivers Greenberg Distinguished Lectures

May 16, 2016 James O. Berger, PhD, winner of the 2016 Greenberg Distinguished Lecturer Award, presented three talks on May 12 and 13 as part of the 2016 Bernard G. Greenberg Distinguished Lecture Series. The series is hosted by the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Department of Biostatistics. Berger, Arts and Sciences Professor… Read more »