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Heart attack victims on Medicaid, from poor areas, face longer delays reaching hospital: study

September 25, 2008 People with Medicaid insurance and living in neighborhoods with lower household incomes appear less likely to reach the hospital within two hours of having a heart attack, according to a new study. Kathryn Rose, PhD Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Public Health say patients tend… Read more »

Nearly half of U.S. adults will develop painful knee osteoarthritis by age 85: study

September 03, 2008 Dr. Todd Schwartz Almost half of all U.S. adults and nearly two-thirds of obese adults will develop painful osteoarthritis of the knee by age 85, a study based at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill suggests. Dr. Gary Koch Co-authors of the study include biostatistics faculty members Todd A. Schwartz,… Read more »

CSCC Registry

  In the first half of 2008, the Collaborative Studies Coordinating Center was awarded two nation-wide patient registries which aim to dramatically simplify the gathering of patient data, among other benefits. Maintaining registries is new to the Center, so these opportunities provide a chance to develop fresh data harvesting and management techniques. “We are very… Read more »

Kosorok Named IMS Fellow

Michael R. Kosorok, Ph.D., Chair and Professor of Biostatistics, has been named Fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics (IMS). Fellowship in the IMS recognizes distinction in research in statistics or probabibility by publication of independent work of merit. Kosorok was inducted as Fellow at the IMS Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah on… Read more »

UNC professor appointed to National Institute of Statistical Sciences board

July 30, 2008 Dr. Michael Kosorok University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill biostatistics professor Michael Kosorok has been appointed to the board of trustees of the National Institute of Statistical Sciences. Kosorok is chair of the biostatistics department in the UNC School of Public Health and also teaches in the statistics and operations research… Read more »

IMS Collections Publishes Volume in Honor of Dr. Sen

The first issue of the new Institute of Mathematical Statistics (IMS) Collections series has been published. Volume 1 in the series, Beyond Parametrics in Interdisciplinary Research: Festschrift in Honor of Professor Pranab K. Sen, is edited by N. Balakrishnan, Edsel Pena, and Mervyn J. Silvapulle. This volume covers “beyond parametrics” approaches which include nonparametrics, semi-parametrics,… Read more »

NISS Board of Trustees Named for 2008-09 Fiscal Year

The National Institute of Statistical Sciences (NISS) announced its Board of Trustees members for the Fiscal 2008-2009 year. The Board approved the new members unanimously. Members of the board serve three-year terms. Joining the NISS Board of Trustees are: Mary Ellen Bock, Purdue University Keith Soper, Merck Clifford Spiegelman, Texas A&M University Michael Kosorok, University… Read more »

2008 Biostatistics Staff Awards

The Department of Biostatistics recently recognized staff members for achievements during the year through the Star Heels awards program. This program, sponsored by TIAA-CREF, allows departments to award a $25 gift certificate to a deserving employee. The following employees are our Star Heels winners: Deborah Marean (SRU), Jeff Oberhaus (CSCC), and Pingping Wu (CSCC). James… Read more »

Kupper Co-Authors Book

Dr. Lawrence L. Kupper, Alumni Distinguished Professor of Biostatistics, has recently co-authored a book with Dr. Stephen M. Rappaport of the University of California, Berkeley. Published in March of 2008, this book is entitled Quantitative Exposure Assessment, and it describes about two decades of published collaborative research work between Drs. Kupper and Rappaport describing state-of-the-art… Read more »

UNC’s Alumni Association honors Gillingses, Moeser

May 13, 2008 Dennis and Joan Gillings Former UNC biostatistics professor Dennis Gillings and his wife, Joan Gillings, former staff member at the University of North Carolina School of Public Health, were recognized May 10 by the university’s General Alumni Association (GAA) for their commitment to UNC. Dr. and Mrs. Gillings, who have generously supported… Read more »