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Biostatistics News

Biostatistics presents Distinguished Alumnus, other department awards

March 29, 2017
Dr. Seunggeun (Shawn) Lee, assistant professor of biostatistics at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, was presented with the 2017 James E. Grizzle Distinguished Alumnus Award by the biostatistics department on March 23. Other department award winners also were honored.

Eight faculty members selected as 2017 ‘Celebrate Teaching!’ awardees

March 24, 2017
Eight faculty members were selected by their students to receive the 2017 “Celebrate Teaching!” Award. The annual award honors those “who have inspired students; enhanced student learning through creative, engaging and innovative teaching methods; and supported students’ academic success and professional development.”

Biostatistics student finalist for scholarship

March 8, 2017
Ting Wang, biostatistics doctoral student, is one of three finalists for the 2017 Thomas C. Chalmers Student Scholarship for the abstract of his paper, “Auxiliary-variable-enriched Biomarker Stratified Design.” The scholarship is awarded by the Society for Clinical Trials.

Gillings School is top public health school at public university for NIH funding

February 16, 2017
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has announced that the Gillings School was the top public health school at a public university in receiving NIH funding during fiscal year 2016. The School received 107 awards, for a total of $65,454,312 in funding.

BIOS student honored with ENAR’s Distinguished Paper Award

February 12, 2017
Biostatistics doctoral student Fei Gao has won a Distinguished Student Paper Award, presented by the Eastern North America Region (ENAR) of the International Biometric Society. Her advisers, Drs. Donglin Zeng and Danyu Lin, are co-authors of the paper.

Biostatistics researcher awarded ASA’s Norman Breslow Prize for outstanding paper

February 10, 2017
Dr. Qingning Zhou, postdoctoral research associate in biostatistics, received the American Statistical Association’s Norman Breslow Prize for her paper, “Outcome-dependent Sampling with Interval-censored Failure Time Data.” Her co-authors were Drs. Haibo Zhou and Jianwen Cai.

Maps in new UNC-led study show each state’s stroke risk factors at a glance

February 8, 2017
A new study led by Dr. Matthew Loop has produced data-rich maps of the United States that show the geographic distribution of key stroke-causing factors. On the maps, the Southeast, especially the states of Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee, display some of the highest prevalence of hypertension and diabetes among whites and blacks.

Study finds genetic variant that confirms shared genetic risk for kidney disease among Hispanics, American Indians

January 31, 2017
A new study, led by Drs. Nora Franceschini and Jianwen Cai, has found an Amerindian-specific genetic variant that influences a kidney trait in Hispanics/Latinos, thereby confirming shared genetic risk for kidney disease among Hispanics/Latinos and American Indians.

Study confirms that more activity, less sitting, reduces mortality risk

January 31, 2017
A new study led by Dr. Kelly Evenson reinforced findings that regular physical activity and less sedentary behavior reduces the risk of mortality.
The study, published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, used an accelerometer to assess participants’ physical activity and sedentary behavior.

Aaron Williams, RTI executive, former Peace Corps director, selected as Gillings School’s commencement speaker

January 25, 2017
Aaron Williams will present the Gillings School’s commencement address on May 13 at 1 p.m. in the Carmichael Arena. Williams is executive vice president for government relations and corporate communications at RTI International and past director of the U.S. Peace Corps.