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Biostatistics News

BIOS students win travel awards for ASA conference

February 23, 2016 Lu Mao and Jingxiang (Sean) Chen, doctoral students in biostatistics at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, have been accorded American Statistical Association (ASA) travel awards. The awards will support their presenting research at the 2016 ASA Joint Statistical Meetings (JSM) in Chicago, to be held July 30–Aug. 4. Mao,… Read more »

Former US Assistant Surgeon General guides the Gillings School toward a ‘culture of health’

February 13, 2016 “Every day, you should take your dog for a long walk – even if you don’t have a dog!” says Penny Slade-Sawyer, with a grin. Slade-Sawyer, a retired rear admiral in the U.S. Public Health Service, former assistant surgeon general in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and former director… Read more »

Law firm honors Dennis Gillings with additional support for Gillings School

February 10, 2016 In support of the work of the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, and in honor of Dennis Gillings, PhD, CBE, the partners of Smith, Anderson, Blount, Dorsett, Mitchell & Jernigan, LLP, have established the Dennis Gillings Leadership Endowment Fund. Smith Anderson’s gift was made in honor of Gillings’ recent retirement… Read more »

Two biostatistics students honored with Distinguished Paper Award

February 2, 2016 Biostatistics doctoral students at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health have won two of 20 Distinguished Student Paper Awards accorded annually by the International Biometric Society’s Eastern North American Region (ENAR). The students, Alex Wong and Jingxiang Chen, were recognized for their papers’ “excellent quality and significant contributions to statistical methodology… Read more »

Gillings School student, alumnus among first cohort of Schwarzman Scholars

January 11, 2016 The two UNC recipients of the inaugural Schwarzman Scholars program award both represent the Gillings School of Global Public Health. Larry Han, a senior, and Max Seunik, a 2015 alumnus, have been awarded the elite China-based scholarship, which is modeled after the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship and founded by American financier and Blackstone… Read more »

Hamer, research professor of biostatistics, passes away

January 6, 2015 Robert M. Hamer, PhD, research professor of biostatistics at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and professor of psychiatry at the UNC School of Medicine, died in his home in Chapel Hill, North Carolina on Dec. 28, 2015. He was 65 years old. Hamer earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology… Read more »

Herring named distinguished professor for achievements in biostatistical, environmental health

December 10, 2015 Amy H. Herring, ScD, faculty member in the biostatistics department at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been named the Carol Remmer Angle Distinguished Professor of Children’s Environmental Health, effective Dec. 1. The professorship was established in 2003 to fund a distinguished teacher and scholar in the field of… Read more »

International Chinese Statistical Association honors Lin

December 10, 2015 Danyu Lin, PhD, Dennis Gillings Distinguished Professor of biostatistics at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, was recently celebrated by the International Chinese Statistical Association (ICSA). Lin received the organization’s 2015 Distinguished Achievement Award, which recognizes his overall body of work. “[We are] honored to present the Distinguished Achievement Award… Read more »

Cancer patient symptom surveys linked to reduced ER visits, improved survival and quality of life

December 7, 2015 Systematic collection of cancer patients’ symptoms using computer surveys was linked to less frequent emergency room admissions, longer average chemotherapy adherence, greater quality of life improvements, and improved survival, according to a new randomized, controlled trial spearheaded by a researcher at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The first-in-kind study,… Read more »

Study explores supply-side options to increase access to state psychiatric hospital beds

December 1, 2015 When patients with mental health needs cannot be properly treated through outpatient or general hospital care, state psychiatric hospitals act as the ultimate safety net. These state facilities are specifically designed and staffed to care for people with severe mental illness. Such hospitals can competently see patients through immediate crises as well… Read more »