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Biostatistics News

Davis takes on leadership of CSCC

September 17, 2012 Dr. Sonia Davis Sonia Davis, DrPH, has been appointed director of the Collaborative Studies Coordinating Center (CSCC), part of the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health Department of Biostatistics. A UNC biostatistics alumna, Davis is now Professor of the Practice in the department.   “We wanted [as CSCC director] a biostatistician… Read more »

James Abernathy, renowned statistician and international demographer, dies Sept. 3

September 12, 2012 Dr. Abernathy James R. Abernathy, PhD, retired professor of biostatistics at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, died Sept. 3, 2012. He was 86.   Dr. Abernathy was a well-known international demographer who published dozens of statistical papers. He was a member of the American Public Health Association (APHA) and North… Read more »

Twelve receive Gillings Merit Scholarships

  September 10, 2012 Twelve students at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health have been designated as 2012-2013 Gillings Merit Scholars. The scholarships, established in 2010 to help the School recruit graduate students with exceptional promise and potential, are made possible through a $50 million gift to the School from Dennis Gillings and Joan… Read more »

School awarded $1.2 million EPA grant to continue computational toxicology research

  August 27, 2012   Dr. Ivan Rusyn Dr. Fred Wright The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded a three-year, $1.2 million grant for research conducted by the Carolina Center for Computational Toxicology. Ivan Rusyn, MD, PhD, professor of environmental sciences and engineering at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, will serve as… Read more »

Top 10 in 2012: The year’s most-read news stories

Top 10 in 2012: The year’s most-read news stories January 02, 2013   One of the most-read news articles on the Gillings School of Global Public Health website in 2012 was accompanied by a photograph of Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton shaking the hand of a Gillings faculty member. The faculty member in the… Read more »

Zeng wins ASA Young Scholar Award

Donglin Zeng, PhD, associate professor in the Department of Biostatistics, has won the American Statistical Association’s Gottfried E. Noether Young Scholar Award, established in 1999 to recognize distinguished researchers and teachers and to support research in nonparametric statistics. Zeng will receive the award at the annual meeting in Denver, August 3-7. Read more at www.amstat.org…. Read more »

HPV vaccine does not encourage less common HPV strains, study finds

July 26, 2012 Dr. Jennifer S. Smith A new study led by researchers at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health strengthens the argument for human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination in men. The research showed that the vaccine, which targets the two most common strains of the virus (HPV 16 and 18) likely would not cause… Read more »

Study finds 75 percent of Chinese adults at risk for diabetes or heart disease

  July 23, 2012   Dr. Penny Gordon-Larsen More than three-quarters of Chinese adults have at least one risk factor for Type 2 diabetes or cardiovascular disease, according to new data in a long-term study by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers and published July 19 in the journal Obesity. Rates of hypertension,… Read more »

Hudgens to be inducted as ASA fellow

Dr. Michael Hudgens Michael Hudgens, PhD, associate professor of biostatistics, will be inducted as a Fellow of the American Statistical Association at the 2012 Joint Statistical Meetings later this summer in San Diego, California. Nominated by their peers, ASA Fellows are members of established reputation who have made outstanding contributions in some aspect of statistical… Read more »

Zhao, doctoral student in biostatistics, wins ICSA student paper award

Yingqi Zhao Yingqi Zhao, biostatistics doctoral student at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has received the Jiann-Ping Hsu Pharmaceutical and Regulartory Sciences Student Paper Award. Zhao presented her research and received the award at the 21st Applied Statistics Symposium of the International Chinese Statistical Association (ICSA) held in Boston, MA on June 26,… Read more »