BIOS postdoc wins Biometrics’ Paper of the Year award

Jan. 17, 2014

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Josh Warren

Joshua Warren, PhD, postdoctoral research associate in biostatistics at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, was selected recently as author of the best paper published in 2011 or 2012 in the journal Biometrics.

His work, “Spatial-temporal modeling of the association between air pollution exposure and preterm birth: identifying critical windows of exposure,” appeared in the journal’s December 2012 issue.

Sponsored by the International Biometric Society (IBS), the award is given biennially for articles from the previous two years that journal editors determine to be of highest quality and importance.

“The selection committee had a difficult task, with a large field of high-quality papers to look at,” wrote John Hinde, IBS president, in a letter to Warren. “To win is a clear recognition of outstanding work.”

“My co-authors and I are extremely honored to receive this award,” Warren said. “We are excited to find that our work was well received, and we hope that the article has a positive impact on future environmental health research.”

Warren is the second UNC biostatistics student to win the competitive award. In 2012, Yingqui Zhao won for 2011’s best Biometrics paper, “Detecting Disease Outbreaks Using Local Spatiotemporal Methods.”

Warren will accept the award at a professional meeting in Florence, Italy, in July.


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Gillings School of Global Public Health contact: David Pesci, director of communications, (919) 962-2600 or dpesci@unc.edu