Welcome to the BiosBeat communication tool for the Department of Biostatistics at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health! Here you will find a collection of the latest department news, special features, dates to save, and much more. So, read on, enjoy, and be sure to regularly check back for updates!

In this edition:

Foard Lecture Thursday, April 5th at 4:45pm – Gina Kolata, NY Times science writer
Focus on Bios Alumni – WRAL segment on Dr. Cicely Mitchell, DrPH 2011
High profile paper in Biometrika
News from ENAR 2018 in Atlanta
ATN project leadership now includes Dr. LaVange
Phi Betta Kappa Spring Inductees Announced

Important Dates

Foard Lecture is Thursday, April 5th at 4:45pm – Gina Kolata, NY Times science writer

Foard Lecture – Thursday, April 5th at 4:45pm – Gina Kolata, NY Times science writer

This year’s Foard lecture is a component of an interdisciplinary symposium to mark the 100th anniversary of one of the deadliest pandemics in human history hosted April 4-6, 2018, by jointly by UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health, UNC Libraries, UNC’s Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases, the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and RTI International.

In conjunction with the Foard lecture, it has been announced that Biostatistics Professor Anastasisa Ivanova has been given membership in the Delta Omega Theta Chapter, at the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health. Delta Omega is the honorary Public Health Society and recognizes Dr. Ivanova for her professional achievement and leadership in Public Health. Learn more at

Alumna in the News – Dr. Cicely Mitchell

Raleigh station WRAL recently aired a piece on our alumna Cicely Mitchell, DrPH 2011 who is our star of April.  Click picture above to view the piece on her work professionally and in the community.

Michael Hudgens is a keynote speaker at EuroCIM

Hudgens’ April 13th talk at the Florence, Italy meeting is Causal Inference in the Presence of Interference.

UNC at ENAR 2018

Congratulations to Samuel I. Berchuck recipient of Best Poster Award for A Spatially Varying Change Point Model for Determining Glaucoma Progression Using Visual Field Data.

Two UNC students Briana Stephenson and Byron Jaeger traveled to the meeting as recipients of 2018 ENAR Distinguished Student Paper awards.

UNC Alums Professor Daniela Sotres, DrPH 2010  and Naomi Brownstein, PhD 2013 have both been appointed Members of ENAR Regional Advisory Board and will join Professor Michael Hudgens now completing his term this year.

ATN Project is observing National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day – April 10th

Click picture link above to learn more.
Biostatistics Professors LaVange and Hudgens are PIs with the CSCC’s Myra Carpenter of the CSCC are the PIs of ATN’s Coordinating Center.

The March 2018 issue of Biometrika includes a first authored publication by Departmental alumnus Yunro Chung (PhD 2016). The paper, “Partial likelihood estimation of isotonic proportional hazards models,” is co-authored by UNC’s Anastasia Ivanova, Jason Fine, and Michael Hudgens. Dr. Chung is currently a post-doctoral research fellow in the Biostatistics & Biomathematics Program of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle.

Congratulations to Griffin J. Bell, Jameson Deans Blount, Katherine Gora Combs, Saster He, and Lukas Alexander Lyon recently inducted into Phi Beta Kappa!

Save the Date – Greenberg Lecturer – May 14-15

2018 Greenberg Lecturer will be Jamie Robins, Mitchell L. and Robin LaFoley Dong Professor of Epidemiology at Harvard University.

Important Student Date Reminders

For more Gillings School events, view the school’s event calendar.