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2013 Archived Department News

Congratulations to Associate Professor Moo Chung on his upcoming appointment as a University Vilas Associate, beginning in Summer, 2013. This appointment, with its associated funding stream, will allow him to pursue his research on hidden topological structures in medical imaging data and their links to computational efficiency. His work will also pursue exploitation of such "hidden topology" to achieve greater discriminating power between distinct images. [28 Jan 2013]

Professor Dave DeMets was recently chosen as Chair-Elect of the Section on Statistics of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The AAAS "is an international non-profit organization dedicated to advancing science around the world by serving as an educator, leader, spokesperson and professional association. In addition to organizing membership activities, AAAS publishes the journal Science, as well as many scientific newsletters, books and reports, and spearheads programs that raise the bar of understanding for science worldwide".  [ AAAS webpage, 16 Jan 2013]


2012 Archived Department News

We offer hearty congratulations to Professor KyungMann Kim who was elected as a Fellow in the Section on Statistics of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. KyungMann was elected in recognition of his statistical methodology and collaborative research, his leadership, and his service to the profession. KyungMann has conducted ground-breaking methodology work in sequential analysis as applied to interim monitoring of ongoing trials, a critical area for modern cancer and other clinical trials. He has also ably served as Director of the UWCCC Biostatistics Shared Resource for over 15 years. However, his biostatistical contributions and leadership go far beyond the boundaries of UW, extending especially to cancer research on the "Asian rim", where he has participated in clinical research and teaching in a variety of capacities.

KyungMann is a role model for younger faculty on how to make an impact in research through his scholarship, his leadership and his service. We are proud to have him as a key faculty member in the Department. The AAAS Fellows election was held in October 2012 by the AAAS Council and the results were made public Friday. All new Fellows will be recognized for their contributions to science and technology at the Fellows Forum to be held on 16 February 2013 during the AAAS Annual Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts.

A full list of new Fellows is available here: http://www.aaas.org/news/releases/2012/1130fellows_2012.shtml 
[03 Dec 2012]


Assistant Professor Vikas Singh and his laboratory recently created an interactive, tablet computer-based demonstration for grade school children (of all ages!) at the Wisconsin Science Festival. Their exploration station, entitled "Interactive Parsing or Segmentation of Large Sets of Images" was extremely well-received.

2012 Wisconsin Science Fair 2012 Wisconsin Science Fair
"What does the world look like to a machine?" "Hands-on experience with a demonstration of human-guided cosegmentation software, learn more about how, exactly, a computer sees your photos."
Screen Shot of Application created for the 2012 Wisconsin Science Fair
"Screenshot of Computer Vision Application."

The human brain understands instinctively how to look at an image and see how it breaks up into different objects, but even after three decades of research, computers find this extremely hard. A recent thrust of research helps computers learn to do this task by looking at groups of related images, a technique called "cosegmentation".

A special thanks to Professor Singh's student, Maxwell Collins, who spent a great deal of time and effort working on the development of the android application. Read more on the story of Vikas' research on computer vision posted on the SMPH
website at: Researchers Trying to Get Computers to See as Humans Do  [30 Nov 2012]



"Computational Neuroanatomy:
The Methods"

Congratulations to Prof. Moo Chung on the publication of his new book entitled Computational Neuroanatomy: The Methods, earlier this month. Computational neuroanatomy is an emerging field that utilizes various non-invasive brain imaging modalities, such as MRI and DTI, in quantifying the spatiotemporal dynamics of the human brain structures in both normal and clinical populations. This discipline emerged about twenty years ago and has made substantial progress in the past decade. The main goals of this book are to provide an overview of various mathematical, statistical and computational methodologies used in the field to a wide range of researchers and students, and to address important yet technically challenging topics in further detail. The book pulls together much of the past decade or so of Prof. Chung's cutting edge research in this area.  [30 Nov 2012]


Ning Leng, a PhD Candidate in Statistics working with Professor Christina Kendziorski, has been selected as one of ten students to represent UW-Madison in the Howard Hughes Medical Institute's International Student Fellowship competition. HHMI is committed to the development of the most talented researchers studying in U.S. graduate institutions regardless of their country of origin. The HHMI International Student Research Fellowships are designed to facilitate the research training of outstanding international predoctoral students (who are ineligible for fellowship or training grant support through federal agencies) in the biomedical and related sciences, including physical and mathematical sciences. The University of Wisconsin-Madison will nominate ten students to be considered by HHMI this spring. Congratulations and Good Luck, Ning! [27 Nov 2012]

Congratulations to Associate Professors Sunduz Keles and Colin Dewey, together with Cell and Regenerative Biology Professor Emery Bresnick for receiving a prestigious multi-investigator award from the National Human Genome Research Institute. Using the ENCODE database of human DNA, the project seeks to develop new methods for analysing the areas of the genome that contain nearly identical repeating segments of base pairs. ENCODE did not include these repetitive areas in its earlier analysis.  
[05 Oct 2012]  See Story...

Congratulations to Biostatistics & Medical Informatics faculty member Professor Mark Craven who has recently been awarded three years of funding from the National Science Foundation for his work entitled "Active Learning with Rich Query Types on Networks and Trees". The project extends the paradigm of supervised machine learning, which requires labeled training instances, to the setting where learning algorithm itself chooses which instances to label, thereby potentially dramatically reducing study costs.

The project will develop methods that (i) address complex learning tasks such as biological network reconstruction and event extraction from natural language, (ii) assemble batches of queries when it is cost effective to do so, (iii) are able to employ a variety of query types, and (iv) reason about the costs incurred for various queries.  [18 Sept 2012]

We are please to welcome Yingqi Zhao, PhD, as a new Assistant Professor in the Department of Biostatistics and Medical Informatics, beginning September, 2012. Yingqi received her PhD in Biostatistics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill under the direction of Michael Kosorok (former UW department faculty member). Her statistical work includes methodologies for dimension reduction, for personalized medicine, for disease surveillance, and for clinical trials design and analysis.

Her work in personalized medicine is particularly notable, featuring a new methodology for individualized treatment rules called outcome weighted learning (OWL). Yingqi's broader scientific interests include work in emergency medicine, in epidemiology, and in clinical and translational sciences. We are thrilled to have Yingqi joining us this Fall Semester.
[01 Sept 2012]

We are pleased to announce two new funded research projects headed up by faculty of the Department of Biostatistics & Medical Informatics. Christina Kendziorski, Associate Professor, has been awarded four years of funding from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences at NIH to pursue her work in "Statistical Methods for Analysis and Integration in Genomic Studies of Disease". The project will develop statistically novel and sound approaches to resolving the genomic basis of complex traits. This work is vital both to the realization of individualized medicine and to improving public health.

Vikas Singh, Assistant Professor, has been awarded four years of funding from the National Institute on Aging at NIH to pursue his work using computer vision and machine learning techniques for predicting conversion from mild cognitive impairment to Alzheimer's disease. A primary goal of these methods is to improve statistical power for trials evaluating new drugs and treatments for Alzheimer's disease by targeting those individuals deemed to be most susceptible to cognitive decline.  [12 Aug 2012]

Congratulations to Christina and Vikas!

Stem cell pioneer Dr. James Thomson and medical informatics professor David Page will lead a team to derive and assemble the distinct cell types found in the human cerebral cortex with a $2.2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health. David Page, a professor in the Department of Biostatistics and Medical Informatics, will work to assess changes in the cells‚ behavior after they have been exposed to the toxins. Using RNA sequencing, his team will identify differences in gene expression and develop complex mathematical formulas that can be programmed into high volume machines used to perform initial evaluations of new drugs. For additional information Read more...
[26 Jul 2012]

The Department would like to congratulate Colin Dewey, PhD, on his very well-deserved promotion to Associate Professor effective July 1st, 2012. Colin's research in computational biology lies at the intersection of computer science, statistics and biology. He has proposed, developed and studied the operating characteristics of some key methods of analysis of the output of modern high-throughput biological sequence laboratory instruments. These include data from recently developed RNA-Seq technology used in gene-expression studies and data from whole-genome measurements in evolutionary studies.

Dr. Dewey’s work is characterized by the use of statistical models to mathematically codify the biochemical data generating process at work in extracting measurements from the instrument, combined with numerically efficient computational algorithms to make inferences about those models. Colin has also established an excellent teaching record UW-Madison and has spent time during several summers offering short courses for Madison area middle school teachers.  [25 Jul 2012]


Thank you for participating in the conference celebrating Dr. David DeMets' three decades at the University of Wisconsin. A photo of the conference speakers is included below. Please Check back for additional photos of the celebration and conference participants.

David DeMets and 2012 conference speakers.


DeMets Conference Speakers (L to R): Charlie Hennekens, Lawrence Friedman, George Williams, Susan Ellenberg, Marc Pfeffer, Frank Rockhold, Butch Tsiatis, Janet Wittes, Jonas Ellenberg, Nancy Geller, Charlie Casper, Dave DeMets, Curt Furberg, Michelle Roth-Cline, Marvin Zelen Rob Califf, K.K. Gordon Lan, Tom Fleming, Josh Chen, Stephen Gange, Roger Qu, Jose Pinheiro, Xiaoyin Frank Fan, KyungMann Kim, David Reboussin, Paul Rathouz, Fred Yang [missing: DeJuran Richardson and Muhammad Jalaluddin] [10 Jun 2012]

Congratulations to faculty members Michael Newton, Professor of Biostatistics & Medical Informatics and of Statistics and Sunduz Keles, Associate Professor of Statistics and of Biostatistics & Medical Informatics; both were recently honored with awards from the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Graduate School.

Sunduz Keles has won an H.I. Romnes Faculty Fellowship Award which is only given to a select few faculty members at UW in their first few years post-tenure. Michael Newton has been honored with The Kellet Mid-Career Faculty Researcher Award which is designed to recognize and support mid-career faculty, five to twenty years past their first promotion to a tenured position.

Yunzhi Lin, PhD student advised by Professor Rick Chappell, has won the 2012 American Statistical Association's Statistical Computing and Graphics Section student travel award. Yunzhi will present her material on selecting cancer staging systems at the Joint Statistical Meetings this summer in San Diego, with registration and travel paid for by the ASA.

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Sushmita Roy will join the Department of Biostatistics and Medical Informatics and the Systems Biology theme group at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery starting January 2012. She will also have a zero-percent appointment in Computer Sciences.
Dr. Roy trained in computer science, and is completing a post-doctoral fellowship at Broad Institute (MIT/Harvard) in Boston. Sushmita will contribute to campus efforts in computational systems biology, aiming to use high-throughput sequencing and other data to infer the structure and function of regulatory networks within the living cell. This work will advance our basic understanding of how cells respond to environmental changes, as well as how they grow and develop into complex multi-cellular organisms. By comparing genomes of different species, Dr. Roy will also gain insights in the evolutionary mechanisms of these networks and their organisms. On a more practical frontier, understanding how such networks function or malfunction will shed light on disease mechanisms, which may lead to new treatments.

We are pleased to welcome to our department the following two new personnel:
Menggang Yu, PhD, will be joining our Department as Associate Professor in biostatistics around January 1, 2012. During his first few years here, he will transition to the leadership of the Biostatistics Shared Resource for the University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center (after many stellar years of leadership by KyungMann Kim). He will continue to pursue his research programs in biostatistical methodology especially as it relates to cancer and in collaborative research in cancer clinical trials. Menggang did his PhD in Biostatistics at the University of Michigan and has since had a growing career at Indiana University in Indianapolis.
Qianqian Zhao, MS, will be joining our Department as a Researcher in biostatistics around January 1, 2012. She will fill critical needs in biostatistical support in our work with the Institute for Clinical and Translational Research and in other collaborative areas. Qianqian completed her MS in Statistics at Bowling Green State University and completed additional courses in Biostatistics at the University of Michigan. She has experience in a wide range of applications, including clinical trials, cancer behavioral studies, genetics and genomics, and population-based health surveys.

Congratulations to Eneida Mendonca who was recently re-elected to the Board of Directors of the American Medical Informatics Association. AMIA is the nation's leading professional and scientific society for biomedical informatics. Eneida's continuing term of office will begin in January, 2012 and run through 2014.

Congratulations to David Page who was recently awarded two NIH R01 grants. One is entitled "Machine Learning for Identifying Adverse Drug Events (ADEs)", which is addressing the need for new methods for both identifying previously un-anticipated ADEs and predicting occurrences of known ADEs. His second project, "Secure Sharing of Clinical History and Genetic Data: Empowering Predictive Personalized Medicine" is developing an integrated approach to secure sharing of clinical and genetic data.

2011 Archived Department News

Congratulations to Vikas Singh who was awarded an NSF grant for his project entitled "Endowing Graph-Based Image Segmentation with Global 'Advice': Applications to Diffusion Tensor Images". This project will develop novel methods and software systems for highly accurate and automated identification of patterns related to Alzheimer's disease.

Congratulations to Dave DeMets who was recently awarded a 5 year competitive renewal of our Biostatistics training grant entitled "Interdisciplinary Training Program in Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Biostatistics" from NHLBI. This award along with a training grant from NIGMS (Newton, PI) form the backbone of our Biostatistics Training Program.

We are please to welcome the following department personnel:

John Kloke, PhD, has joined our Department as Assistant Scientist in biostatistics working in SDAC. He will focus on ongoing data analysis, monitoring, and reporting for phase III, multi-center industry sponsored clinical trials in support of SDAC's mission. He will also continue his ongoing methodological research on rank-based regression methods. Finally, he will provide biostatistical support to our work with ICTR and serve on a Scientific Review Committee for the SMPH. John completed his PhD in Statistics at Western Michigan and has served in faculty roles at Pomona College, Bucknell College and the University of Pittsburgh.

Kathryn Schurr, MS (July 18) and Weiqung Tong, MS (Aug 1) each recently joined the Department as Assistant Researchers in SDAC. They will support safety monitoring of multicenter clinical trials by participating in the design and creation of materials for independent Data and Safety Monitoring Committee review. Working jointly with SDAC Principal Investigators, they will create and implement analysis plans for summarization of clinical trial data. Kathryn Schurr received her MS in Biostatistics from Grand Valley State University earlier this year. Weiqung Tong received her MPH in Biostatistics and her MS in Physiological Sciences from the University of Arizona in 2010. Before coming to UW, Weiqung was a statistician in the Department of Psychiatry in the School of Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.

Rick Chappell is currently serving as President of the Society for Clinical Trials after completing a year as President-Elect.

Congratulations to Professor David L. DeMets on being named the Max Halperin WARF (Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation) Professor for 2011. The award is intended to honor those faculty who have made major contributions to the advancement of knowledge, primarily through their research endeavors, but also as a result of their teaching and service activities. The award includes $75,000 in research support from WARF over five years.

Since receiving his PhD in 1970 from the University of Minnesota, Dr. DeMets has been very active in the design, conduct, and analysis of clinical trials in several disease areas. Following a postdoctoral appointment at the National Institutes of Health (1970-72), he spent 10 years (1972-1982) at the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute at the NIH where he became chief of the Biostatistics Research Branch.

He was specifically recruited in 1982 to lead the Biostatistics Core of the University of Wisconsin Clinical Cancer Center. This core became the Biostatistics Center for the Medical School in 1986, and was later granted departmental status in 1991 with Dave as its founding Chair. With the emergence of informatics and computational science in biomedicine, the department was given a charge to develop a program in medical informatics for the Medical School, and its name changed to Biostatistics and Medical Informatics in 1996.

Dr. DeMets is a recognized international leader in statistical research and methods for the analysis of clinical trials. He has collaborated in the development of statistical methods for the sequential analysis of outcome data and the design of clinical trials. He has extensive national and international clinical trial experience and has served on and chaired numerous NIH and industry sponsored Data Safety and Monitoring Committees for clinical trials in diverse disciplines.

He served on the Board of Scientific Counselors of the National Cancer Institute and Board of Directors of the American Statistical Association, as well as having been President of the Society for Clinical Trials and President of the Eastern North American Region (ENAR) of the Biometric Society.

He is a fellow of the American Statistical Association, the International Statistics Institute and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Society for Clinical Trials and the American Medical Informatics Association.

Dave has also co-authored four texts, Fundamentals of Clinical Trials, Data Monitoring in Clinical Trials: A Case Studies Approach, Data Monitoring Committees in Clinical Trials: A Practical Perspective, and Statistical Methods for Clinical Trials.

Congratulations to Maxwell Collins, Vikas Singh, and Andrew Alexander awarded Best Application Paper at the Asian Conference on Computer Vision (ACCV 2010) for Network connectivity via inference over curvature-regularizing line graphs.

The Department welcomes new faculty member Eneida Mendonça, MD, PhD.

She received her MD from the Federal University of Pelotas in Brazil and her PhD in Biomedical Informatics in 2002 from Columbia University in New York.

Dr. Mendonça pioneered the use of natural language processing in both biomedical literature and in electronic medical record narratives in order to identify knowledge relevant to medical decision making in the context of patient care.

In addition, she has devoted many years to developing innovative clinical information systems that have been integrated in New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia University Medical Center and Cornell Medical Center. Most recently, Dr. Mendonça was an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Chicago.

Dr. Mendonça is a welcome addition to our clinical informatics program and will begin to develop a program in medical/clinical informatics in both research and training under the NIH-funded Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (ICTR) in which the Department is a core unit and the College of Engineering an ICTR partner.

The Department welcomes Ms. Lakeesha Carmichael (MS in Statistics with Emphasis in Biostatistics from UW-Madison, 2007) and Ms. Chong Zhang (MS in Statistics from the University of Vermont, 2010) as Assistant Researchers.

Lakeesha comes to the Department after three years at Covance in town, conducting statistical data management, programming and analysis for various phase I and pharmacokinetics (PK) studies. She will be working on phase I cancer clinical trials and clinical and translational research in genitourinary (GU) cancers initially under the supervision of Dr. Jens Eickhoff.

Chong comes to the Department having recently finished her MS in Statistics in addition to an MS degree in Physiology. She will be providing consulting and collaborative support to investigators from the Department of Pediatrics and from the Carbone Cancer Center initially under the supervision of Dr. Jens Eickhoff (for Peds) and Professor KyungMann Kim (for cancer research).

Congratulations to Daniel Gianola for receiving two Honorary Doctorates this year. One from Georg-August University, Goettingen Germany and the other from the Facultad de Agronomia, Universidad de la Republica, Montevideo, Uruguay. Read more...

Congratulations to our very own Rick Chappell, for being elected President of the Society for Clinical Trials on May 20, 2010.

Congratulations to Mark Craven, on his promotion to Professor effective July 1st, 2010.

Biostatistician and associate professor in the department of biostatistics and medical informatics, Christina Kendziorski reflects on how her mother and grandmother influenced her life. Read more... Overcoming Challenges: Christina Kendziorski

Congratulations to Ph.D. student Seungbong Han (advisors Adi Andrei and Kam Tsui) who is a winner of a paper and travel award from the International Society Clinical Biostatistics (Montepellier, France 2010) for the manuscript "Semiparametric modeling of doubly censored data with an application to prostate cancer".

Congratulations to Christina Kendziorski, Associate Professor, Department of Biostatistics and Medical Informatics, who has been appointed to the Genomics, Computational Biology and Technology (GCAT) Study Section, Center for Scientific Review, National Institutes of Health beginning 7/1/10 and ending 6/30/2016.

Members are selected on the basis of demonstrated competence and achievement in their scientific discipline as evidenced by the quality of research accomplishments, publications in scientific journals, and other significant scientific activities, achievements and honors. Study sections review grant applications submitted to the NIH, make recommendations on these applications to the appropriate NIH national advisory council or board and survey the status of research in their fields of science.


2010 Archived Department News


September 1st, 2010 - It is a great pleasure to announce that Paul J. Rathouz, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biostatistics in the Department of Health Studies at the University of Chicago, has accepted our offer to become the next Chair of the Department of Biostatistics and Medical Informatics. We anticipate that Paul will join us this coming Fall.

Dr. Rathouz received his B.A. in mathematics at Rice University, his M.S. in Biostatistics at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and his Ph.D. in Biostatistics at Johns Hopkins University. After completing his doctoral degree, he joined the faculty at the University of Chicago, where he quickly emerged as both an academic and administrative leader.

He is the Director of the Department of Health Studies Ph.D. Degree program, has served on several NIH study sections primarily in biostatistics methodology and mental health epidemiology, is currently engaged in five NIH funded research projects, is Associate Editor of Biometrics, and has served on the elected governing board for the Eastern North America Region (ENAR) of the International Biometric Society.

His honors include the James E. Grizzle Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Department of Biostatistics at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and the ENAR Van Ryzin Award for best student paper. He has published more than 65 peer reviewed papers.

Reminder...just a few days left before the Department of Statistics' 50th Anniversary Conference takes place this week.

"Statistical Science-Making A Difference", 50th Anniversary Conference

View and Print the Conference Program Guide.
Date of Conference: June 3rd & 4th, 2010.

Congratulations - to Seungbong Han, Ph.D. student, for being the recipient of one of the three 2010 "Sylvan B. Green" student paper awards from the Society for Clinical Trials! His manuscript entitled ?A novel semiparametric method for modeling interval-censored data? is co-authored with his co-advisors, Adin-Cristian Andrei and Kam-Wah Tsui.

Congratulations - to Daniel Gianola who will be receiving an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Aarhus(Denmark) on September 10, 2010.

2009 Archived Department News

Congratulations - to David DeMets who received the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health Folkert O. Belzer Award in October 2009 at the Middleton Society Dinner. Dr. Belzer was a long time chair of the Department of Surgery and developed the organ transplant program at the UW. The award was named in his honor for his years of dedicated service and support to the School. Dean Robert Golden presented the award to Professor DeMets for his contributions to the School of Medicine and Public Health.

Congratulations - to Daniel Gianola for receiving two Honorary Doctorates this year. One from Georg-August University, Goettingen Germany and the other from the Facultad de Agronomia, Universidad de la Republica, Montevideo, Uruguay.

2009 Welcome Reception for the Students, Staff and Faculty this year had a very good turn out.

Check out a slideshow of the event here: 2009 Welcome Reception Slideshow

Congratulations - to Sunduz Keles on her promotion to Associate Professor.

New Book! - Karl Broman co-authored a new book titled: A Guide to QTL Mapping with R/qtl. Check it out here...

50th Anniversary Event - June 3rd & 4th, 2010. Mark your calendar now and come join us in celebrating 50 Years of the Department of Statistics!

Congratulations - David DeMets for being honored as this year's recipient of the Marvin Zelen Leadership Award in Statistical Science at the the Harvard School of Public Health. Read the article...

Congratulations - to Karl Broman on his promotion to Professor.

Congratulations - Mark Craven for being named one of the 12 finalists to compete for one of five spots in the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery. Read the article...

Important research by - David Page & his colleagues from the Marshfield Clinic was reported in a recent issue of the New England Journal of Medicine on a gene test that helps determine the right starting dose of warfarin, or coumadin.

Warfarin, initially discovered here at UW, is used to treat patients with a heart attack or stroke to prevent further blood clotting.

David developed predictive models using some of his data mining techniques. These models will reduce the problems of overdosing with the risk of bleeding or under-dosing patients with the risk of blood clots. (see NEJM Feb 19, 2009)
Read the report...

The report was also the subject of a newspaper article in the Wisconsin State Journal. Read the news article...

Congratulations - Ron Gangnon received the Outstanding Instructor Award from the Population Health Sciences Student Organization. He was also recently appointed to the Advisory Board of the Eastern North American region (ENAR) of the International Biometric Society.

Congratulations - Professors DeMets, Page & Kendziorski the three professors serve on the founding and management committee of the Wisconsin Genomics Initiative, which has been named one of "Seven great ideas that germinated or came to full flower in the Badger State in 2008" by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Read the article...

Congratulations - Alina Andrei, Ph.D.(with Prof. Christina Kendziorski) ranked as the third place winner for their "outstanding poster" on An Efficient Method to Identify Statistical Interactors in Gene Association Networks at the second annual Midwest Symposium of Computational Biology and Bioinformatics (MSCBB), October 4, 2008, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

We are pleased to announce the arrival of Dr. Sijian Wang, Assistant Professor of Biostatistics & Medical Informatics and Statistics. Dr. Wang received his PhD from the University of Michigan.

Congratulations to Dr. KyungMann Kim, Professor and Associate Chair for the Department of Biostatistics & Medical Informatics, on his invitation to serve on the National Advisory Dental and Craniofacial Research Council of the National Institutes of Health.

Michael Newton uses statistics to help determine how flu virus replicates Read More...

Dave DeMets steps down as Department Chair
After 26 years leading the biostatistics & medical informatics efforts, Dave DeMets announced that he had asked the Dean of the School of Medicine and Public Health to begin seeking his replacement as Department Chair.  He will step down as Chair on or before September 2009, depending on the timing of a replacement. 

A search committee, chaired by both Dr. George Wilding and Dr. James Zagzebski, is currently seeking candidates.  A position description may be found here.

Congratulations to C. David Page and Marjorie Rosenberg on their promotions to professor.

2008 Archived Department News

BMI Retreat - April 2008

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Congratulations to Moo Chung and Christina Kendziorski on their promotions to Associate Professor and to Jason Fine for his promotion to full Professor.

The Department is pleased to announce the addition of several new faculty members. Dr. Karl Broman, Associate Professor, joined us in July from Johns Hopkins in Baltimore. Dr. Michael Coen, Assistant Professor, PhD MIT, joined us in August. Dr. Vikas Singh, Assistant Professor, PhD Suny at Buffalo, joined us October 1.

We welcome Maritza Dowling, PhD in Educational Psychology, who has joined our team as an Assistant Scientist.

Our Summer Institute for Training in Biostatistics (SIBS) completed our fourth year with another outstanding cohort of 20 undergraduates. In reviewing the past 3 cohorts, almost 80% are entering graduate programs in biostatistics or a related field. We are very pleased that our program is yielding these results.
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