Rui Chen Wins 2019 JSM Biometric Section student award

Rui Chen, a graduate student working with Professor Menggang Yu, won the 2019 JSM Biometrics Section student award. His winning title is: "Tailored Optimal Post-Treatment Surveillance for Cancer Recurrence."

Congratulations to Rui!

Six BMI Faculty Win OVCRGE Fall Competition Awards

We are very pleased that six faculty from the Department of Biostatistics & Medical Informatics won Fall Competition Awards from the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education. Well done!

Moo Chung: Algorithm Development for Mapping the Heritability of Continuous Structural Connectivity in Diffusion Tensor Imaging of the Human Brain
Mark Craven: Understanding Learned Models in Biomedicine
Kyungmann Kim: Statistical Inference for Complex Time to Event Data Under Non-Randomized Cohorts
Lu Mao: Novel Statistical Methods for Hierarchical Composite Primary Endpoints in Clinical Trials
Eneida Mendonca: Bridging Data Gaps to Define Childhood Obesity Phenotypes
Andreas Velten: Super Resolution Remote Imaging Using Ultrafast Time of Flight Sensors

Congratulations to all of you!

Thevaa Chandereng Wins Biopharm-Deming Student Scholar Prize

Thevaa Chandereng, a graduate student with Professor Rick Chappell, won the Biopharm-Deming Student Scholar prize. Thevaa will receive the prize at the 74th annual Deming Conference on Applied Statistics, which will be held in Atlantic City, New Jersey from December 3-7. The award provides travel support for students currently enrolled in PhD programs in statistics or biostatistics in the US so they can attend the 3-day tutorial sessions at the Deming Conference and deliver a poster presentation. He will be presenting a poster titled "A Tool for Simulation in Adaptive Bayesian Clinical Trials."

Congratulations to Thevaa!!

Muxuan Liang and Ting Ye win poster competitions at NIC-ASA/ICSA Midwest Joint Fall Meeting

Two of Professor Menggang Yu's students, Muxuan Liang and Ting Ye, won first and second place in the poster competition at the 2018 NIC-ASA and ICSA Midwest Joint Fall Meeting.

Muxuan won first place for a poster titled "Subgroup identification and estimation of a general class of causal estimands."
Ting took second place for a poster titled "Validity an robustness of tests in survival analysis under covariate-adaptive randomization."

Congratulations to Muxuan and Ting for their outstanding work and to Professor Yu for providing the environment in which they can succeed.

Assistant Professor Andreas Velten featured in Quanta Magazine

Assistant Professor Andreas Velten works on computer vision methods for seeing around corners. His work is featured in an article from Quanta Magazine, an editorially independent online publication launched by the Simons Foundation to enhance public understanding of science. The article, titled "The New Science of Seeing Around Corners" describes how computer vision researchers have uncovered a world of visual signals that allow us to "see" what is around a corner. Andreas is quoted in the section on LIDAR and self-driving cars.

Ye Zheng wins 2018 ASA Distinguished Student Paper Award

Ye Zheng, a graduate student studying under Sunduz Keles, received the 2018 ASA Section of Statistics in Genomics and Genetics (SGG) Distinguished Student Paper Award for her paper titled "Statistical Methods for Profiling 3-Dimensional Chromatin Interactions from Repetitive Regions of Genomes." According to the ASA website, "papers considered in this competition should contain methodological innovations and/or novel applications of statistical and computational methods to problems arising in genetics and genomics."

Congratulations to Ye for the outstanding work!

Welcome BMI Department Interim Chair Michael Newton!

Please welcome our new Interim Chair of the Department of Biostatistics and Medical Informatics, Michael Newton. Newton has been a professor with the department for many years, and as of July 1st he now joins our administration to fill this important leadership role after the departure of our previous chair Paul Rathouz.

For more information or to contact the office of the BMI department chair, call 608-263-1706.

BMI Faculty Involved in 6 of 10 Funded Data Science Initiative Projects

The UW-Madison Data Science Initiative has awarded 10 fully funded projects, with 6 of those projects naming BMI faculty as either the PI, co-PI, or co-investigator, and 1 BMI affiliate faculty named as co-PI on two additional projects. This is a testament to how important the work we do in BMI is to research projects throughout the university!

BMI Faculty Projects:

Addressing Misclassificatoon in the Microbiome: A Data-Scientific Approach to Propagating Uncertainty in Microbial Community Composition
Karl Broman, Professor, Co-Investigator

A Novel Longitudinal Study of the Association Between the Gut Microbiome and Aging
ZhengZheng Tang, Assistant Professor, Principal Investigator
Jun Zhu, Professor of Statistics and BMI Affiliate, Collaborator

Development of Peptide Array Signal Detection Methods for Immune Profiling
Irene Ong, Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Biostatistics and Medical Informatics, Principal Investigator
Michael Newton, Professor and Interim Chair, Co-Investigator
Sean McIlwain, Assistant Scientist, Co-Investigator

Network-Based Analysis of Cellular Heterogeneity
Sushmita Roy, Associate Professor BMI and Wisconsin Institute for Discovery's Systems Biology Research Group, Principal Investigator

Robust Mendelian Randomization Methods to Identify Causal Risk Factors for Alzheimer's Disease
Qiongshi Lu, Assistant Professor, Co-Principal Investigator

Statistical Methods and Software for 10x Genomics Data
Christina Kendziorski, Professor, Principal Investigator
Sunduz Keles, Professor, Co-Investigator
Michael Newton, Professor, Co-Investigator

BMI Affiliate Projects:

National-Scale Freshwater Research Through Data Science
AnHai Doan, Professor of Computer Science and BMI Affiliate, Co-Principal Investigator

Using Data Science to Help Transform Global Supply Chains and Make Progress in Saving the Amazon Rainforest
AnHai Doan, Professor of Computer Science and BMI Affiliate, Co-Principal Investigator

More information on the UW-Madison Data Science Initiative can be found here.

BMI Student Thevaa Chandereng Wins ASA Biopharmaceutical Scholarship

Continuing his trend of awarded success, BMI graduate student Thevaa Chandereng has been awarded a ASA Biopharmaceutical Section Scholarship Award. The award will be presented during a ceremony at the Biopharmaceutical Section Open Meeting, tentatively scheduled from 5:30-7:30 on July 31st.

More information on this award can be found here.

Congratulations Thevaa!