Marc Suchard Receives 2021 Jerome Sacks Award from the National Institute of Statistical Science

Marc Suchard is the recipient of the 2021 Jerome Sacks Award from the National Institute of Statistical Science. The award recognizes Marc for his contributions to Bayesian computing and statistical methods and their impactful applications to phylogenetics.

Gang Li Nominated As Editor-In-Chief of the Electronic Journal of Statistics

Gang Li has been nominated as the Editor-In-Chief of the Electronic Journal of Statistics, an important theoretical journal jointly sponsored by the Bernoulli Society and the Institute of Mathematical Statistics (IMS).

Professor Martin Lee Has Op-Ed Published on The EvoLLLution

Professor Martin Lee's Op-Ed, titled "Learning and Unlearning What It Means to Teach Virtually," has been published on The EvoLLLution, an online newspaper about higher education. Lee's article, which details his experience teaching virtually during the COVID-19 pandemic, can be viewed at the following link.

Professor Jingyi Jessica Li Receives the MIT Technology Review 35 Innovators Under 35 Award

Professor Jingyi Jessica Li has received the MIT Technology Review 35 Innovators Under 35 Award. The award cites her outstanding contributions for improving the scientificity and transparency of data analysis, including the Central Dogma. The Central Dogma refers to the process of DNA making mRNAs and mRNAs making proteins, one of the most fundamental principles in modern biological sciences.

MIT Technology Review Innovators Under 35 is an annual list that recognizes outstanding innovators who are younger than 35. The awards span a wide range of fields, including biotechnology, materials, computer hardware, energy, transportation, communications, and the Internet.

Recognition by MIT Technology Review gives these young people a platform to present themselves and their achievements to industry leaders, academic experts, and the global public. Each year, brilliant men and women are recognized for their advancements in diverse technical fields including biotechnology and medicine, computer and electronics hardware, software, internet, artificial intelligence, robotics, telecommunications, nanotechnology and materials, energy, and transportation. Congratulations to Professor Jingyi Jessica Li for winning this prestigious award!

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Do Hyun Kim Awarded GATP Fellowship Starting July 2021

Do Hyun Kim has been awarded the GATP (Genomic Analysis and Interpretation Training Program) Fellowship starting July 1st, 2021.

The Genomic Analysis Training Program is funded by a NIH grant and supports UCLA pre-doctoral students whose goal is to conduct research in genomics. The program is designed to insure that students obtain an adequate biological, computational and statistical foundation to succeed in this interdisciplinary field. Click here for more information.

Continued Student Awards 2021-2022

Joanna Boland, PhD student, has been awarded a 2021-2022 Graduate Research Mentorship Fellowship.

FSPH Schoolwide Awards 2021-2022

Crystal Shaw, PhD, has been selected to receive a Raymond Goodman Scholarship.

Douglas Morrison, PhD, has been selected by Dean Ron Brookmeyer and academic leadership from across the Fielding School as the recipient of the Carolbeth Korn Prize.

Juhyun Kim, PhD, has been selected as the recipient of the Dean's Outstanding Student Award in Biostatistics.

Qi Qian, MS, has been selected to receive a Raymond Goodman Scholarship.

Wenxi Yu, PhD, Receives a 2021 ATS Abstract Scholarship

Wenxi Yu, PhD, was selected to receive a 2021 ATS Abstract Scholarship based on the quality, as reviewed by the Assembly on Clinical Problems Program Committee Chair, of her abstract.

The abstract, titled "Developing 2D and 3D Deep Learning-Based Models for an Automated Diagnosis of Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) Using Chest CT Scans" will appear at the 2021 conference of the American Thoracic Society (ATS).

Alum Wei Zhu Named New Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs and International Programs at Stony Brook University, New York

Alum Wei Zhu, who received a PhD in Biostatistics from UCLA, was recently named the new Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs and International Programs at Stony Brook University in New York. In her 24-year tenure at Stony Brook University, Dr. Zhu has graduated 54 doctoral students.

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PhD Student Wenxi Yu Wins Medical Imaging Cum Laude Poster Award

PhD student Wenxi Yu is selected as the Cum Laude winner of the Computer-Aided Diagnosis Poster Award for her paper, “An automatic diagnosis of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) using domain knowledge-guided attention models in HRCT images”, in the SPIE Medical Imaging 2021 conference. Her work, supervised by Biostatistics faculty Professors Grace Kim and Hua Zhou, is acknowledged by a physical certificate and a cash award sponsored by Siemens Healthineers in the amount of $500 USD.