Biostatistics faculty Drs. Damla Senturk, Donatello Telesca and Catherine Sugar have been awarded a $1.6 million four-year R01 grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, National Institutes of Heath, to develop methodologies for longitudinal functional data ("A Unified Longitudinal Functional Data Framework for the Analysis of Complex Biomedical Data"). The major goal of the project is to develop a comprehensive holistic theory and methodology for the analysis of longitudinal functional data with applications spanning psychiatry, neurology and public health.
A large team of researchers including Biostatistics faculty Drs. Catherine Sugar and Damla Senturk from SIStat, UCLA Biostatistics core in the Semel Institute of Neuroscience and Human Behavior, are participating in a new nationwide, multi-center study of preschool and school-aged children with autism spectrum disorders to identify non-invasive biological markers - or biomarkers - that could help physicians diagnose and track the disorders as well as assess treatments in autism patients.The four-year study is the first large-scale attempt to look for these biomarkers in children with the disorder. Supported by a $2 million grant from the Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative, the project is part of a $28 million initiative by the National Institutes of Health.
Congratulations to Sheng Wu on being awarded the Distinguished Paper Award at the 2015 WNAR Conference.
Congratulations to Dr. Thomas Belin and Dr. Ron Brookmeyer for receiving awards at the annual banquet of the UCLA Public Health Students Association.
Dr. Thomas Belin received the award for "Outstanding Advising and Mentorship for PhD and DrPH Students". Dr. Ron Brookmeyer received the award for "Outstanding Teaching of a 100A or 100B Course".
Congratulations to Lauren Harrell on being selected as for the Dean's Outstanding Student Award in Biostatistics. This award was established to honor a top graduating student from each department within the School, based on scholarship and activities. The selection was made by the Department of Biostatistics and confirmed by Dr. Jody Heymann, Dean of the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health.
Congratulations to Damla Senturk for being elected to serve as the treasurer (2016) and secretary (2017) of the American Statistical Association's (ASA) Section on Nonparametric Statistics.
Sudipto Banerjee has been elected as the Chair-Elect of the American Statistical Association's Section on Bayesian Statistical Science in 2016 and as Chair in 2017.
Congratulations to Sudipto Banerjee for being elected a Fellow in the Institute of Mathematical Statistics. Fellowship is a way of honoring the outstanding research and professional contributions of members, contributions which help keep IMS in a leading role in the field of statistics and probability. Each newly elected Fellow will be welcomed and presented with a plaque during the IMS Presidential Address and Awards Ceremony at 8:00pm, Monday, August 10, 2015 during the Joint Statistical Meetings/IMS Annual Meeting in Seattle, Washington, USA. http://www.amstat.org/meetings/jsm/2015/
Congratulations to Sudipto Banerjee for being awarded a Distinguished Achievement Medal for 2015 by the Section on Statistics and the Environment (ENVR) of the American Statistical Association for his many outstanding contributions to environmental statistics. The award will be formally presented at the annual ENVR mixer at the 2015 JSM in Seattle. It is being presented to Dr. Banerjee for outstanding contributions to the hierarchical modeling of complex spatial and spatio-temporal data, with applications in environmental exposure, environmental health, and forestry; for leadership in teaching and mentoring students; and for service to the profession.
Congratulations to Catherine Sugar for being elected a 2015 Fellow of the American Statistical Association (ASA). This is one of the highest recognitions in our profession conferred by our flagship association and it is a truly remarkable achievement. She will be officially conferred this fellowship in a ceremony in the upcoming Joint Statistical Meetings in Seattle, WA, on the evening of Tuesday, August 11, 2015. As of January 2015, she has also taken on the role of President of the Southern California Chapter of the ASA.