Ron Brookmeyer to receive the 2015 Nathan Mantel Lifetime Achievement Award from ASA's Section on Statistics in Epidemiology

Congratulations to Ron Brookmeyer for being chosen to receive the 2015 Nathan Mantel Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Statistical Association for his valuable lifetime contributions at the intersection of statistical science and epidemiology. The section will celebrate Dr. Brookmeyer at a reception and award ceremony at the Joint Statistical Meetings in Seattle, WA, in August 2015

Congratulations to Christina Ramirez for receiving an invitation for an oral presentation at the International AIDS Society Towards an HIV Cure Symposium 2015

Congratulations to Christina Ramirez for receiving an invitation for an oral presentation at the International AIDS Society Towards an HIV Cure Symposium 2015. This is a prestigious recognition of her new and successful algorithm called Fuzzy Forests for analyzing HIV cure data. Among all abstracts received from international research groups worldwide, only a few are typically selected for poster presentation at this meeting, and still fewer are selected for an oral presentation. Christina's abstract is statistics-heavy and so its selection for an oral presentation is highly remarkable and shows how valuable her algorithm is, as perceived by the selection committee.

Congratulations to Heidi Fischer for receiving the JSM-2015 SBSS student travel award

Congratulations to Heidi Fischer for receiving the JSM-2015 SBSS student travel award. Heidi was recognized by the Section on Bayesian Statistical Science for her manuscript 'Statistical Methods for Time Series of Ultrafine Particle Distributions'. 

Dr. Stefanie Biedermann, School of Mathematical Sciences, Univ. of Southampton is visiting Dr. Weng Kee Wong from Jan. 10-18, 2015 UCLA.

Dr. Stefanie Biedermann from the School of Mathematical Sciences, University of Southampton is visiting Dr. Weng Kee Wong at UCLA from January 10-18, 2015.

Job Opening for Open-Rank Professor of Biostatistics at UCLA

The Department of Biostatistics at the UCLA Jonathan and Karin Fielding School of Public Health is searching for an open-rank, tenure-track or tenured professor to join our faculty ( The department encourages applications from outstanding candidates who are committed to education and engaging in cutting-edge research involving methodological approaches and practical solutions to confront the challenges of complex data structures in public health, with a focus on Big Data and its applications to diverse scientific problems.

Opportunities for multidisciplinary collaboration are abundant and encouraged, both within and outside the health sciences. The Fielding School of Public Health is located on the main UCLA campus, in direct proximity to the other health sciences schools (Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing) and the College of Letters and Science. The UCLA community has a strong history of and commitment to interdisciplinary research and collaboration, not only with other health sciences, but also with faculty in Public Affairs, Education and Law. Beyond the Department of Biostatistics, UCLA has many other world-class statisticians, not only in the Department of Statistics, but also faculty members in departments such as Medicine, Biomathematics, Human Genetics, Psychiatry and Psychology.

Candidates should hold a PhD or equivalent in statistics, biostatistics or a comparable data science field by the date of appointment, as well as a demonstrated commitment to public health. Candidates should provide, depending on their level of experience, either potential for or evidence of scholarly impact through publications, excellence in teaching, and ability to obtain extramural funding, as well as strong oral and written communication skills. Faculty appointment level and salary will be commensurate with the candidate’s experience and qualifications.

To apply: submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, contact information for three references, a statement of research interests and goals, a teaching statement and one or two manuscripts or articles representing your most important work to the Chair, Faculty Search Committee using the link:

The Search Committee will review applications immediately and continue until the position is filled. The earliest possible start date for this position is July 1, 2015. Informal inquiries may be submitted to Dr. Marc Suchard, Chair of the UCLA FSPH Biostatistics Faculty Search Committee at: (

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy (

Ron Brookmeyer appointed to Statistics Board of Reviewing Editors of Science Magazine

Ron Brookmeyer was appointed to the new Statistics Board of Reviewing Editors of Science magazine. The Board is addressing statistical, data and reproducibility issues and will work to raise the standards for data analyses of papers published in Science Magazine. Further details are here: link

Ron Brookmeyer, the 2014 Norman Breslow Distinguished Lecturer at the University of Washington

Ron Brookmeyer was selected to be the 2014 Norman Breslow Distinguished Lecturer. Dr. Brookmeyer gave the 2014 lecture "Tracking the AIDS Epidemic: Estimating HIV Incidence" at  the University of Washington in Seattle.

Department of Biostatistics Welcomes New Chair

The Department of Biostatistics is pleased to welcome Professor Sudipto Banerjee as its new Chair. Sudipto joins the faculty of the UCLA from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, where he served for fourteen years. Sudipto's methodological research interests include Bayesian inference, modeling and analysis for spatially referenced datasets, including high-dimensional spatial data, Bayesian inference on physical and environmental systems statistical computing and related software development. Sudipto's collaborative research includes projects with epidemiologists, environmental health scientists geographers, and researchers in the natural sciences, especially forestry and ecology.

Donatello Telesca Wins 2014 Mitchell Prize from ISBA

Congratulations to Donatello Telesca (along with co-authors Elena Erosheva, Ross Matsueda and Dereck Kreager) on winning the 2014 Mitchell Prize from the International Society of Bayesian Analysis for his paper entitled "Modeling Criminal Careers as Departures from a Unimodal Age-Crime Curve. The Case of Marijuana Use", (JASA, 2012, Vol.107, 1427-1440).

Jacob Konikoff Wins at WNAR Student Paper Competition

Congratulations to Jacob Konikoff on winning the oral presentation part of the WNAR Student Paper Competition. His talk, "Sample Size Methods for Cross-Sectional HIV Incidence and Trend Estimation" was delivered June 17, 2014 at the University of Hawaii.