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Crystal Shaw Wins Award For Individual F31 Fellowship

Congratulations to Crystal Shaw for the National Institute of Aging (one of the branches of the National Institutes of Health) awarding $119,456 through June 2023 for an individual F31 fellowship to support Crystal's Ph.D. studies and dissertation research. The award emerged from an April 2020 grant application Crystal prepared entitled "Link, transport, integrate: a Bayesian data integration framework for scalable algorithmic dementia classification in population-representative studies".

The proposed project, which builds on her Graduate Student Researcher role with Professor Elizabeth Rose Mayeda in the UCLA Department of Epidemiology, involves using modern statistical-computing strategies to bridge multiple data sources to enhance the utility of population-based surveys for research on Alzheimer's disease and other precursors of dementia. Department of Biostatistics mentors on the project include Professor Tom Belin, Professor Donatello Telesca, and Professor and Dean Ron Brookmeyer, and Crystal also arranged for the mentorship team to include Jennifer Manly, Ph.D., a Professor of Neuropsychology in Neurology at Columbia University, an internationally recognized Alzheimer's disease researcher with specialization in the role of diagnostic tests in understanding cognition.

In her leadership role of the Biostatistics Student Association, Crystal has graciously offered to make herself available to other students who might similarly be interested in applying for similar training fellowships. So along with congratulations, thanks to you, Crystal, for your efforts on our collective behalf!

Posted 8 January 2021

Sudipto Banerjee, Professor and Chair of the UCLA Department of Biostatistics, is now President-Elect of the International Society for Bayesian Analysis (ISBA)

As elaborated at https://bayesian.org/, ISBA has emerged since its founding in 1992 as the leading professional society in the scientific community advancing Bayesian statistical methodologies, which have had a transforming impact on the field of biostatistics. ISBA has also been influential in bridging statistical science with other allied disciplines as data science has emerged as crucially important to academic and societal pursuits in the 21st century. Professor Banerjee can add this noteworthy reflection of his scientific leadership to his distinguished achievement of having been elected a Fellow of ISBA in 2018.

Posted 4 December 2020

Ron Brookmeyer appointed as Dean of the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health

Biostatistics Professor Ronald Brookmeyer is appointed as dean of the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, effective January 15, 2020.

Yan Wang, Biostatistics doctoral student is a recipient of The Global Alliance for Training in Health Equity Research Fellowship (GATHER)

Yan Wang, PhD student has been awarded the postdoctoral fellowship: The Global Alliance for Training in Health Equity Research Fellowship (GATHER). The program provides an immersive research experience designed to advance training and research on health disparities within and across global cities.

Christopher German, Biostatistics doctoral student is recipient of Burroughs Wellcome Fund Inter-school Training Program Fellowship

Christopher German, Biostatistics PhD doctoral student, has been selected as a 2019-2020 recipient of the Burroughs Wellcome Fund Inter-school Training Program in Chronic Diseases (BWF-CHIP). BWF-CHIP provides training in laboratory and population sciences to integrate research along the entire continuum from molecules to populations. With a team of outstanding UCLA researchers and educators at the cutting edge of their research, the program harnesses major advances in biomedical, genetic, and population sciences and focuses on the integration of these approaches. By providing foundational training and research experience in basic, clinical, and population-based approaches, trainees are being prepared to integrate population-based quantitative sciences with laboratory-based biological sciences to effectively lead cross-disciplinary studies of the future.

Justin Williams, Ph.D. student won the Outstanding Oral Presentation Award

Doctoral student Justin Williams won the Outstanding Oral Presentation Award at WNAR Conference held on June 2019 in Portland, Oregon.

Emilie Campos selected as one of the winners of the Student Poster Award at the 2019 Statistical Methods in Imaging Conference

Master student in the Department of Biostatistics Emilie Campos, was selected as one of the four winners of the Student Poster Award at the 2019 Statistical Methods in Imaging Conference at the University of California, Irvine. Her poster presentation was on a novel approach to event-related potential (ERP) analysis using a combination of principal component analysis and independent component analysis.

Catherine Crespi - Selected as a Fellow of the American Statistical Association (ASA)

Dr. Catherine (Kate) Crespi has been selected as a Fellow of the American Statistical Association (ASA). Dr. Crespi will be recognized for this great honor on July 30, 2019 at the Joint Statistical Meetings (JSM) in Denver, Colorado.

Professor Sudipto Banerjee has been awarded the 2019 George W. Snedecor Award

Professor Sudipto Banerjee has been awarded the 2019 George W.Snedecor Award from the Committee of Presidents of Statistical Societies (COPSS). This award, established in 1976, honors an individual who was instrumental in the development of statistical theory in biometry. The award is for a noteworthy publication in biometry within three years of the date of the award. The award, given biennially (odd years) since 1991, is presented at the Joint Statistical Meetings.

For more information, visit the website of the Committee of Presidents of Statistical Societies.

Thomas R. Belin - Lowell Reed Lectureship

Thomas R. Belin, professor in the Department of Biostatistics, has been conferred the honor of delivering the Lowell Reed Lectureship from the Applied Public Health Statistics Section of the APHA. This lectureship recognizes Professor Belin's distinguished contributions to the field of biostatistics.

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