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Ron Brookmeyer Interviewed by BBC World Service

On Saturday, March 9, 2013 Ron Brookmeyer was interviewed by the BBC World Service for the radio program “More or Less”. The program deals with statistics and numbers and how they are used in the news and everyday life. He discussed global HIV statistics and the spread of HIV/AIDS. Link to BCC World Service, More or Less - HIV in numbers.

Robert Weiss is Named Biostatistician on a Grant

Robert Weiss is biostatistician on the Improving Syncope Risk Stratification in Older Adults grant and will lead the team analyzing data collected under the grant, including imputing missing data, setting out priors for regression coefficients, and using Bayesian variable selection to identify predictors of mortality and severe cardiac events. The goal is to stratify incoming Emergency Department (ED) visitors who have syncope and are otherwise undiagnosed to help ED doctors potentially flag visitors who are at risk of more serious outcomes as opposed to those who can be released after testing. The PI is Ben Sun, an MD at Oregon Health Sciences University. The long-term goal of this proposal is to eliminate unnecessary admissions of older adults with unexplained syncope (transient loss of consciousness or fainting) by improving risk prediction. There are 740,000 annual events of syncope in the United States that lead to an emergency department (ED) visit, resulting in 250,000 hospital admissions and $2.4 billion in yearly hospital costs; these costs add little to improve patient outcomes.

Mirjam Moerbeek is Visiting from Utrecht Univ. in the Netherlands

Associate Professor Mirjam Moerbeek from the Department of Methods and Statistics at Utrecht University in The Netherlands will visit Weng Kee Wong from February 18th-March 1st, 2013. Her research focus is on statistical power analysis and optimal (experimental) design, especially for trials with multilevel, longitudinal or discrete-time survival endpoints.

Anton Westveld is Visiting from Univ. of Canberra in Australia

The Department of Biostatistics would like to give a warm welcome to Anton Westveld who will be visiting for the month of January 2013. Anton Westveld is an assistant professor in statistics at the University of Canberra, Australia. He is also an associate of the University of Arizona with the Statistics Laboratory at the Bio5 Institute and the Statistics GIDP. Anton received his PhD in Statistics from the Statistics Department at the University of Washington in Seattle, where he was an active member in the Center for Statistics and the Social Sciences. His research interests include Bayesian methodology and theory, statistical methods for interaction/relational data (networks, game theory), and statistical applications in the social (economics, political science, public policy), environmental, and biological sciences.

Weng Kee Wong Gives a Talk at USC

On December 6, 2012, Weng Kee Wong gave the talk “Using Animal Instincts to Design Efficient Biological Experiments” at Department of Biological Sciences, University of Southern California. He will also give the same talk and a workshop on Recent Development of Biostatistics & Statistics at Department of Applied Mathematics, Polytechnic University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, December 18-19, 2012.

Weng Kee Wong Appointed Associate Editor

Congratulations to Weng Kee Wong, who was appointed as an Associate Editor for Journal of Statistical Planning and Inference and Statistical Methods for Medical Research, 2012-present.

Weng Kee Wong Selected as Fellow of the AAAS

Congratulations to Weng Kee Wong, who was selected as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world's largest general scientific society and the publisher of the journal Science. (PDF)

Weng Kee Wong Going to Guangzhou Univ. and National Cheng Kung Univ. as Visiting Scholar

Weng Kee Wong will be a Visiting Scholar to Department of Statistics, Guangzhou University, Guangzhou, China, December 10-23, 2012. He is also invited as a Visiting Sholar to Department of Statistics, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan, August-September 2013.

Ron Brookmeyer Gives Talk at NIH Symposium

Ron Brookmeyer gave an invited talk at the National Institute of Health Symposium on Statistics in Biomedical Research: Making and Translating New Discoveries, National Institute of Health, Bethesda, Maryland, on November 10, 2012.

Weng Kee Wong Teaches Course at Amgen

On November 1, 2012 Weng Kee Wong was an instructor for 1-day Short Course at Amgen Inc, Thousand Oaks, California. The course title was Optimal Dose Response Designs.

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