10th Anniversary
Donna J. Brogan Lecture

April 13, 2015 at 4:00-5:00 pm, reception following
Lawrence P. and Ann Estes Klamon Room (8th Floor), Claudia Nance Rollins Building

Donna J. Brogan

Dr. Donna Brogan will present “Survey Methodology: Current Status and Modern Challenges” in the Rollins School of Public Health. The abstract of Dr. Brogan's talk is here.

Donna J. Brogan received her Ph.D. in statistics from Iowa State University and was Assistant Professor of Biostatistics at UNC School of Public Health before joining Emory in 1971 as the first female faculty member in its Statistics/Biometry Department, later becoming only the fourth female full professor in its School of Medicine. In the Rollins School of Public Health, she was its first female full professor and its first female chair of the Department of Biostatistics. Dr. Brogan’s research interests, reflected in her 150 publications, include design and analysis of complex sample surveys and collaboration with health scientists.

Dr. Brogan’s honors include fellow of the American Statistical Association (ASA), Emory University’s Thomas Jefferson Award, three distinguished alumni awards [Gettysburg College (BA), Purdue (MS), Iowa State (Ph.D.)], and the ASA’s Elizabeth Scott Award for significant contributions to the advancement of women within the statistics discipline. Dr. Brogan’s leadership talent in academic and government realms was applied to selected activism. Based on her experience in a male dominated discipline, she founded the Caucus for Women in Statistics in 1971. Dr. Brogan’s experience as a breast cancer researcher and patient motivated her to help found the U.S. breast cancer advocacy movement in the 1990’s.

Since her retirement in 2004, Professor Emerita Brogan continues to advise government agencies on design and analysis of complex sample surveys and teach continuing education courses on this topic. She is an avid participant in challenge level square dancing, a complicated activity that uses concepts from mathematics and geometry.


Lawrence P. & Ann Estes Klamon Room
#8030 on 8th floor
Claudia Nance Rollins Building
Rollins School of Public Health
1518 Clifton Road, N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30322

Visitor parking is available in the Michael Street Visitors Lot (behind Grace Crum Rollins Bldg., 2nd deck entrance) or at the 1525 Clifton Road Visitor pay parking deck (building directly across the street from Grace Crum Rollins Building).

Questions: Bob Waggoner, rwaggon@emory.edu

History of the Donna J. Brogan Lecture in Biostatistics

The Donna J. Brogan Lecture in Biostatistics was established in late 2004 by the Biostatistics Department of the Rollins School of Public Health of Emory University to honor the outstanding career of Dr. Donna Jean Brogan, a biostatistics/statistics faculty member at Emory for 34 years. Emory recognized Dr. Brogan's inspiring career with a gala retirement celebration in 2004. Her colleagues, friends and family members marked this occasion with gifts to support what would become the annual Donna J. Brogan Lecture in Biostatistics. These lectures, always in April, may be related to Dr. Brogan's research interests in sample surveys, breast cancer epidemiology and statistical education. Since the inception of the lectures in 2006, preeminent scholars and lecturers in biostatistics have visited Emory to deliver the lecture in honor of Dr. Brogan.

In 2010, Dr. Brogan made a significant contribution to establish an endowment fund that will provide funding continuity for the lecture. Her endowment, combined with generous gifts from colleagues and friends, makes possible one of only two named lectures at the Rollins School of Public Health. If you wish to contribute to the endowment fund for this lecture, click here. Please choose Rollins School of Public Health for "Select Direction" and Donna J. Brogan Lecture in Biostatistics for "Select Fund".

Previous Years' Lectures: