The Donna J. Brogan Lecture Series


Donna Brogan Lecture

This annual lecture honors Donna J. Brogan,


an outstanding former faculty member and


chair in the Department of Biostatistics of


the Rollins School of Public Health, and is


made possible in large part by the


generous support of Donna and her


colleagues and friends.  Dr. Brogan has


been Professor Emerita since her


retirement from Emory in 2004.

Donna J. Brogan




2014 Donna J. Brogan Lecture

April 16, 2014 at 4:00-5:00 pm, reception following
Lawrence P. and Ann Estes Klamon Room (8th Floor), Claudia Nance Rollins Building

Dr. RoederDr. Kathryn Roeder is the 2014 Brogan Lecturer and will present “Statistics and Genetics Open a Window into Autism” in the Rollins School of Public Health. The abstract of Dr. Roeder's talk is here.

Dr. Roeder is Professor of Statistics and Computational Biology at the Lane Center for Computational Biology at Carnegie Mellon University. Dr. Roeder received her BS in Wildlife Resources from University of Idaho and her Ph.D. in Statistics from Pennsylvania State University. Immediately securing an Assistant Professorship at Yale University, her career path then took her to Carnegie Mellon University in 1994. In her early work, she played a pivotal role developing the foundations of DNA forensic inference. Her current work focuses on statistical genomics and the genetic basis of complex disease with an emphasis on autism. Dr. Roeder is an elected Member of the International Statistical Institute (’95), a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics (’97), and a Fellow of the American Statistical Association (’97). The Committee of Presidents of Statistical Societies (COPSS) has twice honored her with the Presidents’ Award (’97) & the Snedecor Award (’97). She received the Janet L. Norwood Award for Outstanding Achievement by a Woman in the Statistical Sciences in 2013. A snapshot of activities over her career includes board positions with the Institute of Mathematical Statistics, advisor to both the FBI & NRC/NAS on DNA forensics, and numerous editorial positions in prominent journals.

Location: 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".

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