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The BIOS department is currently seeking to hire two tenure track faculty at the assistant professor level. To learn more about these positions and for instructions on how to apply, please read the following job announcement

BIOS PhD Alumna Megan Price Featured in Amstat News

Megan Price, a BIOS PhD alumna, was recently profiled in an article for Amstat News. Read about Megan, her career in social justice, and the work she is doing as executive director of the Human Rights Data Analysis Group here.


Congratulations to our doctoral students, Hao Feng, winner of the Michael Kutner Distinguished Doctoral Student Award, and Zae Higgins, winner of the Livingston Fellow Award. 

Hao Feng, biostatistics student  Zae Higgins
 Hao Feng                              Zae Higgins

Michael H. Kutner Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients Honored

On October 23, 2017, members of the Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics gathered to celebrate three outstanding biostatisticians. Dr. Scott Clark, senior director of statistics at Eli Lilly & Company, was awarded the 2016 Kutner Distinguished Alumni Award; andDr. Brent Blumenstein, founder and president of TriARC Consulting, received the 2017 Kutner Distinguished Alumni Award. Dr. Michael H. Kutner was also recognized for his 40-plus years of exemplary service to Emory University.

Read more about the celebration. 

Kutner Awards 2017

Emory University is Hosting Georgia Statistics Day 2017

Emory University will host Georgia Statistics Day 2017 on October 9, 2017. Georgia Statistics Day is a one-day conference on theoretical and applied data science with the goal of promoting interdisciplinary research within the flagship institutions of the state of Georgia. Dr. Xihong Lin, chair of the Department of Biostatistics at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, will deliver the keynote address. Pricing starts at $50 for students and at $100 for faculty. For more information about the event, visit the Georgia Statistics Day web page. 

Tickets can be purchased through Eventbrite

BIOS faculty Mary Kelley's code for zero-inflated ordinal logistic regression will be incorporated into Stata

Read her paper on Zero inflation in ordinal data: Incorporating susceptibility to response through the use of a mixture model.

Dr. Limin Peng Named the recipient of the 2017 Mortimer Spiegelman Award

Limin Peng

Congratulations to Dr. Limin Peng! She was named the recipient of the 2017 Mortimer Spiegelman Award by the American Public Health Association. This is a singular career achievement recognizing Dr. Peng as the best Biostatistician under the age of 40.

Dr. Limin's contributions to biostatistical methods (particularly with respect to quantile regression) and practice (her ongoing contributions to diabetes studies), her excellent mentoring of students and colleagues, and her service to the field.

Alumna Writes Article About Careers in Federal Government

Rollins biostatistics alumna, Dionne Price, PhD, wrote an article about careers in the federal government on the STATtr@k website. She also presented similar material at the Women in Statistics and Data Science conference:

Renee Moore Named an American Statistical Association Fellow

Renee Moore

Congratulations to Renee Moore! She was recently selected as a fellow of the American Statistical Association. She will be honored at the Joint Statistical Meeting in Baltimore this summer (July 29-August 3).

Her citation reads, "For contributions to the recruitment of and mentoring of students in the profession, and especially outreach to underrepresented minorities; for highly valued collaborative work, especially in obesity and clinical trials research; for outstanding teaching and increasing statistical literacy."

Rollins Faculty and Students Present at Joint Statistical Meetings

Faculty and students from Rollins' Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics presented 26 papers at the 2016 Joint Statistical Meetings in Chicago. Download the list of papers presented.

Dr. Raymond P. Bain Wins 2016 Michael H. Kutner Alumni Award

Dr. Raymond P. Bain was presented the Michael H. Kutner Alumni Award on April 29, 2016. 

Dr. Bain received his PhD from the Department of Statistics and Biometry at the Emory University School of Medicine in 1981. He currently serves as executive director of the Clinical Biostatistics and Research Data Systems (BARDS) unit at Merck Pharmaceuticals. This unit develops and applies statistical methods in the targeting, discovery, development, manufacturing, and marketing of pharmaceuticals, vaccines, and biologics through the design, conduct, analysis, interpretation, and communication of pre-clinical and clinical investigations. Dr. Bain oversees BARDS' permanent staff, which includes more than 250 statisticians and statistical programmers located in the U.S., Europe, and Asia Pacific.

Dr. Raymond P. Bain     Dr. Raymond Bain receives the Kutner Award at the Rollins School of Public Health, Atlanta, Georgia

Dr. Ross L. Prentice Delivered the 2016 Donna J. Brogan Lecture

The annual Donna  J. Brogan Lecture was delivered on April 18, 2016 by Dr. Ross L. Prentice from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center.  The title of the lecture was “The Women’s Health Initiative: History, Contributions and Ongoing Research."

Lance Waller, Amita Manatunga, Ross Prentice, Donna Brogan Ross Prentice at the Donna Brogan Lecture 2016

Biostatistics PhD Alumna Featured on This is Statistics Website

An interview with BIOS PhD alumna, Megan Price, is one of the featured videos on the This is Statistics website. She recently spoke about the ways she uses statistics to answer questions about social justice and human rights violations. Watch Megan's video below.

Three BIOS faculty elected as fellows of the American Statistical Association

Alumni Achievements

Emily Mitchell

Emily Mitchell, 2012, PhD in Biostatistics

Emily Mitchell's paper was recently named one of the top 10 papers in the American Journal of Epidemiology for 2015. Mitchell, EM, Lyles RH, Manatunga AK, and Schisterman EF. "Semiparametric regression models for a right-skewed outcome subject to pooling." American Journal of Epidemiology 2015:181(7):541-548.

2017 Student Awards

Zae Higgins

Congratulations to Zae Higgins who has been selected as one of the Student Paper Award Winners of the Annual Conference for Statistical Methods in Imaging that is co-sponsored by ASA Section on Statistics in Imaging and University of Pittsburgh. Zae gave a great presentation of his results at the conference!

2016 Student Awards

Kylie Ainslie

Kylie Ainslie

BIOS PhD student Kylie Ainslie received an award for presenting her poster 'Estimation of
influenza vaccine effectiveness against transmission from the household and from the community' at the Georgia Statistics Day.

Ran Shi

Ran Shi (5th year PhD)

Congratulations to our PhD student Ran Shi, ENAR Distinguished Student Paper Award Winner,
presenting: "Bayesian Spatial Feature Selection for Massive Neuroimaging Data Via Thresholded Gaussian Processes." Joint work, Jian Kang, University of Michigan!

2015 Student Awards

Xin (Lucy) Lu (Graduated Summer 2015)

Xin (Lucy) Lu (Graduated Summer 2015)

Oak Ridge Institute for Sciences and Education Fellowship, CDC, 2013-2015
Biopharmaceutical Applied Statistics Symposium Student Travel Award

Phebe Kemmer (7th Year PhD)

Phebe Kemmer (7th Year PhD)

Best Emory Student Poster Award, 2015 Georgia Statistics Day
Clint Miller Outstanding Student Poster Award, 2015 SRCOS Summer Research Conference
Student Travel Award, 2015 SRCOS Summer Research Conference
Student Paper Competition Winner, 2015 Statistical Methods in Imaging Workshop, University of Michigan

Tian Dai (6th Year PhD)

Tian Dai (6th Year PhD)

Boyd Harshbarger Student Travel Award, 2015 SRCOS Summer Research Conference

Ran Shi (5th year PhD)

Ran Shi (5th year PhD)

Student Paper Competition Award, American Statistical Association, 2015 Section on Bayesian
Student Paper Competition Award, American Statistical Association, 2105 Section on Statistics in Imaging

Lijia Wang (5th Year PhD)

Lijia Wang (5th Year PhD)

2015 Michael H. Kutner Distinguished Doctoral Student Award

Devin Liao (4th Year PhD)

Devin Liao (4th Year PhD)

2015 Livingston Fellow Award

Domonique Watson (4th Year PhD)

Domonique Watson (4th Year PhD)

2015 SAS RA Fellowship

Yi Deng (3rd Year PhD)

Yi Deng (3rd Year PhD)

Biopharmaceutical Section Paper Award, 2015 JSM

Nancy Murray (2nd Year PhD)

Piedmont TATTO Fellowship on Sustainability, Teaching, and Curriculum Award, 2015 Piedmont Project

Josh Lukemire (1st Year PhD)

Honorable Mention, Student Poster Award, 2015 Georgia Statistics Day

Jessica Chen (2nd Year MSPH)

RSPH Outstanding Practicum Award Finalist

Matt Gregory (2nd Year MPH)

RSPH Adopt-A-Scholar Award

Chris Locandro (1st year MSPH)

Men's Postgraduate Scholar - Athlete Award, 2015 Sun Belt Conference

Faculty, Staff, and Student Highlights

Qi Long

Qi Long

Qi Long was selected as one of 35 participants in the SAMSI Ideas Lab out of over 350 applicants. He has also been named an elected member of the International Statistical Institute.

Ying Guo

Ying Guo

Ying Guo was named Program Chair-Elect for the American Statistical Association's Section on Imaging Statistics.

John Hanfelt

John Hanfelt

John Hanfelt has been named a Fellow of the American Statistical Association. He was chosen based on his excellence in the development estimating function theory and its applications to biomedical research, for excellence in graduate education, and service to both the American Statistical Association and the profession of statistics.

Michael Kutner

Michael Kutner

Michael Kutner has been named chair of the W.J. Dixon Award Committee for the American Statistical Association

Amita Manatunga

Amita Manatunga

Amita Manatunga received the Thomas F. Sellers, Jr. Award-2015 for exemplifying the ideals of public health and serving as a role model and mentor to her colleagues. This award is given to an individual who—like the man for whom it is named—represents the best qualities of collegiality. 

Lance Waller

Lance Waller

Lance Waller was invited to the Workshop on Complex Spatiotemporal Data Structures: Methods and Applications at the Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences at the University of Toronto. He was also invited to present a lecture (one of four in series), for the Science and the Common Good Lecture Series at Ursinus College.

Mike Lynn

Mike Lynn

Mike Lynn was officially granted emeritus faculty status. 

Yijuan Hu

Yijuan Hu

Congratulations to Yijuan Hu for earning her first R01 grant!

Rollins Celebrates Georgia Statistics Day at UGA

The University of Georgia played host to this year's Georgia Statistics Day October 29-30. Rollins had a strong representation at the event with 18 students in attendence, several faculty leading breakout groups, and a number of posters presented.  

Georgia Tech will host the event next year and Rollins is scheduled for 2017! 

John Lukemire took home Honorable Mention for his poster presentation. 

Emory BIOS students pose with Dr. Robert Tibshirani (Stanford University).

Phebe Kemmer won the 2015 Poster Presentation award at the event.