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Award Winners Announced, JSM 2010 Preparations Begin

1 August 2009 1,195 views No Comment
Edited by Page Moore, Biometrics Section Publications Officer

Byar Award Committee
Katie Kerr
University of Washington

Kathy Cronin
National Cancer Institute

Paul Vos
East Carolina University

Jeremy Taylor
University of Michigan

Daniel Heitjan
University of Pennsylvania

Barry Graubard
National Cancer Institute

Sonja Greven, a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Biostatistics at The Johns Hopkins University, was recently named the winner of the David P. Byar Young Investigator Award. She received a $1,000 award for her paper, “On the Behavior of Marginal and Conditional Akaike Information Criteria in Linear Mixed Models,” which she presented at JSM in Washington, DC.

Also given was a travel award of $500, which went to Xiaoxi Zhang of Pfizer for “Longitudinal Image Analysis of Tumor/Brain Change in Contrast Uptake Induced by Radiation.”

Certificates and plaques commemorating the awards were given to Greven and Zhang during the Biometrics Section mixer and business meeting at JSM.

The David P. Byar Young Investigator Award is given annually by the Biometrics Section to a new researcher and section member who presents an original manuscript at the Joint Statistical Meetings. The award commemorates David Byar, a renowned biostatistician who made significant contributions to the development and application of statistical methods during his career at the National Cancer Institute.

JSM 2010

It is time to start thinking about invited sessions for next year’s Joint Statistical Meetings, which will be held August 1–5 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Anyone who is interested in organizing an invited session or who has ideas for one should contact the section’s 2010 program chair, Hormuzd Katki, at katkih@mail.nih.gov.

A typical invited session consists of three 30-minute talks followed by a 10-minute invited discussion and 10 minutes of floor discussion. However, other formats are possible. The 2009 program is a good source for examples. Final program decisions must be made by September 9, so submit your ideas no later than September 2.

In addition to session proposals centered on biometrical methodology, session proposals on biometrical applications to nontraditional topics are encouraged. Examples include biometry in health and human rights, biometry and global health issues, and biometry and aspects of comparative effectiveness research.

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