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Section Welcomes New Officers

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Edited by Page Moore, Biometrics Section Publications Officer

Help Needed at JSM
Want to get more involved? Consider volunteering to chair a JSM session. If interested, contact the section’s 2010 program chair, Hormuzd Katki, at katkih@mail.nih.gov.

The section chair for 2010 is Barry Graubard, a senior investigator in the Biostatistics Branch of the Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics at the National Cancer Institute (NCI). Graubard works on statistical methods for epidemiological and genetic analysis of data from national health surveys with complex sample designs, collaborating in such areas of cancer and public health research as diet and body size related to cancer and other causes of mortality, cancer screening, cancer surveillance, epidemiology of testicular cancer, and family history of cancer. He earned his PhD in mathematics from the University of Maryland and has been at NCI since 1990.

Chair-elect for 2011 is Jack Lee, a professor of biostatistics in the department of biostatistics at The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. He also holds an adjunct professor position at Rice University and The University of Texas School of Public Health. He earned his PhD in biostatistics from the University of California at Los Angeles. Lee’s research interests include design and analysis of clinical trials, survival analysis, longitudinal data analysis, statistical computation/graphics, statistical methods for determining drug interaction in combination studies, and cancer chemoprevention.

Tom Belin continues to serve as secretary/treasurer. Belin is a professor in the UCLA Department of Biostatistics, where he has worked on incomplete data methods and in areas such as mental health research, cancer prevention and control, health services research, and public health dentistry. He earned his PhD in statistics in 1991 from Harvard.

Hormuzd Katki is the JSM 2010 section program chair. A staff scientist in the biostatistics branch of the Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics at the National Cancer Institute, he earned his PhD in biostatistics from The Johns Hopkins University. His primary research interests are in individualized models to predict risk of disease (cervical cancer) or of carrying highly penetrant mutations (BRCA1/2), two-phase designs for epidemiological studies nested within cohorts (R package NestedCohort), and statistical issues involving cancer related to human papilloma virus.

Liang Li is the 2010 ENAR meetings section program chair. An associate staff member in the department of quantitative health sciences at the Cleveland Clinic, he earned his PhD in statistics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2003. Li’s main areas of research include measurement error models, varying coefficient models, joint analysis of longitudinal and survival data, and statistical applications in cardiac and thoracic surgeries.

Mike Daniels is the Council of Sections representative for 2008–2010 and professor and chair in the department of statistics at the University of Florida. He earned his doctorate from Harvard. Daniels’ research interests include (Bayesian) methodology for longitudinal and missing data; methodology for estimating dependence; and applications in cancer, the environment, behavioral research, aging, and animal welfare.

Denise Roe is the Council of Sections representative for 2009–2011 and a professor in the epidemiology and biostatistics division of the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health at The University of Arizona. She earned a master’s in biometrics from the University of Colorado and a PhD in biostatistics from the University of California, Los Angeles. Roe’s research interests include developing and evaluating statistical methods useful in clinical trials, prevention studies, pharmacokinetics, and longitudinal studies. She collaborates with cancer and public health researchers in the design, conduct, and statistical analysis of clinical, prevention, and laboratory studies.

Mousumi Banerjee is the Council of Sections representative for 2010–2012 and a research associate professor in the department of biostatistics at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. She is also a member of the UM Comprehensive Cancer Center. Banerjee earned her PhD in statistics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research interests include tree-structured regression and ensemble methods for censored data, survival analysis with competing risks, and multilevel models in health services research applications.

Jerry Heatley is the continuing education chair and senior manager of clinical data systems at Thoratec Corporation. Prior to joining Thoratec, Heatley worked as a research associate in statistics for the Lahey Clinic Medical Center.

Bonnie LaFleur is chair of the strategic initiatives committee. She earned her doctorate in biometrics in 1999 from the University of Colorado in Denver and is on the faculty in the division of epidemiology and biostatistics at The University of Arizona’s Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health. Her research interests include permutation and nonparametric statistics, generalized linear models, and analysis of linear and nonlinear mixed models.

Page Moore is the publications officer and a faculty member in the department of biostatistics at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. She earned her doctorate in statistics from Baylor University in 2006. Her research interests include multiple imputation techniques, longitudinal data analysis, computational statistics, and clinical trial design.

Gerald Beck is the section’s webmaster and a staff member in the department of quantitative health sciences at the Cleveland Clinic. His primary interest is in the design, conduct, and analysis of clinical trials. He serves as principal investigator or co-investigator of data coordinating centers for multi-center clinical studies supported by the National Institutes of Health, including the dialysis access consortium and hemodialysis study.

Nominations Sought

Do you know a young investigator who submitted an abstract for the 2010 Joint Statistical Meetings? If so, you might mention that the ASA Biometrics Section is seeking applications for the 2010 David P. Byar Young Investigator Award. This annual award is given to a young investigator for best emerging work to be presented during JSM. The award commemorates the late David Byar, a biostatistician who made significant contributions to the development and application of statistical methods and was esteemed as an exceptional mentor during his career at the National Cancer Institute. The winner will receive a $1,500 award. Additionally, the section may provide travel awards to the authors of other outstanding papers submitted to the competition.

Applicants must have held a doctorate in statistics, biostatistics, or a related quantitative field for three or fewer years as of April 1 of the current year, or be enrolled as a doctoral student in statistics or biostatistics and in active pursuit of a doctoral degree. They also must be current members of the ASA Biometrics Section and first author of the paper submitted. (Membership in the ASA does not automatically confer section membership. Applicants may join at the time of submission for a $5 annual membership fee.) The paper may be submitted to a journal or under review, but may not have appeared online or in print at the time of the application or have been accepted for publication as of January 1. Also, the paper may not have been submitted to any other ASA section student/young investigator award competition. Finally, applicants must be scheduled to present the submitted paper at JSM 2010 in Vancouver, BC, Canada, as a talk or poster presentation.

By March 1, applicants should complete their application by submitting a cover letter certifying that they meet the eligibility requirements and are not submitting the paper to another ASA section student/young investigator award competition, a current CV, and one copy of the finished paper. All materials must be submitted electronically to Dan Heitjan, section chair, at dheitjan@upenn.edu.

The 2010 awards committee is composed of the current and past section chairs and chair-elect, as well as three individuals appointed by the section chairs.

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