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Byar Award Winner, JSM Program Announced

1 July 2012 No Comment
Edited by Songthip Ounpraseuth, Biometrics Section Publications Officer

    The Biometrics Section recently chose Yang Ning of The Johns Hopkins University as the David P. Byar Young Investigator Award winner for “Reducing the Sensitivity to Nuisance Parameters in Nonstandard Likelihood.”

    The David P. Byar Young Investigator Award is given annually to a new researcher in the Biometrics Section 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. This year, the committee received a record-setting 62 submissions of high-quality papers and chose the following additional travel award winners:

    • Huaihou Chen of Columbia University for “A Marginal Approach to Reduced-Rank Penalized Spline Smoothing with Application to Multilevel Functional Data”
    • Shuo Chen of Emory University for “A Bayesian Hierarchical Framework for Modeling Brain Connectivity of Neuroimaging Data”
    • Jeff Goldsmith of The Johns Hopkins University for “Corrected Confidence Bands for Functional Data Using Principal Components”
    • Min Jin Ha of The University of North Carolina for “Testing and Estimation of Partial Correlation Networks”
    • Peisong Han of the University of Michigan for “Conditional Empirical Likelihood Inference for Unbalanced Longitudinal Data”
    • Yen-Tsung Huang of Harvard University for “Joint Analysis of SNP and Gene Expression Data in Genome-Wide Association Studies”
    • Han Liu of The Johns Hopkins University for “The Nonparanormal Skeptic”
    • Jennifer Sinnott of Harvard University for “Omnibus Risk Assessment via Accelerated Failure Time Kernel Machine Modeling”

    The Byar award comes with a $1,500 prize, while the travel awards include $800 to go toward the winners’ travel to JSM so they can present their papers. Visit the online program for the dates, times, and locations of these presentations.

    Mixer and Business Meeting

    The section’s mixer and business meeting will take place at JSM on July 30 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. This is an excellent networking opportunity and a chance to meet the award generic ativan medication winners, who will be presented at the mixer. The mixer is open to all JSM attendees.

    JSM Program

    The Biometrics Section will sponsor the following four Continuing Education courses and six invited sessions at the 2012 Joint Statistical Meetings in San Diego:

    CE Courses

    Smoothing Splines: Methods and Applications, taught by Yuedong Wang of the University of California at Santa Barbara

    Statistical Methods for Genome-Wide Association, Copy Number Variants, and Rare Variants Analysis, taught by Hongzhe Li of the University of Pennsylvania and Wei Pan of the University of Minnesota

    Statistics Analysis with Missing Data, taught by Rod Little and Trivellore Raghunath of the University of Michigan

    Design and Analysis of Biomarker Studies for Risk Prediction, taught by Tianxi Cai of Harvard University and Yingye Zheng of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

    Invited Sessions

    Recent Methodology Developed for the Design of Early-Phase Clinical Trials, organized by Thomas Braun

    Statistical Challenges and Innovative Solutions for Correlated Data, organized by Peiyong (Annie) Qu

    Statistical Methods for High-Dimensional Complex-Structured Object Data, organized by Veera Baladandayuthapani

    Biomarkers for Risk Prediction, Disease Detection, and Treatment Effect Estimation: Statistical Issues, organized by Layla Parast

    Shrinkage Estimation: Unifying Different Perspectives, organized by Bhramar Mukherjee

    New Methodological Advances in Network-Based Analysis of Omics Data, organized by Ali Shojaie

    JSM 2013

    It is time to start thinking about invited sessions for next year’s Joint Statistical Meetings, which will be held August 3–8 in Montréal, Québec, Canada. Anyone interested in organizing an invited session or who has ideas for one should contact the section’s 2013 program chair, Wei Sun, at wsun@bios.unc.edu.

    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 2012 program is a good source for examples.

    Also submit ideas for short courses to the section’s 2013–2014 Continuing Education chair, Donglin Zeng, at dzeng@email.unc.edu.

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