University of Minnesota Biostatistics

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Dean: U of M Professor Retires Following Sexual Harassment Complaints 05/20/2018

"Like all academic institutions, we have an obligation to assure that harassment and misconduct of any nature are unacceptable in our academic environment and workplace. They are antithetical to a culture of support and mutual respect. Building a better culture...is a long journey that will require trust and commitment from everyone." — John Finnegan Jr., Dean of the School of Public Health.

http://kstp.com/news/dean-u-of-m-professor-retires-following-sexual-harassment-complaints-/4912399/

Dean: U of M Professor Retires Following Sexual Harassment Complaints In a letter addressed to School of Public Heath faculty, staff and students provided by the school, John Finnegan Jr. wrote Professor Brad Carlin "chooses to exercise his right to retire from the University of Minnesota effective June 11, 2018."

Photos from University of Minnesota Biostatistics's post 08/01/2017

Congrats to new ASA Fellow Prof. Saonli Basu!

08/01/2017

Minnesota Biostat cleans up at the HPSS student travel awards once again: Congrats Alex Kaizer & Jeff Boatman!

06/01/2017

Great feature story about Biostat MS graduate and women's professional tackle football player Connor Jo Lewis -- hope you enjoy it and that it gives her a smile as she begins her long road back from a torn ACL suffered in her most recent game :/

Finding Her Field - School of Public Health Connor Jo Lewis has always been good at math and she knew that strength could lead to a greater understanding of the disease she was born with, cystic fibrosis (CF)....

Timeline photos 05/28/2017

The Chair gets some air at the year-end picnic!

Photos from University of Minnesota Biostatistics's post 05/12/2017

Bonus shots of our MS and PhD grads -- thanks Sally Olander!

Photos from University of Minnesota Biostatistics's post 05/12/2017

Congrats Class of 2017 MS & PhD graduates!

Why a 2017 Framingham diet soda study may not be significant. 05/05/2017

Nice explanation by our own Prof. Susan Wei about why the recent finding relating diet soda and dementia may not be significiant: the authors forgot to adjust for multiple comparisons (d'oh!). Way to work with to keep science researchers honest!

Why a 2017 Framingham diet soda study may not be significant. This video was published on the HealthNewsReview.org blog on Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017. It is a follow-up to this blog from April 21, 2017: http://www.healthnew...

Timeline photos 04/29/2017

2016-17 Biostat award winners!

L-R: Patrick Schnell, Nathan Rubin, Katelyn Tessier, Kristine Kubisiak, Yi Yang, Chong Wu, Jason Xu, Carrie Groth, Weihua Guan, & Lifeng Lin

Congrats to all!

Timeline photos 04/22/2017

Great to have Biostat and the SPH so well-represented at the 2017 St Paul March for Science today!

04/19/2017

Final tally for 2017 incoming PhD class: 15 students, biggest in Division history!

Saonlis's Homepage 04/12/2017

Hearty congrats to new ASA Fellow Dr. Saonli Basu! Congrats and so well-deserved!

Saonlis's Homepage The focus of my research is developing statistical methodologies for genetic mapping of complex traits. In particular, I have developed trait-model-free approaches for linkage detection using extended pedigrees. My general interest includes computational statistics, nonparametric inferences and thei...

Satellite Marches 04/12/2017

March for Science satellite marches are happening literally all over the world! Please consider clicking and finding the April 22 march site nearest you. Let's all stand up for science and evidence-based decision-making!

Satellite Marches It is time for scientists, science enthusiasts, and concerned citizens to come together to make ourselves heard.

Photos from University of Minnesota Biostatistics's post 04/09/2017

Final score: V***n 62, Machine 2

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Photos from University of Minnesota Biostatistics's post 04/05/2017

Great SPH Research Day today! Laura Le
picked up the Hewitt Creative Teaching award, and Biostat students Jin Jin, Jincheng Zhou, and Patrick Schnell helped the division sweep all 3 PhD student poster awards! Joe Koopmeiners and Jeff Boatman gave a great "tag team" talk about their to***co regulatory science research, and the dean even got a brief lesson in Bayesian subgroup analysis. All together a great afternoon!

04/04/2017

Nice writeup of MS in Data Science programs nationally, including our own program as summarized by our own Profs. Cavan Reilly and Dan Boley!

Master’s Programs in Data Science and Analytics | Amstat News More universities are starting master’s programs in data science and analytics due to the wide interest from students and employers. We reached out to the

04/03/2017

"The statistical section of our grant went from being okay to knocking it out of the park." -- way to go BDAC!

CTSI biostatisticians and HCMC build a partnership that's garnering grant funding and advancing health research HCMC clinician-investigator Dr. Mark Linzer -- a nationally recognized expert on provider wellness and physician burnout -- with HCMC Senior Research Project Manager Sara Poplau. When a Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) research team received their grant critique, it became clear they’d need to…

Timeline photos 03/06/2017

Welcome Evan Michael Vock, born at 7:04 pm on Monday February 27 following an emergency C section. Mom (Laura Boehm Vock) and baby are doing well, and David has obviously already imparted some of his fashion sense to Evan!

ASPPH | Minnesota’s HealthNewsReview.org Gets New Grant to Expand, Advise News and PR Pros 02/03/2017

Nice to see an ASPPH shout-out to SPH Prof. Gary Schwitzer and his HealthNewsReview.org site, which uses volunteer experts (including our own Prof. Susan Wei) to rate popular press articles and private press releases on a set of criteria, most notably whether the article adequately discusses cost, benefits, harms, evidence quality, and alternative options.

It is virtually unique among media watchdog sites in its focus on health issues. And if there was ever a time we needed fact-checkers, it's now.

ASPPH | Minnesota’s HealthNewsReview.org Gets New Grant to Expand, Advise News and PR Pros Public health protects and improves the health of individuals, families, communities, and populations, locally and globally.

01/17/2017

Congrats Linda Zenner, Kevin Loecke, and Greg Thompson, December 2016 SPH Staff SPOT Award recipients!

01/16/2017

Congrats to Jeff Boatman and Alex Kaizer, HPSS student travel award winners for 2017! Way to go guys (and their primary advisors, Profs. Joe Koopmeiners and David Vock)!

The 10 Best And Worst Master's Degrees For Jobs Right Now 01/06/2017

Biostat MS FTW!

The 10 Best And Worst Master's Degrees For Jobs Right Now Each year, Forbes turns to compensation data site Payscale for mid-career data on 45 popular master’s degrees. The ranking considers pay growth from early to mid-career of those holding each degree, as well as job satisfaction, stress, meaning derived from the work, and the Bureau of Labor Statistic

Photos from University of Minnesota Biostatistics's post 12/16/2016

2016 Biostat Office Olympics! Rubber band shooting, mini golf, wastebasketball, kleenex box ping pong, & more!

Happy Solstice to All 🎄

Stephen E. Fienberg, 1942-2016-CMU News - Carnegie Mellon University 12/14/2016

Another giant of statistics gone: RIP Steve Fienberg, former head of the Theoretical Statistics dept here at Minnesota, who lost his long battle with cancer this morning.

Stephen E. Fienberg, 1942-2016-CMU News - Carnegie Mellon University Stephen E. Fienberg, University Professor of Statistics and Social Science at Carnegie Mellon University, died Wednesday, Dec. 14, in Pittsburgh. He was 74.

Xi'an's Og 11/27/2016

RIP Charles Stein - his discovery of the benefits of shrinkage estimation led to the revival of interest of Bayesian methods in the 1950s, then to empirical Bayes, & eventually to now-routine Bayes-MCMC methods for hierarchical modeling.

He was also a fierce anti war protester throughout his life; Stanford students sometimes saw him picking up trash outside their classroom windows, the local judge's sentence for his civil disobedience.

Xi'an's Og an attempt at bloggin, nothing more...

Timeline photos 11/05/2016

Congrats to Team Biostat, one of just 4 of 18 grad student teams to advance to the finals of MinneMUDAC, a big data analytics competition. This year, the focus was on water quality, land use, & home values in Minnesota.

Go team - bring home the big prize later this afternoon!

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