Awards

2019 - 2018 - 2017

Professor Alex Tsodikov elected ASA Fellow

Professor Alex Tsodikov Alex will be honored at the award ceremony in JSM on Tuesday, July 30 in Denver. Alex's influential statistical work in risk prediction, cure models, stochastic models with impactful applications in Cancer has added to the many strengths of our department. He has served as an outstanding mentor to our graduate students and as the director of our OJOC program.
Congratulations Alex and thanks for all your contribution to Michigan Biostatistics and to the broader profession.


Marco Benedetti wins the 2019 JSM student paper competition

Marco Benedetti won the 2019 JSM student paper competition jointly sponsored by the ASA Sections on Social Statistics (SSS), Government Statistics Section (GSS) and the Section on Survey Research Methods (SSRM) with the paper "Accounting for survey design in Bayesian disaggregation of survey-based areal estimates of proportions", based on his second dissertation project.
Marco will present the paper at JSM in Denver in a topic-contributed session sponsored by the three ASA sections. Congratulation!


Candice Ammori wins a Dow Fellowship

Candice Ammori, a first Master's student wins a Dow Fellowship. The Dow Sustainability Fellows Program at the University of Michigan offers support for the development of sustainability leaders in business, government, and non-governmental organizations. The one-year master's program selects 34 exceptional graduate students from a wide range of U-M schools and colleges interested in interdisciplinary and collaborative engagement. Each master's/professional fellow participates in collaborative engagement activities and a substantial interdisciplinary team project. The cohort will begin in January 2019 and conclude in December of the same year. Congratulations!


Yuan Yang, Lili Wang and Lan Luo  recipients of an ENAR Distinguished Student Paper Awards for ENAR Spring Meeting 2019

Yuan Yang, a Ph.D. student working with Yi Li and Jian Kang, for her paper entitled "Simultaneous Selection and Inference for Varying Coefficients with Zero Regions: a Soft-thresholding Approach";  Lili Wang, a Ph.D. student working under the supervision of Douglas Schaubel and Kevin He,  for her manuscript, "Penalized survival models for the analysis of alternating recurrent event data" and Lan Luo, a Ph.D. student supervised by Peter Song, for  her paper entitled "Real-time Regression Analysis of Streaming Health Datasets". Congratulations to all our wonderful students!


Nina Zhou won the Most Interesting Methodological Advances Poster Award

Nina Zhou, a Ph.D. student supervised by Lu Wang, won the Most Interesting Methodological Advances Poster Award at 2018 Michigan Institute for Data Science (MIDAS) Annual Symposium. Congratulations!


Lars Fritsche receives U-M Precision Health Grant Competition 2018 Investigator Award

U-M Precision Health awarded a two-year Investigator Award to Lars Fritsche, PhD, Assistant Research Scientist in Biostatistics to support the development of precision health science, tools, and datasets with up to $300,000. Together with Bhramar Mukherjee, PhD, he plans to utilize genetic and electronic health record data from the Michigan Genomics Initiative (MGI) to enable other researchers to generate new hypotheses and potentially improve disease detection and decision-making on the clinical level.


20 Biostatistics Faculty as ASA Fellows

The Department of Biostatistics has 20 ASA (American Statistical Association) Fellows, 14 of them are Core Biostatistics Faculty, impressive!  Congratulations to all fellows and to the Department of Biostatistics. 


STATCOM in NYC

Recently, Statistics in the Community (STATCOM) student leaders Timothy NeCamp (Statistics), Evan Reynolds (Biostatistics), Steve Salerno (Biostatistics), and Emily Morris (Biostatistics) traveled to New York City for the Bloomberg Data 4 Good Exchange.  They presented their paper about STATCOM explaining how sharing statistical expertise with local non-profits can benefit our entire community.
They would like to thank the School of Public Health and the Michigan Institute for Data Science (MIDAS) for their support of STATCOM. Through this support, STATCOM is gearing up for a productive fall with several new student-led projects, workshops, and other volunteer opportunities aiming to benefit local community organizations through data and statistics.


Professor Mousumi Banerjee recognized with Collegiate Research Professorship

Mousumi Banerjee research professor of biostatistics at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, has been appointed the Anant M. Kshirsagar Collegiate Professor by the University of Michigan Office of Research, effective September 1, 2018. The renewable five-year appointment has been approved by the Board of Regents of the University of Michigan.  The Office of Research established the Collegiate Research Professorship Award to recognize members of the university's research faculty for significant scholarly contributions to their field of study. In particular, this honor recognizes Banerjee's widely recognized work on statistical methodology that have been applied to many important areas of health care and policy. Congratulations!


Professor Michael Boehnke receives the Precision Medicine World Congress Pioneer Award

Professor Michael Boehnke was awarded with the Precision Medicine World Congress Pioneer award at the Ross School of Business. The PMWC Pioneer Award is given to rare individuals who presaged the advent of personalized medicine when less evolved technology and encouragement from peers existed, but still made major advances in the field. PMWC 2018  recognized Professor Boehnke for pioneering large-scale studies identifying genetic risk in diabetes and Bipolar Disorder. Congratulations to Professor Boehnke who has been an exemplary leader and mentor in the Department of Biostatistics and beyond!


Professor Peter Song elected 2018 ASA Fellow

Professor Peter Song has been elected a fellow of the American Statistical Association. His citation is as follows: "For outstanding scholarly contributions to the theory, methods, and applications in the areas of dependent data, estimating functions, and computational statistics; for significant contributions to collaborative research in medicine and public health; for excellence in teaching and mentoring; and for dedicated service to the profession". Professor Song will be inducted as a new fellow on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 at the Vancouver Convention Center during the Joint Statistical Meetings awards ceremony. Congratulations! 


STATCOM wins the Student Leadership Professional Organization of the Year Award

STATCOM has  won the University of Michigan Student Leadership Professional Organization of the Year award.  STATCOM is a student-led  organization that provides pro-bono statistical consulting for governmental and non-profit organizations, and is led from the Department of Biostatistics and the Michigan Institute for Data Science.  In the 12 years since its founding, Statcom has engaged in over 40 projects for non-profits, and now involves more than 100 students in multiple departments and schools with up to one dozen active projects at any point in time.  STATCOM's work has ranged from local health departments, to city governments, to programs for food security and the elderly, and recently has  begun to partnered with the Community Technical Assistance Collaborative at the Ginsberg Center to assist public policy students with data analysis.  In addition to providing community service, STATCOM provides an excellent opportunity for biostatistics students to practice consulting and data analysis in a real world setting.  Special thanks to STATCOM co-presidents Evan Reynolds (biostatistics) and Tim NeCamp (statistics), as well as the rest of the student leadership team ( Ina Conrado, Emily Morris, Stephen Salerno,  and Sharanya Chandran), and the faculty co-advisors Michael Elliott and Cathie Spino.


Professor Roderick Little gave the President's Invited Address at ENAR

Professor Roderick Little gave the President's Invited Address at ENAR, entitled "On Statistics, Study Design and Data Science: the Prediction and Modeling Cultures." Congratulations!


Boxian Wei receives a Thomas Chalmers Student Scholarship Winner Award

Boxian Wei, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Biostatistics has been chosen as the Thomas C. Chalmers Student Scholarship Winner from among the three finalists and a $500 USD prize for the best paper and presentation of "A Bayesian Data Analysis in a Small n Sequential Multiple Assignment Randomized Trial (snSMART)" at the 39th Annual Meeting of the Society for Clinical Trials, May 20-23, in Portland, OR. The Thomas C. Chalmers Student Scholarship is in honor of Tom Chalmers, an American physician who played a pivotal role in the development of modern randomized clinical trials and was a founder of the Society for Clinical Trials. Congratulations!


Emily Morris won the 2018 ENAR Poster Award

Emily Morris, a Ph.D. student in the department of Biostatistics, won the 2018 ENAR Poster Award for her work on "SurvBoost: An R package for high-dimensional variable selection in the stratified proportional hazards model via gradient boosting".  Congratulations!


Evan Reynolds has been chosen as one of two Student Leaders of the Year for the University

Evan Reynolds, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Biostatistics, in his role at Statcom President, has been chosen as one of two Student Leaders of the Year for the University. STATCOM is a student-led organization that provides pro-bono statistical consulting for governmental and non-profit organizations. Its clients generally do not have the funds to hire a professional consultant, but have information to collect or data to analyze that would help them in making more informed decisions about their operations. Congratulations!


Boxian Wei receives a Thomas C. Chalmers Student Scholarship

Boxian Wei, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Biostatistics has been chosen as one of the three finalists for the Society for Clinical Trials' 2018 Thomas C. Chalmers Student Scholarship.  Boxian was awarded funding to present "A Bayesian Data Analysis in a Small n Sequential Multiple Assignment Randomized Trial (snSMART)" at the 39th Annual Meeting of the Society for Clinical Trials, May 20-23, in Portland, OR, where the winner will be chosen. The Thomas C. Chalmers Student Scholarship is in honor of Tom Chalmers, an American physician who played a pivotal role in the development of modern randomized clinical trials and was a founder of the Society for Clinical Trials. Congratulations!


Emily Hector won the John Van Ryzin Award for best paper

Emily Hector won the John Van Ryzin Award for best paper submitted to the ENAR 2018 Distinguished Student Paper Award Competition. The paper is on "A Distributed and Integrated Method of Moments for High-dimensional Correlated Data Analysis", and was co-authored by her advisor Professor Peter X.-K. Song. Congratulations!


Tian Gu won the second place in the Michigan Datathon

Tian Gu, a Ph.D. student at the Department of Biostatistics and her 3 teammates from UM Engineering and U of Chicago Statistics won the second place in the Michigan Datathon, hosted by Citadel LLC & Citadel Securities in partnership with Correlation One and the UM Department of Statistics on November 4th, 2017. After the 7-hour-long data analyzing competition, their report Importance Factors for Airbnb Customer Review won out of 100 teams. Congratulations!


Professor Roderick Little received the Pearson Prize

Roderick Little received the Karl Pearson Prize, International Statistical Institute (for the book Statistical Analysis with Missing Data, coauthored with Don Rubin). The Karl Pearson Prize recognizes a research contribution that has had profound influence on statistical theory, methodology, practice, or applications. The contribution must be a research article or book published within the last three decades. The prize is given biennially, at the ISI World Statistics Congress (WSC).  Congratulations!


Yilun Sun received ENAR Distinguished Paper Award

Yilun Sun, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Biostatistics received an ENAR Distinguished Student Paper Award for the 2018 ENAR Spring Meeting in Atlanta, GA. This award recognizes his excellent paper entitled "Multiply Robust Estimation in Nonparametric Regression with Missing Data", which is based on the first chapter of Yilun's doctoral dissertation. Congratulations!


Professor Michael Elliott and Vincent Tan won the Section SPEED poster competition

Professor Michael Elliott and Vincent Tan, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Biostatistics won the Survey Methods Section SPEED poster competition at the 2017 Joint Statistical Meetings. Congratulations!


Yanyi Song receives the award for the best qualifying exam

Yanyi Song received the "Best Performance on the Qualifying Exam" award from the Department of Biostatistics in June, 2017. Congratulations!


Professor Bhramar Mukherjee named 2017 AAAS Fellow

Bhramar Mukherjee the John D. Kalbfleisch Collegiate Professor of Biostatistics, a professor of epidemiology and of global public health at the School of Public Health, and the associate director for cancer control and population sciences at the Comprehensive Cancer Center was named 20017 AAAS fellow  for exemplary contributions to Bayesian methodology for the analysis of gene-environment interactions and data generated under case-control and outcome dependent sampling mechanisms.


Professor Roderick Little will receive the Statistician of the Year (SOY) Award

Professor Rod Little will receive the Statistician of the Year (SOY) Award presented by the Chicago Chapter of the American Statistical Association. Dr. Little will be receiving this award on Oct 17th at a dinner banquet in downtown Chicago, for more information 


Professor Roderick Little receives the ASA Founders Award 

Roderick Little, Professor of Biostatistics received the ASA Founders Award. The ASA Founders Award recognizes members who have rendered distinguished service to the association (American Statistical Association).  Congratulations!


Eunjee Lee won first place winner

Eunjee Lee a Research Assistant Professor at the Department of Biostatistics won the First Place Winner of ASA Statistics in Imaging Section Student Paper Competition for JSM 2017 for her paper " Bayesian Low-rank Graph Regression Models for Mapping Human Connectome Data", a joint work with Professors Hongtu Zhu and  Joseph G. Ibrahim. Congratulations


Wenting Cheng won a JSM award

Wenting Cheng received the ASA Biometrics Section Travel Award (student paper award) related to her thesis for the 2017 JSM meeting. Congratulations!


Yu-Pu (Sophie) Chen ENAR Awards

Sophie Chen won the ENAR 2017 John Van Ryzin Award in addition to the ENAR 2017 Distinguished Student Paper Award. Congratulations!