Awards

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!

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!

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!

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.

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

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!


 Richard H. Cornell Fellowship

Desmond Kearsley, Kelly Speth, Yingchao Zhong received the Richard H. Cornell Fellowship (Outstanding Performance 1st Year) for the academic year 2015-2016


Jiaqiang Zhu Best First Year Master's Student

Jianqiang Zhu received the Best Frist Year Master's Student in the Department of Biostatistics for academic year 2015-2016. Congratulations!


Boxian Wei Oustanding GSI

Boxian Wei received the Outstanding  Graduate Student Instructor for the academic year 2015-2016.  Congratulations!


Tzu-Ying Liu receives a Rackham Summer Award

Rackham Summer Award is a summer funding awarded to support graduate students to work on a summer research project. Tzu-ying worked on a collaborated project where she developed statistical methods to correct for the systematic biases between two different technologies for measuring gene expression levels using RNA sequencing.


 Krithika Suresh

Krithika Suresh received a travel award to attend the 2017 Biometrics Section meeting.  Congratulations!


Three UM Biostatistics  alumi were elected ASA Fellows

Barry Katz, Hernando Ombao and Qi Long, University of Michigan Biostatistics alumni, were elected ASA Fellows.  Congratulations!


goncalo abecasisU-M SPH to Help White House, NIH Advance Precision Medicine Initiative

Goncalo Abecasis and his research group from the biostatistics department have been named as a key researcher in President Obama's Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI); specifically as one of four sub-awardees that will work with the Data and Research Support Center at Vanderbilt University.  The aims of the research are to mine and organize data created from the PMI, develop tools to analyze the data, and to protect those individuals who share their personal information. Read more here.


Yuan Yang Best Performance in qualifying exam

Yuan Yang received the award for the best performance in the qualifying exam for the year 2016. Congratulations!


 Brian Segal receives a travel award and won a Rackham Fellowship

Brian Segal, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Biostatistics  received a travel award for the Biometrics section for JSM 2016.  He also won a Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship for the year 2016-2017. Congratulations!


Wenting Cheng and Debashree Ray receive the 2016 Young Investigator Awards

Wenting Cheng, a student and Debashree Ray, a postdoc in the Deparetment of Biostatistics, are recipients of two of the five 2016 Young Investigator Awards.   The Young Investigator Awards are given annually to new researchers for the best papers in SIE (The Statistics in Epidemiology) present at the Joint Statistical Meetings (JSM).


bhramar mukherjeeBhramar Mukherjee named winner of the of the 2016 Gertrude Cox Award

Bhramar Mukherjee, Professor of Biostatistics was named as the winner of the of the 2016 Gertrude Cox by the Washington Statistical Society. Gertrude Cox was a pioneering woman statistician and founding chair of NCSU Statistics department and President of the American Statistical Association.  Bhramar will receive the award and present a lecture at the WSS dinner on June 28th in Washington DC. Congratulations!


Yebin Tao receives an ENAR Distinguished Student Paper Award for the 2016 ENAR Spring Meeting in Austin, TX

Yebin Tao, a Ph.D. student supervised by Lu Wang, Ph.D. receives an ENAR Distinguished Student Paper Award for the 2016 ENAR Spring Meeting in Austin, TX. The ENAR award recognizes his excellent paper entitled "Adaptive Contrast Weighted Learning for Multi-Stage Multi-Treatment Decision-Making", which is based on the second chapter of Yebin's dissertation.  Congratulations!


bhramar mukherjeeU-M Cancer Center names Bhramar Mukherjee to lead cancer prevention, control research

The University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center has appointed Bhramar Mukherjee, Ph.D., as associate director for population science research. Mukherjee is John D. Kalbfleisch Collegiate professor of biostatistics and professor of epidemiology at the U-M School of Public Health. She also serves as the associate chair for biostatistics. In her new role, she will oversee the Cancer Center's research on cancer screening, detection and prevention, as well as research on cancer outcomes, disparities and new models of cancer care delivery.


douglas schaubelDouglas E. Schaubel receives the Excellence in Research Award

Please join us on Monday, November 30, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. for the inaugural Excellence in Research Award Symposium and Reception honoring this year's recipient, Douglas E. Schaubel, PhD. We will also be featuring lightning talks by faculty representing each of our six departments. Begins promptly at 3:00; reception to follow.
This Award is given annually to a University of Michigan faculty member displaying excellence in research.  Congratulations!


veronica berrocalVeronica Berrocal won the 2015 ASA Young Investigator Award

Veronica Berrocal, Assistant Professor  won the 2015 Young Investigator Award from the American Statistical Association, Section of Statistics and the Environment. She will be presented the award at JSM in Seattle at the mixer/business meeting of the Section of Statistics and the Environment.


2015 Fellows of the American Statistical Association

  • Tim Johnson – for advances in Bayesian computational statistics, particularly Bayesian analysis and inference for imaging data.
  • Andrzej Galecki – for contributions to the analysis of repeated measures data and high-quality statistical software.

Yan Zhou receives ENAR 2015 Distinguished Student Paper Award

Yan Zhou, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Biostatistics, supervised by Professor Peter Song, has been selected to receive one of the International Biometric Society Eastern North American Region’s (ENAR) Distinguished Student Paper Awards for the 2015 ENAR Spring Meeting in Miami, FL. The award recognizes her excellent paper entitled: Regression analysis of networked data. Congratulations!


Clement Ma and his co-authors receive the Best Paper Award from the International Genetic Epidemiology Society

Clement Ma, a recent Ph.D graduate (September 2014) and his co-authors (Michael Boehnke, Laura Scott and Thomas Blackwell), received the Best Paper Award for their paper titled “Recommended joint and meta-analysis strategies for case-control association testing of single low count variants”, selected as the winner of the Robert C. Elston Award for Best Paper. Clement accepted the award at the IGES meeting in Vienna in August, and gave a talk describing the results. Congratulations!


goncalo abecasisProfessor Gonςalo Abecasis elected to Institute of Medicine

Professor Gonςalo Abecasis, the Felix E. Moore Collegiate Professor of Biostatistics and chair of the Department of Biostatistics, one of six University of Michigan faculty elected to prestigious Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine.


Vincent Tan wins the poster award at the recent Injury Center Symposium

Vincent Tan, a 2nd year MS student, working with Professor Michael Elliott (Biostatistics) and Carol Flannagan, a resesarch scientist and statistician at UMTRI, on injury prediction from "black box" deceleration data obtained during passenger vehicle crashes now available in most recent model vehicles, won the poster award at the recent Injury Center Symposium


Xu Shu received an ENAR Distinguished Student Student Paper Award

Xu Shu, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Biostatistics, received an ENAR Distinguished Student Student Paper Award for her manuscript, "Semiparametric Methods to Contrast Gap Time Survival Functions". The paper is based on the first chapter of Xu's dissertation (advisor: Doug Schaubel) and was presented at the 2014 ENAR Meeting held in Baltimore. Congratulations!


Laura Fernandes receives 2 awards

Congratulations to Laura Fernandes ( a recent Ph.D graduate, supervised by Professors Susan Murray and Jeremy Taylor) for receiving the following two awards for the research in her dissertation:

  1. The young statistician showcase award for the International Biometrics Society conference in Florence, Italy
  2. The Thomas Chalmer award from the Society for Clinical Trials

Professor Bin Nan Elected IMS Fellow

Professor Bin Nan has been elected as IMS (Institute of Mathematical Statistics) fellow. The award ceremony will be on July 8,m 2014 during the Annual meetings in Sydney, Australia. Congratulations for this well deserved honor!


bhramar mukherjeeProfessor Bhramar Mukherjee received the 2014 outstanding young researcher award from the International Indian Statistical Association

The award will be presented at the IISA conference in Riverside on July 11, 2014.


Laura Fernandes to present at the the Young Statistician’s Showcase at the 27th International Biometric Conference in Florence, Italy

Laura Fernandes, Ph.D. student graduating in April 2014 under the supervision of Professors Jeremy Taylor and Susan Murray has been selected to make an oral presentation during the Young Statistician’s Showcase at the 27th International Biometric Conference in Florence, Italy. Laura is one of five winners for this award. Congratulations!


KECC wins the highly competitive award (PI: Rajiv Saran, co-PI: Yi Li) for the United States Renal Data Systems (USRDS)

This 5-year award represents a homecoming for the USRDS which was held by KECC from 1988-1999, led by Philip Held, Friedrich Port and Robert Wolfe. It is indeed a real coup to bring this major contract back to the University of Michigan, with a multidisciplinary collaboration between the School of Public Health and Medical School. Other biostatistics faculty who have made important contributions to the proposal include Jack Kalbfleisch, Doug Schaubel and Peter Song.

USRDS is a high profile national data system that collects, analyzes, and distributes information about kidney disease in the United States for the benefit of researchers, policy makers and the general public. It serves as the clearinghouse for data related to the entire spectrum of kidney disease in the United States and also provides the impetus for improving the care and quality of life for patients with all aspects of this chronic disease.

Congratulations to our wonderful KECC researchers who brought the USRDS back to the University of Michigan. We are sure that this will spur the development of many new research ideas.


John Rice receives a Young Investigators Award by the ASA Section on Statistics in Epidemiology

John Rice, a Ph.D student in the Department of Biostatistics supervised by Jeremy Taylor, received a Young Investigators Award by the ASA Section on Statistics in Epidemiology. As an award winner, he will give a talk on the topic of his paper at the Joint Statistical Meetings in Boston in August 2014. Congratulations!


Nabihah Tayob receives the Biometrics Section student travel award related to her thesis for the 2014 JSM meetings in Boston

Nabihah Tayob, who graduated from the Department of Biostatistics under the supervision of Susan Murray, received the award for her paper entitled " Nonparametric Tests of Treatment Effect for a Recurrent Event Process that Terminates? Congratulations to Nabihah!


Peisong Han receives the 2014 David P. Byar Young Investigator Award from the ASA Biometrics Section

Peisong Han, who graduated from the Department of Biosatistics (summer 2013) under the co-supervison of Lu Wang and Peter Song and, who is now an assistant professor at the University of Waterloo, received the 2014 David P. Byar Young Investigator Award from the ASA Biometrics Section for his innovation work on regression analysis with missing data. Congratulations to Peisong!


KECC awarded federal contract to develop new measures to evaluate U.S. dialysis facilities

KECC, an interdisciplinary team of researchers from SPH and Medical School, has been awarded a 5-year, $17.6 million federal contract to develop new measures to evaluate all U.S. dialysis facilities. Yi Li, Professor in the Department of Biostatistics and the Director of KECC is the principal investigator of this award.

The measures developed by the KECC team will form the basis to improve practices among the vulnerable kidney patient population by reducing disease progression, managing resource utilization and containing medical costs, as well as improving both access to and quality of care. Information gained from the national big data will improve clinical practice and patient outcomes and will inform federal public policy about organ failure. Congratulations!