The School of Public Health and Health Sciences welcomes eight new full-time tenure-track faculty members into its ranks this academic year. New faculty hires for Fall 2018 include Chi Hyun Lee, Andrew Lover, and Youssef Oulhote in the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology; Megan Gross in the Department of Communication Disorders; Airin D. Martinez, Luis Valdez, and John Zeber in the Department of Health Promotion and Policy; and Gwenael Layec in the Department of Kinesiology.
Lisa Chasan-Taber, Professor of Epidemiology, has assumed the position of Chair of the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, assuming the role previously held by Professor Susan Hankinson.
Assistant Professor of Biostatistics Laura Balzer, with Jennifer Ahern of the University of California, Berkeley, will lead a workshop titled “Estimation and interpretation: introduction to parametric and semi-parametric estimators for causal inference” on Friday, September 28, in Boston as part of the Society for Epidemiological Research’s SERtalks series.
Assistant Professor of Biostatistics Laura Balzer is the lead statistician on a cluster randomized trial designed to prevent and treat HIV and other health conditions in East African communities. In a trial with over 350,000 adults and children in rural Kenya and Uganda, the Sustainable East Africa Research in Community Health (SEARCH) study resulted in 21 percent fewer HIV deaths, reduced tuberculosis by 59%, and improved control of hypertension by 26%.
Assistant Professor of Biostatistics Laura Balzer describes a machine learning method with implications for epidemiological research in a recent publication titled “Stacked generalization: an introduction to super learning.” Co-authored with Ashley Naimi of the University of Pittsburgh, the article provides a practical introduction to ensemble methods that allow researchers to combine several different prediction algorithms into one.
The School of Public Health and Health Sciences has awarded seventeen Dean’s PhD Summer Fellowships for summer 2018. The $7000 awards will provide support for PhD students in excellent standing to pursue their research and complete their dissertations during the summer months.
The School of Public Health and Health Sciences will host a special Boston Alumni Night on Monday, June 25, 2018, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at The University of Massachusetts Club.
Biostatistics doctoral student Stephen Lauer is the lead author of a paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). Titled “Prospective forecasts of annual dengue hemorrhagic fever incidence in Thailand, 2010-2014,” the article presents findings on dengue hemorrhagic fever prediction forecasting models tested over the course of a five-year period.
A group of more than two dozen undergraduate and graduate students attended this year’s SPHHS Awards Celebration, where they were recognized for outstanding achievements in the classroom, in research, and through service to the community. The SPHHS Awards Celebration was held in the Old Chapel on April 28, 2018.
The SPHHS is pleased to announce the 2018 SPHHS Research Day award winners: Aastha Pokharel (1st place), Stephanie Hung (2nd place), Carl Jewell (3rd place), and Joshua Freeman and CHristine Langton (Honorable Mentions). Haydee Jacobs was named the Delta Omega abstract winner.
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