The departments of Biostatistics and Epidemiology and Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst are co-hosting the 32nd annual New England Statistics Symposium in the UMass Amherst Campus Center on April 13-14. The symposium brings together statisticians from across New England to share research, discuss emerging issues in the field, and network with colleagues.
Nicholas Reich, Associate Professor of Biostatistics, recently announced the creation of a new “global forum for disease forecasting and surveillance research” available through the Open Access publisher Public Library of Science (PLOS).
India has one of the highest rates of type 2 diabetes in the world, and there is now “growing national and international concern” about the drug regulatory system there, which allows use of a drug treatment that has not been shown effective or safe, say researchers at UMass Amherst and the U.K.’s Newcastle University in a paper recently published in the British Medical Journal.
Faculty in the Biostatistics program have issued a statement on the program's sexual harassment policy.
Research teams, including one led by Associate Professor of Biostatistics Nicholas Reich, are participating in a national influenza forecasting challenge to try to predict the onset, progress and peaks of regional flu outbreaks to aid prevention and control. This year, the Reich Lab is leading an effort to improve the forecasting by increasing the collaboration between groups.
Assistant Professor of Biostatistics Leontine Alkema, with postdoctoral researcher Niamh Cahill and doctoral student Chuchu Wei in the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, and others, released new estimates and projections of modern contraceptive prevalence (mCPR) and other family planning outcomes for the 69 poorest countries of the world.
Assistant Professor of Biostatistics Leontine Alkema’s mission to improve reproductive health in third world countries has been featured in Aspire: A Report on the Impact of Philanthropy in a piece called 120 Million More. Partnering with Family Planning 2020, Alkema is working to provide 120 million women and girls around the world with access to contraceptives by the year 2020.
The UMass Amherst Institute for Global Health (IGH) and the School of Public Health and Health Sciences (SPHHS) will host “Global Health Challenges: A Panel Discussion for Collaborative Solutions” in the Integrative Learning Center Room S240 on Friday, November 3 from 9:30 to 11:15 am. The event will feature panelists Rita Colwell, former director of the National Science Foundation (NSF); Jennie Ward-Robinson, president and CEO of the PAHO Foundation; and Michael Depledge, former head of science at the UK Environment Agency.
The School of Public Health and Health Sciences welcomes five new full-time tenure track faculty members into its ranks this academic year. New faculty hires for 2017-2018 include Laura Balzer in the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, and Laura Attanasio, David Chin, Elizabeth Evans and Jin Kim-Mozeleski in the Department of Health Promotion and Policy.
On International Safe Abortion Day, Sept. 28, an international research group reports in a new paper with senior author and Assistant Professor of Biostatistics Leontine Alkema at the University of Massachusetts Amherst that out of the 55.7 million abortions that are estimated to have occurred each year between 2010 and 2014, almost half (45.1 percent) were unsafe.
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