UMass Amherst team wins Public Health Data Challenge

UMass Amherst Public Health Sciences major Gabri Silverman

Gabri Silverman

January 29, 2019

A team of four UMass Amherst students, including Public Health Sciences major Gabri Silverman and STEM majors Arianna Kazemi, Connor Kennedy, and Yugal Subedi, has won the American Statistical Association’s (ASA) Public Health Data Challenge. The UMass Amherst team was one of 91 teams competing in the event.

Teams were given the task of analyzing the CDC’s Multiple Cause of Death (Detailed Mortality) data set, and then, using data analysis and problem-solving skills, proposing recommendations on how local officials should fight the national opioid epidemic.

“It was interesting to work with my team because we all have different academic backgrounds, therefore we looked at problems differently. When we heard we had won, I was so excited because I felt as though all our hard work during the semester had paid off,” Silverman says. “The competition definitely gave me more confidence in my coding and data analysis skills.”

Associate Professor of Biostatistics Nicholas Reich served as faculty advisor for the team.

Read more about the competition and view the team’s presentation.