Molly Mitchell and Kaitlin Woo leave for other opportunities

Molly Mitchell, program manager for our Biostatistics research area, and Kaitlin Woo, biostatistician, are both leaving the department to pursue other opportunities. We are sad to lose them, and wish them the absolute best in their new adventures.

Molly is moving to the Wisconsin Center for Education Research in the School of Education at UW-Madison, and Kaitlin is moving to the east coast with her spouse.

Thank you to both Molly and Kaitlin for their contributions to the department.

Bret Hanlon, PhD, joins Statistical Data Analysis Center

Dr. Bret Hanlon joined the Statistical Data Analysis Center as Associate Scientist. He will work with the SDAC scientists and staff to provide arms-length data analysis to the Data Monitoring Committees (DMCs) for pharmaceutical company-funded clinical trials. He will also continue his collaborations with researchers in the Department of Surgery.

Welcome, Bret! We are happy to have you in the department.

New Student Services Coordinator, Shelley Maxted, Joins Department

We are excited that Shelley Maxted chose to join the Department in the role of Student Services Coordinator. She takes over from Whitney Sweeney, who has moved on to an administrative role in the Data Science Hub.

Welcome to Shelley! Please stop by to say hello and welcome her to the Department.

Eneida Mendonca and Umberto Tachinardi move to Indiana University

We are both saddened and pleased that Eneida Mendonca and Umberto Tachinardi have taken senior leadership posts at Indiana University effective April 1. We thank them for their generous contributions to the Department of Biostatistics & Medical Informatics, the School of Medicine & Public Health, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison during their time here.

We wish them success in their new roles.

Assistant Professor Lu Mao Wins Travel Award

Assistant Professor Lu Mao won the IMS New Researcher Travel Award to attend the WNAR/IMS/JR annual meeting for his submission titled "When Wilcoxon-Mann-Whitney meets non-compliance." In addition to receiving the travel award, Dr. Lu will be highlighted in the IMS Bulletin, and named and honored in person at the IMS Awards Ceremony and Presidential Address at the Joint Statistical MEetings/IMS Annual Meeting in Denver in July.

Congratulations to Dr. Mao for winning this award!

Assistant Professor Andreas Velten receives NSF Career Award

Assistant Professor Andreas Velten has received a 5-year National Science Foundation CAREER award titled "A Computational Hyperspectral Fluorescence Lifetime Camera."

Congratulations to Dr. Velten and his group!

Professor Vikas Singh Awarded National Institute on Aging Grant

Professor Vikas Singh, in collaboration with Professor Barbara Bendlin, has been awarded a $1.25M grant by the National Institute on Aging to study Alzheimers' Disease. The 5-year grant is titled "Algebraic Formulations for characterizing Structural Brain Connectivity Changes and Pathology Transmission Networks in Preclinical Alzheimer's Disease."

Congratulations to Drs. Singh and Bendlin on your success!

Rui Chen Wins 2019 JSM Biometric Section student award

Rui Chen, a graduate student working with Professor Menggang Yu, won the 2019 JSM Biometrics Section student award. His winning title is: "Tailored Optimal Post-Treatment Surveillance for Cancer Recurrence."

Congratulations to Rui!

Six BMI Faculty Win OVCRGE Fall Competition Awards

We are very pleased that six faculty from the Department of Biostatistics & Medical Informatics won Fall Competition Awards from the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education. Well done!

Moo Chung: Algorithm Development for Mapping the Heritability of Continuous Structural Connectivity in Diffusion Tensor Imaging of the Human Brain
Mark Craven: Understanding Learned Models in Biomedicine
Kyungmann Kim: Statistical Inference for Complex Time to Event Data Under Non-Randomized Cohorts
Lu Mao: Novel Statistical Methods for Hierarchical Composite Primary Endpoints in Clinical Trials
Eneida Mendonca: Bridging Data Gaps to Define Childhood Obesity Phenotypes
Andreas Velten: Super Resolution Remote Imaging Using Ultrafast Time of Flight Sensors

Congratulations to all of you!

Thevaa Chandereng Wins Biopharm-Deming Student Scholar Prize

Thevaa Chandereng, a graduate student with Professor Rick Chappell, won the Biopharm-Deming Student Scholar prize. Thevaa will receive the prize at the 74th annual Deming Conference on Applied Statistics, which will be held in Atlantic City, New Jersey from December 3-7. The award provides travel support for students currently enrolled in PhD programs in statistics or biostatistics in the US so they can attend the 3-day tutorial sessions at the Deming Conference and deliver a poster presentation. He will be presenting a poster titled "A Tool for Simulation in Adaptive Bayesian Clinical Trials."

Congratulations to Thevaa!!