NIH Funds UCI Study of Children's Asthma, Climate Change
UCI researchers have been awarded more than $400,000 by the National Institutes of Health to study the potential effects of global climate change on public health, particularly asthma in children. The project is a cross-campus collaboration involving Ralph Delfino, associate professor of epidemiology; Michael Prather, professor of Earth system science; Daniel Gillen, associate professor of statistics; Scott Bartell, assistant professor of public health, epidemiology and statistics; and Jun Wu, assistant professor of public health and epidemiology. UC Davis environmental engineer Michael Kleeman is also part of the team. "Our study will estimate the future risks for children of smog linked to climate change," said Delino, who has conducted extensive research on air pollution and its health effects.
Gillen Recipient of the 2011 ICTS Faculty Mentor-Mentee Award
At the UC Irvine Institute for Clinical and Translational Science (ICTS) Spring Colloquium held on May 20, 2011, Statistics Professor Daniel Gillen was the recipient of the 2011 Faculty Mentor-Mentee Awards (FMMA). This award honors Senate and non-Senate members of the UC Irvine faculty who have shown an outstanding commitment to mentoring, advising, and generally supporting clinical and translational science research.
Johnson Named IMS Fellow
Wesley O. Johnson, Professor in the Department of Statistics, has been named a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics (IMS). Fellowship in the IMS recognizes distinction in research in statistics or probability by publication of independent work of merit. The new Fellows will be welcomed and presented with a plaque during the IMS Presidential Address and Awards Ceremony on the evening of Monday, August 1, 2011 during the IMS Annual Meeting/Joint Statistical Meetings in Miami Beach, Florida. Created in 1933, the IMS is an international professional and scholarly society devoted to the development, dissemination, and application of statistics and probability. The Institute currently has about 4,500 members in all parts of the world.
Stern Named IMS Fellow
Dean and Professor of Statistics, Hal Stern has been named a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics (IMS). Fellowship in the IMS recognizes distinction in research in statistics or probability by publication of independent work of merit. The new Fellows will be welcomed and presented with a plaque during the IMS Presidential Address and Awards Ceremony on the evening of Monday, August 1, 2011 during the IMS Annual Meeting/Joint Statistical Meetings in Miami Beach, Florida. Created in 1933, the IMS is an international professional and scholarly society devoted to the development, dissemination, and application of statistics and probability. The Institute currently has about 4,500 members in all parts of the world.
Utts receives the American Statistical Association Founder's Award
Professor of statistics, Jessica Utts, received the American Statistical Association (ASA) Founder Award, the organization's highest honor, at the 2009 Joint Statistical Meetings held August 1 - 6 in Washington, DC.
Utts, along with four other recipients, were selected based on their service over an extended period of time and in a variety of leadership roles, including chapter, section, committee, officer or editorial activities, in which effective service or leadership was provided within ASA or on behalf of ASA to other organizations.
Utts was chosen based on her leadership on many ASA committees and the Statistical Education and Bayesian Statistical Science Sections; for extraordinary service in the development of the ASA’s strategic plan; for editorial service to the American Statistician and to the Journal of the American Statistical Association; and for her outstanding commitment to the profession through leaderships roles in AAAS, CAUSE, COPSS, NISS and WNAR.
Utts’ research interests include statistics education and applications of statistics to a variety of areas, most notably parapsychology, medicine, and transportation. She is the recipient of two distinguished teaching awards, the author of three statistics textbooks with an emphasis on statistical literacy, and the editor-in-chief of an online statistics course.
Chair and professor of Statistics, Hal Stern, has been appointed to a three-year term on the Committee on National Statistics (CNSTAT), an affiliate of the National Academies (National Research Council, the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the Institute of Medicine).
Stern is one of two scholars appointed to the 15-member committee effective July 1.
CNSTAT was established in 1972, at the recommendation of the President's Commission on Federal Statistics, to improve the statistical methods and information on which public policy decisions are based.
The Committee serves as an integrative force for the nation’s decentralized federal statistical system through its wide-ranging studies on statistical applications in public policy and its ongoing review of statistical policy activities of the Executive Branch and Congress.
The Committee convenes expert panels to conduct studies on the data and methodology needed to improve our understanding of the U.S. population, the economy, the environment, public health, crime, education, immigration, poverty, welfare, terrorism, and other public policy topics.
An ASA Fellow, Stern conducts research in statistical inference using Bayesian methods, methods for assessing the fit of statistical models, applications of statistics in the social and biological sciences, and application of probability and statistics in sports.
He has more than 60 referreed publications, and is a co-author of the popular statistics text "Bayesian Data Analysis".
Daniel Gillen, assistant professor of Statistics has been appointed to the Federal Drug Administration's advisory committee for Reproductive Drugs as a statistician for the panel.
Gillen was recommended and selected for the four-year appointment based upon his work in the design and analysis of clinical trials.
Professor Gillen's research focuses on the development of statistical methods for the analysis of survival time data and group sequential methods for the design and monitoring of clinical trials.
In particular, Gillen's interests include the development of methods that robustly incorporate time-varying effects on survival in the settings of observational cohort studies and clinical trials.
His primary areas of application are in nephrology and cancer.
FDA advisory committees offer the FDA advice on related questions posed by the Agency on a product of regulated industry. The FDA has 30 advisory committees, divided along product lines (e.g., food, devices, drugs, and biologics) and body systems (e.g., cardiovascular or gastrointestinal products).
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