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Diana Miglioretti continues as a Council of Sections repre-
sentative. She is an associate scientific investigator at the Group
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Health Center for Health Studies and an affiliate associate pro-
fessor at the University of Washington. She earned her PhD in
Would you like to be involved in JSM 2009,
biostatistics from The Johns Hopkins University. Her primary
but are not planning to submit an abstract?
research interests are in statistical issues related to breast cancer
Consider volunteering to chair a session. This is an
screening, including the evaluation of screening and diagnostic
important responsibility and a great way to meet
tests; assessment of screening patterns over time; and modeling
your colleagues. If you are interested, contact
of multivariate, longitudinal, and clustered data.
Wensheng Guo at
Michael Daniels is our second Council of Sections rep-
resentative, serving until 2010. He is a professor in the
Department of Statistics and the Department of Epidemiology
Byar Young Investigator Award
and Biostatistics at the University of Florida. Daniels earned
his doctorate from Harvard and was on the faculty of
Do you know a young investigator who is planning to sub-
Carnegie Mellon University and Iowa State University before
mit an abstract for JSM 2009? If so, you may wish to
moving to Florida. His research interests include Bayesian sta-
tell him or her that the ASA Biometrics Section is seek-
tistics, biostatistics, hierarchical modeling, and estimation of
ing nominations for the 2009 David P. Byar Young
covariance matrices.
Investigator Award. This annual award is given to a young
Additionally, Denise Roe begins a term as our third Council
investigator for best emerging work to be presented at JSM.
of Sections representative, reflecting that our section member-
The award is in memory of David Byar, who made significant
ship has exceeded 2,000 once again. Roe is a professor in the
contributions to the development and application of statistical
Epidemiology and Biostatistics Division of the Mel and Enid
methods and was esteemed as an exceptional mentor during his
Zuckerman College of Public Health at The University of
career at the National Cancer Institute. The winner will receive
Arizona. She earned an MS in biometrics from the University
a $1,000 award.
of Colorado and a doctorate in biostatistics from UCLA. She
In addition to the Byar Award, the section may provide travel
has been on the faculty of The University of Arizona since
awards to the authors of other outstanding papers submitted to
1988. Her statistical research interests include developing and
the Byar award competition.
evaluating statistical methods useful in clinical trials, preven-
Applicants must have held a doctorate in statistics, biostatis-
tion studies, pharmacokinetics, and longitudinal studies. She
tics, or a related quantitative field for three or fewer years as of
collaborates with cancer and public health researchers in the
April 1 of the current year or be enrolled as a doctoral student
design, conduct, and statistical analysis of clinical, prevention,
in statistics or biostatistics and in active pursuit of a doctoral
and laboratory studies.
degree. They also must be first author of the paper submit-
Bonnie LaFleur will continue to serve as chair of the
ted and current members of the ASA Biometrics Section.
Member Initiatives Committee. LaFleur earned her doctor-
(Membership in the ASA does not automatically confer section
ate in biometrics in 1999 from the University of Colorado in
membership. Applicants may join at the time of submission for
Denver and was an assistant professor at Vanderbilt University
a $3 annual membership fee.) The paper may be submitted to
Medical Center until 2007. She is currently on the faculty in the
a journal or under review, but may not have appeared online
Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at The University of
or in print at the time of the application or have been accepted
Arizona’s Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health.
for publication as of January 1, 2009. Finally, applicants must
Her research interests include permutation and nonparametric
be scheduled to present the submitted paper at JSM 2009 in
statistics, generalized linear models, and analysis of linear and
Washington, DC, as a talk or poster presentation.
nonlinear mixed models.
Applicants are encouraged, but not required, to submit their
Page Moore will take over for Ralitza Gueorguieva as the sec-
abstracts to the Biometrics Section. Application materials should
tion’s publication officer. Moore earned her doctorate in statistics
consist of the following in electronic format:
from Baylor University in 2006 and has been a faculty member
a cover letter certifying that the applicant meets the
in the Department of Biostatistics at the University of Arkansas
eligibility requirements
for Medical Sciences since 2006. Her main research interests are
in multiple imputation techniques, longitudinal data analysis,
a current CV
computational statistics, and clinical trial design.
a copy of the finished paper (drafts are not acceptable)
Gerald Beck is our online assistant editor (also known as our
webmaster). He is acting chair of the Department of Biostatistics Applicants are invited to submit one copy each of supple-
and Epidemiology at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. His pri- mentary published or in-press papers if they compose a body
mary interest is in the design, conduct, and analysis of clinical of scientific work related to the paper to be presented. If these
trials. He serves as principal investigator or co-investigator of data are not available electronically, contact Taylor, chair of the 2009
coordinating centers for multicenter clinical studies supported by Biometrics Section Awards Committee, at All
the National Institutes of Health, including the Dialysis Access materials, including the paper, must be submitted electronically
Consortium and the Hemodialysis Study. on or before March 1, 2009. ■
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