Brains and Potential? Apply Within
Scott Zeger, PhD, searches for new Biostatistics faculty
members, brains and potential outweigh experience in the field.
"One of the secrets of success has been a tradition that the
Department of Biostatistics has followed for several generations,
which is to search for the best and brightest young faculty without
regard to prior public health research experience," says the
Recent results seem to have validated the strategy. Five young
assistant professors in the department, several of whom came to
the School with little prior public health experience, have won
awards in the last year:
- Karl Broman, PhD - Best paper in Genetic Epidemiology
in 1999, International Genetic Epidemiology Society (awarded in
- Francesca Dominici, PhD - Young Investigator Award from
the Section of Statistics in Epidemiology of the American Statistical
- Constantine Frangakis, PhD - Ho Ching Yang Memorial Faculty
Award for Cancer Prevention
- Rafael Irizarry, PhD - Noether Young Scholar Award from
the American Statistical Association for achievements in the field
of nonparametric statistics (see page 10 for an article on Irizarry)
- Dan Scharfstein, ScD - Snedecor Award from the American
Statistical Association for best paper in biometry; and Ho Ching
Yang Memorial Faculty Award for Cancer Prevention.
Zeger has found that promising young faculty need three to four
years to immerse themselves in their new discipline. "It's
hard to expect them to be active participants in research grants
right off the bat," he says. "We have been fortunate to
have a grant from Merck to develop young faculty. It allows us to
attract people in whom we want to invest."
Gates Global Health Award Winner and Other Honors
The Centre for Health and Population Research, a Bangladesh-based
institution which has had a close connection with the School over
much of its 40-year history, was awarded on May 31 the first $1
million Gates Award for Global Health.
Formerly known as the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease
Research, the Centre was recognized for its contribution to global
health. Oral rehydration solution (ORS), which saves the lives of
2.5 million children annually, was developed at the Centre. Past
directors of the Centre include professors W. Henry Mosley, MD,
MPH '65, and William Greenough III, MD. David Sack,
MD, current director of the Centre and a professor in International
Health at the School, accepted the award from Melinda Gates at the
Washington D.C. ceremony.
Adnan A. Hyder, MD, PhD '98, MPH '93, is recipient of the
2001 American Public Health Association's International Health Section
Mid-Career Award. Hyder, an assistant research professor in the
Division of Community Health and director of the Doctor of Public
Health Program in International Health, will collect the award this
month at the APHA annual meeting in Atlanta.
Pamela J. Lein, PhD, assistant professor, Environmental
Health Sciences, was named the first recipient of the Thomas and
Carol McCann Innovative Research Fund for Asthma and Respiratory
Alan M. Goldberg, PhD, professor, Environmental Health Sciences,
and director of the Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing, received
the Society of Toxicology's Animal Welfare Enhancement award at
the Society's 2001 meeting.
Janet DiPietro, PhD, associate professor, Population and
Family Health Sciences, has been appointed chairperson of a National
Institutes of Health study section, "Biobehavioral and Behavioral
Karen Bandeen-Roche, PhD, associate professor, Biostatistics,
has been named a Fellow of the American Statistical Association.
Robert E. Black, MD, MPH, Edgar Berman Professor and chair,
International Health, delivered the seventeenth E.V. McCollum International
Lecture in Nutrition at the XVII International Congress of Nutrition
in Vienna, August 27.