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Spring 2013 has come and gone. We wish you a happy summer!
Bottom row, L-R: Brindha Manickavasakan, Shweta Padmanaban, Imran Mujawar, Yi Zhao. Middle Row, L-R: Yaru Shi, Yao Yao, Siwen He. Back row, L-R: Xiaoli Lu, Philip Meacham, Kathleen McClain, Yitao Wang.
Congratulations to our graduates!
M.S. in Biostatistics: Siwen He, Xuefei Jia, Dohoon Kim, Huai-Ching Kuo, Xiaoli Lu, Brindha Manickavasakan, Kathleen McClain, Philip Meacham, Imran Mujawar, Shweta Padmanaban, Yaru Shi, Dylan Thibault, Yitao Wang, William Wisniewski, Yao Yao, Yi Zhao
Certificate in Epidemiology: Sulakshana Seevaratnam
Certificate in Biostatistics: Avni Shah
Student Feature
Junrui Di ('13) and another student performed in the Chinese Spring Festival GALA, held by the Chinese Student Association in February. He sang a duet and wishes to express his thanks to his classmates for coming out to support him! Read below to find out more about Junrui's academic pursuits:

"I have been conducting statistical analysis for a metabolomics-based study of pancreatic cancer identification in collaboration with Dr. Amrita Cheema from the Department of Oncology for the Spring semester. During this study, I became familiar with the LASSO technique, which is a popular method for regression that uses an L1 penalty to achieve a sparse solution.

I am also working with Dr. K on my final thesis “Robust Integrative Data Analysis Using JIVE” (Joint and Individual Variation Explained). JIVE is a general method for the integrated analysis of multi-block data, which was introduced by Lock in 2011. In August, I will present on our robust JIVE method at the 2013 Joint Statistical Meeting in Montreal, Canada.

This summer, I am working as an intern for Dr. Michael Plankey. We are going to work on a cohort study of HIV. I will be responsible for simplifying their questionnaire based on previous data and other analysis."

Alumni Feature
Octavio Mesner ('10) presented this poster at the 2012 Infectious Disease Society of America conference. "Thanks GU for teaching me latex!" he says. "It was worth all the misery it took to understand it!"

Click here to view the full poster.
Faculty Feature
Dr. Michael Plankey is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in Infectious Diseases at GUMC. He has a secondary appointment in the Department of Biostatistics, mentoring Biostatistics Student Research Assistants and Practicum projects. He team-taught Case Studies in Epidemiology in Fall 2011.
Q: If you could meet anyone (dead or alive), who would it be? 
 
A: Alive: Darren Criss (yes, I am a Gleek). Dead: Thomas Jefferson.
 
Q: What is your secret talent? 
 
A: Making spaghetti sauce from scratch.
 
Q: What is your favorite part of your job? 
 
A: Mentoring students.
 
Q: Do you have any advice for our students?
 
A: Make sure you love what you do.  If you fall out of love with what you do, find something else to do.
 
Q: What is one thing you learned in graduate school that has helped you now in teaching and otherwise professionally?
 
A: Build professional networks early in your graduate education.
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Announcements:

Dr. George Luta and Dr. Anca Dragomir visited the Department of Public Health from the Universidad de La Frontera, Temuco, Chile, in January. They started research collaborations in Epidemiology and Biostatistics with faculty from the Department of Public Health regarding the obesity epidemic in Chile.


Yaru Shi ('12) has been accepted into the Ph.D. in Biostatistics program at University of Illinois-Chicago. She will start this fall.

A version of Beth Elston's ('10) thesis work from GU was published in the May 2013 edition of Physical Therapy Journal.

Samantha Nemeth ('10) now works as a senior analyst for Columbia HeartSource, a cardiac consulting firm in New York City.

Under the mentorship of Dr. Plankey, Ying Li ('10) published the results of her practicum project as an original paper entitled "The association of intimate partner violence, recreational drug use with HIV seroprevalence among MSM" in AIDS and Behavior, February 2012.
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Fall 2013 Seminars

September 13: Shuangge Ma, Yale University
September 27: Dhammika Amaratunga, Johnson & Johnson
October 11: Mithat Gonen, Memorial Sloane-Kettering Cancer Center
October 25: Tom Louis, Johns Hopkins University
November 8: Zhonghui Hu, NIAID/NIH
November 22: Li Xiong, Emory University


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