World Statistics Day Theme 2015: “Better data. Better lives” October 20, 2015 Department History & Milestones


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World Statistics Day

  • Theme 2015:
  • “Better data. Better lives”
  • October 20, 2015

Department History & Milestones

  • Michael Kutner, Ph.D.
  • Rollins Professor of Biostatistics
  • October 21, 2015

Malcolm E. Turner, Jr., Ph.D. Chair, Department of Biometry 1963-1967, 1969

Department Logo

UPPERGATE HOUSE

Gladys Reynolds & J.Wanzer Drane

Fred Schmidt

DEPARTMENT OF STATISTICS AND BIOMETRY 1967 FACULTY

  • Malcolm E. Turner, Jr., Ph.D., Chair
  • George S. Eadie, M.D., Ph.D., Professor
  • Charles Stevens, Ph.D., Associate Professor
  • J. Wanzer Drane, M.S., P.E., Associate Professor
  • W. Buell Evans, Ph.D., Associate Professor
  • Louis D. Homer, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor
  • Frederick H. Schmidt, M.S., Associate
  • Gladys H. Reynolds, M.S., Associate

Buell Evans

Significant Accomplishments

  • Biometry Training Grant
  • Member of SREB Committee on Statistics
  • Conducted Summer SREB-COS Course Program
  • Data Coordinating Center for the Southeast Cooperative Group
  • Business Office for the Biometric Society
  • Obtained grant to obtain a UNIVAC computer
  • University Computing Center grew out of Department

Bob Mosteller & J. Wanzer Drane at 40th

E. C. Hall, Ph.D. Department of Statistics and Biometry Chair,1970-1986

Strategic Plan

  • Strengthen collaboration in the SOM
  • Hire faculty to “beef up” the M.S. and Ph.D. teaching and research programs in the Graduate School
  • Drs. Donna Brogan and Michael Kutner were recruited in 1971 to carry out strategic plan
  • Brogan got the “plush office”
  • Kutner became heavily involved with the General Clinical Research Center (GCRC)

Other Significant Hires

  • Drs. Michael Haber and Ira Longini were recruited to strengthen the doctoral program
  • Associate Faculty member Mike Lynn along with Drs. Al Bartolucci and Steve Moffitt were recruited to work on the Southeastern Co-opertative Cancer Group Statistical Data Coordinating Center

Michael Haber

Mike Lynn

Grady Hospital Satellite Unit

  • Drs. Brent Blumenstein and Ray Bain were hired to support a satellite unit set up at Grady Hospital

Ray Bain

Department Moves to New Quarters

Other Initiatives

  • Dr. Ray Greenberg was recruited to head up the Atlanta SEER program
  • Emphasis was placed on clinical trials in surgery, ophthalmology, cardiovascular disease with utilization of the GCRC

1986-1987

  • E. C. Hall resigns as Department Chair
  • Mike Kutner appointed Acting Chair
  • Dean Krause appoints internal committee to review the department
  • New Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics is formed
  • Dr. Ray Greenberg appointed Chair of the new department

Raymond S. Greenberg, M.D., Ph.D. Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics Chair, 1988-1990 Dean Emory School of Public Health 1990-1994

Faculty Recruitments 1988-1990

  • Betz Halloran, D.Sc., M.D.
  • Lillian Lin, Ph.D.
  • Andre’ Kosinski, Ph.D.
  • Huiman Barnhart, Ph.D.

Michael H. Kutner, Ph.D. Rollins Professor Department of Biostatistics Chair, 1990-1992 Associate Dean for Academic Affairs 1990-1993

New School of Public Health

  • Dr. Raymond Greenberg selected to become the Dean of the newly announced Emory University School of Public Health in 1990
  • Dr. Kutner appointed as Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Director/Chair of the Division/Department of Biostatistics in 1990.

Donna J. Brogan, Ph.D. Emerita Professor Emory Department of Biostatistics Chair, 1992-1995

Department Moves

Faculty Recruitment

  • Amita Manatunga, Ph.D.
  • Vicki Hertzberg, Ph.D.
  • Lance Waller, Ph.D.
  • Eleanor Feingold, Ph.D.

Vicki S. Hertzberg, Ph.D. Associate Professor Department of Biostatistics Chair, 1995-2001

Faculty Recruitment

  • Bob Lyles. Ph.D.
  • John Hanfelt, Ph.D.
  • DuBois Bowman, Ph.D.
  • Michael Kutner, Ph.D.

Michael H. Kutner, Ph.D. Emory Department of Biostatistics & Bioinformatics Chair, 2002-2009

Strategic Planning

  • Recruit Cancer Center Biostatistics Core
  • Drs. Rogatko & Tighiouart
  • Enlarge & strengthen faculty
  • Recruit more Associate faculty & allow for the recruitment of non-tenure track doctoral level faculty for teaching service courses and assisting in the Biostatistics Consulting Center

2004 FACULTY, DEPARTMENT OF BIOSTATISTICS

  • GRADUATE FACULTY Kirk A. Easley, M.S., Senior Associate
  • Lisa K. Elon, M.P.H., Senior Associate
  • Michael H. Kutner, Ph.D., Rollins Professor and Chair Jennifer Favaloro-Sabatier, MApStat, Associate
  • José N.G. Binongo, Ph.D., Lecturer Angelita Bush Gordon, M.S., Associate
  • F. DuBois Bowman, Ph.D., Assistant Professor Michael J. Lynn, M.S., Senior Associate
  • Donna J. Brogan, Ph.D., Emerita Professor Azhar Nizam, M.S., Senior Associate
  • Ying Guo, Ph.D., Research Assistant Professor Paul S. Weiss, M.S., Associate
  • Michael J. Haber, Ph.D., Professor Hong Rebecca Zhang, M.S., Senior Associate
  • M. Elizabeth Halloran, D.Sc., Professor
  • John J. Hanfelt, Ph.D., Associate Professor ADJUNCT FACULTY
  • Vicki Stover Hertzberg, Ph.D. , Associate Professor
  • Andrew N. Hill, Ph.D., Instructor Huiman X. Barnhart, Ph.D., Adjunct Associate Professor
  • Yijian (Eugene) Huang, Ph.D., Associate Professor Carol A. Gotway Crawford, Ph.D., Adjunct Associate Professor
  • Mary Kelley, Ph.D., Research Assistant Professor Owen J. Devine, Ph.D., Adjunct Assistant Professor
  • Ira M. Longini, Jr., Ph.D., Professor Andrew Friede, Ph.D., Adjunct Professor
  • Robert H. Lyles, Ph.D., Assistant Professor Andrzej S. Kosinski, Ph.D., Adjunct Associate Professor
  • Amita K. Manatunga, Ph.D., Professor Lillian S. Lin, Ph.D., Adjunct Assistant Professor
  • André Rogatko, Ph.D., Professor Philip H. Rhodes, Ph.D., Adjunct Assistant Professor
  • Mourad Tighiouart, Ph.D., Research Assistant Professor Glen A. Satten, Ph.D., Adjunct Assistant Professor
  • Bindu Viswanathan, Ph.D., Visiting Assistant Professor Maya Sternberg, Ph.D., Adjunct Assistant Professor
  • Lance A. Waller, Ph.D., Professor Donna F. Stroup, Ph.D., Adjunct Professor
  • Zheng (Lily) Zhang, Ph.D., Assistant Professor Brani Vidakovic, Ph.D., Adjunct Associate Professor G. David Williamson, Ph.D., Adjunct Assistant Professor
  • John M. Williamson, Sc.D., Adjunct Assistant Professor
  • ASSOCIATE FACULTY William Yasnoff, Ph.D., Adjunct Professor
  • George Cotsonis, M.A., Senior Associate

40th Anniversary Celebration October 22, 2004

  • October 23, 2004:
  • Donna Brogan Retirement Dinner
  • Announcement of the Donna J. Brogan annual lecture series started in 2006
  • Speakers: Scott Zeger, Mitch Gail, Nan Laird, Xihong Lin, Don Berry, Robert Groves, Ron Brookmeyer, Rod Little, Kathryn Roeder, Donna Brogan

Rapid Growth: 2004-2009

  • Hired two Rollins Assistant Professors
  • Dr. Limin Peng and Dr. Qi Long
  • Formed Center for Infectious Disease Modeling (PIs: Drs. Halloran & Longini)
  • Formed Center for Biomedical Imaging Statistics (PI: Dr. Bowman)
  • Biostatistics Consulting Center funds from SOM, Yerkes and RSPH ( Kutner, Easley)

Training Grants

  • Environmental Statistics (PI: Dr. Waller)
  • Biostatistics, Genetics, Infectious Diseases and Neuroimaging (PI: Dr. Halloran)
  • Summer Institute in Biostatistics (PI: Dr. Waller)

Team Research Grants

  • Center for AIDS Research:
  • Biostatistics Core (PI: Dr. Kutner)
  • Atlanta Clinical and Translational Science Institute: Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Research Design Core Program (PI: Dr. Lyles)
  • Several Program Project Grants Awarded: WCI, Psychiatry, Blood Bank, Cardiology, Neurology, Anatomy

Teaching Awards

  • Student Government Association Teacher of the Year Awards:
  • Azhar Nizam (1991,1992, 2000)
  • University Crystal Apple Award (2002)
  • Maya Sternberg (1995)
  • Lance Waller (2003)
  • Paul Weiss (2005, 2008)
  • Pat Kilgo (2007, 2010, 2012)
  • Jose’ Binongo (2006)

National Faculty Awards

  • ASA Founders Award: Drs. Kutner and Hertzberg
  • ASA Fellows: Drs. Kutner, Waller, Bowman, Lyles, Longini, Halloran, Hertzberg & Hanfelt
  • ASA Dixon Award: Dr. Kutner
  • The International Biometric Society (ENAR) Presidents: Drs. Waller & Bowman
  • SRCOS President: Dr. Kutner

Data Coordinating Center PIs

  • Mike Lynn (PERK,WASID, SAMMPRIS, IATS)
  • Kirk Easley (GLEND, P2C2, Blood Bank, TB Disease)
  • Mike Kutner (EAST, Parkinson’s Deep Brain Stimulation, Tai Chi, AASK)
  • Lance Waller (TB in Kenya)

Bioinformatics

  • Executive Director of WHSC decided that the development of Bioinformatics would be best handled in our department.
  • Bioinformatics is added to name of department with the approval of the Board of Trustees in 2007
  • Department is notified of the name change
  • New faculty slots in Bioinformatics approved and funded for new Chair

Change in Leadership

  • Plans for recruitment of a new Chair are put into place in 2007.
  • National search for new Chair results in Dr. Lance Waller being selected.

Lance Waller , Ph.D. Rollins Professor and Chair Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics Years: 2009-

Department Doesn’t Move

New Faculty Hires

  • Steve Qin, Ph.D. Traci Leong, Ph.D.
  • Hao Wu, Ph.D. Jose’ Binongo, Ph.D.
  • Yijuan Hu, Ph.D. Yi-An Ko, Ph.D.
  • Howard Chang, Ph.D. Renee Moore, Ph.D.
  • Jian Kang, Ph.D. Suprateek Kundu, Ph.D.
  • Jeanne Kowalski, Ph.D. Julie Clennon, Ph.D.
  • Nelson Chen, Ph.D.
  • Yuan Liu, Ph.D.
  • Jeff Switchenko, Ph.D.

50th Anniversary Celebration

  • Keynote Speakers
  • David Dunson
  • DuBois Bowman
  • Brent Blumenstein
  • Kutner Alumni Award Recipients:
  • Ed Frome & David Dunson

Fadlo R. Khuri, M.D. Chair, Department of Hematology and Oncology Roberto C. Goizueta Distinguished Chair Director of the Cancer Drug Discovery, Development and Delivery Program Deputy Director, Winship Cancer Institute

James W. Curran, M.D., M.P.H. James W. Curran Dean Co-Director of the Center for AIDS Research Rollins School of Public Health

  • Ron Wasserstein, Ph.D.
  • Executive Director
  • American Statistical Association

S. Wright Caughman, M.D.

  • S. Wright Caughman, M.D.
  • Director
  • Woodruff Health Sciences Center
  • Raymond S. Greenberg, M.D.,Ph.D.
  • Executive Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs
  • University of Texas Health System
  • Former Inaugural Dean Emory School of Public Health
  • Lisa Tedesco, Ph.D.
  • Dean
  • Laney Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Outside Proclamation Letters

  • American Statistical Association: Wasserstein
  • International Biometric Society ENAR: Bowman
  • Atlanta Mayor: Reed
  • Georgia Governor: Deal
  • GA House of Representatives: Oliver
  • Southern Regional Council on Statistics: Harvill

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