News Items
[Updated: 05/22/2019]


May 2019:            Co-leader of the newly-launced Oral Health Disparities Workgroup, VCU Massey's Health Equity and Disparity program

April 2019:           Collaboration on cancer therapeutics at VCU

December 2018
:   Associate Editor position for JASA-A&CS renewed for another 3 years

September 2018:
 Appointed Associate Editor for Statistics in Medicine

May 2018:            PI'd NIH Grant (R03DE023372) with Brian J. Reich titled: "Exploring tooth survival using Bayesian spatial models", was selected by the NIH/NIDCR [National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research] as an exemplary proposal for productivity, student involvement, and products available through professional website 

April 2018:           Elected Fellow of the American Statistical Association; VCU coverage here
Citation: "For innovative applications to high impact problems in oral epidemiology and public health; for excellent research contributions to survival analysis, correlated data, spatial epidemiology and robust regression; for extensive biomedical collaborations; and for exemplary service to the profession"

March 2018:      
Collaboration (on fatty acids and breast cancer) with Dr. Frank Fang highlighted by VCU's Massey Cancer Center

October 2017:     Received competitive supplement funding on R01 to study gender differences in precision dentistry

June 2017:  
       Some coverage of my research by VCU's Massey Cancer Center

January 2016
:     Started my position as an Associate Editor [3-year term] for JASA-A&CS

December 2015:  Young Researcher Award [Applied Category] from IISA

September 2015: Newly funded NIH/NIDCR R01 on precision dentistry kick-off, in collaborations with Brian J. Reich and Eric Laber from the North Carolina State University and clinicans from the Health Partners Institute.

August 2015:       2014 Best Associate Editor for The Journal of Agricultural, Biological and Environmental Statistics [JABES].
Citation: "In recognition for promptness, careful reviews, outstanding dedication, initiative, and tireless commitment to the journal".



Student/Co-advisee News

April 2019:          PhD co-advisee Mr. Zhou Lan wins one of the 6 Student Travel Award to attend and present at the 2019 International Chinese Student Association (ICSA) Conference, scheduled at Raleigh, North Carolina, June 9-12. 

January 2019:  
  PhD co-advisee Mr. Zhou Lan wins the Student Paper Award Competition of the ASA's Section on Mental Health, and the Section on Statistics in Imaging, following a careful and deliberate review process. He accepted the award
                             from the Section on Mental Health, and will present his work at the 2019 JSM [Joint Statistical Meetings], Denver, Colorado.

December 2017:
PhD co-advisee Ms. Apurva Bhingare wins one of the 2018 ENAR Distinguished Student Paper awards

August 2017
:       Ph.D co-advisee Mr. Zhou Lan wins 2nd place in the 2017 ASA Statistical Significance Poster Contest. Zhou's poster was titled "Spatial Wishart Process and its Applications to Diffusion Tensor Imaging", and was presented at the      
                            2017 Joint Statistical Meethings, Baltimore, MD.

January 2017:     Ph.D co-advisee Ms. Qian Guan wins one of the ASA's Health Policy Statistics Section [HPSS] Student Travel Awards for our joint work on precision dentistry! She will attend and present the work at the 2017 JSM, Baltimore, MD.

January 2017:     PhD co-advisee Ms. Apurva Bhingare wins one of the ASA's Section on Bayesian Statistical Sciences [SBSS] Student Travel Awards to attend and present at the 2017 JSM [Joint Statistical Meetings], Baltimore, MD.

November 2016: Ph.D co-advisee Ms. Qian Guan wins one of the 2017 ENAR Distinguished Student Paper awards for our joint work on precision dentistry. She will present her work at the 2017 ENAR Spring Meetings at Washington DC

May 2016:          VCU Biostatistics Summer Student Training Program Ms. Victoria Garcia declared Runner-up at the 2016 Joint Spring Meetings of the Virginia Academy of Sciences & the VA Chapter of the American Statistical Association
 
December 2015:  Colombia former Fellow and PhD co-mentee Diana Milena Galvis Soto [current a faculty at the University of Quindio, Colombia]  received  honorable mention in  the CAPES Thesis Award among all areas in Mathematical Sciences from the Brazilian Ministry of Education for her doctoral thesis on Bayesian inference for proportion data. The CAPES award is the highest national level recognition of PhD work conducted on the Brazilian soil.