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Section Newsletter
Spring 2009

Message from the Chair Jim Leeper


Your Statistics Section Council has been busy the past few months in a number of venues.  First, the 2009 Program is looking excellent, thanks primarily to Bill Pan, but also to various organizers, including last year’s Spiegelman winner.  Bill is looking for session moderators, so please contact him if you wish to volunteer.  You can see the details elsewhere in the newsletter, and I hope this will appeal to you to attend the meetings in Philadelphia.  Second, we have a distinguished set of Section and Spiegelman award winners, thanks to Amy Ferketich and the Spiegelman Award Committee.  Third, thanks to Martin Weinrich, we have a wonderful slate of candidates for all of our open Section leadership positions, so be sure to vote.  Fourth, I had the opportunity to nominate Section members for various APHA Boards and Committees, and we had six members volunteer.  We are still waiting to hear if any of our nominees were selected.  Larry Moulton is again organizing our booth, so let him know if you have time to donate to be at the booth or items to donate that we can raffle off at the booth (Larry is donating a copy of his latest book).

So everything is lined up for a successful meeting in Philadelphia.  We will have our usual Social Hour and Business Meeting on Tuesday evening, Nov. 10, probably followed by dinner at a local night spot.  Details will follow later.  So all we need is YOU to make this another memorable event as we head into our second 100 years as a Section!          

Lowell Reed Lecture

This year Ron Brookmeyer, a previous Spiegelman Award winner, is giving the Lowell Reed Lecture.  His talk will be "Measuring the HIV/AIDS Epidemic: Challenges and Opportunities."

The following information was obtained from Dr. Brookmeyer’s Web site:

Dr. Brookmeyer’s research is at the interface of biostatistics and public health. A main theme of his work concerns statistical and quantitative approaches for measuring the health of populations.  He develops statistical methods and models for tracking and forecasting health and disease. Dr. Brookmeyer has worked extensively on the development of methods for tracking the course of the global HIV/AIDS epidemic.  He developed the back-calculation method for disease forecasting, and proposed statistical approaches for biomarker based methods for ascertaining current world-wide HIV incidence rates. Dr. Brookmeyer has also worked extensively on issues of biosecurity. He developed models for tracking and containing anthrax outbreaks. He also has ongoing projects in Alzheimer’s disease. His research interests in biostatistical methodology include survival analysis, epidemic models, epidemiological methods and multidimensional longitudinal data. 

For more information you can visit his Web site at

Section Awards

Spiegelman Award

This year the prestigious Spiegelman Award will be presented to Dr. Rafael Irizarry, professor of biostatistics at The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.  He is the principal investigator of a team developing quantitative methods and software for genomics and epigenomics.  The team focuses on microarrays and second generation sequencing.

For more information about his work, visit his Web site at

Statistics Section Awards

Jack Barnette will receive the Section award in the academic area for his development of statistical methods applicable to experimental design and survey data, for his application of statistical methods to a wide variety of educational and public health projects, for his administrative leadership at three schools of public health, for his service to the Statistics Section of APHA, and for his excellence in teaching and advising students for more than 35 years.

Lei Zhang will receive the Section award in the governmental area for his dedication to the study of Mississippi infant mortality and associated risk factors through the analysis, interpretation, and reporting at the state and public health district level, and his leadership role in the Mississippi Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS) and Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS).

Statistics Section Program at the 137th APHA Annual Meeting in Philadelphia

The APHA Annual Meeting is in Philadelphia from Nov. 7 – 11.  The opening session on Sunday from noon to 2:00 p.m. at the Pennsylvania Convention Center features Celine Cousteau, daughter of ocean explorer and filmmaker Jean-Michel Cousteau and granddaughter of legendary Jacques Cousteau.  This should be an exciting talk.


This year the Statistics Section has 19 scientific sessions including seven invited sessions and two sessions organized jointly with Epidemiology Section.  As usual Tuesday afternoon is devoted to presenting Section and Spiegelman awards, the Lowell Reed Lecture and Special Annual Statistics Methods session.  The early evening brings good fellowship at the Social Hour and a short (usually very short) business meeting.  Come and enjoy meeting old friends and making new ones!


The 2009 Statistics Section Program and schedule follows.  The listing of the individual paper in these sessions can be viewed online at  See you in Philadelphia.

APHA 2009 Statistics Section Program





Session Title

Sunday, 11/8/2009



Statistics Section Council Meeting

Monday, 11/9/2009



Statistical Issues & Challenges with Health Insurance Surveys



Statistics Section Student Research Competition



Disease Surveillance and Health Program Monitoring Part I: Challenges from Public Health Practitioners to Technologists (Jointly organized by the Statistics and Epidemiology Sections)



Disease Surveillance and Health Program Monitoring Part II: Novel Quantitative Methods (Jointly organized by the Statistics and Epidemiology Sections)



What Should the US Vital Statistics System look like in the 21st Century?



Innovative Biostatistical Applications and Methods, Part I



Innovative Biostatistical Applications and Methods, Part II



Demographic Methods & Analysis in Public Health Research

Tuesday, 11/10/2009



From the Politics of Average to the Politics of Difference



Who gets Health Insurance? A statistical perspective



Practical Topics in Statistics



Advances in Cancer Epidemiology & Risk Assessment



Statistical monitoring of water quality data for Population Health Surveillance



Statistics Section Poster Session



Lowell Reed Lecture (Ron Brookmeyer);  Spiegelman and Statistics Section Awards



Special Annual Statistical Methodology Session: Challenges in Genomics Research



Statistics Section Social Hour & Business Meeting

Wednesday, 11/11/2009



Techniques to Analyze Racial Disparities



Survey Research: Methods, Analysis & Study Design



Statistical Techniques in Mental Health Research


News from Around APHA

Various groups within APHA ask us to include notices in our section newsletter.  These notices have been passed on by the APHA newsletter staff.

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Section Officers

Chair:                                             Jim Leeper

Chair-elect & Program Chair:           Bill Pan

Past-chair:                                      Martin Weinrich

Secretary:                                      Janet Eyster

Sec.-elect:                                      Marcia Testa

Sec. Council:                                   George Stukenborg
                                                       Al Ozonoff
                                                       Dedun Ingram
                                                       Elizabeth Zell
                                                       Diane Makuc
                                                       Brisa Sanchez

Gov. Council:                                   Frank Potter
                                                       Amy Ferketich

Action Board:                                  Amy Ferketich

Membership:                                   M. Bazle Hossain

Sec. Awards:                                  Amy Ferketich

Webmaster:                                   George Stukenborg

Booth:                                            Larry Moulton

Student Representative:                Megan Price