Faculty Promotions

The department is pleased to announce the promotions of several of our faculty members. Our warmest congratulations to Kim Gilbert, for her promotion to Senior Lecturer; to Jennifer Kaplan, for her promotion to Associate Professor with tenure; to Kim Love-Myers, for her promotion to Senior Academic Professional; and to Ping Ma, for his promotion to Full Professor.  We are proud of our colleagues and their accomplishments and wish them all continued success in the years to come. 

Two Department of Statistics Alumni Named as AAAS Fellows

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is the world’s largest general scientific society. It is a remarkable accomplishment to be chosen as an AAAS Fellow. To be admitted into the 140-year-old organization, nominees are reviewed by steering groups within their particular sections, and a final list is then forwarded to the AAAS Council, who then votes on the aggregate list. The Department of Statistics is proud to see two of our alumni bestowed with such a prestigious honor: Dr. Susmita Datta and Dr. Sanjay Shete.

Wenxuan Zhong receives $1.44 million NIH grant

DNA methylation has been newly discovered as a key controller in gene transcription too. Aberrant DNA methylation changes can cause a number of human diseases such as developmental diseases (ICF syndrome, Prader-Willi and Angelman syndromes etc), ag- ing related diseases (i.e. Alzheimer’s disease), heart disease, diabetes, and autoimmune diseases. Moreover, large amount of evidence implicated that DNA methylation is a key player in cancer development. Dr.

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