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Susan Murphy, 2013 MacArthur Fellow

Susan Murphy 2013 MacArthur Fellow


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October 21, 2014

Susan MurphyWe are delighted to announce that Methodology Center Principal Investigator Susan A. Murphy has been named a member of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academies. Susan’s record of innovation, particularly her development of the sequential, multiple assignment, randomized trial (SMART), has earned her many recent accolades, including a MacArthur Foundation “genius” award in 2013.

 

IOM is an independent, nonprofit organization. Members of the Institute seek to provide the best available evidence on matters related to health to inform decision making on medical matters by the government and public. Being named to the Institute of Medicine is a huge honor for any scientist working on public health issues. In 2011, The New York Times said, “The Institute of Medicine is the nation’s most esteemed and authoritative adviser on issues of health and medicine, and its reports can transform medical thinking around the world.”

October 20, 2014

MD2K Center for Excellence logoFour Methodology Center affiliated scientists, Susan Murphy, Inbal Nahum-Shani, David Conroy, and Bonnie Spring, are part of a new research center, the MD2K Center for Excellence for Mobile Sensor Data-to-Knowledge. MD2K’s mission is to develop tools and methods to gather and analyze data from mobile devices in order to facilitate the early detection and prevention of health problems. The new center is funded through the National Institutes of Health (NIH) new Big Data to Knowledge initiative, which is also supporting Methodology Center Investigator Donna Coffman’s career development award

 

October 9, 2014

Donna CoffmanCongratulations to Methodology Center Investigator Donna Coffman, who received a K01 Career Development Award from the National Institutes of Health Big Data to Knowledge initiative! The award will fund 100% of Donna’s training and independent research for the next three years. Donna’s work will focus on the analysis of big data to promote healthy behavior related to physical activity, diet, stress management, and substance use.
 
K awards include a training component, and Donna will study methods from computer science and informatics in order to manage and analyze big data. She will study statistical methods for the integration and analysis of big data, including genomics data, ecological momentary assessments, and data from wearable devices.

 

September 26, 2014

Mark Stemmler

Mark Stemmler, professor of psychological assessment at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany, has written a new book, Person centered methods: Configural frequency analysis (CFA) and other methods for the analysis of contingency tables. 

 

Mark is a long-time friend of The Methodology Center, and last month, he visited us from Germany to teach one of our one-credit graduate courses. While he was here, Mark sat down with the Methodology Center’s science writer, Aaron Wagner, to briefly chat about Mark’s new book and the value of CFA.

 


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