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Susan Murphy 2013 MacArthur Fellow


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December 18, 2014

Runze LiCongratulations to Runze Li who was recently named the Verne M. Willaman Professor of Statistics at Penn State! Runze is an influential and productive researcher, a great mentor, a supportive and helpful colleague, and a delightful person. We are proud and honored to have him as part of our Center. His recent work has focused on time-varying effect models (TVEMs) and the analysis of high-dimensional data. His work on TVEM is helping answer new questions about relationships over time. His work on high-dimensional data is laying the groundwork for incorporating genetic data into behavioral research.


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December 3, 2014

Rebecca Evans-PolceIn the United States, rates of substance use peak during adolescence and young adulthood. Previous literature has demonstrated that rates differ by race, ethnicity, and gender. Despite knowledge of these disparities, until now researchers have been unable to understand the extent to which these disparities change across adolescence and young adulthood. In the forthcoming article, “Changes in gender and racial/ethnic disparities in rates of cigarette use, regular heavy episodic drinking, and marijuana use: Ages 14 to 32,” to appear in Addictive Behaviors, Methodology Center researchers Rebecca Evans-Polce, Sara Vasilenko, and Stephanie Lanza use the time-varying effect model (TVEM) to examine the dynamic nature of substance use rates among different groups of adolescents and young adults.

 

December 1, 2014

Runze LiCongratulations to Runze Li for being named a Highly Cited Researcher by Thomson Reuters. This means that Runze is in the top one percent of most cited researchers in his field. Runze’s research focuses on the analysis of intensive longitudinal data (ILD) and high-dimensional data. During his 12 years as an investigator at The Methodology Center, Runze has been a pioneer not only in developing statistical methods but also in disseminating those methods to behavioral researchers. He led the development of the TVEM macro suite and the FHLM-LLR macro for analyzing ILD and PROC SCADLS & PROC SCADGLIM for selecting variables in high-dimensional data. Runze’s work is becoming even more relevant with the increasing availability of high-dimensional data, such as genetic data and ILD, such as data from smartphone studies. We look forward to many more years of collaborating with Runze.

 

Read about Runze’s research on analyzing ILD

November 25, 2014

screenshot of annual report websiteThe Methodology Center's 2014-15 annual report is now available online. We are entering the final year of our current NIDA P50 Center of Excellence, and this report enabled us to reflect on some of our achievements and also look forward to our future research directions. For the casual reader, the report is the quickest way to get a brief overview of our research. The report includes a letter from our director; summaries of our largest research projects and recent work in HIV-prevention research; and descriptions of the scientific, training, and dissemination programs that comprise our center. The online version includes enhanced content such as hyperlinks to additional information, embedded videos, and publication lists.

 

The report is also available in print. Please email mc@psu.edu for a physical copy or download the PDF.

 

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