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October 2009


FACULTY NEWS// DR. ED STANEK continues to work with colleagues in South America, having traveled to Natal, Brazil in November to present an invited paper on mixed models and sampling.  The main thrust of this work [with Dr. Singer (from the University of Sao Paulo)] is to tie statistical models to reality.  The results they presented illustrated that for many common approaches to mixed models, a portion of the sample space underlying the model is completely artificial.  Check out the presentation at Over the past several years, several students (Oscar Louriero, Bo Xu, and Ruitao Zhang) have had a chance to attend working group meetings on Finite Population Mixed Models with Dr. Stanek in South America.  Another meeting is planned in Amherst from July 19-30, 2010, with collaborators from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, and India.  Mark that down! You’re welcome to join in.  DR. ANDREA FOULKES is in Kisumu, Kenya this week for a one-week visiting lectureship (Jan 23- Jan 30, 2010).  Over break she also gave a seminar "Statistical methods for prioritizing laboratory testing in resource-limited settings" for the UMass Medical School Center for AIDS Research.

STUDENT NEWS// In December, Master’s students’ practicum presentations were held. Presenters included: Nisha Kini (Epi), “Work with the EviMed Research Group”; Brooke Nichols (Epi), “Design and implementation of a cross-sectional study looking at HIV status and alcohol use, sexual behavior and migration patterns in Luderitz, Namibia”; Chinyelu Nwasike (Epi), “Physical Utilization of Influenza Diagnostic Testing”; and Gayathri Raghuraman (Epi), “RISHTA Project.”

RECENT FACULTY PUBLICATIONS//Sturgeon SR, Volpe SL, Puleo E, Bertone-Johnson ER, Heersink J, Sabelawski S, Wahala K, Bigelow C, Kurzer MS. Effect of flaxseed consumption on urinary levels of estrogen metabolites in postmenopausal women. Nutr Cancer. 2010;62(2):175-80. /Gollenberg AL, Pekow P, Bertone-Johnson ER, Freedson PS, Markenson G, Chasan-Taber L. Physical Activity and Risk of Small-for-Gestational-Age Birth Among Predominantly Puerto Rican Women. Matern Child Health J. 2010 Jan 16. [Epub ahead of print] /Bertone-Johnson ER, Hankinson SE, Johnson SR, Manson JE. Timing of alcohol use and the incidence of premenstrual syndrome and probable premenstrual dysphoric disorder. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2009 Dec;18(12):1945-53.

After graduation from UMASS, I began the doctoral program in epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health, where I also completed a post-doctoral fellowship. I am now an Instructor of Medicine at the Channing Laboratory in the Department of Medicine at Brigham & Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School.  I recently moved to Örebro, Sweden with my husband and 2-year old daughter to spend a year or two working with collaborators on cancer registry-based studies. My research has primarily focused on the role of inflammation and infections in prostate cancer, but I am now beginning my first penile cancer study in Sweden.

5 questions we asked Dr. Stark:

If you could meet anyone (dead or alive), who would it be and why?

Werner Herzog, the film director/writer. I admire his willingness to take on subject matter that is both technically and emotionally challenging, and think he would be an incredibly interesting lunch date.

What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?

Documentary filmmaker.

What is the last book you read?

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larssen.

If someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the title would be?

Do the roses REALLY smell that good?

What is your best memory of UMass?

Realizing that I had finally discovered my professional calling.

If you could turn back the clock, what is something you wish you had known during your years as a student?

The connections that you make with peers and faculty will be invaluable throughout your career. I wish I had taken even more time to get to know others involved in my program.

Alumni Profile: Dr. Jennifer Stark (MPH ’04)

November 2009


Dr. Elizabeth Conlisk
Assoc. Professor of Public Health
Hampshire College
Monday, Feb 22nd, 11:10-12
@ Campus Ctr 9th Floor Rm 917

Dr. Debbie Cheng
Assoc. Professor of Biostatistics
Boston Univ. School of Pub Hlth
Monday, March 1st, 11:10-12
@ Campus Ctr 9th Floor Rm 917

Dr. Amy Herring
Assoc. Professor of Biostatistics
Gillings School of Global Pub Hlth
Univ. of North Carolina,
Chapel Hill
Monday, March 8th, 11:10-12
@ Campus Ctr 9th Floor Rm 917

Dr. Robert Krafty
Assistant Professor of Statistics
Univ. of Pittsburgh
Monday, March 22nd, 11:10-12
@ Campus Ctr 9th Floor Rm 917

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