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Recognizing Our ColoradoSPH 2023 Award Winners

Each year, the Colorado School of Public Health honors exceptional students, faculty, and staff at an annual awards ceremony coinciding with graduation.


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Community    Epidemiology    Awards    Community and Practice    ColoradoSPH at CU Anschutz    Biostatistics    Community Health    Environment    Health Advocacy

ColoradoSPH Continues to Rank in the Top 20 Public Health Schools and Programs in the Nation

U.S. News and World Report has named the Colorado School of Public Health among the top 20 schools and programs of public health in the nation in its 2023-2024 rankings. ColoradoSPH is now ranked 17th out of 206 Master of Public Health (MPH) programs accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).


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Research    ColoradoSPH at CU Anschutz    Biostatistics

New Study Presents the First Data-Driven Model of Cranial Bone Development in Children

A new peer-reviewed paper presents the first data-driven sex-specific model of pediatric cranial bone development. 


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COVID-19    Mental Health    Epidemiology    Infectious disease    ColoradoSPH at CU Anschutz    ColoradoSPH at CSU    ColoradoSPH at UNC    Data and Health    AI/AN health    Biostatistics    Health Advocacy    Maternal & Child Health    Latino Health

ABC News: Wearing a Mask in the United States is Political, but Republicans are Speaking Out as Coronavirus Cases Grow

Wearing a mask or face covering in the US has become about more than just slowing the spread of COVID-19 — some experts say it's a political statement, signalling another layer in the deep divisions within America.


Author ABC News | Publish Date June 30, 2020
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Community    COVID-19    Infectious disease    Community and Practice    ColoradoSPH at CU Anschutz    ColoradoSPH at CSU    Biostatistics

Cell Phone Data Helps Track Mobility Patterns During Social Distancing

A new modeling report released today by Colorado public health scientists estimates just how much Coloradans have changed their behaviors since the start of the pandemic – and how those behaviors may now be shifting with the state’s new Safer at Home orders. 


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Community    COVID-19    Epidemiology    Infectious disease    Community and Practice    ColoradoSPH at CU Anschutz    Data and Health    Biostatistics

ColoradoSPH and State of Colorado Release COVID-19 Modeling Data

The state today released additional COVID-19 modeling data to the public. Governor Jared Polis first provided an in-depth analysis of the data during a press conference on March 27. The state will continue to review data as it evolves to inform future policy decisions. 


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Biostatistics

Congratulations to Dr. Rice

Congratulations to Dr. John Rice, Assistant Professor of Biostatistics and Informatics, who is the recipient of the 2018 Biometrics Best Paper Award.  

His paper is on assessing regularity of a renewal process based on observed binary data and has applications to understanding HIV testing patterns. The paper is can be viewed online. (on-campus or login required) 

The award will be presented at the International Biometric Conference in Korea this summer.   

Please join us in congratulating John on this great achievement.


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Colorado School of Public Health Drops GRE Requirement

Beginning with the current 2019-2020 application cycle, the Colorado School of Public Health is eliminating the GRE as an admission requirement for its Master of Public Health (MPH) and Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) graduate programs. Immediately, applicants to the school will have the option to submit GRE scores if they feel their scores strengthen their application. Those not submitting GRE scores will not be penalized. 


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Community    Community and Practice    ColoradoSPH at CSU    Biostatistics

CSU Empowers Community With New Health Education Initiative in Fort Morgan

Colorado State University has developed a special partnership with the small eastern plains town of Fort Morgan in recent years, and the next step in that relationship is improving health awareness in immigrant communities there.


Author Jeff Dodge | Publish Date September 11, 2019
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Dr. Sarah Schmiege Receives Chancellor’s Teaching Recognition Award

Dr. Sarah Schmiege, Associate Professor of Biostatistics and Informatics, received the Chancellor’s Teaching Recognition Award and is being recognized by the Provost for her outstanding contributions to teaching.    

This award recognizes Sarah’s commitment to providing students with a high-quality learning experience. The criteria for the award include high scholarly standards for both the rigor of the course content and student performance, being an effective role model to current students and alumni. The nominations are submitted and reviewed by students, faculty and finally by the dean of each school. 

Laura Grau, MPH, said “Sarah is the type of professor who instills her passion for biostatistics into her students, with dedication to helping them succeed. She helped me discover that I both a passion and love for biostatistics. I wouldn’t be where I am today without her 

Please join us in celebrating Sarah and all of the wonderful work that she does.


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Dr. Kechris Elected as Fellow of the American Statistical Association

Dr. Katerina Kechris, Professor of Biostatistics and Informatics, has been elected a 2019 Fellow of the American Statistical Association (ASA) . The American Statistical Association is the world’s largest community of statisticians, that supports excellence in the development, application, and dissemination of statistical science. 

This is a very prestigious honor, as ASA rules only allow for 3% of the current membership to have Fellow status at any point in time.  

Katerina will be recognized for her contributions to high-dimensional biological data analysis, team science, and training and mentoring of students.  She will be recognized at an awards ceremony at the Joint Statistical Meetings in Denver.   

Please join us in congratulating Katerina on this tremendous honor and recognition, which is also a broader recognition of our department. 


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Dr. Carlson Named as Fellow in the ELAM Program

When the sky is the limit, our very own Dr. Nichole Carlson continuously reaches beyond. Through drive and passion, Dr. Carlson is demonstrating what it means to be a leader in her Center, Department and the University as a whole. 

Congratulations to Dr. Nichole Carlson, Professor in the Department of Biostatistics and Informatics, for being accepted as a Fellow in the 2019-2020, 25th anniversary Class of the Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Program for Women. 

Individuals are selected to this program based on their conviction that academic health centers must change in response to today’s societal, technological, and market forces and share a desire to play a leadership role in guiding this process. 

According to Drexel University’s website, the ELAM program offers an intensive one-year fellowship of leadership training that provides extensive coaching, networking and mentoring opportunities. Through this program, ELAM is working to build the number of qualified women candidates for leadership roles in medicine, dentistry, public health and pharmacy in academic settings. 

Drexel’s Website continues to explain that the ELAM program has been specially developed for senior women faculty at the associate or full professor level who demonstrate the greatest potential for taking on executive leadership positions within the next five years. 

We are excited for the knowledge and leadership that Dr. Carlson will continue to provide to the Center for Innovative Design and Analysis, the Department of Biostatistics and Informatics and the Colorado School of Public Health. 


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Graduate Students Recognized for Academic Achievement

Every year the Biostatistics and Informatics Department takes a moment to reflect on the outstanding work our students completed over the past academic year. Their accomplishments and successes are highlighted by the faculty who lead and mentor each and every student on their quest to academic excellence. This excellence prepares our students not only for a future in academics, but also allows them to be career ready for when they enter the work force through industry. 

The Biostatistics graduate programs in the Colorado School of Public Health at CU Anschutz give three student awards. These awards are based academic performance in the program, which includes performance in courses and qualifying exams, progress on a thesis/research paper, and citizenship and service in the department. Preference is given to students with strong nominations by faculty, and who meet multiple criteria. Students must have been in the relevant program during the academic year, and not previously have received that award.  Please join us in congratulating the following students:  Charles Carpenter, Marvin Porter Award for Outstanding MS Student   This award is given to an outstanding MS Biostatistics student who has completed the first year and passed the first written Qualifying exam at the MS level. It is partially a cash award to honor Marvin Porter, a biometrics graduate student who died in a climbing accident in 1991. It is funded from the interest on a trust set up by biometrics and biophysics graduate students contemporary to Marvin Porter. 

Alexandria Jensen, Strother Walker Award for Outstanding PhD Student             

This award is given to an outstanding PhD Biostatistics student who has completed the first year and passed the first written Qualifying exam at the PhD level. Preference is given to students who have passed the second written Qualifying exam. It is partially a cash award funded from the interest on a trust set up by Dorothy Walker in honor of Strother Walker, a former chair of the Department of Biometrics. 

Harris Butler, Maurice Davies Award for Outstanding MS or PhD Student       

This is given to an outstanding MS or PhD Biostatistics student who has completed the first year and passed the first written Qualifying exam at the MS level. This is an award by the Colorado-Wyoming Chapter of the American Statistical Association to an outstanding student from each academic institution in Colorado and Wyoming offering degrees in statistics or biostatistics. Maurice Davies is recognized as the founding father of the Chapter. The institution nominates the candidate. CWASA bestows the award at its spring meeting. The award consists of a plaque and a one-year membership to the ASA. There is no cash award by the chapter, the cash award is paid by the department. 

And many thanks to Nichole Carlson, John Rice, Fan Yang and Gary Grunwald for their work on the Biostatistics Student Awards Committee.


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A Data Democracy: Quantifying Disease Through Data Imaging

If data were a traded commodity like corn and soybeans, its market price would be sky-high. Worldwide appetite for it is keen in every business sector and promises only to accelerate. 


Author Tyler Smith | Publish Date January 08, 2019
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Improving Quality of Life for People with Chronic Heart Failure

Patients with chronic heart failure face related problems, such as depression and fatigue, that could be relieved by an expanded model of care, according to a recently published study took part in by Diane Fairclough, DrPH, MSPH, professor of biostatistics and informatics at Colorado School of Public Health.


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Colorado School of Public Health In the News

Colorado Public Radio

State launches first-ever firearm data dashboard meant to help Coloradans better understand gun violence, prevention

news outletColorado Public Radio
Publish DateFebruary 26, 2024

Beyond mass shootings, which generate a lot of media and public attention, gun deaths have steadily increased in Colorado for more than a decade, according to the state health department and reflected on the dashboard. During that time, state leaders and community advocates have worked to fight the trend. Now they’re turning to a new avenue — a public health approach to gun violence prevention. 

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The Denver Post

CDC chops $5 million in funding to Colorado research center working with local public health groups

news outletThe Denver Post
Publish DateFebruary 23, 2024

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention plans to end its funding for a Colorado center that helps local public health organizations get their programs off the ground and prove they work. Colorado’s Democratic members of Congress sent a letter to the director of the CDC this week asking that the agency reconsider cutting funding to the Rocky Mountain Prevention Research Center.

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Colorado Public Radio

Can Colorado teachers feel more prepared for school emergencies?

news outletColorado Public Radio
Publish DateFebruary 21, 2024

Between reading, writing, and arithmetic, there are also disease outbreaks, natural disasters, and acts of violence at schools. While school districts have security and drills for these events, educators often have unanswered questions and are left feeling anxious and overwhelmed. Two Anschutz researchers wanted to change that, starting with gathering school staff’s ideas and addressing their questions about safety.

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CSU Source

What do your blood test results mean? A toxicologist explains the basics of how to interpret them

news outletCSU Source
Publish DateFebruary 07, 2024

As a toxicologist, Brad Reisfeld, a ColoradoSPH professor at CSU, studies the effects of drugs and environmental contaminants on human health. As part of his work, he relies on various health-related biomarkers, many of which are measured using conventional blood tests. Understanding what common blood tests are intended to measure can help you better interpret the results.

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