Biostatistics News

The latest news from the Department of Biostatistics at the University of Iowa College of Public Health.

Webinar: Public Health Careers in the Age of COVID-19

College of Public Health students interested in the job market are invited to a webinar with collegiate alumni from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 28. Five CPH alumni will discuss the public health job landscape in the age of COVID-19.  Published September 17, 2020

Researchers receive $2.5M grant to study how societal development affects diarrheal disease transmission

A research team led by College of Public Health investigators Kelly Baker and Dan Sewell has received a $2.5 million grant over five years to study how societal development affects the transmission of diarrheal disease among infants in urban Kenya. Published September 1, 2020

Cavanaugh says antigen test results should not be discounted

Iowa will start counting the results of antigen tests for coronavirus, Gov. Kim Reynolds announced Thursday. CPH professor Joe Cavanaugh said that not including the tests could skew infection rates. (Des Moines Register) Published August 28, 2020

Cavanaugh comments on problems in Iowa’s reporting of COVID data

Iowa Department of Public Health leaders said they were fixing a computer problem that had backdated recent coronavirus test results. The issue raised concerns among outside observers, including UI biostatistics professor Joseph Cavanaugh, who said the discrepancy "seems like a major oversight." (Des Moines Register) Published August 21, 2020

Q&A with biostatistics student Caitlin Ward

Caitlin Ward, a doctoral student in the College of Public Health, is using her statistical skills to tackle important public health issues like COVID-19. Published July 29, 2020

Cavanaugh comments on masks, COVID-19 modeling

Joe Cavanaugh, CPH professor and lead on the UI's COVID-19 modeling application, said the widespread use of face masks and personal protective equipment would slow hospitalizations and deaths in Iowa. (Globe Gazette) Published July 29, 2020

View the CPH Spotlight webinar on COVID-19

In case you missed the July 15 CPH Spotlight on COVID-19 testing and modeling, you can view a recording of the webinar. The panelists included Michael Pentella, Grant Brown, and Caitlin Ward. Published July 16, 2020

Doctoral student Monica Ahrens joins the Institute for Defense Analyses

Monica Ahrens, a doctoral student in biostatistics, joined the Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA) as a summer associate in the Operational Evaluation Division of IDA's Systems and Analyses Center. Published June 24, 2020

Using data to develop the best possible prevention strategies

Brandi Janssen, CPH faculty member and director of I-CASH, interviewed two members of the UI's COVID-19 modeling team, Joe Cavanaugh and Grant Brown, about how and why public health models are an important strategy to use in the case of a new disease outbreak. (Lincoln Journal Star) Published June 17, 2020

Modeling tool shows how COVID-19 infections could be reduced

The likely number of cases of COVID-19 and deaths due to the virus could be decreased by thousands in the next few months if Iowans were required to wear personal protective equipment in public, even if social distancing is relaxed, a modeling tool created by the UI College of Public Health COVID-19 response team shows. (Little Village) Published June 17, 2020


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