2014 David P. Byar Young Investigator Award Winners

The David P. Byar Young Investigator Award is given annually to a new researcher in the ASA Biometrics Section who presents an original manuscript at the Joint Statistical Meetings. The award commemorates David Byar, a renowned biostatistician who made significant contributions to the development and application of statistical methods during his career at the National Cancer Institute.

Through a comprehensive review of 42 submissions, members of the award committee chose the following eight travel award winners in addition to Byar Award winner Peisong Han of the University of Waterloo for “Multiply Robust Estimation in Regression Analysis with Missing Data”:

  • Ting-Huei Chen of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for “Prediction of Cancer Drug Sensitivity Using High-Dimensional Genomic Features” with co-author Wei Sun
  • Fang Han of The Johns Hopkins University for “Sparse Median Graphs Estimation in a High Dimensional Semiparametric Model” with co-authors Han Liu and Brian Caffo
  • Zheng-Zheng Tang of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for “Meta-Analysis of Sequencing Studies with Heterogeneous Genetic Associations” with co-author Danyu Lin
  • Nabihah Tayob of the University of Michigan for “Nonparametric Tests of Treatment Effect for a Recurrent Event Process That Terminates” with co-author Susan Murray
  • Jarcy Zee of the University of Pennsylvania for “Nonparametric Discrete Survival Function Estimation with Uncertain Endpoints Using an InternalValidation Subsample” with co-author Sharon X. Xie
  • Shanshan Zhao of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center for “Covariate Measurement Error Correction Methods in Mediation Analysis with Failure Time Data” with co-author Ross L. Prentice
  • Yize Zhao of Emory University for “Hierarchical Feature Selection Incorporating Known and Novel Biological Information: Identifying Genomic Features Predictive of Cancer Recurrence” with co-authors Matthias Chung, Brent A. Johnson, Carlos S. Moreno, and Qi Long
  • Jose Zubizarreta of Columbia University for “Stable Weights That Balance Covariates for Causal Inference and Estimation with Incomplete Data”

Peisong Han received $2,000, and each travel award winner received $1,000 to offset the cost of presenting their paper in two Biometrics-sponsored topic-contributed sessions at JSM.

The Biometrics Section congratulates the award winners and committee members for their superb work.