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Awards and Honors Across Weill Cornell Medical College - Week of April 19 - April 26

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Biostatistics Chief Receives Nation's Top Award in Statistics

The American Statistical Association announced that Dr. Madhu Mazumdar, professor of biostatistics in public health and chief of the Division of Biostatistics and Epidemiology in the Department of Public Health at Weill Cornell Medical College, will become an American Statistical Association Fellow for her outstanding contributions to the statistical profession.

Dr. Madhu Mazumdar

This fellowship represents the highest honor in the field of statistics. Dr. Mazumdar, who is also the director of the Research Design and Biostatistics Core of the Weill Cornell Clinical and Translational Science Center, was chosen by a panel of peers across the country. She will be inducted at the association's fall meeting in Montreal, Quebec.

"Receiving this award is an outstanding achievement," said Dr. Alvin Mushlin, professor and chair of the Department of Public Health at Weill Cornell Medical College. "It shows clear recognition of her contributions to the field of biostatistics, one of which is building this capability here at Weill Cornell."

The American Statistical Association is the world's largest community of statisticians. The association supports excellence in the development, application and dissemination of statistical science through meetings, publications, membership services, education, accreditation and advocacy. Members serve in industry, government and academia in more than 90 countries, advancing research and promoting sound statistical practice to inform public policy and improve human welfare. Nominees for fellows are evaluated for excellence and innovation across six major content areas: consulting on statistical problems, statistical applications and data collection methods, administration of statistical activities, teaching and dissemination of statistical knowledge, statistical research and participation in the association.

According to the association, Dr. Mazumdar was selected "for excellence in leading biostatistical collaborative efforts with major impacts on treatments in oncology and orthopedic surgery; for efficiency in developing and reforming multiple biostatistics units; for outstanding mentoring of biostatisticians, clinical faculties, and research fellows; and for substantial editorial review work ensuring quality reporting of statistical results in clinical journals." This quotation will be imprinted on the citation for Dr. Mazumdar's award.

Additional awards and honors

Dr. Joel Friedman, associate professor of clinical surgery (dentistry, oral and maxillofacial surgery), will be named president of the New York State Dental Association for 2013. The association is a constituent of the American Dental Association representing more than 13,000 dentists in New York, and dedicates itself to ensuring the highest level of dental care for the people of New York state.

Dr. Costantino Iadecola, director of the Feil Family Brain and Mind Research Institute, the Anne Parrish Titzell Professor of Neurology and professor of neuroscience, presented a lecture entitled, "Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Stroke: A Perfect Storm?" as the plenary speaker at the American Academy of Neurology's annual meeting March 22 in San Diego, Calif. The academy is an international professional association of more than 26,000 neurologists and neuroscience professionals dedicated to promoting the highest quality patient-centered neurologic care.

Medical students Ranjodh Singh and Emma Vartanian have been awarded summer research fellowships from the St. Baldrick's Foundation. Singh will work with Dr. Mark Souweidane, professor of neurological surgery and professor of neurological surgery in pediatrics, and Vartanian will work with Dr. Jeffrey Greenfield, the Victor and Tara Menezes Clinical Scholar in Neuroscience, assistant professor of neurological surgery and assistant professor of neurological surgery in pediatrics, in their pediatric oncology research labs. St. Baldrick's, which funds more childhood cancer research grants than any other private foundation, awards these summer fellowships to students in the hope of inspiring them to pursue childhood cancer research as a specialty.

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