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Connections Update

Below is news we have received from Biostat alumni and friends since last year's issue of Biostat Connections. Email addresses have been included here to facilitate communication among alums and friends!!

Marian Pugh (ScD '94) married Malcolm Webster Ewell, Jr., and last year they bought a home. Marian is working as a statistician at The EMMES Corporation. (

Kurt Heidenberger (Research Fellow, 1984) has been Professor and Head of the Department of Innovation and Technology Management School of Social & Economic Sciences, University of Vienna since April, 1993. Although much of his current work is related to industry and commerce, he is still active in the economic assessment of disease prevention. (

Julia Bienias (ScD, '93) has taken a new position in the Program Research and Development Branch of the Services Division at the Bureau of the Census. She is responsible for statistical operations involved with the monthly and annual trade and services surveys. (

Jim Lynch (MS 88) recently completed his Ph.D. in Biostatistics at the University of Washington and moved to Omaha, NE to accept a position as Assistant Professor in the Department of Preventive and Societal Medicine at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. (

Cathie Spino (MS '85, ScD '89) is now Assistant Director of HSPH's Pediatric Statistics and Data Analysis Center (SDAC) and a Research Associate in the department. She's been working on pediatric AIDS clinical trials, especially Phase I perinatal trials, overseeing the day-to-day operational aspects of the Pediatric SDAC. Besides her work in the department, she's raising her kids. JJ the Biostat baby is 3 years old, and Anna is 1 years old. (

Nichole Urban (MS '73, ScD '78) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Services at the University of Washington and an Associate Member in the Cancer Prevention Research Program of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Her daughter, Kerstin Lara Edlefsen, will be a senior next year at Evergreen College in Olympia, Washington. Her son, Paul Thatcher Edlefsen, will be a freshman this year at Wesleyan University. (

Dan Stram (Research Fellow, 1984-86) is Associate Professor of Preventive Medicine at the University of Southern California School of Medicine. He is working on radiation and cancer; children's cancer; AIDS epidemiology; and diet and cancer. Alexander is now 10 and Douglas is 8. Dan and his family just returned from a 5-week vacation in India, Japan, Thailand and Korea. (

Joy Esterlitz (MS '86) has been working at The EMMES Corporation for six years supporting clinical trials research. She, together with alum Marian Pugh (ScD '94), is completing a large multi-center trial study of preeclampsia. Joy recently moved from Bethesda to Rockville. Her daughter Deborah recently celebrated her first birthday. (

Bei-Hung Chang (ScD '94) is currently working at New England Research Institute as senior statistician. She and her husband, Dan, had a baby boy, Andrew, 9 months ago. (

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