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ALUMNI AND FRIENDS CONNECTIONS

Below is news we have received from Biostat alumni and friends since last year's issue of Biostat Connections.

Dr. Olli Heinonen (Sc.D. '79) has been Professor in Public Health with the Department of Public Health at the University of Helsinki since 1984 and will be retiring from his position in the near future.

Dr. Christopher Palmer (Research Fellow '88-'89) is a founding director of the Centre for Applied Medical Statistics within Cambridge University's Department of Community Medicine where he has been working since 1991. Chris has two daughters, 4-year old Laura and 1-year old Carolyn. (crp10@medschl. cam.ac.uk)

Professor Anne Ipsen Goldman (Visiting Professor '87-'88; '95-'96) just had her childhood memoir, A Child's Tapestry of War - Denmark 1940-1945, published. The memoir is Anne's first literary publication. In the memoir Anne writes, "My memories are vivid images like those of a medieval tapestry, woven from the fine threads of everyday life. They are filled with the colorful mille fleurs from a happy childhood and a white unicorn of fantasy encircled by family, but with an ominous backdrop of hunters in green-German soldiers." (anne@biostat.umn.edu)

Elizabeth Vanner (MS '82) has been a full-time homemaker and mother since 1991 and has not worked since her son was born in November 1991. She is now taking some business courses at the State University of New York at Stony Brook to prepare herself to re-enter the job market.

John McGready (MS '96) works as a quantitative policy analyst at the Urban Institute in Washington, DC. John has been able to apply the statistics he learned at Harvard to policy issues related to criminal justice. He is considering eventually turning towards a more-people oriented profession, such as teaching. John sends hellos to all his Biostat kin! (jmcgread@ui.urban.org)

Dr. Michael LaValley (Research Fellow '93-'95) has been an Assistant Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Boston University Medical Center's Arthritis Center since the spring of 1996. Congratulations to Michael and Dr. Camlin Tierney (Research Associate with CBAR '94-present) on the birth of their daughter, Tess Tierney LaValley, born this February! (mlava@bu.edu)

Dr. Samuel Nana Forjuoh (MPH '90) has been Research Assistant Professor at the Center for Injury Control, Allegheny University of the Health Sciences since 1995 and directs the Civic Safe Communities Program, with activities toward a bike helmet promotion coalition under way. Samuel is married with two daughters. (sforjuoh@pgh.auhs.edu)

Dr. Bei-Hung Chang (ScD '94) is happy with her new job in the Center for Health Quality, Outcomes, and Economic Research at the Bedford VA Medical Center, where she is working as a statistician. She enjoys the academic environment, the pretty campus, and taking a walk everyday during lunch hour! (bhchang@bu.edu)

Dr. Yuly Koshevnik (Research Fellow '90-'91) has been a senior statistical analyst with MCI Telecommunications since 1996. Yuly was appointed to serve as a local IMS arrangement chair for the upcoming Joint Statistical Meetings in Dallas. (Yuly.Koshevnik@mci.com)

Dr. Annie Sasco (MS '80) is Chief of the Unit of Epidemiology for Cancer Prevention, which recently became independent from the International Agency for Research on Cancer. Her main research interests are currently breast cancer and tobacco control, and her work with breast cancer has involved the evaluation of carcinogenicity of tamoxifen. Annie has two great kids: a 14-year old son and a 9-year old daughter, who are students at an international school and very active in issues related to the environment and cooperation across national boundaries. Annie would like to hear from any biostatistics students wishing to spend some doctoral or post-doctoral time at IARC working with her. (sasco@iarc.fr)

Roger Connelly (MS '64) retired from the NCI in 1992 after 32 years with the Biometry Branch. Roger now works out of his home office as a statistical consultant. His daughter, Lorri Connelly Cerro, received her Ph.D. last year and is now coordinator of clinical trials for Clinical Insights, Inc., Glen Burnie, MD. (roger_connelly@prodigy.net)

Dr. Julie A. Scharfstein (ScD '97) has been an Assistant Research Scientist in the Department of Health Policy and Management at Johns Hopkins University since last summer. She and husband Dr. Dan Scharfstein (ScD '94) are the proud parents of a newborn baby girl, Kayla Eden. (jscharf@jhsph.edu)  

William Accomando (ScD '83) was promoted to Senior Executive Director, Pfizer Central Research in November, 1997. Bill has responsibility for Clinical Operations, Systems and Biometrics for U.S. Clinical Research at Pfizer, which includes line responsibility for 400 internal staff and 300 contractors, as well as financial responsibility for $85MM. He is engaged to be married to Karen Brown this month! Karen is a nurse employed by the Stonington Visiting Nurse Association. (william_ accomando@groton.pfizer.com)

Cathie Spino (ScD '89) is adjusting to new life as a biostatistician in the pharmaceutical industry and to a third addition to her family, Emily Catherine, who joins big brother JJ, 5 years old, and Anna, 3½ years old. (cathie.spino@astra.usa.astra.com)

Dr. Mariano Sust (MS '92) continues to work as a biostatisician in the Clinical Research Dept. of the Spanish pharmaceutical company, Laboratories Dr. Esteve, located in Barcelona. Mariano is happy to report that he and his wife are the proud parents of their second child, Marta, who was just recently born! Mariano sends his best wishes to everyone in the Department. (msust@esteve.es)

Dr. Dan Stram (Research Fellow '84-'86) continues his work with the Department of Medicine, University of Southern California. He spends half his time with the Children's Cancer Group (clinical trials) and during the other half of his time he assists with epidemiological studies at USC. Dan still retains a strong interest in radiation epidemiology, particularly dosimetry issues. He was recently appointed to an NAS committee, the Board on Radiation Effects Research, which deals with the A-bomb and other radiation studies. (stram@rcf.usc.edu)

Dr. Abby Shevitz (Research Fellow '93-'96) has been a Research Assistant Professor at Tufts University School of Medicine since last summer. She is conducting NIH-funded clinical trials and cohort studies in Nutrition and HIV Infection. Her 2-year old, Ethan is also doing great! (ashevitz@opal.tufts.edu)

Dr. Jane Teas (Research Fellow '78-'83) is Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Jane recently received two grants to continue her study of seaweed and breast cancer prevention. She began studying this when she was a postdoctoral research fellow in Biostatistics. Jane wishes to thank the Biostat Dept. and those who helped her design her first study in the early 1980's! (Jane.Teas@ummed.edu)

Dr. Louis Marie François Massé (MPH '59; DPH '66) has been a co-founder of three Schools of Public Health. At the last School he co-founded, Dr. Massé was Director of Centre Inter - Etats d'Enseignement de la Santé Publique d'Afrique Centrale, Brazzaville, Congo Republic from 1988-1990. The School was very successful from 1988 on, but was entirely ransacked and broken up during the 1997 civil war. Although retired and away from Brazzaville, Dr. Massé is making plans to rebuild and reopen the School, hopefully for the next academic year.

Tor (ScD '87) and Anna (ScD '88) Tosteson are Associate Professors at Dartmouth Medical School. Anna has continued her research in postmenopausal women's health with a focus on osteoporosis. She teaches decision analysis in the Center for the Evaluative Clinical Sciences MS and PhD degree programs. Tor is the Director of Biostatistics Shared Resource at Darmouth's NCI designated comprehensive cancer center. They have two children: Philip, age 7, and Helen, age 3¾. Two years ago, they moved into a house they built in Lyme, NH. They still get a chance to see other Biostat alumni and faculty occasionally (most recently when Louise Ryan gave a seminar at Dartmouth!), but not as often as they would like.