Seminars and Events

Our Biostatistics Seminar Series is a series of presentations given by faculty and professionals from GPH, other NYU departments, and beyond. In addition, here we will list a variety of joint seminars with other schools across NYU, as well as various symposia, student presentations, and the like.

  • Wednesday, March 29th, 2:00 - 3:00pm EDT
    • "The real challenge facing applied statisticians, data scientists, analysts" with US Census Bureau director Rob Santos (RSVP)
  • Wednesday, March 29th, 3:15 - 4:00pm EDT
    • "Fireside Chat" with US Census Bureau director Rob Santos for NYU Biostatistics & Statistics students, only (RSVP)

Click here to view past events.

The Biostatistics Journal Club is a monthly, student-led discussion (moderated by Dr. Betensky) where we discuss contemporary articles concerning the field of biostatistics. Each month, we cover a different, student-selected article; please let us know if you are interested in choosing this article and leading the discussion. 

Please check back soon as we finalize additional Spring 2023 offerings

Click here to view past journal club articles.

Professional Development Series

Our department strives to ensure that you’ll be prepared for professional life post-graduation. In service of this, we will organize monthly events at which fellow students, other NYU resources, and external professionals can speak to you about the skills required to succeed at NYU and beyond. 

Please check back soon as we finalize additional Spring 2023 offerings.  

Click here to view past events.

Student Life

In addition to learning and preparing for fruitful careers in biostatistics, it is also important to us that students be able to enjoy themselves while connecting with one another during our program. To this end, we host many events with the specific aim of fostering these connections, as well as providing opportunities to explore the city of New York. 

  • Wednesday, March 15th, 5:30 - 7:30pm EDT
    • Movie night, viewing feature film "Hidden Figures", in celebration of Black History Month (February) and Women's History Month (March) (FlyerRSVP)

Click here to view past events.

*While most upcoming events are likely to occur at the listed times, we will send out communications and RSVPs prior to each which will serve as concrete confirmation of schedule.

**We will create RSVP forms for many events. In the case of catered events, this is required for us to gauge how much food to order (and occasionally take individual orders), but otherwise this is an optional, low-commitment RSVP that just gives us an idea of how many people to expect.

Past Events

  • "Building and validating risk models for clinical and public health applications" presented by Dr. Ruth Pfeiffer of the National Cancer Institute (Flyer)
    • Took place on Monday, March 6th, 2023
  • "Revisiting latent variable models from a deep learning perspective" presented by Dr. Xiao Wang of Purdue University (Flyer)
    • Took place on Thursday, March 2nd, 2023
  • "Model-based deep embedding for the analysis of single-cell RNA sequencing data" presented by Dr. Zhi Wei of the New Jersey Institute of Technology (Flyer)
    • Took place on February 27th, 2023
  • "Distances in Inference and Data Analysis: Theoretical Developments and Data Analytic Insights" presented by Dr. Marianthi Markatou of University at Buffalo (Flyer
    • Took place on February 16th, 2023
  • "Sensitivity Analysis under Unmeasured Confounding" presented by Dr. Zhiqiang Tan of Rutgers University (Flyer)
    • Took place on February 13th, 2023
  • "Variable Selection after Multiple Imputation on Epidemiological Data with Missing Valuespresented by Dr. Ye Shen of the University of Georgia (Flyer)
    • Took place on February 6th, 2023
  • Joint Seminar with Stata and the GPH Office of Research - Lectures on Structural Equation Modeling, Latent Class Analysis, and Mediation Analysis with Stata's Chuck Huber (Full Description)
    • Took place on January 17th, 2023
  • "Flexible Regression Models for Dispersed Count Data",  presented by Dr. Kimberly Sellers of Georgetown University (Flyer)
    • Took place on December 1st, 2022
  • "Causal Inference on Distribution Functions", presented by Dr. Zhenhua Lin of the National University of Singapore (Flyer)
    • Took place on November 22nd, 2022
  • Joint seminar with NYU Grossman School of Medicine; "Generalizability, Robustness and Equity in Machine Learning Risk Prediction Models", presented by our department's Dr. Rumi Chunara (Flyer)
    • Took place on November 16th, 2022
  • "Accelerating Progress Towards the Sustainable Development Goals Through Data and Delivery", presented by Dr. Samira Asma, Assistant Director-General for Data, Analytics and Delivery at the World Health Organization (Flyer)
    • Took place on November 10th, 2022
  • "Disentangling Confounding and Nonsense Associations Due to Dependence", presented by Dr. Elizabeth Ogburn, associate professor of biostatistics at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (Flyer)
    • Took place on October 27th, 2022
  • "Long-term cognitive effects of work schedules and intervening pathways", presented by Gawon Cho, Ph.D. candidate in Public Health at the School of Global Public health, New York University (Flyer)
    • Took place on October 20th, 2022
  • The 2022 Workshop on Statistical Network Analysis and Beyond (SNAB2022). Our department’s
    Dr. Yang Feng led the three-day workshop.
    • Event took place from August 3 to 5, 2022
  • "Evaluating Spatially-Varying Disparities in Tobacco Retailer Density Across Ohio", presented by
    Prof. Peter Craigmile (Flyer)
    • Took place on August 8th, 2022
  • "Replicability Issues in Medical Research: Science and Politics", presented by Prof. Yoav Benjamini of Tel Aviv University (Flyer)
    • Took place on April 25th, 2022
  • "Bayesian Nonparametric Techniques to Understand Cardiometabolic Risk in US Adults", presented by Dr. Briana Stephenson of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (Flyer)
    • Took place on Thursday, April 14th, 2022
  • Joint seminar with NYU Langone: "A Unified Framework for Latent Variable Approach to Statistical Social Network Analysis", presented by Dr. Samrachana Adhikari of NYU Langone Biostatistics (Flyer)
    • Took place on Thursday, March 24th, 2022
  • "Optimal Nonparametric Inference with Two-Scale Distributional Nearest Neighbors", presented by Dr. Jinchi Lv of USC (Flyer)
    • Took place on Friday, March 11th, 2022
  • "What is data science in the public interest? An exploration of ethics codes", to be presented by Dr. Anne Washington of NYU Steinhardt (Flyer)
    • Took place on Thursday, March 10th, 2022
  • "Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Longitudinal Emotional–Behavioral Functioning Among Youth Born to Women Living With HIV" presented by Jemar R Bather, MS (Flyer, Video, Article, Presentation Slides)
    • Took place on Friday, January 14th, 2022
  • "Developing Multilevel Frameworks that Combine Statistical Inference and Mathematical Modeling Studies to Address Health Disparities", presented by Dr. Anarina Murillo (Flyer)
    • Took place on Thursday, January 13th, 2022
  • “Research Development and Trends in Pharma: Career Paths for Biostatisticians”, presented by Dr. E. Andrés Houseman (Flyer)
    • Took place on Thursday, December 2nd, 2021
  • "COVID-19 during 2021 in Israel: Waning Immunity and the Booster Dose Effect", presented by Dr. Micha Mandel of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Flyer)
    • Took place on Thursday, November 4th, 2021
  • "Non-inferiority Trials and Tribulations", presented by Albert Einstein College of Medicine's Dr. Mimi Kim (FlyerFull Abstract & Bio)
    • Took place on Thursday, October 14th, 2021
  • "Predicting Trajectories of Substance Use During Emerging Adulthood: Exploring the Benefits of Group Based Trajectory Modeling for Zero-Inflated Outcomes", presented by our department's Dr. Stephanie Cook (Flyer)
    • Took place on Thursday, September 23rd, 2021
  • Joint seminar with the Global Center for Implementation Science: "Configurational Comparative Methods in Implementation Science: A New Mathematical Approach for Cross-Case Analysis", presented by Edward J. Miech, Ed.D. (Indiana University School of Medicine)
    • Took place on Tuesday, May 11th, 2021
  • "Symposium on Biostatistical Contributions to COVID-19 Research", a selection of presentations by our students, alumni, and faculty on work they have performed in the past year. (Video, Flyer)
    • Took place on Friday, April 16th, 2021
  • “Bayesian multiplier method for population size estimation using multi-source data”, presented by Abhirup Datta of Johns Hopkins University (VideoFlyer, Bio and Abstract)
    • Took place on Wednesday, April 14th, 2021
  • “Multi-omics integration of the human gut microbiome and serum metabolome with applications to osteoporosis”, presented by Jonathan Greenbaum of Tulane University (VideoAbstractFlyer)
    • Took place on Wednesday, March 24th, 2021
  • "Machine Learning in Health Care: Too Important to Be a Toy Example", presented by Dr. Sherri Rose of the Stanford University Center for Health Policy (VideoAbstractFlyer)
    • Took place on Wednesday, February 24th, 2021
  • "Social Statistics: Science, Propaganda, and Fiction", presented by Dr. Tukufu Zuberi of the University of Pennsylvania, Department of Sociology (VideoAbstractFlyer)
    • Took place on Monday, January 18th, 2021
  • "Pooling Data from Individual Clinical Trials in the COVID-19 Era", presented by Dr. Andrea B. Troxel of the NYU Grossman School of Medicine, Department of Population Health, Division of Biostatistics (VideoAbstract, Flyer)
    • Took place on Thursday, December 3rd, 2020
  • "Lifting the Anchor: The Uses and Implications of Effect Codings for Categorical Predictors in Regression", presented by Dr. Jeffrey Simonoff of NYU Stern Department of Statistics (VideoAbstractFlyer)
    • Took place on Wednesday, November 18th, 2020
  • "How do we measure built environment health effects?", presented by Dr. Brisa Sanchez of the Drexel Dornsife School of Public Health (AbstractFlyer)
    • Took place on Wednesday, October 21st, 2020
  • "Assessing the Cases and Deaths Attributed to COVID-19 and its Impact on Racial/Ethnic Inequities at the County Level: Are We Really All in This Together?", presented by Dr. Loni Tabb of Drexel Dornsife School of Public Health (VideoAbstractFlyer)
    • Took place on Wednesday, September 30th, 2020
  • "Introduction to Infectious Disease Modeling", presented by GPH Epidemiology faculty Drs. Erez Hatna and Joshua Epstein (Event AbstractVideo Recording)
    • Took place on Monday, April 13th, 2020
  • "Understanding Health Behaviors Using Social Media Language", presented by Dr. Lyle Ungar of University of Pennsylvania
    • Took place on Wednesday, February 19th, 2020
  • "Statistics in Biomedical Research: Experiences from the Past and Perspectives on the Future", presented by NYU Langone faculty Judith D. Goldberg, Sc.D.
    • Took place on Wednesday, December 11th, 2019
  • SIMPLE: Statistical Inference on Membership Profiles in Large Networks ft. Dr. Jinchi Lv, presented by USC faculty Dr. Jinchi Lv
    • Took place on Wednesday, November 13th, 2019
  • "Modeling Mediation Processes in Randomized Trials with Outcomes at Many Time Points", presented by NYU Professor of Psychology, Patrick Shrout, PhD (Presentation Slides)
    • Took place on Wednesday, October 23rd, 2019
  • Integrated Regression Analysis for Multi-Center Studies with Data Harmonization and Variable Selection", presented by NYU Langone faculty Yongzhao Shao, PhD
    • Took place on Wednesday, September 11th, 2019
  • Selective Inference: The Silent Killer of Replicability, presented by Tel Aviv University faculty Yoav Benjamini
    • Took place on Tuesday, July 23rd, 2019
  • Close Relationships and Health: Understanding the Associations between Attachment, Minority Stress, and Poor Health Among Racial/Ethnic and Sexual Minority Youth Transitioning to Adulthood, presented by our department’s own Stephanie Cook, DrPH
    • Took place on Monday, April 29th, 2019
  • Internet and Mobile-Sourced Data in Public Health, presented by our department’s own Rumi Chunara, PhD
    • Took place on Wednesday, May 1st, 2019
  • Stratified Win Ratio and Handling of Ties, presented by iStats Inc. founder Gaohong Dong, PhD
    • Took place on Wednesday, November 28th, 2018
  • Domain Adaptation for Learning Individualized Treatment Strategies from Randomized Trials Supplemented by Electronic Health Records, presented by Columbia faculty Yuanjia Wang, PhD
    • Took place on Monday, November 19th, 2018
  • Causal Inference for Complex Observational Data Using Stata, presented by StataCorp LLC’s very own Chuck Huber, PhD
    • Took place on Tuesday, October 30th, 2018

This section lists the articles discussed at each meeting, as well as the students or faculty who led each discussion.

Past events are currently under review for addition in this new section - thank you for your patience as we work to update this.

  • Celebrate the Lunar New Year with us! (Photos)
    • Took place on February 1st, 2023
  • God's Love We Deliver volunteer opportunity (Photos
    • Took place on January 17th, 2023
  • Department Holiday Party (Photos)
    • Took place on December 14th, 2022
  • Breakfast & Finals with Biostatistics  (Photos)
    • Took place on December 8th, 2022
  • Cooper Hewitt Museum/Museum of the City of New York (Photos)
    • Took place on November 25, and 26, 2022