Bucknell World: Statistics for critical decisions
(Editor's Note: Bucknell's Web site is featuring some of the University's newest teacher-scholars. They are among the new faculty members highlighted in the Fall 2007 edition of Bucknell World.)
Matthew Bailey and K. B. Boomer use statistics and mathematics to help doctors and scientists make important decisions.
Bailey, assistant professor of management, is interested in decision-making under uncertainty. He has interests in the areas of resource allocationin adversarial environments and medical decision making.
One project has him tracking HIV patients over time and creating models of the probability of their using the health system.
"How does a patient’s health vary over the time they have HIV until full-blown AIDS occurs?" he asks. "When do we initiate HIV therapy? If you start therapy too early, the viruses adapt. It you start too late, you can reach a point of irreversible immune system damage. The hope is that, when this research is done, we can use data to better time treatment alternatives. These alternatives can then be used by the medical community to evaluate patient studies and ultimately save money, time, and lives.”
K.B. Boomer, assistant professor of mathematics, has a broad background in applied statistics.
Her work includes studies on genetic epidemiology of cardiovascular disease in African Americans and the development of criteria used to locate seismic events after their occurrence.
"I’ve often included students in my research to give them experience with real data," says Boomer. "Teaching in the classroom just becomes a natural extension."
She most recently worked at Penn State’s Statistical Consulting Center and brings to Bucknell the experience of applying sophisticated statistical methods in novel applications as well as developing new methodologies. She has published in journals as diverse as Plant Pathology, Journal of Geophysical Research, and Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation.
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Contact: Office of Communications
Posted Nov. 20, 2007
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