University of Arizona Faculty/Staff with Statistical
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Adelman, David
 University Affiliations
 Contact information:
 Statistical Interests
Quantitative methods as applied to law and
decisionmaking generally; probability theory; econometrics.
 Statistical Methodologies used
Probability theory, linear models,
Bayesian methods.
 Statistical courses taught

Some statistical methods taught in Law,
Science & Public Policy and Environmental law.
Aldenderfer, Mark
 University Affiliations
 Contact information:
 Statistical Interests
Quantitative methods as applied to
archaeological research; Spatial statistics
Geographic Information Systems and visualization
 Statistical Methodologies used
''simple'' statistics; EDA, Spatial EDA
 Statistical courses taught

Anthropology 562a: Quantitative Methods for
Archaeologists
 Anthropology 562b: Advanced
Quantitative Methods in Archaeology
Barnard, Kobus
 University Affiliations
Assistant Professor, Computer Science; Cognitive Science IDP.
 Contact information:
 Statistical Interests
Machine learning, statistical models for multimodal data, statistical
models for biological structure, density estimation.
 Statistical Methodologies used
Generative models, Bayesian methods, parameter estimation using
EM and
MCMC, support vector machine classification
Bayraksan, Guzin
 University Affiliations
Assistant Professor, Systems and Industrial Engineering Department
 Contact information:
 Statistical Interests
Statistics in stochastic optimization
 Statistical Methodologies used
Developing novel point and confidence interval estimators for
optimality gap in stochastic optimization problems
 Statistical courses taught
 SIE 530: Statistics for Engineers
Bhattacharya, Rabi
 University Affiliations
Professor of Mathematics, Member of BIO5 Faculty
 Contact information:
 Statistical Interests
Mathematical statistics and applications, stochastic processes
and stochastic differential equations
 Statistical Methodologies used
Large sample methods, including asymptotic expansions and
bootstrapping
 Statistical courses taught
 Math 466/566: Theory of Statistics
 Math 468/568: Applied Stochastic Processes
 Math 561: Regression and Multivariate Analysis
 Math 563: Probability Theory
 Math 564: Theory of Probability
 Math 565A,B&C: Stochastic Processes
 Math 567A&B: Theoretical Statistics
 Math 571: Design of Experiments
Bechtold, Jill
 University Affiliations
Professor, Steward Observatory and the Department of
Astronomy
 Contact information:
 Statistical Interests
Analysis of astronomical spectroscopy and imaging, and
astronomical modeling. Parameter searches with small numbers of
photons. Analysis of data sets with strong selection effects.
Analysis of time series.
 Statistical courses taught
Some statistical methods taught in of Astronomy 300B:
Radiative
Processes in Astrophysics,
 webpage
Breiger, Ronald
 University Affiliations
 Contact information:
 Statistical Interests
Statistical analysis of social networks; loglinear models for
contingency tables,
 Statistical Methodologies used
Statistical models for social network analysis; loglinear models
for
contingency tables
Brown, Sylvia
 University Affiliations
 Contact information:
 Statistical Interests
As applied to epidemiology in general and spatial epidemiology in
particular.
 Statistical Methodologies used
Regression (linear, logistic, poisson), cluster analysis (SATSCAN).
 Statistical courses taught
 EPI 576D: Data mangement and the SAS programming
language
Bulter, Emily
 University Affiliations
Assistant Professor (starting Fall'06), Department of Family
Studies and Human Development
 Contact information:
 Statistical Interests
Statistical models for social interactions
and emotional processes.
 Statistical Methodologies used
Multilevel models (a.k.a HLM), structural
equation modeling (including dynamic factor analysis), ActorPartner
Interdependence Model.
Card, Noel
 University Affiliations
Assistant Professor, Division of Family Studies
and Human Development, Norton School of Family and Consumer
Sciences
 Contact information:
 Statistical Interests
Quantitative methods as applied to social development
(especially of child and adolescent peer relations and aggressive
behavior).
 Statistical Methodologies used
Structural equation modeling (especially multiplegroup and
meansstructures models), longitudinal design and data analysis,
metaanalysis, and various techniques of analyzing interdependent
data (e.g., social relations modeling).
Carriere, Yves
 University Affiliations
Associate Professor, Department of Entomology
 Contact information:
 Statistical Interests
Applied Quantitative Ecology.
 Statistical Methodologies used
Generalized Linear Models; Max. Likelihood Estimation.
 Statistical courses taught
Chen, Zhao
 University Affiliations
Associate Professor of Public Health
(Epidemiology and Biostatistic Division) and
Chair, Graduate Program in Public Health,
Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health
 Contact information:
 Statistical Interests
Multivariate analysis methods.
Longitudinal data analysis methods.
Structure equation modeling.
 Statistical Methodologies used
Linear regression analysis.
Logistic regression analysis.
Mix effect models.
Structure equation modeling.
Cox proportional hazards models.
 Statistical courses taught
 Advanced (quantitative) Epidemiology
Cheslock, John
 University Affiliations
Assistant Professor, Center for the Study of Higher Education
 Contact information:
 Statistical Interests
The application of econometrics to the study of higher education.
 Statistical Methodologies used
Applied econometrics; panel data methods; instrumental variables;
natural experiments..
 Statistical courses taught
 H ED 696C: Statistical Analysis in Higher Education Research
Chesson, Peter
 University Affiliations
Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Member of
Applied Mathematics GIDP
 Contact information:
 Statistical Interests
Stochastic processes in ecology and ecological statistics.
 Statistical Methodologies used
Probability theory and distribution theory,
likelihood, linear models
 Statistical courses taught
Spatiotemporal ecology (new EEB graduate course in
development).
Christensen, Thomas
 University Affiliations
ARL Neurobiology,
Center for Insect Science,
Cognition & Neuroimaging Lab
 Contact information:
 Statistical Interests
Analysis of multivariate
electrophysiology and imaging data.
 Statistical Methodologies used
Cluster analysis, PCA, ICA, ANOVA,
MANOVA, ttest, ztest.
Comrie, Andrew
 University Affiliations
Professor, Geography, and Atmospheric Sciences, Assoc. VP for
Research
 Contact information:
 Statistical Interests
statistics of climate data, incl. data reduction & spatial modeling
 Statistical Methodologies used
Multivariate techniques, PCA, timeseries
 Statistical courses taught
Parts of Geog 696C Climate seminars, incl. Applied Climate
Toolbox
Dall'erba, Sandy
 University Affiliations
Assistant Professor,
Dept. of Geography and Regional Development
 Contact information:
 Statistical Interests
Spatial statistics and spatial econometric.
 Statistical Methodologies used
Spatial statistics and spatial econometrics
 Statistical courses taught
Introduction to spatial statistics and spatial econometrics (Spring
2007)
Davis, Melinda (Mende)
 University Affiliations
Research Assistant Professor of Pediatrics,
Joint Appointment in Epidemiology
and Biostatistics. Member Institute for Collaborative
Bioresearch (Bio5)
 Contact information:
 Statistical Interests
Measuring change, latent variable
models, health outcomes research
 Statistical Methodologies used
Confirmatory factor
analysis, Rasch modeling, Hierarchical linear models
 Statistical courses taught
 Epidemiology 576A: Biostatistics in Public
Health
Eisenstein, Daniel
 University Affiliations
 Contact information:
 Statistical Interests
I use statistics to study the clustering of galaxies and matter in
the Universe and to study the environments and properties of
galaxies.
More generally, we use statistics in our data analysis and hypothesis
testing in large astronomical data sets.
 Statistical Methodologies used
I tend to use correlation and power spectral analyses for
measurement,
backed by Monte Carlo simulations for errors. For calculations, I
use random field methods.
Enquist, Brian
 University Affiliations
Associate Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Ecology;
Institute
for the Study of Planet Earth.
 Contact information:
 Statistical Interests
Null models, Ecoinformatics, Comparative biology, morphometrics
 Statistical Methodologies used
Multivariate statistics, resampling methods, regression models,
spatial
statistics, likelihood approaches
Evans, Michael
 University Affiliations
Assistant Professor, Laboratory of TreeRing
Research; Geosciences (joint appt.); Atmospheric Sciences (joint
appt.); Institute for the Study of Planet Earth (member).
 Contact information:
 Statistical Interests
Robust multivariate linear regression
techniques; inverse methods; paleoclimate reconstruction;
paleoclimate
data assimilation; dynamical systems.
 Statistical Methodologies used
CEOF analysis; optimal interpolation;
time series analysis.
 Statistical courses taught
Faris, William (GIDP Executive Committee)
 University Affiliations
Professor of Mathematics. Member Applied Mathematics GIDP.
 Contact information:
 Statistical Interests
 Statistical Methodologies used
Applications of probability, especially to physics.
 Statistical courses taught
 Math 466566 Theory of Statistics (wrote text for the course)
FloresLagunes, Alfonso
 University Affiliations
Assistant Professor of Economics
 Contact information:
 Statistical Interests
Spatial statistics; causal inference; simulation methods;
econometrics
 Statistical Methodologies used
Spatial econometrics; limited dependent variable models;
instrumental
variables models
 Statistical courses taught
 Economics 276: Statistics for Business
 Economics 520: Theory of Quantitative Methods
 Economics 522A: Econometrics
Green, Sylvan B.
 University Affiliations
Professor of Public Health; ÊDirector of Biometry, Arizona Cancer
Center.
 Contact information:
 Statistical Interests
Design and analysis of clinical trials, prevention trials, and
epidemiologic studies;
applications of biostatistical and computer techniques to medicine;
randomized trials for
research in treatment, prevention, and behavioral interventions.
 Statistical Methodologies used
Logistic regression, contingency tables, survival analysis, sample size
calculation.
 Statistical courses taught
 EPID 675 Clinical Trials and Intervention Studies
Harwood, Jake
 University Affiliations
Professor, Department of Communication
Chair, Gerontology Graduate Program
 Contact information:
 Statistical Interests
Univariate and multivariate techniques
in the behavioral sciences; Measurement and prediction of perceived
group variability, mediation and moderation in regression, Power
and hypothesis testing.
 Statistical Methodologies used
Regression, ANOVA, Analysis of contingency tables.
 Statistical courses taught
 COMM 228: Introduction to research methods and Statistics
 COMM 671: Introduction to Graduate Level Statistics in
Communication
Hirano, Kei
 University Affiliations
Associate Professor of Economics
 Contact information:
 Statistical Interests
Statistical decision theory; applications to
economics, especially analysis of microeconomic data; biostatistics.
 Statistical Methodologies used
Asymptotic statistical decision
theory; semiparametric estimation; Bayesian inference.
 Statistical courses taught
 Economics 696F: Causal Inference and Program Evaluation
(
Course webpage)
Hoying, Jay
 University Affiliations
Associate Professor Biomedical Engineering; Associate Professor
Physiology; Arizona Research Laboratories; BIO5 Institute
 Contact information:
 Statistical Interests
Modeling complex data sets such as microarray expression data.
 Statistical Methodologies used
Jones, John Paul III
 University Affiliations
Professor and Head, Geography and Regional Development; Director,
Planning
Degree Program; Member, Global Change IDP
 Contact information: Office: 409 Harvill,
 Statistical Interests
Social science methodology and research design, spatial
statistics, spatially
varying parameter methodologies
 Statistical Methodologies used
Regression, Expansion Method, Generalized Weighted Regression,
spatial
statistics
 Statistical courses taught
 GEOG 457/557: Statistical Techniques in Geography, Regional
Development, and
Planning
Kennedy, Tom
 University Affiliations
 Contact information:
 Statistical Interests
Stochastic processes arising in physics.
 Statistical Methodologies used
 Statistical courses taught
 Math 466/566: Theory of Statistics
 Math 468/568: Applied Stochastic Processes
 Math 563: Probability Theory
 Math 464/564: Theory of Probability
 Math 565A,B&C: Stochastic Processes
Kenworthy, Lane
 University Affiliations
 Contact information:
 Statistical Interests
Methods for macrocomparative analysis.
 Statistical Methodologies used
 Statistical courses taught
 Sociology 569: Basic Quantitative Methods
Levin, Joel R.
 University Affiliations
Professor, Department of Educational Psychology.
Affiliated Faculty, Department of Psychology
 Contact information:
 Statistical Interests
Analysis of variance and experimental design; design and analysis of
singlecase (timeseries) experiments; improving the teaching of
statistics.
 Statistical Methodologies used
Classical experimental designs and statistical techniques; cluster
randomization and analysis; nonparametric randomization tests.
 Statistical courses taught
 EDP 541: Introductory Educational Statistics
 EDP 640: Analysis of
Variance/Experimental Design
 EDP 646a: Multivariate Analysis
 EDP 667: Design and Analysis of Educational Research
Lin, Ying
 University Affiliations
Assistant Professor of Linguistics. Cognitive Science GIDP. Second
Language Acquisition and Teaching GIDP
 Contact information:
 Statistical Interests
Representations for speech and language. Learning and higher
level models of cognition.
 Statistical Methodologies used
Stochastic generative models of sequences. Bayesian inference.
Nonparametric methods.
 Statistical courses taught
 LING 539: Statistical Methods in Speech and Natural Language
Processing
Maggiora, Gerry
 University Affiliations
Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences, BIO5 Institute
 Contact information:
 Statistical Interests
Applications in drug discovery.
 Statistical Methodologies used
Clustering (crisp and fuzzy), nearestneighbor predictions, rule
induction using decision trees and rough set methods, (molecular)
similarity analysis, support vector machines, and information
theoretic analysis.
Maier, Robert
 University Affiliations
Professor of Mathematics, Professor of Physics
 Contact information:
 Statistical Interests
Mathematical statistics, Limit laws and large deviation theory,
Bioinformatics
 Statistical Methodologies used
Applications of probability, primarily to
physics and engineering.
 Statistical courses taught
 Math 464564: Theory of Probability
 Math 563a: Probability Theory

Math 5771: Software Tools for Bioinformatics
Masel, Joanna
 University Affiliations
Assistant Professor of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
 Contact information:
 Statistical Interests
Applications in theoretical population genetics
 Statistical Methodologies used
Meko, David
 University Affiliations
Professor, Laboratory of TreeRing Research
 Contact information:
 Statistical Interests
 Statistical Methodologies used
Regression, ARMA modeling, spectral analysis
 Statistical courses taught
 GEOS 585A:
Applied time series analysis  course
webpage
MendozaDenton, Norma
 University Affiliations
Associate Professor, Anthropology
 Contact information:
 Statistical Interests
Quantitative and probabilistic approaches to language.
 Statistical Methodologies used
Loglinear models, Classification and regression trees
 Statistical courses taught

Some statistics in ANTH 583: Sociolinguistics
Merchant,
Nirav
 University Affiliations
Director Biotechnology Computing
Arizona Research Laboratories.
 Contact information:
 Statistical Interests
Data Mining, Classification and Quality Control
 Statistical Methodologies used
Machine Learning methods, Cluster analysis
 Statistical courses taught

ECOL 553L : Computational Concepts for BioInformatics.
Covers machine learning environment
(WEKA) and rudimentary use of R among other things. 
webpage
Meyer,
Michael R.
 University Affiliations
Assistant Professor/Astronomer,
Department of Astronomy/Steward Observatory
 Contact information:
 Statistical Interests
1) model fitting (parameter
estimation) in datapoor regimes
using both frequentist and baysian
analyses; and 2) nonparametric hypothesis testing
in the comparison of distribution functions from
large datasets.
Myers, Don
 University Affiliations
Emeritus Professor of Mathematics,
Emeritus Joint Professor of Hydrology,
Member, Committee on Remote Sensing and Spatial Analysis,
Affiliate Member,Applied Mathematics
 Contact information:
 Statistical Interests
Spatial/temporal statistics with applications in various fields.
 Statistical Methodologies used
Kriging, multivariate methods such a PCA and Correspondence
Analysis.
 Statistical courses taught

Math 561: Regression analysis  webpage
 Math 574: Geostatistics  webpage
 Geography and Reg. Dev. 657 webpage
Mount, David
 University Affiliations
Professor, Molecular and Cellular Biology, Biochem. and Biophysics,
Ecol. and Evol. Biol., Bio5
 Contact information:
 Statistical Interests
Statistical analysis and modeling of biological sequences such as
hidden Markov models.
Analysis and modeling of gene expression, gene copy number, and
population genetic data
 Statistical Methodologies used
Linear and nonlinear models,
Bayesian methods,
R statistical programming and BioConductor for analysis of molecular
data.
 Statistical courses taught
 Bioinformatics: sequence and genome analysis
Piegorsch, Walt
 University Affiliations
Professor, Dept. of Mathematics, BIO5 Institute.
 Contact information:
 Statistical Interests
linear and nonlinear regression, generalized linear models,
mathematical
statistics, environmental statistics/environmetrics, biometry,
simultaneous inference, hierarchical modeling, model assessment,
quantitative risk assessment, history of statistics
 Statistical Methodologies used
probability models, hypothesis testing, confidence
intervals/confidence
bands, maximum likelihood estimation, asymptotic inferences,
semiparametric inference, experiment design, sample size
determination,
multiple comparisons, linear regression, trend testing, nonparametric
tests, doseresponse modeling, nonlinear regression, inverse
regression/calibration, potency estimation, ANOVA, ANCOVA, growth
curve
analysis, longitudinal analysis, generalized estimating equations,
generalized linear models/logistic regression/loglinear models,
contingency tables, Bayesian analysis/hierarchical models, survival
analysis, risk analysis, sensitivity analysis, uncertainty analysis,
harmonic regression, autocorrelated regression analysis, spatial
analysis,
kriging, metaanalysis/combining information, effect size estimation,
finite population sampling, composite sampling, ranked set sampling,
quadrat sampling, bootstrap resampling
 Statistical courses taught

North Carolina State University
 STAT 511, Experimental Statistics for the Biological
Sciences I
 University of South Carolina
 SCCC 312A, Proseminar in Statistics
 STAT 201, Elementary Statistics
 STAT 205, Elementary Statistics for the Biol. and Life
Sciences
 STAT 511/MATH 511, Probability
 STAT 512, Mathematical Statistics
 STAT 513, Theory of Statistical Inference
 STAT 519, Sampling
 STAT 700, Applied Statistics I
 STAT 701, Applied Statistics II
 STAT 708/BIOS 808, Environmetrics
 STAT 712, Mathematical Statistics I
 STAT 713, Mathematical Statistics II
 STAT 714, Linear Statistical Models
 STAT 715, Analysis of Variance
 STAT 775/BIOS 815, Generalized Linear Models
 BIOS 794, Topics in Biostatistics
Pettygrove, Sydney
 University Affiliations
College of Public Health Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
 Contact information:
 Statistical Interests
 Statistical Methodologies used
Mostly basic stuff lately, descriptive and regression.
Oaxaca, Ronald
 University Affiliations
McCelland Professor of Economics
 Contact information:
 Statistical Interests
Switching models, panel data methods, limited dependent
variable models
 Statistical Methodologies used
Applied econometrics, econometrics of labor market
discrimination and decomposition analysis
 Statistical courses taught
 Economics 522a: Econometrics
 Economics 522b: Econometrics
RangerMoore, James
 University Affiliations
Associate Professor of Public Health
 Contact information:
 Statistical Interests
Statistical Issues surrounding clinical trials
 Statistical Methodologies used
Crosssectional and longitudinal data analysis, including linear and
logistic regression methods (often in context of mixed models or GEE),
simulations.
 Statistical courses taught
 CPH 576a  Biostatistics for Public Health
Segrin, Chris
 University Affiliations
Professor and Head, Department of Communication. Joint
appointments with
Depts. of Psychology, Family Studies and Human Development
 Contact information:
 Statistical Interests
Multiple regression, ActorPartner
Interdependence Model, longitudinal data analysis
 Statistical Methodologies used
Correlation, regression (OLS, logistic, individual), ANOVA, SEM,
APIM, multiple correspondence analysis
 Statistical courses taught
 COMM 671 (graduate level intro to
statistical analysis)
Shahar, Eyal
 University Affiliations
Until June 2006: University of Minnesota, School of Public Health.
Later: University of Arizona, Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of
Public Health
 Contact information:
 Statistical Interests
The role of statistics in causal inquiry
 Statistical Methodologies used
Tabular methods, classical regression models, spline regression,
directed
acyclic graphs
Shaked, Moshe
 University Affiliations
 Contact information:
 Statistical Interests
Reliability theory; stochastic modeling;
stochastic orders.
 Statistical Methodologies used
Reliability theory; stochastic modeling;
stochastic orders.
 Statistical courses taught
 Math 263  Introduction to Statistics and Biostatistics
 Math 464  Theory of Probability
 Math 466  Theory of Statistics
 Math 468  Applied Stochastic Processes
 Math 509C  Statistics for Research
 Math 561  Regression and Multivariate Analysis
Sherrill, Duane
 University Affiliations
Professor in Public Health,
Associate Dean for Research COPH,
Director Arizona Clinical Research Training Program.
 Contact information:
 Statistical Interests
Analytical methods related to assessing the natural history of
respiratory diseases, in particular asthma, and assessment of risk
factors for development of respiratory diseases. I’m also interested
in genetic association studies in relation to respiratory diseases and
addiction to smoking
 Statistical Methodologies used
Segregation analyses, longitudinal and mixed effects models, and
general estimating equations
 Statistical courses taught
 CPH 576A Statistics for Public Health
 CPH 576C Applied Statistical Analysis
 CPH 684 General Linear and Mixed Effects Models
Steidl, Robert
 University Affiliations
Associate Professor, Wildlife Conservation Program, School of Natural
Resources
 Contact information:
 Statistical Interests
Quantitative ecology; parameter estimation; demography;
environmental monitoring.
 Statistical Methodologies used
Generalized Linear Models; Matrix models; Max. Likelihood
Estimation.
 Statistical courses taught
Walsh, Bruce (GIDP Chair)
 University Affiliations
Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Adjunct Professor
of Animal Science, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Molecular and
Cellular Biology, Plant Sciences. Member, Insect Science GIDP,
Applied Mathematics GIDP, Genetics GIDP, Institute for Collaborative
Bioresearch (Bio5),
Center for Insect Science, Life and Planets Astrobiology Center
(LAPLACE)
 Contact information:
 Statistical Interests
Applications in the life sciences, esp. population and
quantitative genetics, genomics.
 Statistical Methodologies used
Stochastic Processes,
linear models,
Likelihood, Bayesian modeling, resampling methods, multiple
compairson approaches, metaanalysis.
 Statistical courses taught
Watkins, Joe
 University Affiliations
Associate Professor, Department of Mathematics, Program in Applied
Mathematics
 Contact information:
 Statistical Interests
Stochastic models in the life sciences
 Statistical Methodologies used
linear models, likelihood, Bayesian techniques
 Statistical courses taught
Mathematics 160, 263, 197a  Introductory Statistics (course
coordinator)

Mathematics 563  Probability Theory

Mathematics 565ab  Stochastic Processes

Mathematics 567ab  Theoretical Statistics

Mathematics 565c  Stochastic Differential Equations
Warner, Natasha
 University Affiliations
Assistant Professor of Linguistics, East Asian Studies. Cognitive
Science GIDP, Second Language Acquisition and Teaching GIDP
 Contact information:
 Statistical Interests
Applications to languagerelated research, power, designs with
multiple
random factors
 Statistical Methodologies used
ANOVA, correlation, signal detection analysis.
 Statistical courses taught
Westerland, Chad
 University Affiliations
Assistant Professor, Political Science
 Contact information:
 Statistical Interests
 Statistical Methodologies used
Bayesian modeling, latent variable models, hierarchical linear
models, time
series analysis
 Statistical courses taught
 Political Science 582: Data Analysis I
Wright, Larry
 University Affiliations
Mathematics Department, Applied Mathematics
GIDP
 Contact information:
 Statistical Interests
Mathematical statistics, financial applications of
statistics
Yool, Steve
 University Affiliations
Associate Professor, Geography and Regional Development
 Contact information:
 Statistical Interests
Geostatistics in remote sensing and spatial modeling
 Statistical Methodologies used
Geographically Weighted Regression, Genetic Algorithms for Rule
Production, Stochastic Conditional Simulation
 Statistical courses taught
 GEOG424/524: Integrated GIS
Zhang, Zhu
 University Affiliations
Assistant Professor, Management Information Systems
 Contact information:
 Statistical Interests
 Statistical Methodologies used
Support Vector Machines, active learning, bootstrapping