Betz Halloran elected to National Academy of Medicine

Betz Halloran is one of the 100 new members elected to the National Academy of Medicine (NAM). Each year, current members of the NAM elect new members who have made major professional contributions to human health and demonstrate a commitment to service.

Betz was honored for “pioneering the development of statistical methods and modeling for evaluating vaccines in populations, and contributions to evaluating direct and indirect effects of vaccines and improving design and analysis of vaccine studies.”

Betz Halloran receives 2019 Nathan Mantel Lifetime Achievement Award

Betz Halloran has been awarded the 2019 Nathan Mantel Lifetime Achievement Award for her landmark contributions to statistical methods for infectious disease epidemiology, for her applications of those methods to important scientific problems, and for her service to the Statistics in Epidemiology community.

The award will be presented during a ceremony at the Joint Statistical Meetings (JSM) in Denver, on Tuesday, July 30th.

Alex Vespignani receives Complex Systems Society 2018 Senior Scientific and Service Awards


Alex Vespignani received the 2018 Senior Scientific Award, and the Service Award, from the Complex Systems Society. The awards were presented at the Conference on Complex Systems 2018, during September 23-28 in Thessaloniki, Greece.

Alex was recognized for his “outstanding contributions to Complex Systems & Network sciences during the last 25 years, including seminal works on the Statistical Physics of Fracture Processes, Self-Organized and Out-of-Equilibrium Systems, Digital and Network Epidemiology and Computational Social Sciences.”

The Service Award acknowledged his “many contributions to community-building within Complex Systems Science, including bridging the gap with other fields like epidemiology and for his outstanding work as the President of the CSS during 2012-2015.”

Jim Koopman gives presentations to Chinese research groups

During June 3-12, CIDID member Jim Koopman presented at an infection transmission modelers meeting in Shanghai, to a complex systems group in Qingdao, to bioinformaticists in Tianjin, and to the China CDC in Beijing. He established new collaborative modeling efforts with the Chinese on polio and HIV. In each case the intention is to use the new methods fitting models directly to sequences developed by CIDID members Alex Smith, Ed Ionides, and Aaron King. The 2012 polio epidemic in Xinjiang imported from Pakistan will be analyzed to estimate waning parameters. The exploding HIV epidemic in MSM in China will be analyzed to estimate infection and diagnosis rates by region.