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About STATCOM.

Our Mission.

STATCOM is a community outreach program provided to the greater Aurora area by graduatestudents in the Department of Biostatistics and Informatics at University of Colorado – Anschutz Medical Campus. The program offers the expertise of biostatistics graduate students, free of charge, to non-profit and community organizations in the areas of study design, data organization, analysis, and interpretation. These organizations include, and are not limited to,schools, health centers, community service providers, or student led groups at AMC. STATCOM is staffed primarily by graduate students, with department faculty guidance.

STATCOM offers the expertise of biostatistics graduate students, free of charge, to non-profit and community organizations.

Benefits to Clients:

  • Provide expert statistical consultation at no cost.
  • Learn how statistics and data can be used to benefit your organization.
  • Produce analysis reports that allow the organization to easily understand results and incorporate them into future decision-making.

Project Ideas:

  • If you have data:
    • Help organize the data.
    • Help develop the questions that your data could answer.
    • Perform analyses to answer these questions.
    • Provide a written report that summarizes the results of the analyses performed.
  • If you do not have data:
    • Learn about the questions you want answered.
    • Develop data collection techniques (such as surveys).
    • Perform analyses to answer these questions.
    • Provide a written report that summarizes the results of the analyses performed.
  • Project examples:
    • Evaluate the effectiveness of programs/services that are offered through your organization
    • Measure the health and well being of your employees through survey design and analysis
    • Use past/current customer demographics to help inform future marketing decisions

Goals:

  • Provide statistical services to non-profit and community organizations within the greater Aurora community
  • Give graduate students the opportunity to consult on real-world projects
  • Contribute to the development of a stronger relationship between the Anschutz Medical
  • Campus and the greater Aurora community
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STATCOM Team:

Sarah Ryan

Co-Director

Sarah is a first year Ph.D. Biostatistics student - her research interests include medical image analysis, spatial statistics, and bayesian inference. In her free time, she enjoys The Great Outdoors, especially skiing, hiking, camping, and road-tripping.

B.S., Mathematics & Biology - Drake University, 2015

Ph.D., Biostatistics - Colorado School of Public Health, Expected 2020

Eleanor Cotton

Co-Director

Eleanor grew up in Iowa but moved out to Colorado in 2016 for school. Her research interests include big data and methods for analyzing physical activity data. Outside of school, Eleanor loves all types of crafts, trying new restaurants, cooking, and doing puzzles (specifically crosswords).

B.A., Biochemistry and Molecular Biology - Cornell College, 2015

M.S., Biostatistics - UC-Anschutz, Expected 2018

Maxie Meier

Project Leader

Maxie moved out to Colorado from Southern Minnesota in 2016. Her research interests focus on assessing agreement. Outside of statistics, Maxie loves to bake (as well as cake decorate), figure skate, and play cribbage.

B.S., Statistics - Winona State University, 2016

M.S., Biostatistics - UC-Anschutz, Expected 2018

Charlie Carpenter

Project Leader

Charlie grew up in Montana and wanted to stay in The Rocky Mountains for graduate school. His research is focused on modeling techniques for microbiome data. His free time is rock climbing, hiking, camping, and reading.

B.S., Mathematics & Statistics - Montana State University, 2016

M.S., Biostatistics - University of Colorado School of Public Health, Expected 2019

Alex Kaizer

Faculty Advisor

Alex is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biostatistics and Informatics with research interests in study design and Bayesian inference. Outside of statistics, Alex enjoys running/hiking with his dog, biking around town, traveling, and experimenting with new gluten-free dessert recipes.

B.S., Interdisciplinary Studies in Demographic Analysis - Truman State University, 2012

Ph.D., Biostatistics - University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, 2017

Amanda Allshouse

Faculty Advisor

Since joining the faculty at the CU-Anschutz in 2007, Amanda has collaborated with multidisciplinary clinical and translational investigators, developing a focus area in women’s health. Outside of work, she and her family enjoy Colorado’s trails and slopes and community activities. in Denver.

B.S., Statistics and Economics - Carnegie Mellon, 2001

M.S., Biostatistics - University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2005