I have to help write NIH grants from time to time, and I need to always keep front and center the criteria that NIH peer reviewers use when they evaluate grants. They look at five broad areas: significance, investigators, innovation, approach, and environment. This document explains what each of these five broad areas means. Continue reading
What percentage effort is reasonable for Biostatistics support on a research grant? The UC Davis Biostatistics Group says 10% as a bare minimum, 35-60% for straightforward projects with uncomplicated analyses, and 50-100%+ for large or complex projects. They give examples of large and complex projects: interim analysis, multi-site projects, development of novel statistical methods, and assembly of data from large, complex, or poorly documented administrative or survey data sets.
They also describe how to split the effort between a PhD Biostatistician, who supervises the overall effort, and a MS Biostatistician, who does most of the data management and statistical analysis.
Another point worth noting is that any grant listing less than 10% effort for a Biostatistician requires a special sign off. Continue reading
At first glance, you might think that this article looks like a vindication of traditional statistics. Classical time series models (methods that were available in the 1960′s) outperform newer machine language forecasting models. Then, you might worry that the comparisons were unfair. But neither viewpoint is accurate. The classical time series models have certain structural advantages for certain types of problems, but you might be better off with machine learning if you use classical time series as a preprocessing step, such as de-seasonalizing your data. If nothing else, this article provides a nice overview of some of the major machine learning methods. Continue reading
I have been applying to a variety of jobs, and some of them, mostly universities, want a statement of teaching philosophy, research interests, or some combination. I enjoy writing these, except for the ones that have page limits. In this and the next few blog posts, I will share what I wrote. If you read these, it might give you a better idea of what I do at my current and previous jobs and what I would like to do in a future job. Here’s a one page limit statement on my teaching interests and experience. It won’t be one page on my blog because of formatting differences, of course, but it will be brief than I like. Continue reading
I am applying for a variety of jobs and some of the universities that I am applying to want to know my approach to teaching. It’s an interesting thing to write about, because most of my teaching experience is in a non-traditional format. Here’s what I wrote for one job I applied for. Continue reading
I am applying to a variety of jobs and some of them ask for a statement about teaching or research. Here’s something I wrote where the employer asked for a combination of the two. Continue reading
Another place asked for my research interests and asked me to keep it to a single page. Gack! I do not have an easy time keeping withing page limits. Here’s what I wrote. It won’t be one page on my blog, because of formatting changes, of course. Continue reading
I’ve been applying for a variety of jobs, and one of them asked for a statement on my research interests. I tried to emphasize the collaborative nature of my research. Here’s what I wrote. Continue reading
I’ve been applying for a variety of jobs, and one of them asked for a statement on how I would develop an interdisciplinary research program. It’s fun to write these, and I thought I’d share what I wrote with you all. Continue reading
This article is a nice counterbalance to all the glowing reports about how moving to the electronic health record is going to revolutionize health care. This effort certainly has value, but it comes at a cost. The article talks about the improvements needed to the crude 1990s interface and how to avoid overburdening the medical record with extraneous data. Continue reading