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2009 Prentice Professor presents lecture May 20

Dr. Robert Gentleman, an expert in statistical computing and computational biology will discuss "Reproducible Research"

May 18, 2009
Dr. Robert Gentleman

Dr. Robert Gentleman heads the Herbold Computational Biology Program in the Center's Public Health Sciences Division

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The 2009 Ross L. Prentice Professor Dr. Robert Gentleman will discuss "Reproducible Research" Wednesday, May 20, 3:30-4:30 p.m., followed by a one-hour reception in Pelton Auditorium.

Gentleman, an expert in statistical computing and computational biology, heads the Herbold Computational Biology Program in the Hutchinson Center's Public Health Sciences Division. His accomplishments include serving as co-developer of the R project. R is a fully functional computer language that has changed the way scientists manage, analyze and present statistical data.

Gentleman's current research interests include tools for functional analysis, such as gene set enrichment, network models for complex phenotypes and modeling ChIP-seq experiments. His laboratory manages the Bioconductor Product, an open-source, open-development program for genomic and proteomic data. His 2004 paper in Genome Biology describing Bioconductor has  been cited more than 1,000 times. Gentleman receives substantial National Institutes of Health funding for Bioconductor and frequently presents short courses on the project.

The 2009 Ross L. Prentice Lecture is a presentation of the Hutchinson Center's Public Health Sciences Division and the University of Washington's Department of Biostatistics. Prentice, senior vice president at the Center and director of PHS, is also professor of Biostatistics at both institutions. Prentice conducts work in the fields of biostatistics, epidemiology and disease prevention. In addition to playing a central role in the conception, design and implementation of the clinical-trial arm of the Women's Health Initiative, Prentice has published more than 220 scientific papers, received recognition for his mentoring of students and junior colleagues and earned numerous awards for his work. Past Ross L. Prentice Professors are Dr. Peter Gilbert, 2005-2006; Drs. Elizabeth Halloran and Ira Longini, 2006-2007; and Dr. Steven Self, 2007-2008.

For more information, please contact Eric Woodruff at ewoodruf@fhcrc.org or James Dai at jdai@scharp.org.

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