L. Adrienne Cupples Award.

This Year’s Winner: Dr. Brian Caffo, PhD

The Department of Biostatistics is pleased to announce that Dr. Brian Caffo, PhD will be the recipient of the 2023 L. Adrienne Cupples Award for Excellence in Teaching, Research, and Service in Biostatistics.

Dr. Caffo will visit BUSPH to receive the award and give a presentation on:

Thursday, April 6, 2023
12:00 – 1:00 pm, Hiebert Lounge and Zoom

Dr. Caffo is a Professor in the Department of Biostatistics at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHBSPH).  He has an exceptional record of contributions to the field of biostatistics through teaching, research, and service.  Dr. Caffo is an innovative and dedicated educator.  He has won both the JHBSPH Golden Apple Award and the Advising, Mentoring, and Teaching Recognition Award, both of which are chosen by students.  He contributed to the development of the swirl platform, one of the most downloaded R packages, which teaches students R through interactive educational modules in the R platform. Dr. Caffo has been at the forefront of the current era of online and open education.  He is co-director and creator of the ten-course Coursera Data Science specialization, one of the most subscribed online programs of its kind with over seven million cumulative enrollments. Dr. Caffo has supervised or co-supervised numerous students and post-doctoral fellows in various programs, including 21 PhD students.

Dr. Caffo has made substantial contributions to both methodological and applied research, publishing over 200 peer-reviewed manuscripts.  His early methodological research focused on statistical computing, in particular the EM algorithm and MCMC. He has also made important advancements in methods for statistical inference from high-dimensional data.  Dr. Caffo is a global expert on the statistical analysis of imaging data, particularly neuroimaging data, with approximately 100 publications and 20 grants in this area.  His other areas of applied work include Alzheimer’s disease, ADHD, autism, transplant surgery, and HIV prevention.

Dr. Caffo has held numerous leadership positions including graduate coordinator and admissions director for the JHBSPH Biostatistics Department and President of the Faculty Senate.  He directs the Johns Hopkins High Performance Computing Exchange, has led efforts to combine cloud computing with local supercomputing, and leads the data science task force for JHBSPH.  Dr. Caffo was a founding member of the ASA Statistics in Imaging section and has served as associate editor for BiometricsJournal of the American Statistical Association- Theory & Methods, and Journal of the Royal Statistical Society Series B.

In addition to the above achievements, Dr. Caffo’s colleagues speak highly of his character, describing him as humble, kind, and an incredibly supportive colleague, mentor, and teacher.  We congratulate Dr. Caffo on being selected as the recipient of the 2023 L. Adrienne Cupples Award!

Purpose of the Award

This annual award recognizes a biostatistician whose academic achievements reflect the contributions to teaching, research, and service exemplified by Professor L. Adrienne Cupples.  Dr. Cupples joined the faculty at the Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) in 1981 and later served as founding Chair of the Department of Biostatistics and Co-Executive Director of the Graduate Program in Biostatistics. During her tenure at BUSPH, she advanced the field of biostatistics through extensive publications in major journals and book chapters on collaborative and methodological research, development and effective teaching of a wide range of biostatistics courses, and mentorship of numerous graduate students and faculty.

Past Winners

2022: Michael J. Daniels 

2021: Xihong Lin
2020: Bhramar Mukherjee
2019: Stanley Lemeshow
2018: Nicholas P. Jewell
2017: Janet Sinsheimer
2016: Mark van der Laan
2015: Sharon-Lise Normand
2014: David DeMets
2013: Ellen Wijsman
2012: Adrienne Cupples