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Student & Alumni Achievements

BU: Alum, PhD Student Win Poster Awards at SER Conference

Two members of the Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) community received poster awards at the Society for Epidemiologic Research (SER) Annual Meeting, held June 18-21 at the Hyatt Regency in Minneapolis, Minn.

Dr. Anna Modest, an alum of the doctoral and Master of Public Health programs at BUSPH, won a Best Poster Award in the reproductive category for her research on the effect of multiple gestations in the association between in vitro fertilization (IVF) and ischemic placental disease (IPD).

Ms. Tammy Jiang, a rising third-year doctoral student in the epidemiology program at BUSPH, won a second-place poster prize in the methods/statistics category on a study she led that examined the impact of misclassification on random forests, an ensemble machine learning method (think: multiple decision trees) that can be used to build prediction models.

Dr. Modest and her team found that multiple gestations mediate the effect of IVF on IPD risk. Specifically, they concluded that multiple gestations have a greater effect on the association between IPD and autologous IVF (in which women use their own eggs) versus the association between IPD and donor IVF (in which they use donor eggs).

Ms. Jiang’s study sought to fill the gap in current knowledge on the impact of misclassification in machine learning, a growing branch of artificial intelligence that allows computer systems to analyze and predict complex data models.

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