Dean Ali Khan, of the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Public Health, has appointed Dr. Jane Meza, as senior associate dean. In her new position, Dr. Meza, professor and chairwoman in the department of biostatistics in the college, will collaborate with chairs, center directors, and associate deans within the college and serve as the dean’s office representative both internally and externally. Dr. Meza served as the interim dean of the College of Public Health from August 2013 until Dr. Khan’s arrival in July.
Dr. Meza, joined UNMC in 2000 after receiving her PhD in statistics from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Dr. Jane Meza is involved in the design and analysis of public health studies covering a broad range of public health issues, including smoking cessation in adolescents, Parkinson’s disease, cancer treatment, and biological markers of cancer. She applies statistical methods to model the distribution of a disease over a geographic area. She coordinates expertise in the quantitative public health sciences for design, planning, conduct, analysis, and interpretation of laboratory, clinical, and public health research studies and also provides educational training opportunities for quantitative sciences graduate students and educational opportunities for public health, clinical, and translational investigators. Her particular interest is in cancer research with the goal of reducing the incidence of cancer and improving the quality of life for patients with cancer.