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Faculty & Staff Honors

Faculty & Staff Honors

NYU: NSF CAREER Awards Build Academic Role Models at New York University

Congratulations to Drs. Rumi Chunara and Andrea Silverman, assistant professors of biostatistics and environmental public health with New York University College of Global Public Health respectively, who received prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Awards for their research projects. This award is bestowed upon early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models and to lead advances in the mission of their departments.

Dr. Chunara’s research uses human data sharing patterns in new person-generated data (PGD) from Internet and mobile data sources, such as mHealth, social media, wearables, and data from smartphone apps, to improve the validity and reliability of measures extracted from PGD and enable improved understanding of high-granularity health risks and outcomes. The goal of this project is to develop new machine learning approaches motivated by the need to improve data management and analysis in the public health domain.

Dr. Silverman’s research strives to fill the information gap and understand the risks of antibiotic resistant bacteria (ARG) persistence and decay in surface waters. This will be achieved by evaluating the rates and mechanisms of ARG decay in surface water focusing on sunlight-mediated reactions. Results will provide the necessary information to predict public health risk due to ARG. Further benefits include the ability to identify key environmental control points for surveillance and deployment of treatment technologies.