July 3, 2013
John Dawson, PhD,  postdoctoral scholar in the Office of Energetics,  was awarded an American Statistical Association (ASA)  Section for Statistical Programmers and Analysts (SSPA) conference grant,  which will pay the primary registration fees for him to attend the 2013 Joint Statistical Meetings (JSM),  held August 3-8 in Montreal.
Dr. Dawson’s research interests include how changes to the either side of “energy balance” affect health and body composition, in particular single feeding, shifts in macronutrient content away from carbohydrates as a main source of calories, and interventions that foment changes in metabolism, as well as statistical methodologies for genetic assays, particularly microarray and next-generation sequencing technologies. His advisors are David B. Allison, PhD,  director of the Office of Energetics, and Nianju Liu, PhD,  associate professor with the Department of Biostatistics 
The JSM—the largest gathering of statisticians in North America, co-founded by the ASA—offers attendees oral presentations, panel sessions, poster presentations, continuing education courses, career placement services, society and section business meetings, committee meetings, social activities, and networking opportunities.