Donna J. Brogan Lecture in Biostatistics

This lecture honors Donna J. Brogan, an outstanding former faculty member and chair in the Department of Biostatistics at the Rollins School of Public Health. The lecture is made possible in large part by the generous support of Donna and her colleagues and friends. Donna has been Professor Emerita since her retirement from Emory in 2004.  

History of the Donna J. Brogan Lecture in Biostatistics

The Donna J. Brogan Lecture in Biostatistics was established in late 2004 by the Biostatistics Department of the Rollins School of Public Health of Emory University to honor the outstanding career of Dr. Donna Jean Brogan, a biostatistics/statistics faculty member at Emory for 34 years. Emory recognized Dr. Brogan's inspiring career with a gala retirement celebration in 2004. Her colleagues, friends and family members marked this occasion with gifts to support what would become the annual Donna J. Brogan Lecture in Biostatistics. These lectures, always in April, may be related to Dr. Brogan's research interests in sample surveys, breast cancer epidemiology and statistical education. Since the inception of the lectures in 2006, preeminent scholars and lecturers in biostatistics have visited Emory to deliver the lecture in honor of Dr. Brogan.

In 2010, Dr. Brogan made a significant contribution to establish an endowment fund that will provide funding continuity for the lecture. Her endowment, combined with generous gifts from colleagues and friends, makes possible one of only four named lectures at the Rollins School of Public Health. If you wish to contribute to the endowment fund for this lecture, click here. Please choose "Other" under Designations and enter the Donna J. Brogan Lecture in Biostatistics in the text box that appears.

2024 Donna J. Brogan Lecture

April 15, 2024 at 4:00 p.m., Reception following


Jeff Leek, Ph.D.

Dr. Jeff Leek is vice president and chief data officer of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center in Seattle, WA. He is also Professor, Biostatistics Program, Public Health Sciences Division, Fred Hutch.  Per his website, as a biostatistician, Dr. Leek develops statistical methods, software, and data resources and analyses that help researchers make sense of massive-scale genomic and biomedical data. As an educational leader, he has helped craft online open courses in data science that have enrolled millions of people. He was also the winner of Committee of Presidents of Statistical Societies (COPSS) Presidents' Award in 2021.

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