Women in Statistics: We've Come So Far?
Wednesday, December 9, 2020
2:30 PM-3:30 PM
In this Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics Seminar, Leslie Ain McClure, PhD,
professor and chair in the Dornsife School of Public Health, will discuss women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields.
The term leaky pipeline has been used to describe the disappearance of women from STEM fields, and the field of statistics is no exception. In this talk, I will describe the leaky pipeline in statistics and biostatistics, discuss some of the reasons why women leave STEM fields, and discuss strategies for helping to plug the leaky pipeline.
About the Speaker:
McClure has diverse research interests, ranging from statistical methodology to environmental epidemiology. Methodologically, McClure is interested in the design and analysis of randomized clinical trials with multiple outcomes, and methodology for re-estimating sample size in on-going randomized trials. She is the principle investigator for the Coordinating Center for the CDC-sponsored Diabetes LEAD (Location, Environmental Attributes, and Disparities) Network, with a primary goals of furthering our understanding of the role of community-level factors and geographic differences in diabetes incidence and prevalence across the U.S. and across demographic groups. She also leads the Data Coordinating Center for the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute’s Connecting the Dots Study.
McClure is a Senior Statistician on the REasons for Geographic And Racial Differences (REGARDS)
study, for which she served as PI of a NASA-funded ancillary study investigating the role of satellite derived measures of fine particulate matter in the development of cognitive decline and stroke.
In addition, McClure loves to teach and to work with students, and has been recognized by the University of Alabama at Birmingham for her outstanding teaching and mentoring skills. She is a Fellow of the American Heart Association (Epidemiology Council) and a Fellow of the American Statistical Association.