Mentoring and Early Career Development Workshop

Mentoring and Early Career Development Workshop and NC ASA Fall Dinner- Friday Nov 30th, 9am-5:30pm at SAMSI in RTP

The Workshop is FULL!  We look forward to working with our students and young professionals.  ScheduleMentoringWorkshop2018.pdf
We would like to thank our sponsors, SAS, Xylem, SAMSI, RhoWorld, RTI Internationaland ASA, for their generous support of NC ASA.


NC ASA is excited to offer the first Mentoring and Early Career Development Workshop for students* and early career professionals within 5 years of finishing their degree.  It will feature prominent statisticians from our community and include interactive sessions on goal-structuring and professional development.  Workshop participants will have the opportunity to meet with ASA President Lisa LaVange in a small group setting prior to the NC ASA Fall Dinner that evening, as well as network with the NC ASA community.
*Both graduate and undergraduate students accepted for Early Admittance are eligible for reimbursement by NC ASA. An NC ASA Presidential Travel Award will be offered to a limited number of Early Admittance student participants with qualifying travel expenses.  Details on the Early Admittance Application Form.

Registration includes lunch and workshop materials as well as a ticket* to the NC ASA "State of Statistics" Fall Dinner that evening.  NC ASA Members and Students will received a reduced registration; Early Applicant Young Professionals $50; non-members $60.  *Workshop only registration is available.

Organizations interested in Sponsor Partnerships, which includes workshop participant slots, should contact NC ASA Vice President Emily Griffith

Workshop Details
is honored to feature prominent local leaders in statistics at the workshop to guide our young professionals and students.  ScheduleMentoringWorkshop2018.pdf

Keynote Speakers:

  • Bob Starbuck will speak on “Some Thoughts on How to Be More Successful” based on his well-received keynote from ASA’s 2013 Conference on Statistical Practice.
  • Sonia (Davis) Thomas will discuss “Presentation Best Practices” based on her Leadership in Biostatistics graduate course at UNC CH.
  • Richard Zink, Senior Director of Data Management at TARGET PharmaSolutions, will discuss insights on Promoting Statistics from his popular ASA podcast
  • SAMSI Director David Banks will offer insight from his career path and leadership journey with "Snakes and Ladders: Building a Career".

    Speaker bios are provided below

The workshop will also include a Professional Panel and Mentors as well as targeted trainings and development activities:

– targeting different skills across a professional career, all of which can be relevant at all career stages, with certain topics offered as parallel sessions to address varying needs of students and young professionals 

  • Resume and Interview Skills – led by Kelci Miclaus, PhD - Senior Manager (SAS) - to be offered as a parallel session for students
  • Branding and Networking for Career Next-Steps - led by Elizabeth Mannshardt, NC ASA President
  • Peer Mentoring – led by the NC ASA’s Scholastic Council’s Katherine Allen and Liz Lorenzi (see p6) - to be offered as a parallel session for students

Peer Mentoring is meant to provide a forum for open, honest discussion with other statisticians at similar career stages.  If you are interested in Peer Mentoring, please contact Katherine Allen:

Professional Development and Networking Activities – designed to engage participants with actionable items

  • Goal Structuring and Development
  • Small-Group Mentoring – with our Professional Panelists and NC ASA Executive Board members

Professional Panel - featuring established statisticians from across our community.

  • Confirmed Panelists: Kristen Foley (US EPA), Artin Armagan (SAS) - Full list of professional panel participants and bios coming soon!

Panelist bios are provided below

Early Admittance Applications now being accepted. Email NC ASA President Elizabeth Mannshardt with full application materials: If you are traveling from outside the Triangle and wish to apply for the Presidential Travel Award, indicate this at the time of application.
Application Form.

Due to time and space logistics associated with the Workshop, the NC ASA Career Fair will be held in the spring of 2019.  If you or a colleague is interested in participating in the career fair to provide representation on behalf of you organization or institution, please contact Brian Gaines, 

Speaker and Panelist Bios

Bob Starbuck (NCSU)
Dr. Starbuck came to NC State for graduate school, receiving his master’s degree in 1972 and his Ph.D. in 1975, both in statistics. Shortly after graduation, he began a long and successful career in the pharmaceutical industry, retiring in 2008 as Assistant Vice President for special projects for Wyeth Research. He has also held an array of leadership positions with the American Statistical Association, and for those efforts and his outstanding professional accomplishments he was named a fellow of the association and won its prestigious Founders Award. Robert Starbuck is the winner of the 2016 Zenith Medal for Service for his many contributions to the college, including his time, his leadership skills and his financial support.
Sonia (Davis) Thomas (RTI)
Sonia is a Senior Research Statistician at RTI. She grew up in Chapel Hill, earned a DrPH degree in Biostatistics from UNC in 1994, worked at Quintiles (now IQVIA) and as UNC Biostatistics faculty before joining RTI’s Biostatistics and Epidemiology Division in 2017. Her expertise is clinical trials, and she enjoys interim analyses and methods that address missing data due to patient drop-out. She is an active publishing collaborative author with more than 90 publications and two book chapters including “Mixed Models for Repeated Measures” in Clinical Trials with Missing Data: A Guideline for Practitioners.  She is Adjunct Professor of Biostatistics at UNC. While on faculty, she taught the graduate-level "Leadership in Biostatistics" course.
Richard Zink (TARGET Pharma)

Richard C. Zink is Senior Director of Data Management and Statistics at TARGET PharmaSolutions, an innovative company that organizes a community of stakeholders to generate real-world insights for several diseases, primarily in hepatology and gastroenterology. Richard joined TARGET PharmaSolutions in 2018 after seven years in the JMP Life Sciences division at SAS Institute, where he developed software to assess safety and data integrity in clinical trials utilizing CDISC standards. Prior to SAS, he spent eight years in the pharmaceutical industry, where he designed and analyzed clinical trials in diverse therapeutic areas including infectious disease, oncology, and ophthalmology, and participated in US and European drug submissions and FDA advisory committee hearings.

Richard is the 2019 Chair of the Biopharmaceutical Section of the American Statistical Association, host of the Biopharmaceutical Section Statistics Podcast, and Associate Editor for the DIA journal Therapeutic Innovation & Regulatory Science. His research interests include data visualization, the analysis of pre- and post-market adverse events, subgroup identification for patients with enhanced treatment response, and the assessment of data integrity in clinical trials, and he participates in scientific working groups for safety and real-world evidence. Richard is the author of Risk-Based Monitoring and Fraud Detection in Clinical Trials Using JMP and SAS, the co-editor of Modern Approaches to Clinical Trials Using SAS: Classical, Adaptive, and Bayesian Methods, and a contributor to six other books on statistical topics in clinical trials and clinical research. He holds a Ph.D. in Biostatistics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he serves as Adjunct Assistant Professor of Biostatistics.

Kelci Miclaus (JMP)
Kelci is Advanced Analytics Sr. Manager for JMP Life Sciences division at SAS Institute. She manages the R&D development team and develops statistical features for JMP Genomics and JMP Clinical software. She joined SAS in 2006 and holds a PhD in Statistics with a biomedical/genetics emphasis from North Carolina State University. Her genomic research focus is DNA variant analysis and pharmacogenomics. Her clinical research includes clinical trial safety/early efficacy signal detection.

David Banks (SAMSI and Duke University)

David Banks is the Director of the Statistical and Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute (SAMSI) and a Professor of Practice at Duke University.  David obtained an M.S. in Applied Mathematics from Virginia Tech in 1982, followed by a Ph.D. in Statistics in 1984. He won an NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in the Mathematical Sciences, which he took at Berkeley.  In 1997 he went to the National Institute of Standards and Technology, then served as chief statistician of the U.S. Department of Transportation, and finally joined the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2002. In 2003, he returned to academics at Duke University.

David Banks was the coordinating editor of the Journal of the American Statistical Association. He co-founded the journal Statistics and Public Policy and served as its editor. He co-founded the American Statistical Association's Section on National Defense and Homeland Security, and has chaired that section, as well as the sections on Risk Analysis and on Statistical Learning and Data Mining. He has published 74 refereed articles, edited eight books, and written four monographs.

Kristen Foley (EPA)

Kristen Foley completed her PhD in statistics at NC State University in 2006 under the direction of Montse Fuentes.  She is now a Statistician with the US Environmental Protection Agency’s National Exposure Research Laboratory. She is part of a team at EPA that develops the Community Multiscale Air Quality – or “CMAQ” – modeling system which is used to simulate the air quality impacts of different emission reduction strategies.  Kristen’s research includes development and application of statistical techniques to evaluate output from the numerical model. She also provides statistical consulting to her fellow team members to help them visualize, analyze, and interpret their data.

Artin Armagan (SAS)
Artin is a Manager at Advanced Analytics Lab.  He earned his PhD in Statistics from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.  Dr. Armagan was a Visiting Professor at Duke and a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Statistical and Applied Mathematical Institute.
Heather Kopetskie (Rho)
Heather is a Senior Biostatistician III.  She has been at Rho for 14 years. Heather serves as statistical lead on several clinical trials and also serve as a biostatistics operational service leader, an internal expert sharing industry trends, best practices, processes and training.

Recommended nearby hotels include:
Candlewood Suites: 1818 NC 54, Durham, NC 27713.
SpringHill Suites: 970 Slater Rd. Durham, NC 919-998-9500.
There are no room blocks reserved at either location.  Mention that you are with a SAMSI event.
Students accepted for Early Admittance who are traveling from outside a 100 mile radius of SAMSI may be eligible for the President's Travel Award (see Early Admittance application form).