04/25/2014 04:19 PM
BATON ROUGE -- LSU alumna and MacArthur Fellow Susan Murphy will be the featured speaker for the 2014 Porcelli Lectures, on Monday, April 28, at 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., in the LSU Digital Media Center theatre.
Last year, Murphy was one of 24 “exceptionally creative individuals” to receive the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship. The fellowship, often referred to as the “Genius Grant,” recognizes talented individuals who have shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits.
At 3:30 p.m., Murphy will present, “Getting SMART about Adapting Interventions,” which
will focus on a revolutionary method that she has developed to evaluate and assess
courses of treatment for individuals coping with chronic or relapsing disorders such
as depression or substance abuse. SMART, or Sequential Multiple Assignment Randomized
Trial, is being used to develop protocols that systematize sequential decision-making
that is key to effective treatment of a range of chronic health issues. At 4:30 p.m.,
Murphy will discuss, Adaptive Confidence Intervals for Non-smooth parameters,” which
focuses on “non-smooth” or non regular parameters of scientific interest that occur
frequently in modern day inference.
Murphy received a B.S. in mathematics from LSU in 1980, and a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina in 1989. Currently, she is the H.E. Robbins Professor of Statistics at the University of Michigan. She is also a professor in the Department of Psychiatry and a research professor in the Institute for Social Research.
Susan Murphy, MacArthur Fellows Class of 2013
Posted on Friday, April 25, 2014