LSU Alumna, Winner of the 2013 Genius Grant to Speak at LSU

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.

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Susan Murphy, MacArthur Fellows Class of 2013

Dawn  Jenkins 
LSU College of Science

Posted on Friday, April 25, 2014