School of Public Health welcomes four new faculty
New Professors add experience, expertise
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Steven E. Rigdon, Ph.D.
Professor of Biostatistics
Started in July
Steven E. Rigdon, Ph.D. comes to SLU from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, where he served as a faculty member since 1986. Rigdon has extensive expertise and experience in medical and public health applications of statistics, biosurveilance methods, survival analysis and statistical methods for quality analysis.
At SIUE, Ridgon was the University Distinguished Research Professor, holding numerous roles including Chair of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Graduate Program Director and Chair of the University-wide Curriculum Council. Rigdon has taught at the undergraduate and graduate levels and has had extensive experience mentoring graduate students in particular.
Rigdon has also authored or co-authored numerous scientific publications, including five textbooks. He has received numerous professional awards and the National Science Foundation funds his research efforts. Rigdon received three degrees from the University of Missouri, including a B.A. in mathematics, a M.A. in statistics and mathematics and a Ph.D. in statistics. He worked in experimental design and statistics at Monsanto before joining the faculty at SIUE.
Carole R. Baskin, D.V.M., M.S.c., C.P.I.A.
Associate Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health
Starts in August 2012
Carole R. Baskin, D.V.M., M.S.c., C.P.I.A. comes to SLU after serving as the Director of Scientific Program and Compliance Officer at the Science Foundation of Arizona. She brings important public health expertise in a variety of disciplines and will work with the Institute of Biosecurity and Disaster Preparedness as well as other programs in the School of Public Health.
Baskin is certified as a Professional IACUC Administrator and she has extensive expertise in public health and disaster preparedness related to influenza, zoonotic diseases, vaccine development, animal models of human infectious diseases and public health genomics. Baskin is also the Founding Editor of Risk Management and Healthcare Policy and he research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health.
Baskin received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from North Carolina State University, her M.S.c. from Ohio State University and her residency in comparative medicine and post-doctoral fellowship in microbiology at the University Washington, Seattle.
"I chose to come to SLU because the Institute for Biosecurity is such an important asset to the community. I hope that my background in veterinary medicine and virology will provide a unique contribution to the education of the young minds who chose this field."
Suzanne J. Wood, Ph.D., M.S., F.A.C.H.E.
Assistant Professor of Health Management and Policy
Starts in August 2012
Suzanne J. Wood, Ph.D., M.S., F.A.C.H.E. has expertise in health administration and a strong background in public management and urban policy, as well as community health. Wood has been on the faculty and served as a Deputy Director of the Army-Baylor University Master of Health Administration program.
Wood is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and has extensive health management experience in both outpatient and inpatient settings. Her military service awards include the Meritorious Service Medal and the Nav Commendation Medal and four Navy Achievement Medals. Wood received three degrees from Old Dominion University, including a B.S. in health sciences management, a M.S. in community health management and a Ph.D. in public management and urban policy.
Hong Xian, Ph.D.
Professor of Biostatistics
Starts in September 2012
Hong Xian, Ph.D. comes to SLU from Washington University-in St. Louis' School of Medicine, where he served as a senior biostatistician since 1989. He also serves as a Health Scientist at the St. Louis VA Medical Center.
For more than 20 years, Xian has distinguished himself as one of the top biostatistical researchers in public health and medicine. He has worked in the field of addiction research, smoking and tobacco cessation and addiction, mental health and genetic epidemiology. Xian has extensive experience managing large multi-center studies and mentoring junior investigators and graduate students. He has also authored or co-authored more than 80 peer-reviewed publications and the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Veterans Affairs have funded his research.
Xian is no stranger to SLU, he has taught Theory of Biostatistics at the School of Public Health for several years. He completed his post-doctorial fellowship in Biostatistics at Washington University School of Medicine. He has also received additional training in genetic statistics at the Jackson Laboratories in Bar Harbor, Maine. Dr. Xian has received numerous professional awards, including a teaching award from Washington University and a National Research Service Award from the National Institute on Drug Abuse at NIH.
"I have been an adjunct faculty of Biostatistics at the Saint Louis University School of Public Health and I have been teaching a graduate course in biostatistics since 2007. I feel I understand the School's program and culture, and I enjoy teaching, working and interacting with students inside and outside the classroom. I am very pleased to join the faculty in the School to enrich my professional career in teaching and research."