Dr. Lynn Eberly Named Inaugural CTSI Biostatistician Mentor of the Year

Published by CTSI on January 25, 2016

Lynn EberlyAt the CTSI Poster Session on Jan. 20, CTSI honored University of Minnesota Associate Professor Lynn Eberly, MS, PhD, with the first CTSI Biostatistician Mentor of the Year Award, which recognizes outstanding biostatistical mentors.

The event -- which coincides with National Mentoring Month – also recognized Dr. James Cloyd as 2015 Mentor of the Year (shown below) and Dr. Rebecca Shlafer as 2015 Junior Mentor of the Year.

“Mentees praised Dr. Eberly for her keen intellect, dedication, patience, thoughtfulness, and ability to help her mentees become successful independent researchers.”

“This award further demonstrates CTSI’s commitment to creating a culture of mentoring,” says David Ingbar, MD, Medical School Professor and CTSI Associate Director, Research Education, Training, and Career Development. CTSI has also developed an online mentoring module for research mentors, and requires a mentoring team for  every scholar funded through its career development programs.

Dr. Eberly is an internationally recognized statistician with the School of Public Health’s Division of Biostatistics who’s funded on numerous NIH projects. She has been working with clinical research and biomarker investigations throughout her career, with current foci in neurodegenerative diseases, psychiatry, and diabetes, in particular in studies using medical imaging.

“Mentees praised Dr. Eberly for her keen intellect, dedication, patience, thoughtfulness, and ability to help her mentees become successful independent researchers,” Anne Marie Weber-Main, PhD, Medical School Associate Professor and CTSI Co-director of Mentoring told attendees at Wednesday’s event. 

Following are excerpts from letters nominating Dr. Eberly for this award:

“Because of Dr. Eberly’s keen interest in the science of the project, she is able to provide critical insights to make our studies more rigorous and scientifically sound, which is particularly helpful to junior faculty designing their early experiments.”

“Dr. Eberly truly cares about her work and her collaborators. She is approachable, dedicated, hard-worker, and always capable to inject in others confidence and positivity even when times become stressful due to pressing deadlines. It is mind-blowing for me how she can comfortably exceed the highest work standards without compromising personal life and life balance in general. She clearly is a role model for me.”

“I credit Dr. Eberly for much of my early success in obtaining research grants, and in publications; I feel that I would not be where I am today without her mentorship.”

“Without any hesitation, and without trying to over-emphasize my statements, I find her to be the best biostatistician I ever met, and most likely the best one I will ever meet. Her contributions to my research and to my career goals have been not just critical, they have been essential.”

Congratulations, Dr. Eberly!

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