Bucknell really encourages collaboration. That's something I was looking for when I was deciding where I would want to teach.

Mark Meyer

Professor Mark Meyer, mathematics, was a college student when he realized that statistics crosses all disciplines.

"I wasn't always a stats major," he says. "When I started out as an undergraduate, I was in international studies. I switched to economics, then philosophy, then literature and finally applied statistics. In each case, I found that statistics came in handy – even as a lit major."

After graduation, Meyer received a post-baccalaureate fellowship at the National Institutes of Health and worked for a year in the Office of Biostatistics Research at the National Heart, Lung & Blood Institute. After completing his fellowship, Meyer earned his master's and doctorate in biostatistics.

Over the years, Meyer's research in statistical methodology has included genetic studies on chronic obstructive pulmonary disease; neurological studies of the brain's response to viewing different types of imagery; environmental studies on the effects of pollution; the effects of short-term exposure to altitude on the elderly; and children's mental health.

Meyer looks forward to participating in the Bucknell-Geisinger Research Initiative and hopes to do work for the Geisinger-Bucknell Autism & Developmental Medicine Center. "What a tremendous opportunity for the students," he says. "And for the faculty, too. Bucknell really encourages collaboration. That's something I was looking for when I was deciding where I would want to teach."

Posted Sept. 29, 2014

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