11:20am Room B - Life and Work balance as a Data Scientist

Dr. Kathryn Barger

Biostatistics Associate Director
Biostatistics and Data Management Scientific Core Unit at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging
Tufts University


Kathryn Barger is the Biostatistics Associate Director in the Biostatistics and Data Management Scientific Core Unit at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University. Dr. Barger specializes in collaborative research for both clinical and pre-clinical studies in human nutrition and aging. For clinical studies, Dr. Barger provides statistical support across various experimental designs, including parallel RCTs, prospective longitudinal cohort studies, cross-sectional studies, crossover intervention trials, pilot trials, and meta-analyses. Dr. Barger has experience in factorial designs, dose-response designs, diet-induced disease, and knockout models for pre-clinical studies. As a study statistician, Dr. Barger oversees each study's statistical aspects and prioritizes the application of approaches that promote rigorous statistical practice to enhance scientific reproducibility and research integrity.

Dr. Barger received her PhD in Statistics from Cornell University, and after working as a statistician in the pharmaceutical industry went back to school to study culinary arts. She received a Certificate in Patisserie and Baking from Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts and worked production in bakeries for several years. She returned to statistics with her position at Tufts University. She is interested in mentoring regarding career paths and professional development.

Dr. Lise-Marie Imbert-Gerard

Associate Professor
Department of Mathematics
University of Arizona

Lise-Marie Imbert-Gerard is Professor in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Arizona, and I joined in the summer of 2020. She is an applied and computational mathematician, working in the field of partial differential equations on problems related to wave propagation in inhomogeneous media. These inhomogeneous media might be a plasma flow for applications in nuclear fusion, or an air flow for applications in aero-acoustics. When she is not working, she enjoys traveling, (mountain) biking, playing classical guitar, reading or learning languages.

Cindy Davis, MPH, RDN

Specialist, Employee Health and Wellness Promotion
University of Arizona


Cynthia "Cindy" Davis holds a bachelor's degree in nutrition and dietetics and a master's degree in public health with a focus on health behavior and health promotion, both from the University of Arizona. She has more than 15 years of experience in nutrition, including 10 years as a community dietitian for Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, where she implemented several nutrition fitness programs. She has also worked in both a long-term care facility and a hospital. Cindy is a certified Question, Persuade, Refer Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper instructor through the QPR Institute.

She is a lecturer in the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health where she shares her excitement for nutrition with students by teaching Public Health Nutrition. In the past Cindy has served on the board for the Weight Management Dietary Practice Group Annual Symposium for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Life balance is not only her profession, but she also practices balance by embracing and focusing on her personal passions of walking, Kumihimo, the art of Japanese braiding, reading, and playing Sudoku. Cindy loves walking with her husband, Jim and their dog, Angus. Her most recent passion has been sitting on a committee with her neighbor called Unity in Your Community, a group who wants to learn more about diverse cultures and provide an online venue where representatives can share their struggles, needs, and joys to build understanding and compassion.

Frances Miller

Research Analyst
UITS - Trellis
University of Arizona


Frances Miller has over a decade of professional experience in quantitative social science research, with a focus in youth development and data strategy. In her current position as Data Strategy Lead for the Trellis Program at University of Arizona, she conceptualizes and produces analytic dashboards with metrics and interfaces customized to diverse populations of stakeholders, including students, university leadership, and external partners using a variety of software and techniques. Prior to joining University of Arizona she led and contributed to a range of rigorous mixed-methods studies for a wide variety of purposes and client types, particularly in the areas of violence prevention and social emotional learning, as a research consultant working with schools, school districts, and nonprofit organizations. Her experience ranges from ad hoc analyses to inform policy, product, and action to large-scale, multiyear studies using experimental or quasi-experimental research design to jointly assess implementation and impact over time. Ms. Miller earned a Master of Arts degree in education from University of California, Berkeley, with a focus in policy, organization, and leadership studies. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from University of Chicago in sociology.

Moderator: Jung Mee Park

Data Analyst
UITS Student & Academic Technologies
University of Arizona
Jung Mee Park is a sociologist, highly trained in qualitative and quantitative research methods.