Elizabeth Newton received a Ph.D. degree in Statistics from Cornell University and S.M. degrees in Mathematics and Operations Research and an S.B. degree in Biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Dr. Newton has extensive experience in statistical research design, data analysis and mathematical modeling. Most recently she has been a consultant and Senior Scientist at Waypoint Building Group in San Francisco. Working with large datasets on Amazon EC2, she has developed statistical models for prediction of energy use and identification of energy efficiency opportunities in the commercial building sector.
Previously, she was Statistician III at the Institute for Aging Research at Hebrew SeniorLife in Boston, MA and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Biostatistics at the Boston University School of Public Health. She was engaged in longitudinal studies of factors contributing to the risk of falls and fractures in the elderly and studies of physical and functional decline in the elderly. She examined measures of effect size in mediation analysis and developed methods for power analysis and sample size estimation. In addition, she has developed multinomial Markov models to describe trajectories of mobility disability and patterns of sarcopenic obesity in genome wide association studies.
Earlier, she was a Senior Scientist and consultant at Silent Spring Institute in Newton, MA. Working with data from the Cape Cod Household Exposure Study, Richmond Environmental Justice Study and NHANES, she examined relationships among consumer product use, environmental concentrations and biological markers of exposure to endocrine disrupting compounds. One of her research interests is the development of methods for the analysis of multiply censored data commonly occurring in environmental studies.
Previous work includes experiment design and analysis in research projects investigating the biological control of non-indigenous plant species at the Department of Natural Resources at Cornell University. Also at Cornell, she examined methods for the assessment of spatial variability in agricultural field trials.
Her experience includes not only statistical design and analysis, but also deterministic mathematical modeling of the transmission of infectious diseases. At the Caribbean Epidemiology Centre in Port of Spain,Trinidad, she developed mathematical models of the transmission and economic impact of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the Caribbean. She also has developed models of the transmission and control of herpes, hepatitis B and dengue fever.
Dr. Newton’s teaching experience includes the development and teaching of an applied statistics course in the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. This course has been published on MIT’s OpenCourseWare. She has taught short courses in survival analysis at Maguire Associates in Concord MA, applied statistics at Evergreen Solar in Marlborough MA and regression analysis for Fisheries Officers in the Ministry of Food Production and Marine Exploitation in Trinidad. As Associate Professor at St. George’s University in Grenada, Dr. Newton taught applied statistics in the Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine.