CAROLE LEE WINS FIRST PRIZE IN THE NIH PEER REVIEW CHALLENGE

Congratulations to Professors Carole Lee and Elena Erosheva, Statistics and Social Work for first prize in the NIH peer review challenge: most creative idea for detection of bias in peer review. They proposed that there is scientific data to suggest that converting heterogeneous qualities into a single metric can be influenced by bias. The prize winning researchers suggested that such a commensuration bias might occur in peer reviews when reviewers factor their overall impact scores. To test this hypothesis, they proposed a study to see if Black and White investigators receiving comparable criterion scores received significantly different overall impact scores. Judges were impressed with the uniqueness of this approach. We look forward to hearing more from Professor Lee's collaboration with Professor Erosheva from Statistics.

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