Making her return to the halls of Chaminade Julienne, alumna Dr. Christine Schubert Kabban served as the final STEMM Idol Speaker of the month Tuesday, Nov. 27. The 1988 graduate and current assistant professor of statistics took a familiar place at the head of the classroom during the stop at her alma mater.
Dr. Kabban teaches and advises graduate students in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT), located on Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. She holds a master’s degree from Wright State University and a doctorate from AFIT, and brings more than 15 years of experience as a statistician.
“My duties include teaching, research and service,” she said. Although deeply rooted in mathematics, the many practical applications of statistics and data analysis often overlap into the fields of science, technology, engineering and medicine. Components of Dr. Kabban’s research and service work include modeling childhood growth and disease progression, detecting and modeling structural damage such as on aircraft, and ensuring the safety of patients during clinical studies as the statistician on Data Safety Monitoring Boards.
On Tuesday, Dr. Kabban told students she was inspired to pursue her career in high school after taking math with teacher Ann Meyers '76. In the time after her four years at CJ, she has received funding for research from the National Institutes of Health, the American Heart Association and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research. Her work has also been published in more than 45 scholarly papers.
In February 2012, the AFIT assistant professor was spotlighted in the LEADER Ledger for her outstanding accomplishments. The publication is produced by the LEADER (Launching Equity in the Academy across the Dayton Entrepreneurial Region) Consortium, which partners AFIT, Central State University, the University of Dayton and WSU to promote recruitment and advancement of women in faculty STEM positions.