Lookin' at U - Robin High

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Robin High
Each Thursday, we randomly feature a medical center employee. This week, we learn more about Robin High, statistical coordinator, biostatistics, in the College of Public Health.

  • Name: Robin High
  • Hometown: Bertrand, Neb.
  • No. of years at UNMC: Six years as of May 1.

Tell us a bit about what you do here at UNMC.
I work with several statisticians in biostatistics. We collaborate on projects for medical researchers from UNMC and occasionally with researchers from other hospitals and universities. We help design research studies, including IRB and grant applications; determine sample sizes; code data, structure data files and examine the hypothesized relationships among various types of data. The goal is to provide statistical analysis and interpretation of laboratory, clinical and public health data in the forms of verbal descriptions, tables and graphs. I'm often the go-to person when someone has a question of how to use our primary statistical software, SAS. In the past few years I have given presentations for local SAS users and also at regional and national SAS conferences.

Working together is one of UNMC's brand values. Tell us of a time you witnessed a person or group act work together at UNMC.
Our group of statisticians has acquired experience with many aspects of design and analysis, so if one of us has a question about how to proceed with a data analysis project, someone else nearby can often offer an improved perspective on a quantitative solution.

What is your favorite spring activity?
Long walks in the nearby state parks and other recreation areas soaking in the sun's warmth and observing nature return to life after a long winter's nap.

List three things people may not know about you.

  • I have lived approximately 15 years in both Austin, Texas and Eugene, Ore., and have several favorite outdoor places in the Texas Hill Country (Lost Maples and Enchanted Rock) and the Pacific Northwest (the Three Sisters Wilderness and Glacier Peak Wilderness areas).
  • In addition to a statistics education, I have two degrees in music in piano and organ and find musical and spiritual growth in a parallel career as a Lutheran church musician each weekend.
  • I have three sisters, eight nieces/nephews, and four grand-nieces/nephews. Recently, all 26 members of my immediate family, their spouses and my mom gathered for a reunion and a group picture.


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Ardys Hansum
March 13, 2014 at 8:39 PM

Robin, I knew that you worked at UNMC in statistics, but this explained it a little further. I appreciated your music ministry with us at Presbyterian Church of the Cross before you went to the Lutherans; maybe I'll see you sometime again at an AGO event or concert. Ardys Hansum

Donald Freed
March 13, 2014 at 3:02 PM

So interesting a person you are! --Donald Freed

Diego R. Torres-Russotto, MD
March 13, 2014 at 1:32 PM

I have had the honor to collaborate with Robin on a research project about Stigma against neurological diseases. Beyond his amazing biostatistical skills, Robin is a wonderful human being. Thanks for sharing!

Lonna Grabenstein
March 13, 2014 at 12:58 PM

Robin ...what a great article about you. You are probably the most humble person I know....so not to make you squirm...but I so appreciate your talent in playing the piano and organ. I really like the arrangements you play of hymns and classical pieces. Ben and Cindy really enjoy your leadership at worship. Best wishes to you.

Dave Coker
March 13, 2014 at 12:14 PM

Congratulations on being featured, Robin. Great story about a great guy from a great family!

Mary Hock
March 13, 2014 at 9:13 AM

Wow, Robin! It's really neat to get this "bit" of you! At which church are you doing your "parallel career?" Robin has always been a fabulous musician! I went to high school with him, and his sister and I were in the same class and are still friends to this day!

Sherry Martin
March 13, 2014 at 8:36 AM

I had the privilege of getting to know Robin during the brief time I worked at the College of Public Health. He is a kind, considerate and very humble man with a sincere love of music. I enjoyed getting to know him. Thanks for sharing, Robin. :-)