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Marie Lynn Miranda, Ph.D.

Howard R. Hughes Provost and Professor of Statistics, Rice University, Houston, Texas; Adjunct Professor of Pediatrics at Duke University, University of Michigan, and Baylor College of Medicine

Marie Lynn Miranda became the Howard R. Hughes Provost and professor of statistics at Rice University in July 2015. She was previously the Samuel A. Graham Dean of the School of Natural Resources and Environment and Professor of Pediatrics and Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Michigan. Dr. Miranda also served for 21 years on the faculty of Duke University, with a primary appointment in the Nicholas School of the Environment. Marie Miranda(1) 

Dr. Miranda specializes in research on environmental health, especially how the environment shapes health and well-being among children. She is the founding director of the Children’s Environmental Health Initiative, a research, education and outreach program committed to fostering environments where all people can prosper.  Dr. Miranda's educational background is rooted in economic and mathematical modeling; her professional experiences integrate environmental health sciences with sound social policies. She has taught courses and conducted research on children's environmental health, with a particular emphasis on reproductive and developmental toxicants, childhood lead exposure, and allergen and asthma triggers. She is a leader in the evolving field of geospatial health informatics.

Dr. Miranda has applied spatial analytic approaches to a wide range of environmental issues. She also has extensive experience running training, research translation, and outreach programs, especially as they relate to disadvantaged populations. Dr. Miranda maintains an active research portfolio, with a funding history that includes the USEPA, NIH, CDC, the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors, the USDA, the State of North Carolina, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Wallace Genetics Foundation, the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, and The Duke Endowment. She maintains a deep and abiding personal and professional interest in environmental and social justice. Her research group received the 2008 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Environmental Justice Award.

She is a Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude graduate of Duke, where she earned her A.B. in mathematics and economics and was named a Truman Scholar. Dr. Miranda has a Ph.D. and M.A., both in economics, from Harvard University.