Jawaid Rasul (Ph.D.)  in memory of our friend and colleague

Selected Research Focus Areas:

  • Drinking patterns on college campuses
  • Multilevel analysis of space-time data for spatially-adapted geographies
  • Modeling of space-time information

Jawaid Rasul (Ph.D.) had over thirty years of experience in mathematical modeling applied to statistical physics. At BioMedware, he applied his background in theoretical condensed matter physics to develop state of the art predictive and explanatory statistical models such as multilevel regression and spatial regression with the geographical visualization capabilities of the SpaceStat software system.

Dr. Rasul developed ecological models of college drinking that use compartmental modeling to describe college student drinking across a variety of college campuses, with the ultimate objective of evaluating interventions designed to reduce problem and heavy episodic drinking. His research examined the consequences of adopting the policies suggested by the Amethyst initiative regarding the lowering of the drinking age.  The Amethyst initative suggests lowering the drinking age will decrease problem drinking, Dr. Rasul's research demonstrated this is seldom if ever true, and may, in fact, lead to increased problem drinking. Dr. Rasul's collaborators included Dr. Geoffrey Jacquez and Robert Rommel (BioMedWare), Dr. Azmy Ackleh (University of Louisiana at Lafayette), Dr. Ben FitzPatrick (Loyola Marymount), and Dr. Neal Simonsen and Dr. Richard Scribner (Louisiana State University).

Selected Publications

“Residential Mobility and Breast Cancer in Marin County, California, USA” – International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health ISSN 1660-4601 www.mdpi.com/journal/ijerph, Dec 23, 2013 – Read Article

“Residential mobility and breast cancer in Marin County, California” – Submitted to the 4th International Cartographic Association Workshop on Geospatial Analysis and Modeling, August 10-12, 2011, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, Canada., Aug 10, 2011 – Read Article

“Heavy Episodic Drinking on College Campuses: Does Changing the Legal Drinking Age Make a Difference?” – Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, Dec 10, 2010 – Read Article

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