Biography and Selected Publications
In November 1997 Deane Merrill retired from Lawrence Berkeley National
Laboratory (LBNL) in
1976-1995: Co-Principal Investigator of Populations at Risk to Environmental
Pollution (PAREP) project, funded 1976-78 by Environmental Protection Agency
and 1978-95 by Department of Energy (DOE). Collaboration between LBNL
Information and Computing Sciences Division (ICSD) and
1985-1998: Developer of Density Equalizing Map Projections (DEMP), i.e. computerized cartograms. Boundaries of subregions are automatically adjusted so that population density is everywhere equal. If disease risk is constant, cases of disease plotted on such a transformed map should be randomly and evenly distributed. If disease clusters are observed, they can be easily identified and quantitatively analyzed statistically.
1975-1997: Principal architect and implementor of Socio-Economic Environmental Demographic Information System (SEEDIS). SEEDIS integrated and documented about 100 major public data files of the 1970's and 1980's. It is still the most complete integrated source of 1970 and 1980 U.S. Census data. From 1975 to 1985 SEEDIS was developed under funding from the Department of Labor. In 1996-97 SEEDIS was moved to the U.S. Census Bureau; the SEEDIS data will be provided in future on-line systems being developed there.
CD-ROM Information System and 1990 Census LOOKUP:
1992-1995: Principal architect and implementor of CD-ROM Information System
and 1990 Census LOOKUP. System provided public Internet access to 400 CD's (200
GB) of socioeconomic and geophysical data, including 1990 Census data.
Collaboration of LBNL, UC Data Archive and Technical Assistance (UC DATA), UCB
1992-1997: Participant in Comprehensive Epidemiologic Data Resource (CEDR) project, begun in 1990 in order to provide DOE epidemiologic research data (primarily radiation exposure and mortality data) to DOE and non-DOE researchers.
2001-2006: science and math, Mohawk Trail Regional High School in Buckland,
2006-: physics and math, Asheville-Buncombe Community College, Asheville, North Carolina
2006-: physics and math, South College, Asheville, North Carolina
2006-: private tutoring in science and math
A.B. in Physics,
M.S. in Physics, UC Berkeley (
Ph.D. in High Energy Nuclear Physics, UC Berkeley, 1967.
Dr.P.H. in Public Health, UC Berkeley
Historical geographical data.
18 years with Slavyanka Men's Russian Chorus (
Russian, French, and German language.
Work and Home Address:
software; geographic data; census; environment; health; mortality; cancer incidence; air quality; statistical analysis; CD-ROM; WWW; DEMP; density equalizing map projections.
McCarthy, J.; Benson, W.; Yen, A.; Merrill, D.; Marcus, A.; Gey, F.; Holmes, H.; Quong, C. 1982. SEEDIS: A Research and Development Project on Social, Economic, Environmental and Demographic Information Systems. Computer Graphics World 5:35-44.
Selvin, S.; Ernster, V. L.; Merrill, D.; Sacks, S.; Holly, E. 1982. Socioeconomic Status and Cancers of the Larynx, Lung, Esophagus, Gum and Mouth. J. Natl. Cancer Inst. 69: 773-776.
Selvin, S.; Merrill, D.; Sacks, S. 1982. An Alternative to Ecologic Regression Analysis of Mortality Rates. Amer. J. Epidemiol. 115:617-623.
Selvin, S.; Levin, L.; Merrill, D.; Winkelstein, W., Jr. 1983. Selected Epidemiological Observations of Cell-specific Leukemia Mortality in the United States, 1969-1977. Amer. J. Epidemiol. 117:140-152.
Selvin, S.; Merrill, D.; Wong, L.; Sacks, S. T. 1984. Ecologic Regression Analysis and the Study of the Influence of Air Quality on Mortality. Environ. Health Perspect. 54:333-340.
Ernster, V. L.; Sacks, S. T.; Holly, E. A.; Wong, L.; Merrill, D. W.;
Selvin, S. 1985.
Selvin, S.; Shaw, G.; Schulman, J.; Merrill, D. W. 1987. Spatial Distribution of Disease: Three Case Studies. Revised Version: JNCI 79:417-423.
Ernster, V. L.; Selvin, S.; Sacks, S. T.; Ragland, K. E.; Merrill, D. W.
Ragland, K. E.; Selvin, S.; Merrill, D. W. 1988. The Onset of Decline in
Ischemic Heart Disease Mortality in the
Schulman, J.; Selvin, S.; Merrill, D. W. 1988. Density Equalized Map Projections: A Method for Analyzing Clustering Around a Fixed Point. Statistics in Medicine 7:491-505.
Selvin, S.; Merrill, D.; Schulman, J.; Sacks, S.; Bedell, L.; Wong, L. 1988. Transformations of Maps to Investigate Clusters of Disease. Soc. Sci. Med. 26:215-221.
Shaw, G. M.; Selvin, S.; Swan, S. H.; Merrill, D.; Schulman, J. 1988. An Examination of Three Disease Clustering Methodologies. Int. J. Epidemiol. 17:913-919.
White, M. C.; Selvin, S.; Merrill, D. W. 1989. A Study of Multiple Causes of
Schulman, J.; Selvin, S.; Shaw, G.; Merrill, D. 1990. Detection of Excess Disease Near an Exposure Point: A Case Study. Arch. Environ. Health. 45:168-174.
Ragland, K. E.; Selvin, S.; Merrill, D. W. 1991. Black-white Differences in Stage Specific Cancer Survival: Analysis of Seven Selected Sites. Am. J. of Epidemiol. 133:672-682.
Selvin, S.; Merrill, D. W.; Schulman, J. 1992. Distance and Risk Measures for the Analysis of Spatial Data: A Study of Three Childhood Cancers. Soc. Sci. Med. 34(7):769-777.
Rizzardi, M. A.; Mohr, M. S.; Merrill, D. W.; Selvin, S. 1993. Interfacing
Selvin, S.; Schulman, J.; Merrill, D. 1993. Interpoint Squared Distance as a Measure of Spatial Clustering. Social Science and Medicine 36(8):1011-1016.
Merrill D, Parker N, Gey F and Stuber C. 1995. The
Merrill DW, Selvin S, Close ER and Holmes HH. 1996. Use of Density Equalizing Map Projections (DEMP) in the Analysis of Childhood Cancer in Four California Counties. Statistics in Medicine, Vol. 15, 1837-1848 (1996). http://parep2.lbl.gov/pdocs/cdc9510/reprint.html .
Merrill DW, Parker NG, Holmes HH, Stuber C and Gregg VJ. 1996. 1990
Selvin S, Merrill DW, Erdmann C, White M and Ragland K. 1998. Breast Cancer Detection: Maps of 2 San Francisco Bay Area Counties. American Journal of Public Health Vol. 88(8):1186-1192.
Merrill D.W. 1998. Density Equalizing Map Projections (Cartograms) in Public
Health Applications. Dr.P.H. dissertation, Department of Epidemiology,
University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health, May 1998.
Lea CS, Buffler PA, Durst MJ, Merrill DW and Selvin S. 1999. Describing
Cancer Mortality among Employees at
Merrill DW. 2001. Use of a density equalizing map projection in analyzing
childhood cancer in four
Khalakdina A, Selvin S, Merrill DW,
Selvin, Steve and Merrill, Deane W. 2002. Adult Leukemia: A Spatial Analysis. Epidemiology, Vol. 13, No. 2. (Mar., 2002), pp. 151-156. http://merrill.olm.net/pdocs/adult%20leukemia,%20a%20spatial%20analysis.pdf.
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