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Chris Barker

Chris Barker, president of the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the American Statistical Association is now an adjunct associate professor of biostatistics at his alma mater, the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health.

Amy Herring

The Washington Statistical Society (WSS) and RTI International recently announced that Amy Herring, associate professor in the department of biostatistics at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, was chosen as this year’s recipient of the Gertrude M. Cox Award.

Since earning her ScD in statistics from Harvard University in 2000, Herring has made many contributions to biostatistical analysis, specifically in the use of Bayesian methods to shed light on health issues such as the relationship between prenatal indicators and birth outcomes. She accepted the award at the WSS annual dinner meeting on June 5 and gave the keynote address, “Beyond Age at First Sex: Modeling Patterns of Emerging Sexual Behavior in Adolescents and Young Adults.”

Established in 2003 through a joint agreement between WSS and RTI, the award recognizes statisticians in early to mid-career who have made significant contributions to statistical practice. It consists of a $1,000 honorarium, travel expenses to attend the WSS dinner, and a commemorative plaque.

The award is in memory of Gertrude M. Cox (1900–1978), who played a key role in establishing mathematical statistics and biostatistics departments at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a statistical division at RTI. She also served as president of the ASA in 1957.

Rafael Irizarry

The department of biostatistics in the Harvard School of Public Health named Rafael Irizarry the 2012 Myrto Lefkopoulou Distinguished Lecturer. Irizarry, a professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, will present a lecture on September 13 at the Harvard School of Public Health.

The lectureship was established in perpetuity in memory of Myrto Lefkopoulou, a faculty member and graduate of Harvard School of Public Health. Lefkopoulou died of cancer in 1992 after a courageous two-year battle.

Each year, the lectureship is awarded to a promising statistician who has made contributions to either collaborative or methodologic research in the applications of statistical methods to biology or medicine and/or has shown excellence in the teaching of biostatistics. Ordinarily, the lectureship is given to a statistician within 15 years of earning a doctorate.

Previous recipients of the lectureship have been Geert Molenberghs, Mark van der Laan, Jianqing Fan, Francesca Dominici, Heping Zhang, Xihong Lin, David Dunson, and Jeffrey Morris.

Nominations for next year’s lectureship are welcome and should be sent to the Myrto Lefkopoulou Lecture Committee, Department of Biostatistics, Harvard School of Public Health, 655 Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02115. Nominations should include a letter of nomination and a CV. The nomination deadline is March 31, 2013.

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