People News for October 2013
University of Southern Queensland statistics professor, Shahjahan Khan, was elected recently as an expatriate fellow of the Bangladesh Academy of Science, the leading scientific organization in Bangladesh and a leading representative to the government for matters of science and research.
As an expatriate fellow of the academy, Khan will act as an ambassador for Australia and elsewhere in promoting science and technology, as well as contributing research.
“It’s an excellent feeling to be recognized for your work by members of the scientific community in the country of your birth,” Khan said.
Khan served as the president of Islamic Countries Society of Statistical Sciences from 2005–2011; organized four international conferences in Malaysia, Egypt, Pakistan, and Qatar; and has served as the founding chief editor of the USA-based Journal of Applied Probability and Statistics (JAPS) since 2006.
The Bangladesh Statistical Association awarded Khan the prestigious Qazi Motahar Hossain Gold Medal in December 2012 in recognition of his scientific contribution and promotion of statistics.
Kathryn Roeder, a professor in the department of statistics at Carnegie Mellon University’s Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences, is the recipient of the twelfth annual Janet L. Norwood Award for Outstanding Achievement by a Woman in the Statistical Sciences.
Roeder earned her PhD from The Pennsylvania State University. Immediately securing an assistant professorship at Yale University, the ladder of her success took her to Carnegie Mellon in 1998.
Her research interests in theoretical and applied statistics are grounded in an early fascination with basic biology. This translational interest in statistical genetics led to the use of mixture models methodology to explain the heterogeneity of nature.
Roeder is an elected member of the International Statistical Institute (1995); a fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics (1997); and a fellow of the American Statistical Association (1997). The Committee of Presidents of Statistical Societies has honored her with the Presidents’ Award (1997) and Snedecor Award (1997). A snapshot of activities over her career include board positions with the Institute of Mathematical Statistics, advisor to both the FBI and National Research Council/National Academy of Science on DNA forensics, and numerous editorial positions in prominent journals.
Michael Vogelius will become the director of the National Science Foundation’s Division of Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS) in January.
He succeeds Sastry Pantula, ASA past president (2010), who is leaving the post at the end of his three-year term to become the dean of the Oregon State University College of Science.
Vogelius is a professor in the department of mathematics at Rutgers University, where he has been since 1989 and served as the chair since 2009. Prior to that, he was on the faculty of the University of Maryland and has held visiting appointments at Stanford University, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, and the University of Copenhagen.