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Clifford Spiegelman Honored with 2016 Don Owen Award

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ASA San Antonio Chapter Vice President Joel Michalek (left) presents the Don Owen Award to Clifford Spiegelman for his outstanding contributions to research, statistical consultation, and service to the statistical community.

The 2016 Don Owen Award, given by the San Antonio Chapter, was presented to Clifford Spiegelman April 8 during the 36th annual Conference of Texas Statisticians, which was held at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. Spiegelman was nominated by H. Joseph Newton, senior professor of statistics and former dean of science at Texas A&M University.

Spiegelman is a professor in the department of statistics at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. He earned his doctoral degree in statistics from Northwestern University in 1976; taught at Florida State, Northwestern, and The Johns Hopkins University; and served as a scientist at the National Bureau of Standards for nine years before joining Texas A&M in 1987.

Spiegelman has authored or co-authored approximately 100 refereed papers—at least 50 in a variety of major statistics journals, including Annals of Statistics, Technometrics, The American Statistician, Journal of the American Statistical Association, Journal of the Royal Statistical Society C, Biometrika, and Econometrica. He also has published papers in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society London A and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Reflecting the breadth of applications among his scholarly activities, five of his papers are in environmental journals, 20 in engineering and science journals, and 21 in transportation journals. His work includes the development of statistical methods in errors-in-both-variables regression, nonparametric calibration, and semiparametric density estimation.

Spiegelman also has made contributions to forensics in the chemical analysis of JFK assassination bullet lots and transportation with a Bayesian approach for improved pavement performance prediction. He has served as expert witness in numerous trials pertaining to statistical issues and consulted with many federal laboratories—including Los Alamos National Laboratory, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, the National Cancer Institute, and the National Institute of Standards—on statistical aspects of the physical sciences.

The San Antonio Chapter is proud to honor Clifford Spiegelman for his excellence in research, statistical consultation, and service to the statistical community.

The Don Owen Award is presented annually by the ASA San Antonio Chapter and sponsored by the Taylor & Francis Group.

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