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COPSS Honors Statisticians

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Dunson

Dunson

Members of the Committee of Presidents of Statistical Societies (COPSS) are pleased to announce the 2010 award winners, presented during JSM in Vancouver, British Columbia, on August 4 by COPSS president, Xihong Lin.

The winner of the Presidents’ Award is David Dunson of Duke University for his wide-ranging and fundamental contributions to the development of parametric and nonparametric modeling within complex Bayesian frameworks; for making significant concurrent scientific progress in machine learning through this development; for use of this methodology in substantive applications, notably in reproductive epidemiology; and for outstanding service to the profession, as well as mentoring of students and postdoctoral researchers.

Read the Amstat News exclusive interview with Dunson.

Thompson

Thompson

The Elizabeth L. Scott Award winner is Mary E. Thompson of the University of Waterloo for outstanding contributions in research, teaching, and service that have served to inspire women statisticians; for encouraging women at all levels to seek careers in statistics; for excellence in graduate student supervision and mentorship; and for her leadership to minimize gender-based inequalities in employment.





Lindsay

Lindsay

The 2010 Fisher Lecturer was Bruce G. Lindsay of Penn State. He was chosen for fundamental contributions to statistical theory that have had a profound impact on the practice of statistics, including significant results on mixture models, conditional score functions, and composite likelihood that have influenced later developments in measurement error models and spatial statistics, among other areas. His lecture was titled “Likelihood: Efficiency and Deficiency (and the Special Role of Hidden Variables).”

Nominations are currently being sought for next years awards presented by the Committee of Presidents of Statistical Societies (COPSS).

These awards are jointly sponsored by the American Statistical Association, the Institute of Mathematical Statistics, the International Biometric Society (ENAR), the International Biometric Society (WNAR), and the Statistical Society of Canada. Detailed award criteria and nominating procedures are available on the COPSS website.

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