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The American Association for the Advancement of Science council elected 539 members as Fellows. These individuals were recognized for their contributions to science and technology at the Fellows forum during the AAAS annual meeting in Vancouver, Canada. The new Fellows received a certificate and blue and gold rosette as a symbol of their distinguished accomplishments.

The nine ASA members elected as Fellows to the AAAS Section on Statistics include the following:

  • George Casella, University of Florida
  • Dipak K. Dey, University of Connecticut
  • Robert E. Fay, Westat
  • Wing Kam Fung, University of Hong Kong
  • Joan F. Hilton, University of California at San Francisco
  • André I. Khuri, University of Florida
  • Sastry G. Pantula, National Science Foundation
  • Xiaotong Shen, University of Minnesota
  • George W. Williams, Amgen, Inc.

The entire list can be viewed on the AAAS website.

David DeMets

David DeMets

A conference to celebrate the achievements of David L. DeMets will take place at the University of Wisconsin-Madison from May 31 to June 1. DeMets, the Max Halperin Professor of Biostatistics and chair emeritus of the department of biostatistics and medical informatics, is a Fellow and long-time member of the American Statistical Association.
Distinguished speakers will include Robert Califf, Jonas Ellenberg, Susan Ellenberg, Thomas Fleming, Lawrence Friedman, Curt Furberg, Charles Hennekens, Gordon Lan, Marc Pfeffer, Frank Rockhold, Anastasios Tsiatis, George Williams, Janet Wittes, and Marvin Zelen.

Further updates and information about can be found on the conference website.


Sudipto Banerjee, from the University of Minnesota, was awarded the 2011 Mortimer Spiegelman Award from the American Public Health Association on November 1, 2011, during the association’s meeting in Washington, DC.

The award, given annually since 1970, is presented to an outstanding public health statistician under the age of 40. Banerjee was recognized for contributions to spatial and environmental statistics. The committee also acknowledged his leadership and strong success in external funding, PhD supervision, short course instruction, software development, and journal editing and refereeing.

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