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EPA’s Barry D. Nussbaum Elected 112th ASA President

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Rice University professor Katherine B. Ensor elected vice president

Barry Nussbaum

Barry Nussbaum

Katherine Ensor

Katherine Ensor

Barry D. Nussbaum, chief statistician at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), was elected the 112th president of the American Statistical Association by the membership.

Nussbaum will serve as president-elect on the ASA Board of Directors for one year starting January 1, 2016, and will become ASA president January 1, 2017.

ASA members also elected Katherine B. Ensor, Rice University professor of statistics and director of the school’s Center for Computational Finance and Economic Systems, as an ASA vice president. She will begin her three-year term January 1, 2016.

“As the ASA president-elect, I respect, value, and embrace the diversity within the ASA community. The membership crosses cultures, ethnicities, age groups, genders, and geography,” said Nussbaum, while sharing his excitement for the positive effect ASA members and the profession are making and will continue to make on health, transportation, security, economy, justice, education, environment, and a host of other areas. “Now is the time to be more than the sum of the parts. With our talents, we will make our mark on society. Let’s do it; let’s not be bashful about our contributions and let’s move significantly onward.”

Nussbaum joined the EPA in 1975 and was named to his current position in 2007. At the agency, he founded and chairs the EPA Statistics Users Group. During his tenure, he has achieved many successes using statistical analysis to promote health, determine environmental policy, and enforce regulations. For instance, he was the branch chief in charge of the successful drive to eliminate harmful lead from gasoline.

As an ASA member, Nussbaum served as chair of the Statistics and the Environment Section in 2000. In 2007, he was recognized for his contributions to statistics by being elected an ASA Fellow. Since 2011, he has chaired the association’s Statistical Partnerships Among Academe, Industry, and Government Committee.

Nussbaum was awarded a bachelor’s degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a master’s and doctorate from The George Washington University. He also has taught graduate statistics courses for The George Washington and Virginia Tech universities.

Ensor joined the Rice University Statistics Department as an assistant professor in 1987 and was instrumental in establishing statistics at the university as the department chair from 1999 to 2013. Also, she was a co-primary investigator of a National Science Foundation 10-year, $10 million Vertical Integration of Research and Education in the Mathematical Sciences award at the university. Ensor works in dependent data, addressing applications in finance, risk, energy, environment, and epidemiology.

She is an active ASA member at the national, regional, and local levels. She helped establish the Committee on Federally Funded Research and Council of Academic Representatives. Ensor served as elected leader of several ASA sections such as Statistics and the Environment, Business and Economics Statistics, Statistics in Defense and National Security, Bayesian Statistics, and Computing and Graphics. She currently is serving on the National Academies Committee on Applied and Theoretical Statistics.

At the regional and local levels, she was president, president-elect, and secretary of the Southern Regional Council on Statistics (SRCOS); ASA’s representative to SRCOS; and a member and president of the Houston Area Chapter of the ASA.

Ensor was awarded a bachelor’s and master’s in mathematics from Arkansas State University and a doctorate in statistics from Texas A&M University. She is a fellow of the ASA and American Association for the Advancement of Science. Among her many honors, she was presented the 2014 Paul Minton Service Award by SRCOS for her many contributions to the statistics profession.

ASA members also elected two new representatives to the board of directors for terms starting January 1, 2016:

  • Paula Roberson, professor and chair of the department of biostatistics at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, was elected the Council of Chapters Governing Board (COCGB) representative
  • Eileen King, research associate professor for biostatistics and epidemiology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, was elected the Council of Sections Governing Board (COSGB) representative

Also, Marianne Messina and Fred Hulting were elected 2016 chairs-elect of the COCGB and COSGB, respectively. Messina is senior associate director of immuno-oncology at Bristol-Myers Squibb, and Hulting is the director of global knowledge services at General Mills, Inc. Both will serve one year as chair of their respective governing board beginning January 1, 2017.

2015 Election Results

COUNCIL OF CHAPTERS GOVERNING BOARD

Chair-Elect
Marianne Messina, Bristol-Myers Squibb

Vice Chair, Region 2, District 3
Anamaria Kazanis, Michigan State University College of Nursing

Vice Chair, Region 2, District 4
Mark Payton, Oklahoma State University

COUNCIL OF SECTIONS GOVERNING BOARD

Chair Elect
Fred Hulting, General Mills, Inc.

Vice Chair
Sarah Kalicin, Intel Corporation

SECTION ON BAYESIAN STATISTICAL SCIENCE

Chair-Elect
Sudipto Banerjee, University of California at Los Angeles

Program Chair-Elect
Tanzy Love, University of Rochester

Publications Officer
Matt Heaton, Brigham Young University

Council of Sections Representative
Tamara Broderick, MIT

BIOMETRICS SECTION

Chair-Elect
Amy Herring, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Council of Sections Representative
Timothy Johnson, University of Michigan

BIOPHARMACEUTICAL SECTION

Chair-Elect
Alex Dmitrienko, Quintiles

Program Chair-Elect
Jennifer Gauvin, GlaxoSmithKline

Publications Officer
Richard Zink, SAS Institute, Inc. and The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Council of Sections Representative
Rima Izem, FDA

BUSINESS AND ECONOMIC STATISTICS SECTION

Chair-Elect
Ron Jarmin, U.S. Census Bureau

Program Chair-Elect
Kevin Moore, Federal Reserve Board of Governors

SECTION ON STATISTICAL COMPUTING

Chair-Elect
Kate Calder, The Ohio State University

Program Chair-Elect
Eric Laber, North Carolina State University

Secretary/Treasurer
Genevera Allen, Rice University, Baylor College of Medicine, and Texas Children’s Hospital

Council of Sections Representative
Mine Çetinkaya-Rundel, Duke University

SECTION ON STATISTICAL CONSULTING

Chair-Elect
Chuck Kincaid, Experis

Secretary/Treasurer
Ralph Turner, HealthCore

Council of Sections Representative
Bruce Craig, Purdue University

Executive Committee at Large
George Luta, Georgetown University

SECTION ON STATISTICAL EDUCATION

Chair-Elect
Paul Roback, St. Olaf College

Secretary/Treasurer
Ann Cannon, Cornell College

Executive Committee at Large
Ulrike Genschel, Iowa State University Brenda Gunderson, University of Michigan

SECTION ON STATISTICS AND THE ENVIRONMENT

Chair-Elect
Veronica Berrocal, University of Michigan

Program Chair-Elect
Elizabeth Mannshardt, North Carolina State University

Treasurer
Amanda Hering, Colorado School of Mines

Publications Chair-Elect
William Christensen, Brigham Young University

SECTION ON STATISTICS IN EPIDEMIOLOGY

Chair-Elect
Susan Shortreed, Group Health Research Institute

Program Chair-Elect
Scarlett Bellamy, University of Pennsylvania

Secretary/Treasurer
Yueh-Yun Chi, University of Florida

Publications Officer
Kathleen Jablonski, The George Washington University

SECTION ON GOVERNMENT STATISTICS

Chair-Elect
Amy O’Hara, U.S. Census Bureau

Program Chair-Elect
Michael Hawes, U.S. Department of Education

Council of Sections Representative
Katherine Thompson, U.S. Census Bureau

SECTION ON STATISTICAL GRAPHICS

Chair-Elect
Michael Friendly, York University

Program Chair-Elect
Kenny Shirley, AT&T Labs

Publications Officer
Leanna House, Virginia Tech

Council of Sections Representative
Sarah Hardy, University of Maine at Farmington

HEALTH POLICY STATISTIC SECTION

Chair-Elect
Carolyn Rutter, RAND Corporation, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and University of Washington

SECTION ON STATISTICS IN MARKETING

Chair-Elect
Qing Liu, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Program Chair-Elect
Jeffrey Dotson, Brigham Young University

Secretary/Treasurer
Zainab Jamal, Hewlett Packard

SECTION ON PHYSICAL AND ENGINEERING SCIENCES

Chair-Elect
James Wendelberger, Los Alamos National Laboratory and Urban Science Applications, Inc.

Program Chair-Elect
Byran Smucker, Miami University

Secretary/Treasurer
Rick Lewis, GlaxoSmithKline

Council of Sections Representative
Joanne Wendelberger, Los Alamos National Laboratory

QUALITY AND PRODUCTIVITY SECTION

Chair-Elect
Alix Robertson, Sandia National Laboratories

Program Chair-Elect
Anne Hansen, Intel Corporation

Council of Sections Representative
Harold Dyck, California State University, San Bernardino

SECTION ON RISK ANALYSIS

Chair-Elect
Matthew Wheeler, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

Program Chair-Elect
Yishi Wang, The University of North Carolina at Wilmington

Secretary/Treasurer
Johanna Xi, Bank of America

Publications Officer
Mary Louie, Verisk Analytics

SOCIAL STATISTICS SECTION

Chair-Elect
Jennifer Day, U.S. Census Bureau

Program Chair-Elect
Melissa Scopilliti, U.S. Census Bureau

Secretary/Treasurer
Margaret Kelly, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Council of Sections Representative
Brian Harris-Kojetin, Office of Management and Budget

SECTION ON STATISTICS IN SPORTS

Chair-Elect
Steven Rigdon, Saint Louis University

Program Chair-Elect
Stephanie Kovalchik, RAND Corporation

SURVEY RESEARCH METHODS SECTION

Chair-Elect
Elaine Zanutto, Naxion Research and Consulting

Program Chair-Elect
Tom Krenzke, Westat

Secretary
Rachel A. Caspar, RTI International

Council of Sections Representative
Julia Soulakova, University of Nebraksa, Lincoln

SECTION ON TEACHING OF STATISTICS IN THE HEALTH SCIENCES

Chair-Elect
Jose-Miguel Yamal, The University of Texas

Council of Sections Representative
Carol Bigelow, University of Massachusetts-Amherst

SECTION ON NONPARAMETRIC STATISTICS

Chair-Elect
Xuming He, University of Michigan

Program Chair-Elect
Sonja Greven, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat Munich

Treasurer
Dalma Senturk, University of California, Los Angeles

Council of Sections Representative
Wolfgang Polonik, University of California, Davis

STATISTICS IN DEFENSE AND NATIONAL SECURITY SECTION

Chair-Elect
Laura Freeman, Institute for Defense Analysis

Program Chair-Elect
Jane Pinelis, Center for Naval Analysis

Council of Sections Representative
Alyson Wilson, North Carolina State University

SECTION FOR STATISTICAL PROGRAMMERS AND ANALYSTS

Chair-Elect
Michael Carniello, Astellas Pharma

Program Chair-Elect
Michael Messner, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Secretary
Dominique Williams, Eli Lilly & Company

Treasurer
Nakisha Boulware Reid, Novant Health, Inc.

Publications Officer
Mark Matthews, GCE Solutions

Council of Sections Representative
Hsiu-Yung Cindy Wilson, Eli Lilly & Company

SECTION ON STATISTICAL LEARNING AND DATA MINING

Chair-Elect
Annie Qu, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Program Chair-Elect
Genevera Allen, Rice University, Baylor College of Medicine, and Texas Children’s Hospital

Council of Sections Representative
Eric Laber, North Carolina State University

SECTION ON STATISTICS IN IMAGING

Chair-Elect
Martin Lindquist, The Johns Hopkins University

Program Chair-Elect
Ying Guo, Emory University

SECTION ON MENTAL HEALTH STATISTICS

Chair-Elect
Elizabeth Stuart, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Program Chair-Elect
Booil Jo, Stanford University School of Medicine

Council of Sections Representative
Wesley Thompson, University of California, San Diego

SECTION ON MEDICAL DEVICES AND DIAGNOSTICS

Chair-Elect
Theodore Lystig, Medtronic and University of Minnesota

Program Chair-Elect
Norberto Pantoja-Galicia, U.S. Food and Drug Administration

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