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Nell Sedransk Named New Director of the National Institute of Statistical Sciences

1 November 2015 No Comment

National Institute of Statistical Sciences (NISS) Chair Mary Batcher recently announced that the institute’s new director is Nell Sedransk.

NISS director Nell Sedransk and Mary Batcher.

NISS director Nell Sedransk and Mary Batcher.

“The search committee felt that Nell was the best person for this position. She brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the role of director and has done a tremendous job restructuring the organization this past year to help ensure its future success,” noted Batcher.

In her new role, Sedransk will lead the institute into its second quarter century with its current foundation of statistical research and service to the NISS affiliate organizations from academia, government, and industry. “I am very pleased to have this opportunity to help NISS continue to grow and thrive,” said Sedransk. “I look forward to the coming months as we begin to focus on increasing research activities, expanding the postdoctoral fellowship program, and engaging with new collaborators and clients for NISS.”

Sedransk has served as acting director since September 2014, having been associate director since 2005. She came to NISS from the National Institute of Standards and Technology, where she was chief of the statistical engineering division.

Since earning her PhD from Iowa State University, Sedransk has spent much of her career in academia, where she directed five master’s and seven PhD students. Her research contributions in the areas of statistical theory and the application of statistics to medicine, immunology, engineering, social science, and education include more than 100 primary research
publications and co-authorship of four books.

At NISS, Sedransk has continued to mentor postdoctoral fellows and engage in statistical methodological research. She also serves as associate director of the Statistical and Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute. As NISS director, she will be based in the Washington, DC, office.

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