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Ji-Hyun Lee Elected 2025 ASA President and Susan Paddock Elected Vice President

1 July 2023 No Comment

Incoming Leadership Sets Mission to Build Strong Bridges for a Diverse Statistics Workforce Prepared for Technological Advances Impacting the Field

    Ji-Hyun Lee

    The ASA recently announced the election of Ji-Hyun Lee as its 120th president. Her term begins January 1, 2025, with a one-year term as president-elect beginning January 1, 2024.

    As ASA president, Lee will focus on increasing the statistical community’s visibility and impact, enhancing opportunities to support the evolving needs of the statistical profession, and diversifying membership. Her priority will be to build strong bridges—both within and outside the ASA community—to strengthen the association and seize opportunities in this data-driven era. She noted, “Collaboration with others has always been the most fulfilling aspect of my career and personal life.”

    Susan Paddock

    “Understanding basic statistical and data literacy is not only just important for students but is becoming increasingly crucial for everyone in the workforce,” Lee said. “With the rapid growth of data-driven jobs and widespread use of data in the various sectors, data science and statistics education are vital for building a strong American workforce and maintaining competitiveness.”

    Lee is a professor of biostatistics at the University of Florida College of Public Health and Health Professions and the University of Florida College of Medicine. She also serves as the director of the UF Health Cancer Center Division of Quantitative Sciences, where she focuses on improving the lives of people affected by cancer. Her research interests include clinical trial designs, health disparity, cancer prevention interventions (including smoking cessation), and the application of AI in cancer research. Throughout her career, she has advocated for the statistics field and its vital role in society.

    Lee began her service to the ASA as a volunteer for the ASA Florida Chapter. She served as a district representative to the Council of Chapters Governing Board and represented the Council of Chapters on the ASA Board of Directors. Lee is also a member of the Caucus for Women in Statistics and served as its president in 2017, as well as the Korean International Statistical Association, for which she served on the board of directors from 2017–2022.

    Susan Paddock has been elected to serve as ASA vice president. Her term will begin January 1, 2024. During her tenure, Paddock’s top three priorities are to advance statistical leadership in data science and AI; support the association’s ongoing diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging, and accessibility work; and amplify the ASA’s voice for sound statistical practice in society.

    “Ensuring an equitable, accessible, and high-quality data science education is vital to elevate American students’ data literacy skills,” Paddock said. “This will improve students’ engagement in a data-rich society and help develop a modern STEM workforce and its future leaders.”

    Paddock is the chief statistician and executive vice president at NORC at the University of Chicago. She leads a division of statisticians, data scientists, and methodologists who advance NORC’s capabilities through research; efficient statistical operations; and cross-functional collaboration on projects for government, corporate, and nonprofit clients on topics including education, health, and public affairs. Paddock has published research on health policy topics and Bayesian methods, causal inference, hierarchical modeling, longitudinal data analysis, and missing data methods.

    Paddock has been active in the association for more than 20 years, starting with her entry into the Section on Bayesian Statistical Sciences as a graduate student. She is the 2023 chair of the Council of Sections Governing Board and a member of the Committee on Data Science and Artificial Intelligence. She is an ASA Fellow and was the recipient of the Health Policy Statistics Section’s 2013 Mid-Career Award.

    The ASA membership also elected the following board members and section officers:

    Treasurer 2024–2026
    Jean Opsomer, Westat
    Council of Chapters Representative to the Board 2024–2026
    Motomi Mori, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
    Council of Sections Representative to the Board 2024–2026
    Jennifer Parker, National Center for Health Statistics
    Publications Representative to the Board 2024–2026
    Antje Hoering, Cancer Research and Biostatistics

    Bayesian Statistical Science (est. 1992) SBSS

    Chair-elect 2024
    Lester Mackey,Stanford University
    Program Chair-elect 2024
    Anindya Bhadra, Purdue University
    Publications Officer 2024–2026
    Christine Peterson, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

    Biometrics (est. 1938) BIOM

    Chair-elect 2024
    Tanya Garcia, The University of North Carolina
    Council of Sections Representative 2024–2026
    Carmen Tekwe-Zoh, University of Indiana

    Biopharmaceutical (est. 1981) BIOP

    Chair-elect 2024
    Erik Bloomquist, US Food and Drug Administration
    Program Chair-elect 2024
    Jianchang Lin, Takeda
    Secretary 2024–2026
    Shuyan Wen, Merck
    Council of Sections Representative 2024–2026
    Freda Cooner, Arcutis Biotherapeutics, Inc.

    Business and Economic Statistics (est. 1950) BE

    Chair-elect 2024
    Rebecca Sela, JP Morgan Chase & Co.
    Program Chair-elect 2024
    Mariana Saenz-Ayala, Georgia Southern University

    Statistical Computing (est. 1972) COMP/CPGH

    Chair-elect 2024
    Tim Hesterberg, Google
    Program Chair-elect 2024
    Allison Theobold, California Polytechnic State University
    Secretary/Treasurer 2024–2025
    Giles Hooker, University of California, Berkeley
    Council of Sections Representative 2024–2026
    Lydia Gibson, California State University, East Bay

    Statistical Consulting (est. 1991) CNSL

    Chair-elect 2024
    Terrie Vasilopoulous, University of Florida
    Secretary/Treasurer 2024–2026
    Andrea Mack, Idaho National Laboratories
    Council of Sections Representative 2024–2026
    David Agboola, Procter & Gamble
    Executive Committee at Large 2024–2026
    Emily Leary, University of Missouri
    Maria Montez-Rath, Stanford University

    Statistics and Data Science Education (est. 1948) EDUC

    Chair-elect 2024
    Lisa Kay, Eastern Kentucky University
    Council of Sections Representative 2024–2026
    Ming-Wen An, Vassar College
    Executive Committee at Large 2024–2026
    Felicia Simpson, Winston-Salem State University
    Anarina Murillo, Brown University

    Statistics in Defense and National Security (est. 2004) SDNS

    Chair-elect 2024
    Joseph Warfield, Johns Hopkins University
    Program Chair-elect 2024
    Ana Kupresanin, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
    Secretary/Treasurer 2024–2026
    Victoria Sieck, US Air Force

    Statistics and the Environment (est. 1990) ENVR

    Chair-elect 2024
    Mikyoung Jun, University of Houston
    Program Chair-elect 2024
    Abhirup Datta, Johns Hopkins University
    Treasurer 2024
    (Rotates to Secretary in 2025)
    Toryn Schafer, Texas A&M University
    Publications Chair-elect 2024–2025
    Ander Wilson, Colorado State University
    Council of Sections Representative 2024–2026
    Ali Arab, Georgetown University

    Statistics in Epidemiology (est. 1992) EPI

    Chair-elect 2024
    Veronica Berrocal, University of California, Irvine
    Program Chair-elect 2024
    Molin Wang, Harvard University
    Publications Officer 2024–2026
    Hong Li, University of California, Davis
    Council of Sections Representative 2024–2026
    Elizabeth Handorf, Fox Chase Cancer Center

    Statistics in Genomics and Genetics (est. 2015) SGG

    Chair-elect 2024
    Zhijin Wu, Brown University
    Program Chair-elect 2024
    Peng Wei, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
    Council of Sections Representative 2024–2026
    Li-Xuan Qin, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

    Government Statistics (est. 1988) GOVT/GTSO

    Chair-elect 2024
    Deliverance Bougie, US Census Bureau
    Program Chair-elect 2024
    Darcy Steeg Morris, US Census Bureau

    Statistical Graphics (est. 1985) GRPH/CPGH

    Chair-elect 2024
    Heike Hofmann, Iowa State University
    Program Chair-elect 2024
    Emily Zabor, Cleveland Clinic

    Health Policy Statistics (est. 1994) HPSS

    Chair-elect 2024
    Mousumi Banerjee, University of Michigan

    Statistics in Imaging (est. 2012) SI

    Chair-elect 2024
    Michele Guindani, University of California, Los Angeles
    Program Chair-elect 2024
    Dehan Kong, University of Toronto
    Council of Sections Representative 2024–2026
    Yize Zhao, Yale University

    Statistical Learning and Data Science (est. 2009) SLDM

    Chair-elect 2024
    Jing Lei, Carnegie Mellon University
    Program Chair-elect 2024
    Irina Gaynanova, Texas A&M University
    Council of Sections Representative 2024–2026
    Mladen Kolar, The University of Chicago

    Lifetime Data Science (2018) LIDS

    Chair-elect 2024
    Zhezhen Jin, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health
    Program Chair-elect 2024
    Mengling Liu, New York University Grossman School of Medicine
    Treasurer 2024–2025
    Yifei Sun, Columbia University

    Statistics in Marketing (est. 1991) MKTG

    Chair-elect 2024
    Shibo Li, Indiana University
    Program Chair-elect 2024
    Hortense Fong, Columbia University
    Treasurer 2024–2025
    Tatiana Dyachenko, University of Georgia

    Medical Devices and Diagnostics (est. 2014) MDD

    Chair-elect 2024
    Hope Knuckles, Abbott
    Program Chair-elect 2024
    Ken Guangxing Wang, US Food and Drug Administration

    Mental Health Statistics (est. 2013) MHS

    Chair-elect 2024
    Alessandro De Nadai, Harvard Medical School
    Program Chair-elect 2024
    Chong Wu, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

    Nonparametric (est. 1999) NPAR

    Chair-elect 2024
    Gerda Claeskens, KU Leuven
    Program Chair-elect 2024
    Ana Maria Staicu, North Carolina State University
    Treasurer 2024 (Rotates to Secretary in 2025)
    Anru Zhang, Duke University
    Publications Officer 2024–2026
    Hongyuan Cao, Florida State University
    Council of Sections Representative 2024–2026
    Limin Peng, Emory University

    Physical and Engineering Sciences (est. 1954) SPES/SPQP

    Chair-elect 2024
    Devon Lin, Queen’s University
    Program Chair-elect 2024
    Oksana Chkrebtii, The Ohio State University
    Secretary/Treasurer 2024–2025
    Youngdeok Hwang, City University of New York

    Statistical Programmers and Analysts (est. 2009) SSPA

    Chair-elect 2024
    William Coar, Axio
    Program Chair-elect 2024
    Zaihra Rizvi, Lahey Hospital and Medical Center
    Secretary 2024–2025
    Vipin Arora, Eli Lilly and Company
    Treasurer 2024–2025
    WenXian Zhou, Eli Lilly and Company
    Publications Officer 2024–2025
    Jiping Wang, Yale University

    Quality and Productivity (est. 1989) QP/SPQP

    Chair-elect 2024
    John Szarka, W.L. Gore & Associates
    Program Chair-elect 2024
    Lauren Wilson, Sandia National Laboratory
    Council of Sections Representative 2024–2026
    Caleb King, JMP

    Risk Analysis (est. 1994) RISK

    Chair-elect 2024
    Alexander Alekseyenko, Medical University of South Carolina
    Program Chair-elect 2024
    Jing Zhang, Miami University
    Secretary/Treasurer 2024–2025
    Parichoy Pal Choudhury, American Cancer Society
    Publications Officer 2024–2025
    Kristin Lennox, Exponent
    Council of Sections Representative 2024–2026
    Meredith Ray, University of Memphis

    Social Statistics (est. 1953) SOC/GTSO

    Chair-elect 2024
    Elizabeth Tipton, Northwestern University
    Program Chair-Elect 2024
    Maria Cuellar, University of Pennsylvania
    Secretary/Treasurer 2024–2026
    Tyler McCormick, University of Washington

    Statistics in Sports (est. 1992) SIS

    Chair-elect 2024
    Ron Yurko, Carnegie Mellon University
    Program Chair-elect 2024
    Monnie McGee, Southern Methodist University
    Communications Officer 2024–2026
    Denise Bradford
    Council of Sections Representative 2024–2026
    Michael Schuckers, St. Lawrence University

    Survey Research Methods (est. 1978) SRMS

    Chair-elect 2024
    Eric Rancourt, Statistics Canada
    Program Chair-elect 2024
    Chris Moriarity, National Center for Health Statistics
    Secretary 2024–2025
    Martha McRoy, Abt Associates
    Council of Sections Representative 2024–2026
    Andreea Erciulescu, Westat

    Teaching of Statistics in the Health Sciences (est. 1991) TSHS

    Chair-elect 2024
    Jaya Satagopan, Rutgers University

    Text Analysis (est. 2022) STA

    Chair-elect 2024
    Michelle Dunn, US Department of Defense
    Council of Sections
    Representative 2024–2026
    Tommy Jones, In-Q-Tel

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