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Peihua Qiu

Peihua Qiu, ASA life member and fellow, has been named the recipient of the 2024 American Society for Quality Shewhart Medal. The medal is given to an individual who has demonstrated outstanding technical leadership in the modern quality control and improvement field. The citation reads as follows:

For seminal research in developing new quality control methodologies; for exploring new applications of process control charts; for leadership in promoting quality and statistics in health care and biomedical studies; and for outstanding editorial service to ASQ-sponsored journals.

The medal will be presented in San Diego, California, at the 2024 World Conference on Quality and Improvement.

Garrett B. Duncan, Xingruo Zhang, and Kristin K. Gaffney

The following students received financial support to attend the 2024 Conference on Statistical Practice:

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John J. Bartko Award

Garrett B. Duncan
Duncan completed his master’s program earlier this year at Brigham Young University and would like to pursue a PhD. Attending CSP 2024 will assist him in expanding his depth and breadth of knowledge on mixed models, the EM algorithm, and similar methods. He would also like to learn about writing statistical software, specifically revolving around reducing back-end calculations, from others in attendance.

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Lester R. Curtin Award

Xingruo (Summer) Zhang
Zhang will graduate in June from The University of Chicago’s PhD program. Her immediate career goal is to secure a position as a biostatistician in either a biotechnology company or clinical research institute to leverage her statistical expertise in addressing pressing issues in the clinical development process. During CSP 2024, she will present an R2 tool she developed to facilitate the interpretation of the complicated mixed-effects location scale model.

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Lingzi Lu Memorial Award

Kristin K. Gaffney
Gaffney completed her master’s of public health degree with a biostatistics concentration at the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Public Health and has since been working as a master’s-level biostatistician for a pediatric clinical trials network focused on underserved populations. By attending CSP 2024, she hopes to grow her skills and increase her awareness of strategic methods, as well as meet new friends and future collaborators to turn data into real solutions for real people.

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