The American Statistical Association (ASA), the nation's preeminent professional statistical society, today announced the winners of its prestigious annual awards. The winners will be honored on Tuesday evening, July 31, at the President's Address session of the 2012 Joint Statistical Meetings (JSM) in San Diego, California. The list of awards and recipients follows.
Samuel S. Wilks Memorial Award
The Wilks Memorial Award was established in 1964 to honor the memory and distinguished career of Sam Wilks by recognizing outstanding contributions to statistics that carry on the spirit of his work. The 2011 Wilks Award will be presented to Peter Hall of the University of Melbourne for his pioneering and influential contributions to a wide variety of areas of statistics and probability and for his outstanding service to the profession, with an extensive record of editorial roles, collaborative work, and promotion of statistical science to the wider scientific and educational communities. The Wilks Award is made possible in part by a generous donation from Dr. Alexander Mood, a student of Dr. Wilks.
Gottfried E. Noether Awards
The Noether Awards were established in 1999 by the wife and daughter of the late Professor Gottfried Emanuel Noether of the University of Connecticut as a tribute to his memory. They recognize distinguished researchers and teachers and support research in nonparametric statistics. There are two Noether Awards given:
- The Gottfried E. Noether Young Scholar Award winner for 2012 is Guang Cheng, Purdue University, for outstanding early career contributions to nonparametric statistics.
- The Gottfried E. Noether Senior Scholar Award for 2012 winner is Joseph L. Gastwirth, George Washington University, for outstanding contributions to the theory, applications, and teaching of nonparametric statistics.
Outstanding Statistical Application Award
Each year, the ASA recognizes a paper that is an outstanding application of statistics in the physical, biological, or medical sciences. The 2012 winners of this award are Chae Young Lim and Sarat C. Dass of Michigan State University for developing novel point process models with spatially dependent mark distributions and using them to assess fingerprint individuality. This research was published in their paper, "Assessing Fingerprint Individuality using EPIC: A Case Study in the Analysis of Spatially Dependent Marked Processes," published in Technometrics, May 2011, Vol. 53, No. 2.
Edward C. Bryant Scholarship Trust Fund Award
The Bryant scholarship trust is a permanent scholarship fund endowed by Westat to honor its co-founder and long-time leader, the late Edward C. Bryant. The award honors an outstanding graduate student who is studying survey statistics. The 2012 scholarship recipient is Mark Dahlke of Colorado State University for outstanding academic achievement in a statistical program.
W. J. Dixon Award for Excellence in Statistical Consulting
Established through a gift from the family of William Dixon, this award recognizes outstanding contributions to the practice of statistical consulting. The 2012 award will be presented to Gary Grove Koch of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for outstanding contributions to the development and review of pharmaceutical licensing applications, to the research on and software development of categorical data analysis, and for advancing the science and art of statistical consulting.
Waller Education Award
Retired ASA Executive Director Ray Waller and his wife Carolyn established the Waller Education Award in 2002 to recognize a statistics teacher, early in his/her career, for excellence and innovation in teaching introductory statistics at the undergraduate level. The 2012 Waller Award winner is Michael A. Posner of Villanova University in recognition of outstanding contributions to and innovation in the teaching of elementary statistics.
The SPAIG Award
The ASA established the SPAIG Award in 2002 to recognize outstanding partnerships established between academe and business, industry, and government organizations and to promote new partnerships. It is the only ASA award that recognizes organizations. The 2012 SPAIG award will be given to the following organizations: Baylor University and Eli Lilly & Company in recognition of the vision and support provided by Eli Lilly to Baylor University in the creation of a partnership for the enhancement of pharmaceutical research and development.
W.J. Youden Award
The W. J. Youden Award in Interlaboratory Testing was established in 1985. It recognizes the authors of publications/papers that make outstanding contributions to the design and/or analysis of interlaboratory tests or that describe ingenious approaches to the planning and evaluation of data from such tests. The 2012 W.J. Youden Award winners are David Dunson of Duke University and Garritt L. Page of Pontifica Universidad Catolica de Chile, in recognition of their paper, "Bayesian Local Contamination Models for Multivariate Outliers." The authors developed a simple but flexible hierarchical model to address multi-analyte, multi-laboratory studies with outlying observations and tested the model using both simulated and real interlaboratory study data.
Statistics in Chemistry Award
The Statistics in Chemistry Award was established in 1990 to recognize outstanding collaborative endeavors between statisticians and chemists. It is bestowed upon a distinguished individual or individuals for their innovative use of statistics to solve a problem in chemistry and the impact of the solution on the problem. The award is sponsored by the Chemometrics Committee of the ASA Section on Physical and Engineering Sciences. The award is presented, in odd-numbered years, for a paper published in refereed statistics, chemistry, or chemometrics journals during the previous two years. In even-numbered years, the award is presented for work between a statistician and chemist in an industrial/manufacturing company performed during the previous two years. The 2012 Statistics in Chemistry Award winners Bradley Jones, JMP Division, SAS Institute; and Scott Allen of Novomer, Inc., for outstanding collaborative work in developing a new catalyst for CO2-based polymers that sequester CO2.
JSM, which has been held annually since 1974, is conducted jointly with the American Statistical Association (ASA), the International Biometric Society (ENAR and WNAR), the Institute of Mathematical Statistics (IMS), the Statistical Society of Canada (SSC), the International Chinese Statistical Association, and the International Indian Statistical Association. JSM activities include oral presentations, panel sessions, poster presentations, continuing education courses, exhibit hall (with state-of-the-art statistical products and opportunities), career placement service, society and section business meetings, committee meetings, social activities, and networking opportunities. JSM 2013 will be held in Montreal, Canada, and JSM 2014 will be held in Boston, where ASA had its beginnings in 1839.
About the American Statistical Association
Headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, the American Statistical Association is the world's largest community of statisticians and the second oldest continuously operating professional society in the United States. For more than 170 years, the ASA has supported excellence in the development, application, and dissemination of statistical science through meetings, publications, membership services, education, accreditation, and advocacy. Its members serve in industry, government, and academia in more than 90 countries, advancing research and promoting sound statistical practice to inform public policy and improve human welfare. For additional information about the American Statistical Association, please visit the ASA web site at http://www.amstat.org or call 703.684.1221.
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