Oct 2, 2015

COPSS Awards at JSM

The Committee of Presidents of Statistical Societies (COPSS) conferred their 2015 awards at JSM in Seattle in August. John D. Storey, Princeton University’s William R. Harman ’63 and Mary-Love Harman Professor in Genomics and professor in the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics, received the 2015 COPSS Presidents’ Award, which recognizes outstanding contributions to statistics by a researcher aged 40 or younger.

In 2012 John Storey was elected an IMS Fellow, “for contributions to the theory and methods of large-scale statistical inference, and its applications to genomics.” John was also awarded this year’s Mortimer Spiegelman Award by the American Public Health Association (APHA). The award was created in 1970 to honor a statistician 40 years or younger who has made outstanding contributions to health statistics, especially public health statistics.

The F.N. David Award, recognizing a female statistician who exemplifies the contributions of Florence Nightingale David, went to Francesca Dominici. Francesca is Professor of Biostatistics, Senior Associate Dean for Research, and Associate Dean of Information Technology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

The George W. Snedecor Award, which honors an individual who was instrumental in the development of statistical theory in biometry, was presented to Danyu Lin, the Dennis Gillings Distinguished Professor of Biostatistics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

COPSS established the R. A. Fisher Lectureship in 1963 to honor the contributions of Sir Ronald Aylmer Fisher and the work of a present-day statistician. The Fisher Lectureship recognizes the importance of statistical methods for scientific investigations.

The 2015 Fisher Lecturer was Stephen Fienberg. The lecture was titled, “R.A. Fisher and the Statistical ABCs”.

Steve’s lecture, and the COPSS Awards ceremony, was recorded: you can view it at https://www.amstat.org/meetings/jsm/2015/webcasts/index.cfm. You can also view:

• ASA Presidential Address by David Morganstein

• ASA President’s Invited Address, Christine H. Fox

• ASA Deming Lecture: William Q. Meeker speaking on Reliability: The Other Dimension of Quality.

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