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Sally C. Morton Selected as ASA President-Elect for 2008

(PRWEB) May 25, 2007 -- The American Statistical Association (ASA), the nation's preeminent professional statistical society, today announced the election of Sally C. Morton as president-elect of the Association for 2008. Morton, who is vice president, Statistics and Epidemiology, for RTI International in Research Triangle Park, NC, will serve as ASA president beginning January 1, 2009.

 “  Our world is changing rapidly; these changes, fueled by technological innovation and globalization, increasingly rely on quantitative analysi...  
Nathaniel Schenker, senior scientist for research and methodology at the National Center for Health Statistics, CDC, was selected as vice president. Geert Verbeke, professor of biostatistics at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium, was elected to the position of International Representative. David Banks, professor at Duke University, and Susan Hilsenbeck, a professor at Baylor College of Medicine, were elected to represent Sections and Chapters. All terms will begin January 1, 2008.

"Our world is changing rapidly; these changes, fueled by technological innovation and globalization, increasingly rely on quantitative analysis," Morton said. "Our discipline is becoming both more necessary and more influential, and the challenges and opportunities for statisticians and statistics proliferate. The ASA is the public face of statistics. It represents, engages, educates and motivates statisticians. We must serve not only our members but also the nation."

A Fellow of the ASA (2000) and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS; 2005), Morton is an editor of Statistical Science and served as an associate editor for the Journal of the American Statistical Association (JASA) and the Journal of Computational and Graphical Statistics (JCGS). In addition, Morton served as Chair and Member of the ASA Scientific and Policy Affairs Committee; Chair and Member of the ASA Wilks Award Committee; and Chair, Program Chair and Section Representative of ASA Statistical Graphics Section.

Morton received her Ph.D. in Statistics from Stanford University, an MS in Statistics from the London School
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 of Economics, an MS in Operations Research from Stanford, and a BS in Mathematical Sciences from Stanford. Prior to joining RTI in 2005, Morton served as head of the RAND Corporation's statistics group (1995 - 2005) and held the RAND endowed chair in statistics (2000 - 2005), having begun her career at RAND in 1989. She also has taught statistics at Stanford, the University of Southern California, and UCLA, and has served as guest lecturer at the University of Southampton in England.

Schenker, in addition to his CDC duties, is an adjunct professor, Joint Program in Survey Methodology (University of Maryland, University of Michigan, and Westat). An ASA Fellow, Schenker was the 2006 recipient of the Roger Herriot Award for Innovation in Federal Statistics. He served on the ASA Board of Directors from 2004-2006 (Chair, Strategic Activities Review Subcommittee, 2006; Chair, JSM Agreement Implementation Task Force, 2004); Council of Sections Governing Board, 2004-2006; and chair, Government Statistics Section, 2004.

Verbeke is a consummate teacher and has won the Excellence-In-Continuing-Education
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 Award for 2003 and 2005, selected by ASA's Advisory Committee on Continuing Education
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. He is an elected ASA Fellow, selected for outstanding contributions to methodological and collaborative research on mixed models, longitudinal data and incomplete data; for dedication to statistical education and scientific consultancy, and for editorial and administrative service to profession.

A complete list of the new ASA Board members, governing board members, and section officers is available at http://www.amstat.org/news/pdfs/2007electionresults.pdf.

About the American Statistical Association
The American Statistical Association (ASA), a scientific and educational society founded in Boston in 1839, is the second oldest continuously operating professional society in the United States. For more than 160 years, ASA has been providing its 18,000 members serving in academia, government, and industry and the public with up-to-date, useful information about statistics. The ASA has a proud tradition of service to statisticians, quantitative scientists, and users of statistics across a wealth of academic areas and applications. For additional information about the American Statistical Association, please visit the association's web site at http://www.amstat.org or call 703.684.1221.


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