NISS Elects Board of Trustees Members and New Officers

The National Institute of Statistical Sciences (NISS), a nonprofit organization that promotes cross-disciplinary and cross-sector statistical research, announced it has elected its new officers of its Board of Trustees and re-elected several members to the Board. The elections took place during its annual meeting held on November 5-6 in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina.

Susan Ellenberg from the University of Pennsylvania will be the new chair of the Board of Trustees. Roger Hoerl, GE Global Research, will serve as the new vice chair. The terms will run from July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012. The other members of the Executive Committee of the Board are Karen Kafadar, Indiana University;  James Landwehr, Avaya Labs; Keith Soper, Merck; George Williams, Amgen; and Linda Young, University of Florida.

Mary Ellen Bock, Purdue University; Keith Soper, Merck; and Clifford Spiegelman, Texas A&M University, were re-elected to the Board of Trustees. Their new term begins July 1, 2011 and run through June 30, 2014.

Dr. Susan Ellenberg is Professor of Biostatistics, Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, and Associate Dean for Clinical Research, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Her research has focused on practical problems and ethical issues in designing, conducting and analyzing data from clinical trials, including surrogate endpoints, data monitoring committees, clinical trial designs, adverse event monitoring, vaccine safety and special issues in cancer and AIDS trials. At Penn, in addition to her teaching and administrative duties she serves as senior statistician for three multicenter clinical trials and directs the Biostatistics Core of the Penn Center for AIDS Research.

Dr. Roger W. Hoerl leads the Applied Statistics Laboratory at GE Global Research, which focuses on new product and service development within each of the GE businesses. Dr. Hoerl has been named a Fellow of the American Statistical Association and the American Society for Quality, and has been elected to the International Statistical Institute and the International Academy for Quality. He has received the Brumbaugh and Hunter Awards, as well as the Shewhart Medal, from the American Society for Quality, and the Founders Award from the American Statistical Association.

About NISS
The National Institute of Statistical Sciences was established in 1990 by the national statistics societies and the Research Triangle universities and organizations, with the mission to identify, catalyze and foster high-impact, cross-disciplinary and cross-sector research involving the statistical sciences. NISS is dedicated to strengthening and serving the national statistics community, most notably by catalyzing community members’ participation in applied research driven by challenges facing government and industry. NISS also provides career development opportunities for statisticians and scientists, especially those in the formative stages of their careers. In particular, NISS has appointed more that 70 postdoctoral fellows with graduate training in statistics, computer science, mathematics, environmental sciences, psychometrics and transportation. NISS is located in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina.

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Wednesday, November 10, 2010 by Jamie Nunnelly