Sarah M. Nusser

NISS Position: 
Elected Board of Trustees Member
NISS Term Expiration: 
2025 Jun 30
University of Virginia
Professional Title: 
Professor Emerita of Statistics at Iowa State University (ISU) Research Professor at University of Virginia’s Biocomplexity Institute and Initiative

Sarah M. Nusser is Professor Emerita of Statistics at Iowa State University (ISU) and Research Professor at University of Virginia’s Biocomplexity Institute and Initiative. She has extensive experience in research administration through her roles as ISU Vice President for Research, Director for the ISU Center for Survey Statistics and Methodology, and Director of ISU’s cooperative research and development for the annual USDA National Resources Inventory (NRI) program, a land-based survey of the nation’s agricultural and environmental resources. She is recognized for research to improve both land-based and human population surveys and is actively involved in national efforts to promote research transparency and open science.  Her current work involves visioning efforts to create a Curated Data Enterprise at the Census Bureau, which integrates Census Bureau data with other public and private data sources to create more timely and granular products to inform emerging issues. She also investigates research practices to reduce burden and increase impact of shared research data.

Sarah is fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Statistical Association and is elected member of the International Statistical Institute. She has served on numerous scientific panels, advisory committees and governing boards. Recent service includes chair the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) Board on Research Data and Information and member of the NASEM Committee on National Statistics and its consensus panel Committee on Transparency and Reproducibility in Federal Statistics. She recently served as member of the National Institutes of Health Director Advisory Committee Working Group on Enhancing Rigor, Transparency and Translatability in Animal Research, Senior Fellow at the Association of America Universities (AAU), and in leadership roles for the AAU-Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) initiative on Accelerating Public Access to Research Data