2021 International Prize in Statistics has been awarded to Prof. Nan Laird

Prof. Nan Laird

Podcast link for interview with Prof. Nan Laird

The International Prize in Statistics is awarded every two years by a collaboration among five leading international statistics organizations. The prize recognizes a major achievement by an individual or team in the statistics field, particularly an achievement of powerful and original ideas that has led to practical applications and breakthroughs in other disciplines.

Thanks to Laird’s work, applied researchers have been able to wring detailed information from large studies that follow participants and collect their data over time–sometimes for many decades, such as with the Nurses’ Health Study in the US or the National Child Development Study in the UK. The design of these studies traditionally made it difficult for researchers to control for participants’ individual characteristics while also dealing with often-sparse data from hard-to-reach populations.

Laird’s work gave researchers the tools they needed, which allowed them to answer important questions in health, medicine, psychology and more. This jump-started a field known as “random effects modeling for longitudinal data analysis,” and the methods Laird introduced in 1982 are still the most widely used techniques in both observational studies and clinical trials today.

From: https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-03/asa-ipi031821.php

Women in Statistics and Data Science

The American Statistical Association invites you to join us at the 2018 Women in Statistics and Data Science Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio on October 18-20.

WSDS will gather professionals and students from academia, industry, and the government who are working in statistics and data science. Find unique opportunities to grow your influence, your community, and your knowledge.

Whether you are a student, early-career professional, or an experienced statistician or data scientist, this conference will deliver new knowledge and connections in an intimate and comfortable setting.

Visit the conference website.