ASA Announces Recipients of First Annual Karl E. Peace Award

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The American Statistical Association will present its Karl E. Peace Award to Dr. Fritz Scheuren and Dr. Marvin Zelen on July 31 at the Joint Statistical Meetings in San Diego. Drs. Scheun and Zelen are the first recipients of this award, which is presented to statisticians for their outstanding statistical contributions for the betterment of society.

The American Statistical Association (ASA), the nation's preeminent professional statistical society, has named Dr. Fritz Scheuren and Dr. Marvin Zelen as the winners of the newly created Karl E. Peace Award for Outstanding Statistical Contributions for the Betterment of Society. The awards will be presented July 31 at Presidential Awards Session of the 2012 Joint Statistical Meetings at the San Diego Convention Center.

The award is bestowed upon distinguished individual(s) who have made substantial contributions to the statistical profession, contributions that have led in direct ways to improving the human condition. Recipients will have demonstrated through their accomplishments their commitment to service for the greater good. The award was established by Christopher K. Peace, son of Karl E. Peace, on behalf of the Peace family, to honor the life work of his father.

According to the Peace Award committee, Dr. Scheuren was selected “for an exemplary career that has translated impressive statistical contributions into support of humankind, particularly through extensive international human rights work, and for effective leadership and advocacy in the promotion of volunteerism among ASA members.”

Dr. Zelen was chosen “for outstanding statistical contributions and dedication to the establishment of collaborative partnerships between biostatistical and clinical sciences, particularly in the design, conduct and analysis of clinical trials and cancer screenings, and for visionary international professional leadership.”

Dr. Scheuren is a senior fellow and vice president at the independent research organization NORC at the University of Chicago in its Center for Excellence in Survey Research. He previously held several positions as the senior statistical officer for a range of public and private sector organizations, including the Statistical Sampling Economics Group, Ernst & Young, LLP; as director of the Statistics of Income Division of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service; and as chief mathematical statistician at the Social Security Administration. Dr. Scheuren also is on the statistics faculty at The George Washington University (GWU). He served as the 100th president of the ASA and chaired the ASA sections on Survey Research Methods and the Social Statistics Section. He is a Fellow of the American Statistical Association and the America Society for the Advancement of Science.

A professor of statistical science, Dr. Zelen holds that position at both the Harvard University School of Public Health and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. He is the Lemuel Shattuck Research Professor of Statistical Science, Department of Biostatistics, at Harvard, where he previously served as chair. He also served as chair of the Department of Biostatistical Science at Dana Farber. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and also of the American Statistical Association, American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Institute of Mathematical Statistics. The annual Marvin Zelen Leadership Award in Statistical Science was established by the Harvard School of Public Health was established to honor Dr. Zelen's long and distinguished career as a statistician and his major role in shaping the field of biostatistics.

Karl E. Peace
Karl E. Peace was born into a family of southwest Georgia sharecroppers in Baker County, Georgia, on July 28, 1941. He overcame an impoverished background to become immensely successful, both academically and professionally. In the third quarter of his freshman year, he earned a Georgia State Teacher's scholarship that helped him complete his bachelor's degree in chemistry. He went on to earn a master's degree in mathematics from Clemson University and to teach at several colleges and universities before earning a PhD in biostatistics from the Medical College of Virginia (MCV).

Peace began to pursue a career in biostatistics in the pharmaceutical industry in 1978. After rising from an entry-level biostatistician at Burroughs-Wellcome to vice president of worldwide technical operations at Parke-Davis/Warner Lambert, he started Biopharmaceutical Research Consultants Inc. in 1989. In 2004, his endowment to honor his late wife led to the creation of the Jiann-Ping Hsu School of Public Health (JPHSOPH), the first school of public health in the University System of Georgia (USG). In creating the JPHSOPH, the board of regents also named the center for biostatistics, created by Peace, the Karl E. Peace Center for Biostatistics. A complete biography of Dr. Peace is available at

About the Joint Statistical Meetings
JSM, which has been held annually since 1974, is conducted jointly with the American Statistical Association (ASA), the International Biometric Society (ENAR and WNAR), the Institute of Mathematical Statistics (IMS), the Statistical Society of Canada (SSC), the International Chinese Statistical Association, and the International Indian Statistical Association. JSM activities include oral presentations, panel sessions, poster presentations, continuing education courses, exhibit hall (with state-of-the-art statistical products and opportunities), career placement service, society and section business meetings, committee meetings, social activities, and networking opportunities. JSM is open to members of all participating associations, as well as non-members and has special pricing for students, seniors, K-12 teachers; one-day registrations also are available. Complete JSM program information is available at

About the American Statistical Association
Headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, the American Statistical Association is the world’s largest community of statisticians and the second oldest continuously operating professional society in the United States. For 170 years, the ASA has supported excellence in the development, application, and dissemination of statistical science through meetings, publications, membership services, education, accreditation, and advocacy. Its members serve in industry, government, and academia in more than 90 countries, advancing research and promoting sound statistical practice to inform public policy and improve human welfare. For additional information about the American Statistical Association, please visit the ASA web site at or call 703.684.1221.


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