ASA Announces Three Women Recipients of Prestigious Founders Award

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Three women, members of the American Statistical Association (ASA), will receive the ASA's prestigious Founders Award. Mary Batcher, Christy Chuang-Stein, and Lynne Stokes will be honored Tuesday evening at the Joint Statistical Meetings in San Diego.

Joint Statistical Meetings, July 28--August 2

...the Founders Award recipients... have made extensive contributions to our association and our field."

The American Statistical Association (ASA), the nation's preeminent professional statistical society, has named the 2012 winners of its prestigious Founders Awards, given to ASA members who have rendered distinguished service to the association. The award winners will be honored tonight at the Presidential Awards Session at the 2012 Joint Statistical Meetings (JSM) at the San Diego Convention Center here.

“The ASA is extremely grateful to the Founders Award recipients, all of whom have made extensive contributions to our association and our field,” said Robert N. Rodriguez, ASA president. “We are happy to be able to recognize these special individuals who have demonstrated leadership through their dedication to the ASA and its programs, and we look forward to their continuing participation in our endeavors.”

Selection criteria for the Founders Award include service over an extended period of time and in a variety of leadership roles, including chapter, section, committee, officer or editorial activities, in which effective service or leadership was provided within ASA or on behalf of ASA to other organizations. Three awards will be presented this year; the 2012 winners are:

Mary Batcher, Ernst & Young, for outstanding service to ASA chapters through her service as president of the Washington Statistical Society and as chair of the Council of Chapters; for many years of diligent, steady leadership of and service to the ASA’s accreditation program; and for dedicated service on many ASA committees.

Christy Chuang-Stein, Pfizer, Inc., for outstanding service in multiple roles, including vice president, group leader of the Accreditation Committee, and chair of the 175th Anniversary Steering Committee; for dedicated service on the Committee on Fellows, as program chair of the Biopharmaceutical Section, as a member of the JSM Program Committee, and as president of the Southwestern Michigan ASA Chapter.

Lynne Stokes, Southern Methodist University, for outstanding service to ASA over the past 20 years, through her leadership in chapters and sections as chair of the Council of Chapters and Council of Sections, editor of The American Statistician, and dedicated contributions on several committees, including the JSM Program Committee, the Census Advisory Committee, and the Committee on Privacy and Confidentiality.

About JSM
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 2013 will be held in Montreal, Canada, and JSM 2014 will be held in Boston, where ASA had its beginnings in 1839.

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 more than 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 http://www.amstat.org or call 703.684.1221.

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For more information:
Rosanne Desmone
703.946.3820 (mobile)
Rosanne (at) amstat (dot) org

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