Marvin Zelen Leadership Award in Statistical Science
This Year’s Winner
We are extremely pleased to announce that Dr. Roderick J. Little, the Richard D. Remington Distinguished University Professor of Biostatistics at the University of Michigan, will be the recipient of the 2020 Marvin Zelen Leadership Award in Statistical Science. Dr. Little will accept the award and deliver a lecture in Fall 2020.
The award will be presented to Dr. Little in recognition of his fundamental contributions to statistical theory, applications and real world practice; his leadership in the advancement of statistical methodology in missing data and sample surveys; his instrumental role in the growth and success of the Department of Biostatistics at the University of Michigan; his influential role in public policy issues and years of service on national advisory committees and statistical societies; his commitment to mentoring the next generation of statisticians; and the exceptional impact of his career on students and researchers at his universities, throughout the country and beyond.
Highlights of Dr. Little’s honors and achievements:
- Statistician of the Year, Chicago Chapter, American Statistical Association
- International Statistical Institute Pearson Prize (awarded for 1987 book “Statistical Analysis with Missing Data”) (with Don Rubin).
- Inaugural Rod Little Distinguished Lecture, Department of Biostatistics, University of Michigan, delivered by Joel Greenhouse
- Founders’ Award, American Statistical Association
- Distinguished University Professor, University of Michigan
- Senior Fellow, Michigan Society of Fellows.
- Committee of Presidents of Statistical Societies Fisher Lectureship Award, Joint Statistical Meetings
- Washington Academy of Sciences Award for work of merit and distinction in the Mathematical and Computer Sciences
- Elected Member, Institute of Medicine of the National Academies 2011-2015, National Academy of Medicine 2015-present
- American Association for Public Opinion Research Book Award, for Survey Nonresponse, Groves, R., Dillman, D., Eltinge, J. & Little, R. (2002, eds.).
- Elected Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences
- Highly Cited Researcher, Institute for Scientific Information
- President’s Invited Address, Joint Statistical Meetings
- Wilks’ Memorial Award, American Statistical Association
- National Associate, National Academy of the Sciences
- Research Excellence Award, School of Public Health, University of Michigan 2002 Collegiate Professor, University of Michigan
- Elected Member, International Statistical Institute
- Elected Fellow, American Statistical Association
About the Award
This annual award, supported by colleagues, friends and family, was established to honor Dr. Marvin Zelen’s long and distinguished career as a statistician and his major role in shaping the field of biostatistics.
The award recognizes an individual in government, industry, or academia, who by virtue of his/her outstanding leadership, has greatly impacted the theory and practice of statistical science. While individual accomplishments are considered, the most distinguishing criterion is the awardee’s contribution to the creation of an environment in which statistical science and its applications have flourished. The award recipient will deliver a public lecture on statistical science at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health and will be presented with a citation and an honorarium.
Nominations are welcome for next year’s award, to be given in May 2020.
or by mail to:
Marvin Zelen Leadership Award Committee
Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health
Department of Biostatistics
Building 2, 4th Floor
655 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
Nominations should include a letter describing the contributions of the candidate, specifically highlighting the criteria for the award, and a curriculum vita. Other supporting materials would be extremely helpful to the committee.
All nominations must be received by Monday, December 2, 2019.
Previous Award Winners
2019 Colin B. Begg
Challenges of Leading a Biostatistics Department in the 21st Century
2018 Constantine Gatsonis
The Evaluation of Diagnostic Imaging in the Era of Radiomics
2017 Richard Simon
Translating Genomics to Personalized Oncology: Key Contributions of Statistical Scientists
2014 Xiao-Li Meng
Personalized Treatment: Sounds Heavenly, But Where On Earth Did They Find the Right Guinea Pig For Me
2013 John J. Crowley
A Brief History of Survival Analysis
2012 Nicholas P. Jewell
Counting Civilian Casualties
2011 J.Richard Landis
Methods for Investigating Agreement & Concordance: with Applications in the Biomedical Sciences
2010 Ingram Olkin
Measures of Heterogeneity. Diversity and Inequality
2009 David L. DeMets
Challenges in Clinical Trials; Some Old and Some New
2008 Norman E. Breslow
The Case-Control Study: Origins, Modern Conception and Newly Available Methods of Analysis
2007 Scott L. Zeger
The Symbiosis of Statistical Science and Biomedicine; Past and Future
2006 Mitchell H. Gail
Absolute Risk: Clinical Applications and Controversies
2005 Ross L. Prentice
Chronic disease prevention: Research strategies and needs
2004 Robert C. Elston
The analysis of case-control data to detect candidate genes
2001 Niels Keiding
Event Histories and Their Analysis
2000 Lincoln E. Moses
Deciding whether Large Clinical Trials and Meta-analyses Agree or Not
1999 John W. Tukey
A Smorgasbord of Handy Techniques That Can Help in Analyzing Data
1998 Sir David Roxbee Cox
Graphical Models in Statistics: A Review
1997 Frederick Mosteller
The Importance of Clinical Trials in Education