Two members of the biostatistics faculty at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health were honored at the Joint Statistical Meetings, held August 8-13 in Seattle.
Dr. Michael R. Kosorok, W.R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor and chair of biostatistics, was selected to present an Institute of Mathematical Statistics Medallion Lecture at the conference on August 11. His talk was titled “Recent Developments in Machine Learning for Personalized Medicine.”
Medallion Lecturers are selected on the basis of the importance and timeliness of their research.
On August 12, Dr. Danyu Lin, Dennis Gillings Distinguished Professor of biostatistics, was presented with the biannual George W. Sendecor Award, given by the Committee of Presidents of Statistical Societies to recognize contributions to statistical theory on biometry.
Both Dr. Kosorok (2006) and Dr. Lin (2000) have been designated American Statistical Association ‘fellows.’ The honor is allowed for up to one-third of one percent of the association membership and is reserved for those of established reputation who have made outstanding contributions to statistical science.
The annual Joint Statistical Meetings is the largest gathering of statisticians held in North America, with more than 6,000 people in attendance. The conference is held jointly with the American Statistical Association, International Biometric Society (Eastern North American Region and Western North American Region), Institute of Mathematical Statistics, Statistical Society of Canada, International Chinese Statistical Association, International Indian Statistical Association, Korean International Statistical Society, International Society for Bayesian Analysis, Royal Statistical Society and International Statistical Institute.