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UNC Professor Wins ASA’s Peace Award for Outstanding Contributions

Dr. Gary G. Koch, professor of biostatistics at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been named recipient of the American Statistical Society’s 2014 Karl E. Peace Award for Outstanding Statistical Contributions for the Betterment of Society.


First presented in 2012, the Peace Award recognizes statisticians who have made substantial contributions to the statistical profession and to society in general. The award was established by Christopher K. Peace, son of Karl Peace, to honor his father’s life and work.

Dr. Koch, who has served on the UNC public health school faculty since 1967, directs the biostatistics department’s Biometric Consulting Laboratory, which he established with Dennis Gillings in 1980. He has received the Gillings School’s top awards for teaching and mentoring, including the McGavran Award for Excellence in Teaching (1992), the John E. Larsh Jr. Award for Mentorship (2007), and the Greenberg Alumni Endowment Award (2012).

“I cannot think of a more appropriate recipient of the Karl Peace award than Gary Koch,” said Dr. Koch’s colleague Dr. John Preisser, research professor of biostatistics at the Gillings School. “The Department of Biostatistics, the Gillings School and its alumni around the globe, as well as Koch’s many admirers, colleagues and former students, are delighted that this award recognizes the far-reaching influence of his work on improving human welfare.”

Dr. Koch accepted the award at the 2014 Joint Statistical Meetings (JSM) conference, held Aug. 2-7, in Boston.

[Photo: Dr. Gary Koch (Photo by Tom Fuldner)]

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