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Faculty & Staff Honors

Washington: Biostatistics Professor Wins Genetics Society of America Award for Excellence in Education

Dr. Bruce Weir, professor of biostatistics at the University of Washington School of Public Health, is this year’s recipient of the Genetics Society of America’s Elizabeth W. Jones Award for Excellence in Education. He is recognized for his work to train thousands of researchers in the rigorous use of statistical analysis methods for genetic and genomic data.

Dr. Weir is director of the Genetics Analysis Center and the Institute for Public Health Genetics at the School. The Jones Award recognizes individuals or groups that have had a significant, sustained impact on genetics education at any level. The award will be presented at the Allied Genetics Conference in Washington, DC, held April 22-26.

“This award recognizes the important role played by the Summer Institute in Statistical Genetics in biomedical graduate education in the United States over the past 23 years,” says Dr. Weir, who held the first summer institute in Raleigh in 1996, before bringing it to the UW. “My own interactions with Beth Jones, with the journal Genetics and with the NIH [National Institutes of Health] Genetics Study Section, make this a special honor for me.”

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