The American Statistical Association has honored Dr. Elizabeth “Betz” Halloran, professor of biostatistics at the University of Washington School of Public Health, with the 2019 Nathan Mantel Lifetime Achievement Award for her landmark contributions to statistical methods for infectious disease epidemiology and her applications of those methods to important scientific problems.
Dr. Halloran, also director of the Center for Inference and Dynamics of Infectious Diseases at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, is known as a pioneer in the field of designing and analyzing vaccine studies, including studies of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) vaccines. She uses mathematical and statistical methods to study infectious disease. Through her work at Fred Hutch, she helps the federal government understand and prepare for infectious-disease outbreaks, and she develops strategies to stop outbreaks of serious global threats such as Zika, Ebola, influenza, cholera and dengue fever.
She will receive the honor July 30 during a ceremony at the Joint Statistical Meetings in Denver, Colorado.Friday Letter Submission, Publish on August 30