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Faculty & Staff Honors

Faculty & Staff Honors

Columbia Faculty Receive Top Honor in Statistics

The American Statistical Association has announced it’s newly elected 2014 ASA Fellows. Two faculty members from the Mailman School’s Department of Biostatistics have been chosen to receive statistics’ highest honor which recognizes recipients for their outstanding contributions to and leadership in the statistical science field. Dr. Ken Cheung, associate professor, and Dr. Melanie Wall, professor, will join other new ASA Fellows in an induction ceremony at the Joint Statistical Meetings conference in Boston this August.

Cheung_ASA 7-21-14 ASPPH

Dr. Cheung is recognized for his outstanding contributions to the theory, methods, and applications of adaptive designs; for enhancing the statistical rigor of methods used for dose-finding studies; and for leadership in applying novel statistical methods in collaborative clinical research in neurology and oncology. He has research expertise in the area of experimental design, with an expertise in early phase clinical trials in cancer and stroke, both significant public health concerns especially in the aging population. Additionally, Dr. Cheung has served on the steering committee or as an investigator in many Mailman School and Columbia-initiated and commercially-sponsored studies.

Wall_ASA 7-21-14 ASPPH

Dr. Wall is recognized for influential methodological contributions to the fields of spatial and longitudinal data analysis and latent variable modeling, particularly in structural equation modeling; for outstanding and extensive collaborations with researchers in obesity, substance abuse, and a variety of other scientific areas; and for service to the profession. She has interests in a wide variety of topics in both biostatistical methods and various application areas. Currently, Dr. Wall is the associate editor of The American Statistician.