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UW Professor Named Fellow of American Statistical Association

May 8, 2017
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UW Professor Snehalata Huzurbazar was named a fellow of the American Statistical Association. (Snehalata Huzurbazar Photo)

University of Wyoming Professor Snehalata Huzurbazar has been named a fellow of the American Statistical Association (ASA), the nation’s pre-eminent professional statistical society.

Huzurbazar is currently a professor of statistics at UW, but has accepted a position as professor and chair of Biostatistics in the School of Public Health at West Virginia University.

She has been at UW since 1995, with breaks in 2004-05 as visiting scientist at the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research at Colorado University-Boulder and, in spring 2011, as visiting faculty at a National Science Foundation (NSF) Mathematical Sciences Institute, the Statistical and Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute (SAMSI) in Research at Triangle Park, N.C. Later, SAMSI invited her to apply for the deputy director position; she served in that role from 2012-14.

At UW, she has worked and published with collaborators from across campus, and supported graduate students and research with funding from NSF and other agencies. Among her collaborative research highlights are a 2010 bioinformatics paper in the journal Science and one with UW geology and geophysics Assistant Professor Brandon McElroy in the journal Water Resources Research that won a 2015 Editor’s Choice Award.

In 2002, she initiated and obtained funding from the U.S. Department of Justice to start the UW STOP Violence program and contributed to it through 2009, especially with assessment and data analysis support. From 2014-16, she worked on building a team at UW to submit a proposal to the NSF ADVANCE program; the proposal, though unfunded, was ranked as highly competitive, and a revision has been submitted by members of the team who will continue at UW.

As stated on the ASA webpage (www.amstat.org/ASA/Your-Career/Awards/ASA-Fellows.aspx), the ASA fellow designation has been a significant honor for nearly 100 years. The ASA Committee on Fellows can elect up to one-third of 1 percent of the total membership as fellows each year. Each candidate’s contributions to the advancement of statistical science are evaluated, taking into account published works, positions held, ASA activities, memberships and accomplishments in other societies, and other professional activities.

The awards ceremony will take place Aug. 1 at the Joint Statistical Meetings in Baltimore, Md.


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