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Davidian receives Snedecor Award

Dr. Marie Davidian, William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor of statistics in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, N.C. State University, has been presented with the George W. Snedecor Award by the Committee of Presidents of Statistical Societies (COPSS). She received this honor at the 2009 Joint Statistical Meetings (JSM) held Aug 1-6 in Washington, D.C.  

Davidian was honored for her fundamental contributions to the theory and methodology of longitudinal data, especially nonlinear mixed effects models; significant contributions to the analysis of clinical trials and observational studies; and her leadership as president of ENAR [Eastern North American Region/International Biometric Society] and as a member of the International Biometrics Society council.

A native of Washington, D.C., Davidian has served since 2007 as director of NCSU’s Center for Quantitative Sciences in Biomedicine. She holds a 1980 bachelor’s degree and a 1981 master’s degree in applied mathematics and computer science, both from the University of Virginia, and a 1987 Ph.D. in statistics from UNC-Chapel Hill.

The Snedecor Award, established in 1976, is presented every other year to an individual who has been instrumental in the development of statistical theory in biometry and who has a noteworthy publication in biometry within three years of the data of the award. It is named in honor of Dr. George W. Snedecor, who was a pioneer in improving the quality of scientific methods concerning the use of statistical methodology. He spent his career at Iowa State University, becoming the first director of the Statistical Laboratory in 1933.
JSM (the Joint Statistical Meetings) is the largest gathering of statisticians held in North America. It is held jointly with the American Statistical Association, the International Biometric Society (ENAR and WNAR), the Institute of Mathematical Statistics, the Statistical Society of Canada, the International Chinese Statistical Association and the International Indian Statistical Association.