The American Statistical Association

Connecticut Chapter


A list of past officers is available here.


Birol Emir, PhD, is Senior Director and Statistics Lead at Pfizer Inc. In addition, he is Adjunct Professor of Statistics at Columbia University in NY and External PhD Committee Member, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Birol serves as the Vice President of the CT chapter of the ASA. Recently, his primary focuses have been on big data, predictive modelling and genomics data analysis. He has numerous publications in refereed journals and authored a book chapter in “A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Tables: Graphics in Life Sciences.” He has taught several short courses and has given invited presentations.

Vice President

Jennifer McGinniss is a Senior Biostatistician at Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Her main focus is on development of new drugs in cognitive impairment associated with schizophrenia and Alzheimer’s Disease. She earned her Ph.D. in Statistics from the University of Connecticut. Jen’s research interests include missing data, multiple imputation, biostatistics, and statistical literacy


Michael Kane is an Assistant Professor in Yale’s Biostatistics Department. He is the current Program Chair for the ASA’s Section on Statistical Graphics and the Secretary for the Connecticut Chapter of the ASA. His industry experience varies from drug discovery and clinical trial design to financial modeling and defense. He is eager to continue serving on the Connecticut ASA’s Executive Committee as Treasurer.


Valerie Nazzaro is an Assistant Professor of the Practice in Quantitative Analysis at Wesleyan University. Her main focus is to develop an array of statistical courses for undergraduate students and to consult with faculty from the social sciences. She earned her Ph.D. in Statistics and M.A. in Education from the University of Connecticut. She has co-chaired the CT Chapter’s K-12 Statistics Poster Competition for the past 4 years and was student representative for the chapter from 2011-2013. This past year she was the regional organizer for Connecticut’s first ASA DataFest.

Chapter Representative

Neal Thomas

Past President

Jonathan French

Student Representatives

  • Briana Cameron, Yale University
  • Joli Holmes, Wesleyan University
  • Henry Linder, University of Connecticut

District 1 Vice Chair

Mimi Kim


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