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Harry V. Roberts Statistical Advocate of the Year Award Comm

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The Harry V. Roberts Statistical Advocate of the Year (SAY) Award recognizes the accomplishments and contributions of those who have successfully advocated appropriate and effective uses of statistics and data-analytic approaches in business and the public sector. Unlike other ASA awards, this award recognizes the promotion of statistical reasoning by individuals who may or may not be statisticians themselves. The award was established in 2002 by the Chicago Chapter; in 2015 it became a joint presentation by the Chicago Chapter and ASA. It is named for Harry V. Roberts, an exemplar of statistical advocacy.

The charge of the committee is to develop a strong set of nominees for the Roberts Award and to annually select the recipient.

Composition:The committee has seven members, serving for two year terms. Two members each are appointed by the American Statistical Association and the Chicago Chapter and three of the members are jointly appointed by both the ASA and the CC. Each year one ASA and one CC member and either one or two jointly appointed members should be appointed/reappointed. No member may serve for more than two complete consecutive terms. One member each year also serves as the Chair, alternatively appointed by the ASA and the CC.

Questions? Want to get involved? Contact John Vanderploeg


The Harry V. Roberts Statistical Advocate of the Year Award Comm has 8 member(s), and 3 liaison(s).

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Vanderploeg, John
2263 Tremont Ave.
Aurora, IL   60502
United States
Phone: (630) 898-4176
Chair (2017 - 2017)
(Chicago Chapter Appointee)
Hoerl, Roger W.
Union College
2195 Foxhill Dr.
Niskayuna, NY   12309
United States
Phone: (518) 46-2281
Jointly Appointed Member (2015 - 2018)
Kulkarni, Pandurang M.
Eli Lilly & Company
11931 Winners Cir.
Carmel, IN   46032
United States
Phone: (317) 372-7862
ASA Member (2015 - 2018)
Kwasny, Mary J.
1162 S Elmwood Ave.
Oak Park, IL   60304
United States
Phone: (312) 503-2294
Fax: (312) 908-9588
Jointly Appointed Member (2015 - 2017)
Qian, Peter
ASA Member (2015 - 2017)
Schutt, Rachel R.
Harvard University
33 Oxford Street
Maxwell Dworkin G107B
Cambridge, MA   02138
United States
Phone: (917) 208-1186
Jointly Appointed Member (2015 - 2017)
Vander Ploeg, John
Leo Burnett Company
2263 Tremont Ave.
Aurora, IL   60502-9003
United States
Phone: (312) 220-1739
Chicago Chapter Member (2015 - 2018)
Watts, John S.
Chicago Chapter Member (2015 - 2017)

Lazar, Nicole
University of Georgia
Department of Statistics
Athens, GA   30602
United States
Phone: (706) 542-0632

Awards Council Liaison
2015 - 2017
Awards Council Vice Chair

Utts, Jessica M.
University of California
Department of Statistics
Donald Bren Hall
Irvine, CA   92697-1250
United States
Phone: (949) 824-0649

Awards Council Liaison
2017 - 2017
Awards Council Chair (ASA Past President)

Ntiranyuhura, Thierryne
American Statistical Association
732 North Washington St
Alexandria, VA   22314-1943
United States
Phone: (703) 684-1221

Staff Liaison
2016 - 2020

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