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Winners of the Karl E. Peace Award for Outstanding Statistical Contributions for the Betterment of Society


Winners of the 2016 Karl E. Peace Award for Outstanding Statistical Contributions for the Betterment of Society are Gary M. Shapiro of Statistics without Borders (SWB) and Ronald Brookmeyer of the University of California, Los Angeles.

Shapiro was recognized for his central role in the formation of-and ongoing volunteer mentoring in SWB, an organization devoted to using statistics to further the development of human rights throughout the world. He was also recognized for his devoted pro-bono work on developing a sampling scheme of police archives for evaluating police involvement in the disappearances and killings of Guatemalans.

Brookmeyer was recognized for his seminal methodological work on global health as it relates to disease monitoring, his work in biosurveillance as it relates to HIV/AIDS, Alzheimer’s disease and biosecurity and his contributions to training a generation of researchers about the importance of statistics in public health and increasing public awareness.

The Karl E. Peace Award is bestowed upon a distinguished individual who has made substantial contributions to the statistical profession that has led to direct ways of improving the human condition. Karl E. Peace, Ph.D., is a Biostatistics Professor at Georgia Southern University in the Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health and a Georgia Cancer Coalition Distinguished Cancer Scholar.

The award was established in the American Statistical Association by Christopher K. Peace, son of Karl E. Peace, on behalf of the Peace family to honor the life work of his father.

Previous honorees are Marvin Zelen, Harvard University, 2012, Fritz Schueren, University of Chicago, 2012, Richard Simon, National Cancer Institute, 2013, Gary Koch, University of North Carolina, 2014 and James Cochran, University of Alabama, 2015.

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