Jewell wins Harvard award for statistical science

Nicholas P. Jewell, professor of biostatistics and statistics at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health, has been chosen to receive the Harvard School of Public Health’s 2012 Marvin Zelen Leadership Award in Statistical Science. The award recognizes an individual in government, industry, or academia, who by virtue of his or her outstanding leadership, has greatly impacted the theory and practice of statistical science.

Jewell is well known for his methodologic work in HIV/AIDS, on parametric estimation under truncation or response-selective sampling, on current status data analysis, and on the analysis of binary responses. In addition, he has made substantial contributions to create an environment in which statistical science and its application have flourished. He developed and promoted biostatistics at Berkeley, mentored strong graduate students and recruited outstanding faculty, and served as vice provost of UC Berkeley and chair of the Graduate Groups in Biostatistics and in Computational and Genomic Biology. Jewell served as co-editor of many journals and fostered electronic publishing, successfully establishing a new model for dissemination of biostatistical methods in a changing world. He is widely respected as an effective communicator, and outstanding teacher, who has provided inspiring leadership in research, in university governance, in education, and in the biostatistics profession.

Marvin Zelen, for whom the award is named, was chairman of the Department of Biostatistics at the Harvard School of Public Health from 1981 to 1990. The annual award was established to honor Zelen’s long and distinguished career as a statistician and his major role in shaping the field of biostatistics.

Jewell will receive his award and deliver his lecture at the Harvard School of Public Health on Friday, June 1, 2012.

By Michael Broder