Dean Pantula receives prestigious statistics award

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Dean Pantula is pictured here with ASA President Nat Schenker on left, and Ron Wasserstein, Executive Director of ASA on right.

College of Science Dean Sastry Pantula was awarded the American Statistical Association’s prestigious Founders Award for 2014, which recognizes members with distinguished service to the association.

The honor is presented annually to ASA members who have rendered distinguished and long-term service to the association. The awards were presented August 5 during the Presidential Awards Session at the 2014 Joint Statistical Meetings in Boston. Celebrating its 175th anniversary, the ASA is the nation’s preeminent professional statistical society.

AMA members James J. Cochran from Louisiana Tech University and Christine A. Franklin from the University of Georgia were also presented the association’s Founders Award.

“The ASA and all of its members around the world are deeply indebted to Jim, Christine and Sastry for their invaluable contributions to the advancement of the association, its mission and the field of statistical science,” said ASA President Nat Schenker. “It is a personal privilege for me to acknowledge the unwavering commitment and dedication of these great leaders by presenting each the 2014 ASA Founders Award.”

Pantula was recognized for his bold, sustained and visionary leadership of the statistics profession in many different capacities: first, as an architect and steward of the success of the Department of Statistics at North Carolina State University; second, as the president of the ASA in 2010, with signal achievements in raising the visibility and impact of our field and numerous contributions to the Association; third, as the first statistician to serve as the director of the Division of Mathematical Sciences at the National Science Foundation; and fourth, as a dean at Oregon State University, nurturing a new wave of collaborative interdisciplinary statistical science.

“It is a very humbling and a very pleasant surprise to me and my family to receive this great honor,” said Pantula. “Service to ASA is so gratifying, and I am glad to be a part of the 175th Anniversary celebrations of ASA. The future is bright for statistics.”

An ASA member since 1980, Pantula served as president of the American Statistical Association (ASA) in 2010 and is also an ASA fellow. During the past 15 years, Pantula has held more than 30 leadership positions and has served as a member of more than 20 committees for ASA. He served as the Treasurer of ASA from 2005-2008, and currently serves on the ASA development committee.

~Debbie Farris

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