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NIU professor Sanjib Basu named Fellow of the American Statistical Association

June 26, 2014
Sanjib Basu

Sanjib Basu

Professor Sanjib Basu, director of NIU’s Division of Statistics, has been named a Fellow of the American Statistical Association, ASA President Nathaniel Schenker has announced.

To be recognized by the nation’s preeminent professional statistical society as a 2014 ASA Fellow, each honoree must make outstanding professional contributions to, and have exhibited leadership in, the field of statistical science.

Basu was honored for:

  • substantial and novel contributions to the theory, methods and applications of nonpara­metric and robust Bayesian inference;
  • innova­tive and wide-ranging statistical collaborations; and
  • outstanding service, teaching and leader­ship to promote the interests and profiles of the statistical community.

Basu will be awarded a certificate at an Aug. 5 ceremony during the annual Joint Statistical Meetings in Boston.

“I congratulate Sanjib on being honored as a new ASA Fellow,” Schenker said. “His accomplishments have contributed greatly to the advancement of statistical science and have rightfully earned him the respect and admiration of his ASA peers.”

American Statistical Association logoThe designation of ASA Fellow has been a significant honor for nearly 100 years. Under ASA bylaws, the Committee on Fellows can elect up to one-third of 1 percent of the total membership as fellows each year. Individuals are nominated by their peers in the association membership.

To be honored, nominees must have an established reputation and have made outstanding contributions in statistical science. The Committee on Fellows evaluates each candidate’s contributions to the advancement of statistical science and places due weight to published works, the position held with their employer, ASA activities, membership and accomplishments in other societies and other professional activities.

The American Statistical Association is the world’s largest community of statisticians and the second-oldest continuously operating professional society in the United States. Its members serve in industry, government and academia in more than 90 countries, advancing research and promoting sound statistical practice to inform public policy and improve human welfare.