June 17, 2009
Dr. Jianwen Cai

Dr. Jianwen Cai

Jianwen Cai, PhD, professor of biostatistics in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been selected as one of this year’s 17 Institute of Mathematical Statistics (IMS) Fellows. She and the other honorees will be recognized at the IMS Presidential Address and Awards session at the Joint Statistical Meetings on Aug. 3 in Washington, D.C.

Cai, who says she is “very honored” by the award, was selected for her “outstanding contributions in multivariate survival analysis and analysis of correlated survival data, outstanding teaching and service to the profession.”

The IMS is an international professional and scholarly society devoted to the development, dissemination and application of statistics and probability. About five percent of the organization’s 4,500 international members have earned the status of fellowship.

The Joint Statistical Meetings (JSM) is the largest gathering of statisticians held in North America. Usually attended by more than 5,000 people, JSM includes members of the American Statistical Association, International Biometric Society (both eastern and western North American regions, ENAR and WNAR), Institute of Mathematical Statistics, Statistical Society of Canada, International Chinese Statistical Association and International Indian Statistical Association.

“IMS Fellowship is a singular and rare honor,” said Michael Kosorok, PhD, professor and chair of the Department of Biostatistics. “The award is only given to a small fraction of professional statisticians who have made a significant, sustained and internationally recognized contribution to statistical methodology and theory. We are thrilled that Dr. Cai has been given this award.”

Other IMS fellows from UNC’s school of public health include professors Pranab Sen (1968), Danyu Lin (1999), Joe Ibrahim (2000), and Kosorok (2007). Faculty members with primary appointments in statistics and joint appointments in biostatistics who are IMS fellows include Drs. Steve Marron (1989), Andrew Nobel (2008), and Richard Smith (1991).

For more information, see the June IMS Bulletin.

UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health contact: Ramona DuBose, director of communications, (919) 966-7467 or ramona_dubose@unc.edu.



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