August 18, 2016

photo, Dr. Dig-Geng Chen

Dr. Ding-Geng Chen

Ding-Geng (Din) Chen, PhD, clinical professor of biostatistics at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and Wallace H. Kuralt Distinguished Professor in the School of Social Work at UNC-Chapel Hill, has been named a fellow of the American Statistical Association (ASA).

ASA fellows are selected for their outstanding professional contributions to and leadership in the field of statistical science. Chen was recognized “for leadership and influential contributions in biopharmaceutical statistics research; for leadership and prominent research contributions in public health; for major contributions to biostatistical methodology; for excellence in teaching and mentoring; and for prodigious and significant service to the profession.”

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

Chen, who was recognized at a ceremony at the 2016 ASA Joint Statistical Meetings (JSM), held in Chicago July 30 to Aug. 4, said he was honored to be an elected fellow of the ASA.

“This award has elevated me to a higher level in my career, and I hope that this vote of confidence will allow me to contribute more to the profession,” he said.

Since 1914, the ASA has conferred the designation of fellow, which, according to ASA bylaws, is extended to a maximum of one-third of one percent of the total association membership. Individuals are nominated by their ASA colleagues, and the committee on fellows evaluates each candidate’s contributions, giving consideration to such factors as research, teaching, mentoring, occupation, service to the ASA and the broader community, professional activities and accomplishments in other organizations.

Chen joined the UNC faculty in July 2015, having most recently served on the faculty of the University of Rochester, in Rochester, N.Y. (2010-2015).

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