Daniel Heitjan Elected Chair of the Biometrics Section of the American Statistical AssociationMAY 29, 2007
Daniel Heitjan, PhD, Professor of Biostatistics and Senior Scholar,
CCEB, has been elected Chair of the Biometrics Section of the American Statistical Association (ASA). The American Statistical Association, founded in 1839, is one of the oldest professional associations in the United States and is the largest professional statistical association in the world. ASA members may choose to join any of its 21 sections, which focus on particular types of methodology or application. The ASA is the managing partner of the annual Joint Statistical Meetings (JSM), the world's largest statistical conference.
The Biometrics Section, one of the largest of the ASA sections, is concerned with the development and application of statistical and mathematical modeling methods in the biological sciences, including agriculture, biology, health, medicine, and related fields.
Dr. Heitjan has been elected Chair-Elect of the Biometrics Section by a vote of the Section's members. He will serve as Chair-Elect in 2008, as Chair in 2009, and as Past Chair in 2010. The Chair's responsibilities include providing administrative and scientific leadership to the Section, as well as appointing the Program Chair (who organizes the Section's contributions to the JSM) and several other Section officers. Dr. Heitjan, who was elected a Fellow of the ASA in 1997, previously served as the Biometrics Section Program Chair for the 2002 JSM and as overall Program Chair for the 2005 JSM.
This is not the first time that a Penn faculty member has held this position. Thomas Ten Have, Professor of Biostatistics, is the 2007 Chair of the Biometrics Section.