David B. Allison, Dean of the Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington, Distinguished Professor and Provost Professor, was awarded June 19th with the 2018 Harry V. Roberts Statistical Advocate of the Year Award by the American Statistical Association for distinguished and longstanding contributions in sound methodology, research integrity, and clear exposition of complex statistical concepts, especially in the globally important fields of nutrition and obesity.
The Harry V. Roberts Statistical Advocate of the Year Award, established in 2002 by the Chicago Chapter of the American Statistical Association, is named for Harry V. Roberts, an exemplar of statistical advocacy. It recognizes the accomplishments and contributions of those who have successfully advocated appropriate and effective uses of statistics and data-analytic approaches in business and the public sector. Additionally, the award recognizes the promotion of statistical reasoning by individuals who may or may not be statisticians.
Recipients are individuals whose advocacy efforts have inspired respect for data and the effective use of statistical reasoning in areas where such respect and use were lacking. They also have had a significant impact on an organization or sector.