Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Welcome to New AAAS Fellows

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is the world’s largest general scientific society. It is a remarkable accomplishment to be chosen as an AAAS Fellow. To be admitted into the 140-year-old organization, nominees are reviewed by steering groups within their particular sections, and a final list is then forwarded to the AAAS Council, who then votes on the aggregate list. The Department of Statistics is proud to see two of our alumni bestowed with such a prestigious honor: Dr. Susmita Datta and Dr. Sanjay Shete.

Now a professor at the University of Louisville in the Department of Bioinformatics and Biostatistics, Datta was elected as an AAAS Fellow for her contributions to research in bioinformatics, computational biology, and biostatistics. She is also a Fellow of the American Statistical Association and an elected member of the International Statistical Institute. She currently serves as president of the Caucus for Women in Statistics. Datta received both her MS '90 and her PhD '95 from UGA Department of Statistics.

Shete, who received his PhD '98 from the UGA Department of Statistics, is a genetic epidemiologist and the section chief of behavioral and social statistics at the University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center. He is the principal investigator for a number of research projects at MD Anderson Cancer Center as well as the university’s director of the biostatistics, bioinformatics, and systems biology program at the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. He is also a Fellow of the American Statistical Association.

Datta and Shete will be presented with an official certificate and a gold and blue rosette pin — the colors representing the disciplines of science and engineering — on Saturday, February 14, during the 2015 AAAS Annual Meeting in San Jose, California.

Congratulations to Dr. Susmita Datta and Dr. Sanjay Shete for your continued success and advancement. And as always, Go Dawgs!