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COLLEGE STATION --

Jeffrey D. Hart and Naisyin Wang, professors of statistics at Texas A&M University, have been named fellows of the American Statistical Association (ASA).

A member of the ASA since 1978, Hart is cited by the association "for outstanding research and exposition in nonparametric curve estimation, time series analysis, bootstrap methods and lack-of-fit test and editorial service."

Hart joined the Texas A&M's statistics faculty in 1982 after serving as an assistant professor of mathematics for one year at the University of Arkansas. Recognized as a fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics in 1994, he was honored with a College of Science Distinguished Achievement Award in Teaching from the Association of Former Students in 1995.

In addition to his teaching, research and advising commitments, Hart currently serves his profession as an associate editor for "Test" as well as for the theory and methods section of "Journal of the American Statistical Association." He received his bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees from Southern Methodist University.

Wang is cited by the Association "for fundamental contributions to measurement error modeling on correlated data; for nonparametric and semiparametric approaches in transformation models and general imputation estimators; for teaching; and for service to the profession."

A member of the Texas A&M faculty since 1992, Wang currently holds a dual appointment as a professor within the Department of Statistics and the Faculty of Toxicology.

She recently was awarded a prestigious nutrition, biostatistics and bioinformation training grant for 2001-2006 from the National Cancer Institute.

Wang, who received her master's and doctoral degrees in statistics from Cornell University, has been a visiting scholar at several of the nation's leading health care research institutions, including the University of Washington's Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and Statistics Department (1999-2000) and the Biostatistics Departments at both the Harvard School of Public Health (1994-1995) and Johns Hopkins University (1992). She currently serves as an associate editor of "Biometrics" and "Journal of the American Statistical Association."

According to H. Joseph Newton, professor of statistics and interim dean of the Texas A&M College of Science, the designation of fellow is a superlative honor in the association that for more than 75 years has signified an individual's outstanding service to and leadership in the field of statistical science.

"These honors are further evidence of the strength of the faculty in our Statistics Department, which is generally regarded as a top 10 department nationally," Newton said. "With these two additions, we now have 11 ASA fellows among our 17 professors in statistics."

Contact: Shana K. Hutchins, (979) 862-1237, via e-mail shutchins@tamu.edu;
Jeffrey D. Hart, (979) 845-3178, via e-mail hart@stat.tamu.edu; or
Naisyin Wang, (979) 862-2049, via e-mail nwang@stat.tamu.edu

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