Dr. Raymond J. Carroll, distinguished professor of statistics and professor of nutrition and toxicology at Texas A&M University, has received an honorary doctorate degree from the Catholic University of Louvain (UCL) in Belgium for his fundamental contributions and international leadership in many areas of statistical research, education and practice throughout his accomplished career.

The degree was presented May 31 in Louvain, located near Brussels, by the Faculty of Sciences and the Institute of Multidisciplinary Research for Modeling and Quantitative Analysis (IMMAQ) as part of a joint 20-year-anniversary celebration for the UCL Institute of Statistics, Biostatistics and Actuarial Science (ISBA). Carroll was honored for distinction in his scientific career, and he delivered a presentation related to his research in conjunction with the event.

"This is yet another fantastic recognition of Raymond Carroll's research work and its vast impact on the scientific community," said Dr. Simon J. Sheather, professor and head of the Texas A&M Department of Statistics.

A 25-year veteran of the Texas A&M faculty, Carroll joined the Department of Statistics in 1987. He currently serves as director of the Institute for Applied Mathematics and Computational Science (IAMCS) and is the founding director of the Center for Statistical Bioinformatics. He is one of the world's leading experts on problems of measurement error, statistical regression modeling and, more recently, statistical methods in genomics. He is perhaps most recognized for his founding of the area of nonlinear measurement error modeling, with applications to nutritional and radiation epidemiology.

"One of Dr. Carroll's areas of expertise is the use of statistical methods and models to better respond to the important issues in nutrition," said his longtime collaborator Ingrid Van Keilegom, a professor in the UCL Institute of Statistics and a fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Sciences (IMS). "His research has provided a better understanding of the link between a person's health and daily diet."

Carroll has authored more than 360 scientific publications in a variety of statistical areas, with research applications that span the gamut of multidisciplinary -- from marine biology, to econometrics, to genetic epidemiology, to molecular biology in nutrition. In addition, he is a former editor for two of his profession's most prestigious journals, "Biometrics" and the "Journal of the American Statistical Association."

As perhaps his most significant recognition to date in a career filled with accolades scholarly and otherwise (including the two most important awards in statistics), Carroll was rewarded in 2005 for his pioneering efforts in nutritional epidemiology and biology with a National Cancer Institute Method to Extend Research in Time (MERIT) Award. Less than 1 percent of all National Institutes of Health-funded investigators merit selection for the highly selective award, which includes up to 10 years of grant support. Carroll is the first winner in Texas A&M University's history as well as the first statistician to be chosen by the NCI since the inception of the program in 1987.

In addition to his many research achievements and honors, Carroll is a dedicated teacher, having won a Texas A&M Association of Former Students Distinguished Achievement Award in Teaching (college level) in 2003. He also is the namesake of the Raymond J. Carroll Young Investigator Award, established within the Department of Statistics in 2010 in recognition of Carroll's research and educational excellence and mentorship of generations of young statisticians.

"Even though he is a very busy man, he spends a lot of time to help Ph.D. students, postdocs and young faculty members with their careers," Van Keilegom noted. "He is continuous and very generous in his support toward young people."

To learn more about Carroll and his career expertise and accomplishments, visit http://www.stat.tamu.edu/~carroll/.

For more information on the Catholic University of Louvain, go to http://www.uclouvain.be/en-index.html.


Contact: Shana K. Hutchins, (979) 862-1237 or shutchins@science.tamu.edu

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