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Elston named Zelen Leadership Award recipient

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Award recognizes those who influence theory and practice of statistical science

The Department of Biostatistics at the School of Public Health has named Robert C. Elston, director of the Division of Genetic and Molecular Epidemiology at Case Western Reserve University, the recipient of the 2004 Marvin Zelen Leadership Award in Statistical Science. Elston will deliver a lecture at Harvard on June 4. He will also be presented with a citation and an honorarium.

The annual award, which recognizes an individual in government, industry, or academia who has greatly influenced the theory and practice of statistical science, was established to honor the long and distinguished career of Zelen, professor of statistical science in the faculty of public health.

Nominations for next year’s award should be sent to the Marvin Zelen Leadership Award Committee, Department of Biostatistics, Harvard School of Public Health, 655 Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02115. While individual accomplishments are considered, the most distinguishing criterion is the candidate’s contribution to the creation of an environment in which statistical science and its applications have flourished. Nominations should include a letter describing the contributions of the candidate, specifically highlighting the criteria for the award, and a curriculum vita. Supporting letters and materials would be extremely helpful to the committee. All nominations must be received by Nov. 1.