The Harvard School of Public Health’s (HSPH) Department of Biostatistics announced that Melissa D. Begg will be the first recipient of the newly established Lagakos Distinguished Alumni Award. Begg will deliver a lecture and be presented with the inaugural award on Sept. 28, preceding the kickoff of the 2012 HSPH Alumni Weekend.

The Lagakos award honors the career of Professor Stephen Lagakos by recognizing department alumni whose research in statistical theory and application, leadership in biomedical research, and commitment to teaching have had a major impact on the theory and practice of statistical science.

Begg graduated from the Department of Biostatistics in 1989, and she currently serves as professor of clinical biostatistics and as vice dean of education at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. The award recognizes Begg’s accomplishments in education, scientific collaboration, and statistical methodology, as well as her leadership role in academic administration.

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