Judith D. Singer, senior vice provost for Faculty Development and Diversity and the James Bryant Conant Professor of Education, is the recipient of the 13th annual Janet L. Norwood Award for Outstanding Achievement by a Woman in the Statistical Sciences, The University of Alabama at Birmingham announced last week.

Singer is an internationally renowned statistician and social scientist whose scholarly work focuses on improving the quantitative methods used in social, educational, and behavioral research. Although she has published across a broad array of disciplines, she is best known for her contributions to the practice of multilevel modeling, survival analysis, and individual growth modeling, especially making these and other statistical methods accessible to empirical researchers. In 2012, her nomination by President Barack Obama to serve as a member of the board of directors of the National Board of Education Sciences was confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

Considered one of the most prestigious awards for women in the statistical sciences, the Norwood Award was created by The University of Alabama at Birmingham in honor of Dr. Janet L. Norwood, the first woman commissioner of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and past President of the American Statistical Association.

As part of the award, Singer will deliver a lecture in Birmingham on Sept. 10 titled, “Fostering the Advancement of Women in Academia.”