Janet L. Norwood Award

Janet L. Norwood, Ph.D.Dr. Janet L. Norwood was the first woman commissioner of the US Bureau of Labor Statistics and is Past-President of the American Statistical Association. She was the Presidential appointment to the Chair of the Advisory Council on Unemployment Compensation from 1993-96. From 1979 through 1991, Dr. Norwood was the U.S. Commissioner of Labor Statistics, responsible for the Bureau of Labor Statistics and its work in compilation, publication, and interpretation of statistics on employment and unemployment, prices, compensation, industrial relations, productivity, and economic growth. She testified monthly before the Joint Economic Committee and frequently before other Congressional Committees. In recognition of her public service, Dr. Norwood received Distinguished rank in the Senior Executive Service from President Reagan.

The School of Public Health at The University of Alabama at Birmingham is pleased to announce the creation of the Janet L. Norwood Award for outstanding achievement by a woman in the statistical sciences. The school wishes not only to recognize Dr. Norwood’s achievements, but also to recognize the contribution of all women to the statistical sciences. It is noteworthy that women have been traditionally under-represented many fields of science, with the degree of under-representation greater for the quantitative sciences. This denies the field the benefit of the great contributions women are obviously capable of making to the statistical sciences. Establishing this award will help promote the active involvement of women in the statistical sciences at all levels from high school through senior faculty and scientists. The award will be part of the School’s proposal to develop an integrated series of activities based locally at UAB and in the Birmingham, Alabama, area. However, we plan to structure these activities with the aims of having global impact by (1) cultivating the role of individual women who can progress to work in the statistical sciences beyond UAB; (2) serving as a demonstration project that that can be disseminated to other universities for emulation; and (3) conducting selected activities at UAB and at national scientific conferences that promote the role of women in the statistical sciences by both word and example.

The recipient of the annual award will be an internationally recognized statistician. The recipient will receive an honorarium, give a distinguished lecture at UAB, and meet with students and young faculty at UAB. This lecture will be widely publicized and attendance strongly encouraged from all undergraduate and graduate students in the quantitative sciences, especially women.

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