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Twelfth Annual Janet L. Norwood Award

Kathryn Roeder, Ph.D.
For Outstanding Achievement By A Woman In The Statistical Sciences

Recipient: Kathryn Roeder, Ph.D.

  • Kathryn Roeder, Ph.D.
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Dr. Kathryn Roeder, Professor in the Department of Statistics at Carnegie Mellon University’s Dietrich College of Humanities & Social Sciences, is the recipient of the Twelfth Annual Janet L. Norwood Award for Outstanding Achievement by a Woman in the Statistical Sciences. She will accept the award at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Dr. Roeder is Professor of Statistics at the Lane Center for Computational Biology. In her early work, she played a pivotal role developing the foundations of DNA forensic inference. Her current work focuses on statistical genomics, and the genetic basis of complex disease with an emphasis on autism. Roeder received her BS in Wildlife Resources from University of Idaho and her Ph.D. in Statistics from Pennsylvania State University. Immediately securing an Assistant Professorship at Yale University, her career path then took her to Carnegie Mellon University in 1994. Dr. Roeder is an elected Member of the International Statistical Institute (’95), a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics (’97), and a Fellow of the American Statistical Association (’97). The Committee of Presidents of Statistical Societies (COPSS) has twice honored her with the Presidents’ Award (’97) & the Snedecor Award (’97). A snapshot of activities over her career include board positions with the Institute of Mathematical Statistics, advisor to both the FBI & NRC/NAS on DNA forensics and numerous editorial positions in prominent journals.

Held On: Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Time: 9:30 A.M.
Location: The Edge of Chaos Atrium
The Lister Hill Library, 4th floor
1700 University Boulevard
Birmingham AL
Agenda: [PDF File]
9:30 A.M. Max Michael, M.D.: Dean, School of Public Health
Welcome & Call to Order
9:35 A.M. Ray Watts, M.D.: : President, UAB
UAB Welcome
9:40 A.M. Naomi Fineberg, Ph.D.: Research Prof & Chair, Dept of Biostatistics
Department of Biostatistics Welcome
9:45 A.M. Inmaculada Aban, Ph.D.: Assoc Prof & Dir, Grad Program; Biostatistics
Introduction of Katholi Award winner, Dr. Samantha Seals
9:50 A.M. Samantha Seals, Ph.D.
Acceptance of Katholi Award
9:55 A.M. David B. Allison, Ph.D.: Distinguished Prof & Assoc Dean for Science
Introduction of Dr. Kathryn Roeder
10:00 A.M. Kathryn Roeder, Ph.D.: Professor, Statistics; Carnegie Mellon University
"Statistics and Genetics Open a Window into Autism"
10:50 A.M. David B. Allison, Ph.D. & Max Michael, M.D.
Present award to Dr. Roeder
11:00 A.M. Reception (The Lister Hill Library 4th floor, The Edge of Chaos Café )
12:00 P.M. Fini

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The UAB School of Public Health has a fund-raising effort to grow the endowment for this award in honor of Dr. Norwood and her influence on women in the statistical sciences. For more information about this effort, please contact Dr. David Allison at

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