Rod Little Lectureship Award
History of the Award
The award was established in 2016 to honor a distinguished alumnae and/or a statistician with outstanding contribution to the field of biostatistics. The award was created to celebrate the legacy and work of our dear colleague, mentor and friend Rod Little. The award recognizes Professor Little's extraordinary contribution to the department of Biostatistics at the University of Michigan and to the broader profession of statistics. Professor Little is a pioneer and thought leader in the field of missing data, Bayesian inference, causal inference and survey research. He has provided superb leadership to the department for more than a decade.
Nomination and Selection Process
The award is given biennially in each even year. Biostatistics faculty nominate and vote on a slate of candidates. The process is completely internal to the department. The award comes with an honorarium of $1000, a plaque and a visit to Ann Arbor in early Fall to present the Lecture.
Professor Elizabeth Stuart
The Department of Biostatistics is pleased to announce that Dr. Elizabeth Stuart from the Department of Biostatistics at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has been awarded the 2020 Rod Little Lectureship Award.
Professor Stuart was chosen unanimously by the department for her profound contribution to causal inference, analysis of observational data and statistical methods for mental health research.
Professor Stuart's lecture titled "Learning what works in populations for public health and public policy: The role of statistics (and statisticians)" has been deferred until 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We look forward to her presentation and celebrating her work then.
2018: Professor Scott Zeger
Professor Scott Zeger from the Johns Hopkins University presented the 2018 Rod Little Lectureship entitled "Individualized Health Decisions; A Biostatistics Call to Arms".
2016: Professor Joel Greenhouse
Professor Joel Greenhouse from the Department of Statistics at Carnegie Mellon University presented the 2016 Rod Little Lectureship entitled "Statistical Thinking and Public Health".