The School of Mathematics and Applied Statistics (SMAS) hosted the 2021 Statistical Science Lecturer, Scott L. Zeger, John C. Malone Professor of Biostatistics and Medicine, on 3 November 2021.
Scott L. Zeger is The Johns Hopkins University’s co-Director of Hopkins in Health, the Johns Hopkins precision medicine partnership of the University, Health System, and Applied Physics Laboratory. He conducts statistical research on regression analysis for correlated responses and on methods for precision medicine. He has made substantive contributions to our understanding of the effects on health of smoking and air pollution, the global etiology of children’s pneumonia, and other topics.
Professor Zeger has served as expert witness to the U.S. Department of Justice and several states in their civil suits against the tobacco industry and as a member of the Board of Scientific Advisors for the Merck Research Laboratory. He is a member of the Springer-Verlag editorial board for Statistics and was the founding co-editor of the Oxford University Press journal, Biostatistics. Professor Zeger’s work has been recognized with several awards including most recently an honorary doctorate from Lancaster University in England and the 2015 Karl Pearson Prize from the International Statistical Institute with Kung-Yee Liang for their development of Generalized Estimating Equations (GEE). Professor Zeger is most proud of his Golden Apple Awards from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School Student Assembly, for excellence in teaching.
On 3 November 2021, Professor Zeger delivered the 2021 Statistical Science Lecture: “Saving Medical Dollars, Trillions at a Time: A Statistical Perspective,” in a hybrid face-to-face and online fashion with approximately 130 attendees. A COVID-safe reception after the lecture rounded out a very successful celebration of Statistical Science at the University of Wollongong.
The Statistical Science Lecture began in 2018 and is an annual event made possible by a philanthropic donation to the University of Wollongong. More details can be found at the.