Carnegie Mellon University
January 28, 2019

Dean Rebecca Doerge Named Chair-Elect of AAAS Statistics Section

By Jocelyn Duffy

Jocelyn Duffy
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Rebecca W. Doerge, the Glen de Vries Dean of the Mellon College of Science and professor of statistics and data science and biological sciences at Carnegie Mellon University, has been chosen by her peers as chair-elect of the Statistics Section of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world's largest general scientific society.

Doerge will begin her three-year term following the 2019 AAAS Annual Meeting, starting as chair-elect on Feb. 18, 2019. She will become chair of the section on Feb. 17, 2020, and retiring chair on Feb. 15, 2021. She will serve on the section's steering group that nominates and reviews candidates for AAAS Fellowship, propose and review annual meeting symposia, lead the section business meeting, serve on the Electorate Nominating Committee and represent section interests on the AAAS Council.

Doerge's research program focuses on statistical bioinformatics, an interdisciplinary component of bioinformatics that brings together many scientific disciplines for the purpose of asking, answering and disseminating biologically interesting information in the quest to understand the ultimate function of DNA and epigenomic associations.

Doerge was elected as an AAAS Fellow in 2008. She also is a fellow of the American Statistical Association and a fellow of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation; and a member of the board of trustees for the National Institute of Statistical Sciences and the Mathematical Biosciences Institute.