Methodology Center Researcher, Runze Li, honored by United Nations and American Statistical Association

July 19, 2011

Runze Li, professor of statistics and of public health sciences, and principal investigator at The Methodology Center, recently received accolades from the United Nations’ World Meteorological Association (WMO) and the American Statistical Association (ASA) for his statistical innovations.

Li will be named a fellow of the ASA at the group’s annual meeting on August 2. The ASA is an organization that supports excellence in the development, application, and dissemination of statistical science through meetings, publications, membership services, education, accreditation, and advocacy. Li's publications on statistical methods have been cited by researchers thousands of times.

Li also has received the 2012 Norbert Gerbier-MUMM International Award from the WMO for a paper he coauthored, titled “Climate control of terrestrial carbon exchange across biomes and continents.” In the paper, the authors examine relationships between the climate and the carbon exchange of land-based ecosystems to predict future levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. The award is presented annually to “an original scientific paper on the influence of meteorology in a particular field of the physical, natural or human sciences, or on the influence of one of these sciences on meteorology.” Li was one of 151 authors from 116 academic institutions and the only statistician on the project.

Li’s contributions to the field of statistics include work on determining which variables should be included in an experimental model and on the analysis intensive longitudinal data. He received a National Science Foundation Career Award in 2004 and is a fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics. In 2000, he joined the Penn State faculty after earning his doctoral degree in statistics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He joined The Methodology Center as a principal investigator in 2002.

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Contacts

Runze Li: ril4@psu.edu
Aaron Wagner (PIO): atw14@psu.edu

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