Dr. Marie Davidian, William Neal Reynolds Professor of Statistics at North Carolina State University, has been elected president of the American Statistical Association (ASA). Her term of service will begin Jan. 1, 2013. The ASA is a scientific and educational society founded in 1839, with members serving in academia, government and industry in more than 90 countries.
Davidian’s research focuses on developing statistical models and methods for analysis of clinical trials and observational studies, for studying the movement, effect and breakdown of drugs in the human body, and for characterizing disease progression in the design of treatment strategies.
A Fellow of the ASA, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics, Davidian is also a 2010 recipient of the Alexander Quarles Holladay Medal for Excellence, the highest honor NC State can bestow on a faculty member. She is a member of the Tau Beta Pi and Sigma Xi honor societies.
Davidian received both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in applied mathematics and computer science from the University of Virginia School of Engineering and Applied Science, and her Ph.D in statistics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She joined the NC State faculty in 1987.