Dipankar Bandyopadhyay, Ph.D., a professor in the Department of Biostatistics and director of the Biostatistics Shared Resource Core at the Massey Cancer Center, has been named a fellow of the American Statistical Association. The distinction is one of ASA’s top honors, with only one-third of 1 percent of the total membership designated as fellows. Individuals are nominated by their ASA colleagues and the ASA Committee on Fellows evaluates each candidate’s contributions, including factors such as research, teaching, mentoring, occupation, service to the ASA and broader community, professional activities and accomplishments in other organizations.

Bandyopadhyay was recognized for “innovative statistical applications to high-impact problems in oral epidemiology and public health; for excellent research contributions to survival analysis, correlated data, spatial epidemiology and robust regression; for extensive interdisciplinary collaborations; and for exemplary service to the profession.”

He and 60 other fellows from across the world will be inducted at a ceremony July 31 at the 2018 Joint Statistical Meetings in Vancouver, British Columbia.

“I am humbled and honored to be elected an ASA fellow,” Bandyopadhyay said. “This is a significant honor for the Department of Biostatistics and VCU. This recognition has elevated my career towards an upward trajectory and will continue to inspire me to contribute more towards the profession.”

Bandyopadhyay joined the VCU faculty in 2015 after positions at the University of Minnesota and the Medical University of South Carolina. He received his undergraduate and master’s degrees in mathematical statistics from the University of Calcutta in Kolkata, India, and a doctorate in statistics from the University of Georgia.

The ASA is the world’s largest community of statisticians. It is the second-oldest, continuously operating professional association in the country. Since its founding in Boston in 1839, the ASA has supported excellence in the development, application and dissemination of statistical science through meetings, publications, membership services, education, accreditation and advocacy. The group has nearly 19,000 members in more than 90 countries.

Originally posted by VCU News.