Dipankar Bandyopadhyay, Ph.D., professor of biostatistics, and senior advisor for data and cancer modeling with the VCU Massey Cancer Center Biostatistics Shared Resource, was awarded the inaugural Dayanand Naik award from the Virginia Chapter of the American Statistical Association (ASA).

Established in 2021, the award recognizes an individual (who works, or resides in Virginia, during the time of the award) for outstanding research contributions and service to the Commonwealth of Virginia in statistics and related fields.

The award memorializes the life and contributions of Dayanand Naik, professor of statistics at Old Dominion University, who passed away in 2012.  Naik was a fellow in the ASA, and an active researcher working in the areas of linear models, multivariate analysis, and statistical inference. At Old Dominion University, he advised more than ten students on their PhD dissertations on a variety of topics.

The ASA is the world’s largest community of statisticians and the second oldest continuously operating professional association in the United States.