Duke StatSci Sweeps Awards at ISBA 2022

10 students at ISBA event
Duke Ph.D. Students at ISBA Event

Multiple members of Duke's Department of Statistical Science – from faculty, postdocs and current students to alumni – received top honors during the 2022 World Meeting of the International Society of Bayesian Analysis (ISBA). The event, which attracted more than 600 top researchers from around the world, brings together its diverse international community of investigators in statistics to share recent findings and present new and challenging problems. 

During the conference, Duke was recognized in the following areas:

Poster Award Winners
  • Undergraduate Chen (Flora) Shi, and Ph.D. students Ale Zito, Shounak Chattopadhyay, Michele Peruzzi, Jennifer Kampe, and Justin Weltz were among the 36 poster award winners out of more than 270 contenders. 
McAlinn and West with presenter
Mike West (right) and Ken McAlinn (left) receive honorable mention
Honorable Mention for Mitchell Prize
  • Ken McAlinn (Ph.D. 2017), Jouchi Nakajima (Ph.D. 2012), and Duke's Arts and Science Distinguished Professor of Statistics and Decision Sciences Mike West (along with collaborator Knut Are Aastveit) won an Honorable mention for the 2021 Mitchell prize for their paper "Multivariate Bayesian Predictive Synthesis in Macroeconomic Forecasting” which appeared in the Journal of the American Statistical Association in  2020. The prize is awarded in recognition of an outstanding paper that describes how a Bayesian statistical analysis has solved an important applied problem. 
Savage Award 
  • Aritra Guha (Postdoctoral Associate 2020-2021) won the Leonard J Savage Award (Theory and Methods) for an outstanding doctoral dissertation.
Herring with two presenters
Amy Herring (center) is elected ISBA Fellow
New ISBA Fellows
  • Duke Statistical Science's Sara & Charles Ayres Professor Amy Herring, Bertrand Clarke (Visiting Assistant Professor 2004), Hedibert Lopes (Ph.D. 2000) were all elected ISBA Fellows in recognition of their outstanding contributions to the discipline through publication, teaching, or service, including service to the society.
Zellner Medal
  • Raquel Prado (Ph.D. 1998) won the prestigious Zellner Medal in recognition of exceptional and distinguished service to ISBA over an extended period of time and a lasting impact on the society.
De Finetti Lecture Presentation
  • Professor Mike West gave the De Finetti Lecture, an honor bestowed on an outstanding scholar who has provided significant contributions to the advancement of Bayesian Statistics.
Li Ma with presenter
Li Ma (right) receives Certificate of Appreciation
Certificates of Appreciation
  • Associate Professor of Statistical Science Li Ma and Thanasis Kottas (Visiting Assistant Professor 2000-2002) received Certificate of Appreciation for outstanding service and leadership in organization of ISBA meetings. 

The 2022 World Meeting of International Society of Bayesian Analysis, which also celebrated the 30-year anniversary of ISBA, was held June 26-July 1 in Montreal, Canada.