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WPI Professor Named American Statistical Association Fellow

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WORCESTER, Mass. - September 9, 2003 - Balgobin Nandram, professor of mathematical sciences at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, has been selected a fellow of the American Statistical Association (ASA) for contributions in Bayesian hierarchical models and finite population sampling, and for successful efforts in mentoring students.

Professor Nandram, has been with WPI's Department of Mathematical Science since 1989. He received his undergraduate education at the University of Guyana in mathematics and physics, as well as a diploma in mathematics education. He received a master of science degree in statistics from Imperial College in London and his Ph.D. in statistics from the University of Iowa.

"A fellowship in the ASA is a great honor," said Bogdan Vernescu, professor and department head of WPI's Mathematical Sciences Department. "Fellowships are bestowed on a select group and recognizes the established reputation of those who have made outstanding contributions in some aspect of statistical work."

Professor Nandram resides in Worcester. He has recently won the Best Paper Award given by the Statistical Awards Ceremony Committee of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. He will spend this academic year at the National Center for Health Statics (NCHS) in Hyattsville, Maryland.

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