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James J. Cochran

James J. Cochran

James J. Cochran, a professor at the University of Alabama-Tuscaloosa and an active member of INFORMS, was presented the Founders Award by the American Statistical Association (ASA).

The honor is presented annually to ASA members who have rendered distinguished and long-term service to the association. The award was presented at the 2014 Joint Statistical Meetings (JSM 2014) in Boston. ASA is the nation’s preeminent professional statistical society.

To be eligible for the honor, ASA members must have served the association and its membership over an extended period and in a variety of volunteer leadership roles. These roles include chapter, section, committee, officer or editorial activities in which effective service or leadership was provided within the ASA or on behalf of the association to other professional organizations.

Cochran was cited for “his vision for international outreach expressed through the creation of Statistics Without Borders and the Friends of Australasia; for his leadership of the ASA Section on Statistics in Sports; for his commitment and service to both the Council of Sections and the Council of Chapters; for his service on ASA committees; for representing our profession and association well in a variety of other endeavors; and for taking on all these responsibilities with enthusiasm and good grace.”

Cochran was one of three individuals honored with the Founders Award this year.