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The American Statistical Association announces 2018 winner of the ASA Karl E. Peace Award for Outstanding Statistical Contributions for the Betterment of Society

Patrick Ball of Human Rights Data Analysis Group has been selected as the 2018 winner of the American Statistical Association (ASA) Karl E. Peace Award for Outstanding Statistical Contributions for the Betterment of Society.  

Ball was recognized for his work in bringing justice to human rights violations across the globe and the pioneering use of statistical design and analysis principles in this important work. He also founded the Human RIghts Data Analysis Group and continues leadership of the organization that provides data-driven testimony in war crime trials and has published reports on human rights violations, including war crimes, refugee displacement and police violence.

“The committee has done an exceptional job at choosing annual recipients of the ASA Karl E. Peace Award for Statistical Contributions for the Betterment of Society,” said Karl Peace, Ph.D. “From the first recipient, the late Marvin Zelen, affectionately known as the Godfather of biostatistics whose work greatly improved clinical research in cancer to the current awardee, Patrick Ball, whose work in human rights has been indispensable, and all recipients in between, all have outstanding credentials and society is better for the contributions of these stellar individuals.”

Established in 2012, the Karl E. Peace Award for Outstanding Statistical Contributions for the Betterment of Society recognizes statisticians who have made substantial contributions to the statistical profession and to society in general. The award was established by Christopher K. Peace, son of Karl E. Peace, Ph.D., on behalf of the Peace family to honor the life work of his father. Peace endowed the Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health at Georgia Southern University to honor his late wife, Jiann-Ping Hsu, Ph.D.

Previous Award Recipients are Marvin Zelen, Harvard University, 2012; Fritz Schueren, University of Chicago, 2012; Richard Macey Simon, National Cancer Institute, 2013; Gary Grove Koch, University of North Carolina, 2014; James Cochran, University of Alabama, 2015; Ronald Brookmeyer, University of California, 2016; Gary M. Shapiro, Statistics without Borders, 2016; Mitchell H. Gail, National Cancer Institute 2017; and Mary Gray, Harvard University, 2017.

Georgia Southern University, a public Carnegie Doctoral/Research institution founded in 1906, offers 141 degree programs serving more than 27,000 students through nine colleges on three campuses in Statesboro, Savannah, Hinesville and online instruction. A leader in higher education in southeast Georgia, the University provides a diverse student population with expert faculty, world-class scholarship and hands-on learning opportunities. Georgia Southern creates lifelong learners who serve as responsible scholars, leaders and stewards in their communities. Visit


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