Dr. Marie Davidian has won a national award honoring a female pioneer in statistics.
Davidian received the 2011 F.N. David Award, named for an expert in combinatorial probability theory who wrote books such as the classic Games, Gods and Gambling. The award, established in 2001, is sponsored jointly by the Committee of Presidents of Statistical Societies and the Caucus for Women in Statistics.
Davidian, the William Neal Reynolds Professor of Statistics, will begin a term as president of the American Statistical Association (ASA) in 2013.
She develops statistical models and methods for analyzing clinical trials and observational studies, used to study the movement, effect and breakdown of drugs in the human body, and to characterize disease progression.
Davidian is a fellow of the ASA, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the Institute of Mathematical Statistics. In 2010 she received the Alexander Quarles Holladay Medal, NC State’s highest faculty honor.
A faculty member since 1987, Davidian earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in applied mathematics and computer science from the University of Virginia and a doctorate in statistics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.