William Bridges was recognized for his achievements during a formal ceremony on July 31 in Vancouver at the 2018 Joint Statistical Meetings.

William Bridges was recognized for his achievements during a formal ceremony on July 31 in Vancouver at the 2018 Joint Statistical Meetings.
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CLEMSON, South Carolina – William Bridges, Alumni Distinguished Professor in the department of mathematical sciences, has been elected a Fellow of the American Statistical Association, one of the highest professional honors a statistician can receive.

Bridges was recognized for his achievements during a formal ceremony on July 31 in Vancouver at the 2018 Joint Statistical Meetings, one of the largest gatherings of statisticians in the world with more than 6,500 participants from 50-plus nations.

“This is one of the highlights of my career,” Bridges said. “To me, being named an ASA Fellow is an indication of lots of support from colleagues, my department and Clemson. This is an important recognition for us all.”

The ASA Fellowship has been a significant honor for more than a century and recognizes individuals with established reputations who have made outstanding contributions to statistical science. Individuals are nominated by their ASA peers.

Statistical science involves collaboration with researchers from other scientific disciplines in the planning of studies and the careful summarization of the data gathered in the studies. The major emphasis on collaboration makes statistics somewhat different from many other disciplines in science. Bridges’ areas of expertise include understanding properties of estimators, applications of generalized mixed models, statistical genetics, and the design and analysis of research studies.

“Dr. Bridges’ statistical expertise has positively impacted students and faculty in many departments – both academic and administrative – across campus. And as evidenced by this award, he is highly regarded by many people beyond Clemson University,” said Chris Cox, chair of the department of mathematical sciences. “He is a role model, in the best sense, of what we aspire to be as faculty members.”

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