Professor named vice president of the American Statistical Association

July 06, 2012

James L. Rosenberger, professor of statistics at Penn State, has been elected to the position of Vice President of the American Statistical Association (ASA). The ASA is the world's largest community of statisticians, supporting "excellence in the development, application, and dissemination of statistical science through meetings, publications, membership services, education, accreditation and advocacy."

Rosenberger's research interests include linear models, statistical methodology, the design of experiments, bioinformatics, and statistical computing. He is an elected fellow of the American Statistical Association and the American Association for the Advancement of Science and, in 2011, he was honored with a Distinguished Service Award from the National Institute of Statistical Sciences (NISS). He has published over 70 scientific papers, reports, and review articles, and he has served as a reviewer for various scientific journals including Computational Statistics and Data Analysis, Statistical Science, and the Journal of the American Statistical Society. In addition, he has served as an editor for Statistical Science and as an associate editor for Computational Statistics and Data Analysis. He has presented invited talks and lectures at symposia across the United States and throughout Europe and Asia. He also has served on committees for the National Science Foundation and the National Association for the Advancement of Science and on the Board of Trustees for the National Institute of Statistical Sciences.

During his career, Rosenberger has mentored over 40 master's and doctoral degree graduate students in statistics. He also has served on the graduate committees of many students in other disciplines. During his years at Penn State, he has served in a variety of leadership positions. From 1991 to 2006, he was head of the Department of Statistics, and he currently serves the department as the director of Outreach and Online Programs. From 2002 to 2007, he also directed the Bioinformatics Consulting Center of the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences. From 1998 to 2000 he worked at the National Science Foundation as program director of statistics. In addition to his duties at Penn State, Rosenberger has held several positions as a consulting statistician, for example, for the Strategic Highway Research Program in Washington, D.C., the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue, and for private companies.

Before joining the Penn State faculty in 1976, Rosenberger was a programmer and statistical assistant in the cardiovascular research department of New York University Medical Center and a graduate assistant in the biometrics unit of Cornell University. He earned a doctoral degree at Cornell University in 1977 and a master's degree at Polytechnic Institute of New York in 1972. He earned a bachelor's degree at Eastern Mennonite University in 1968.


  • James L. Rosenberger, professor of statistics at Penn State.

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