SRL Assistant Director Receives UIC Award of Merit

Linda OwensDr. Linda Owens, Assistant Director for Sampling and Analysis at the Survey Research Laboratory, received the UIC Award of Merit during a ceremony held on November 15, 2016 at the UIC Forum. The UIC Award of Merit is a university-wide honor recognizing outstanding Academic Professional and Civil Service employees for sustained excellence in performance and commitment to their jobs. Linda holds a doctorate in Sociology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and has been with the Survey Research Laboratory since 1997. Congratulations, Linda!!

Linda joins the following past SRL award winners:

Isabel Farrar     Award of Merit – 2015
Jie Chen     Award of Merit – 2014
Marguerite Harris     Award of Merit – 2003
Jennifer Parsons     CAPE - 2013
Michelle White     Award of Merit – 2000


Johnson Named ASA Fellow

SRL Director Timothy P. Johnson has been named a 2015 Fellow of the American Statistical Association (ASA), the nation’s preeminent professional statistical society, announced ASA President David R. Morganstein.

isabel farrarTo be recognized as an ASA Fellow, each honoree must make outstanding professional contributions to and have exhibited leadership in the field of statistical science. Johnson was honored for for research in cross-cultural survey methods and in measurement equivalence across cultural groups; for development and effective dissemination of methodology for health surveys, in particular surveys of multicultural, disadvantaged, marginalized, and other hard-to-reach populations; for promotion of ethics, professional standards and transparency in survey research; and for exemplary service to the profession.

“I congratulate Tim on being honored as a new ASA Fellow,” said Morganstein. “His accomplishments have contributed greatly to the advancement of statistical science and have rightfully earned him the respect and admiration of his ASA peers.”

The designation of ASA Fellow has been a significant honor for nearly 100 years. Under ASA bylaws, the Committee on Fellows can elect up to one-third of one percent of the total membership as fellows each year. Individuals are nominated by their peers in the association membership.

To be honored, nominees must have an established reputation and have made outstanding contributions in statistical science. The Committee on Fellows evaluates each candidate’s contributions to the advancement of statistical science and places due weight to published works, the position held with their employer, ASA activities, membership and accomplishments in other societies and other professional activities.

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