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2007 Honor a Statistician Award
The Connecticut Chapter is recognizing Chapter members who have made significant contributions to statistics and its applications with the Honor A Statistician Award. Involvement in Chapter activities is also considered. This year we were pleased to present Heping Zhang with the award. Heping was presented with the award at the Chapter Banquet in June 2007.

The abstract for Heping’s talk is presented below:
Genetic Analysis of Ordinal Traits
For complex diseases, especially mental health conditions including nicotine dependence and substance use, the outcome variables are often recorded in an ordinal rather than quantitative scale. The naturally recorded ordinal traits are usually analyzed either as quantitative traits or being dichotomized. It has been demonstrated repeatedly in recent studies that this commonly used approach to dealing with ordinal traits is inadequate and results in loss of power. After discussing general principles and an overview of related work, I will present score test statistics that belong to a general class of family-based association tests (FBATs) for ordinal traits. This new approach can adjust for the effects of covariates. Simulation results will be presented to compare the type I error and power of our proposed tests with existing tests. The empirical result suggests that our test produces reasonable type I errors and has better power than the existing tests. The proposed test was used to analyze GAW14 data on alcoholism and identified several single nucleotide polymorphisms including rs485874, rs619, rs718251, rs1869907 that are significantly associated with alcohol dependence after adjusting for gender and age.
This is a joint work with Rui Feng, Xueqin Wang, Hongtu Zhu and Yuanqing Ye.
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