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Peter Thall Wins 2014 Don Owen Award

Peter Thall Wins 2014 Don Owen Award
On March 21, 2014, San Antonio Chapter vice president Jesús Cuéllar Fuentes (left) presented the Don Owen Award to Dr. Peter Thall (right), for his outstanding contributions to research, statistical consultation, and service to the statistical community.

The 2014 Don Owen Award given by the San Antonio Chapter of the American Statistical Association, was presented to Peter Thall on March 21 at the Conference of Texas Statisticians by the chapter vice president, Jesús Cuéllar Fuentes. The conference was held at the University of Texas (UT) at Dallas and was organized by Drs. Min Chen and Robert Serfling of the Department of Mathematical Sciences. Dr. Thall was nominated by Dr. Robert Serfling of UT Dallas.

Dr. Thall is a professor at the Department of Biostatistics, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. He received his doctoral degree in Statistics and Probability from Florida State University in 1975 after which he worked for 5 years at Department of Mathematical Sciences, UT Dallas and 10 years at the Department of Statistics, George Washington University, Washington, DC before joining UT MD Anderson Cancer Center in 1991.

Dr. Thall has published over 160 referred research articles in statistical and medical journals. His research includes several topics, including probability, stochastic processes, statistical modeling, clinical trials, and the application of Bayesian methods to the design and analysis of clinical trials. He pioneered the Bayesian approach to the design of clinical trials and he is widely recognized for his expertise in the design and analysis of clinical trials.

Dr. Thall has done an extensive amount of statistical consulting with a variety of medical and pharmaceutical companies such as Cytel Corporation and Novartis Pharmaceuticals. He has been invited to talk at numerous professional meetings, universities and government agencies. He has taught courses in a variety of topics, guided several masters and Ph.D. thesis students and supervised several postdoctoral candidates. He has also taught a variety of workshops and short courses in Europe and the US. He serves as associate editor for several journals in the areas of biostatistics and medicine and serves on multiple advisory boards.

The San Antonio Chapter is proud to honor Dr. Thall for his excellence in research, statistical consultation, and service to the statistical community. The Don Owen Award is presented annually by the San Antonio Chapter of the American Statistical Association, and sponsored by the Taylor and Francis Group, a leading international academic publisher.