Two ASA Fellows Elected to National Academy of Sciences

The National Academy of Sciences has elected Trevor Hastie—professor of statistics and John A. Overdeck Professor of Mathematical Sciences and Biomedical Sciences at Stanford University—as a new member and Simon Tavaré—former director of the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute at the University of Cambridge—as a foreign associate. Both honors are in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.

Hastie, who is originally from South Africa, joined the Stanford faculty in 1994, where he had earned his PhD, after spending eight years at the statistics and data analysis research group at Bell Labs in New Jersey. His main research interests have been in applied statistics, with current interests focusing on statistical modeling and prediction. He has published more than 200 articles and five books, the most recent being Computer Age Statistical Inference (with Bradley Efron). Hastie’s work in modeling tools also provided the foundation for much of the statistical modeling in R.

 Tavaré earned his PhD in probability and statistics from the University of Sheffield in the UK and has taught widely in the US, holding positions at the University of Colorado, University of Utah, and University of Southern California. From 2003, he has held several positions at the University of Cambridge, where he is professor of cancer research (bioinformatics) and senior group leader at Cancer Research UK Cambridge Research Institute. He has done pioneering research in computational biology, and his Cambridge group focuses on statistical methods for the analysis of next‑generation sequencing data, evolutionary approaches to cancer, and methods for the analysis of genomics data.

 Both Hastie and Tavaré are fellows of the American Statistical Association.

 View a full list of new members and foreign associates.