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Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Spotlight on Math - Morrell

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Fellow MorrellIn April 2010, Professor Christopher H. Morrell was selected as a Fellow of the American Statistical Association. Fellows of the ASA are nominated by their peers and are ASA members of established reputation who have made outstanding contributions in some aspect of statistical work. Given annually, this is a great honor, as the number of recipients is limited to no more than one-third of 1% of the ASA membership. He has been recognized “for significant contributions to the development and application of the linear mixed-effects model to longitudinal data, especially in aging studies; for outstanding work as a statistical collaborator; and for leadership in advancing statistics as a field of study through undergraduate teaching, training, mentoring, and service.”

Dr. Morrell joined the Mathematical Sciences department in 1986 after receiving a Ph.D. in statistics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  He has taught all of the statistics courses offered by the department and he has mentored seven students in undergraduate research projects through Loyola’s Hauber Summer Research Fellow program. He was chair of the department from 2000 – 2006 and he recently led the department to establishing a major in statistics which will begin in the Fall of 2010.

Most of Dr. Morrell’s statistical research work is in collaboration with researchers at the National Institute on Aging (NIA) in Baltimore. He has had almost continuous funding to perform statistical research and to collaborate with various NIA researchers on their projects. He has had more than 20 articles appear in peer-reviewed statistics journals as well as more than 40 papers in non-statistical peer reviewed journals. Most of his statistical research is related to the linear mixed-effects model. This model can be used to analyze and describe repeated measures data from longitudinal studies. He is a coauthor on the third edition of Learning SAS in the Computer Lab with Rebecca Elliott that was published in the spring of 2009.

In 1991 his paper, “Random Truncation and Neutrinos” that appeared in Technometrics was awarded the Frank Wilcoxon prize for the outstanding applications paper. In 1999 he was a coauthor on a paper in the Journal of the Royal Statistical Society that received the Herbert Sichel Award from the South African Statistical Association. In addition, he is on the editorial board of The Open Statistics and Probability Journal, he was an associate editor of the Journal of the Royal Statistical Society: Series C – Applied Statistics from 2002 – 2006, and he has refereed articles for many statistical and non-statistical journals. He is an elected member of the Board of the American Statistical Association's Caucus of Academic Representatives.

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