Larry Hedges, the Board of Trustees Professor of Statistics and Education and Social Policy, is the 2013-14 recipient of the Statistician of the Year Award, presented by the Chicago chapter of the American Statistical Association. He was selected for the award by past recipients based on his commitment to the statistical sciences that has influenced the fields of statistics, education, psychology and other disciplines.
Hedges is best known for his work on statistical methods for meta-analysis, a statistical analysis of the results of multiple studies that combines their findings, and its applications to evidence-based policy. At Northwestern, Hedges holds appointments in the School of Education and Social Policy, the departments of Statistics and Psychology, and the Institute for Policy Research.
He is the author or co-author of numerous journal articles and eight books. These include Statistical Methods for Meta-Analysis and The Handbook of Research Synthesis. He was also editor of the Journal of Research on Educational Effectiveness and the Journal of Educational and Behavioral Statistics, quantitative methods editor of Psychological Bulletin, and associate editor of the American Journal of Sociology.
In addition, he is an elected member of the National Academy of Education and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Statistical Association, the American Psychological Association and the American Educational Research Association. He is president of the Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness.
President Barack Obama tapped Hedges to become a key member of his educational advisory team. He was nominated to the Board of Directors of the National Board for Education Sciences and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in June 2012. In this role, he advises and consults with the director of the Institute of Education Sciences (the Department of Education’s research arm) on educational policy and research priorities.
The American Statistical Association’s celebration dinner will take place on October 24 at 6:30 p.m. at the East Bank Club in Chicago. At the event, Hedges will give a talk on “Big Data with Big Consequences, but Who Will Benefit?” that will discuss the consequences of the growth of interest in big data on the field of statistics. Those who wish to attend the event in honor of the Statistician of the Year Award may register here.