We are pleased to announce that former UW Statistics Ph.D. student and alumna, Marloes Maathius, has been awarded the 2021 Ethel Newbold Prize. The name of the prize recognizes a historically important role of women in statistics. The prize itself is for excellence in statistics without reference to the gender of the recipient. 

About Marloes Maathuis

Marloes Maathuis is a Professor of Statistics in ETH Zurich. She received her Ph.D. in Statistics from the University of Washington in 2006, advised by Emeritus Professors Jon Wellner and Piet Groeneboom (Technical University of Delft). Her dissertation was on “Nonparametric Estimation for Current Status Data with Competing Risks”. In addition, Marloes was an advisor of Emilija Perkovic, who is currently an Assistant Professor in our department.

Marloes Maathuis's research focuses on causal inference, graphical models, high-dimensional statistics, and interdisciplinary applications at the interface between biology, epidemiology and statistics. Her contributions to causal inference are considered pioneering and have opened up fundamental new possibilities in this field. The jury especially highlighted her work on computational and theoretical aspects of high-dimensional causal structure learning.

About Ethel Newbold Prize

The Ethel Newbold Prize is named after Ethel May Newbold (1882 – 1933), an English statistician and the first woman to be awarded the Guy Medal in Silver by the Royal Statistical Society, in 1928. During her short academic career (1921 – 1930) she published 17 papers in statistics and subject matter journals. It is awarded biannually to outstanding statistical scientists in early or mid-career for a body of work that represents excellence in research in mathematical statistics, and/or excellence in research that links developments in a substantive field to new advances in statistics.