Daniela Witten, a Professor in the Departments of Statistics and Biostatistics at the University of Washington, and the Dorothy Gilford Endowed Chair in Mathematical Statistics, receives the 2019 Mortimer Spiegelman award from the American Public Health Association (APHA).

The Award serves to honor the outstanding achievements of the recipient, to encourage further involvement of the finest young statisticians in public health, and to increase awareness of APHA and the Applied Public Health Statistics Section in the academic statistical community. The Spiegelman Award has been presented annually since 1970 to a statistician under age 40 who has made outstanding contributions to public health statistics. 

Much of Witten’s work focuses on statistical learning from complex, high-dimensional data. Her methodological work is motivated by collaborations in a number of fields, including genomics, neuroscience, microbial ecology, and pathology.

Witten has been invited to present her research at this year’s APHA conference, to be held November 2-6, where she will be presented with the award by last year’s recipient. She will also serve on the Spiegelman Award committee for the next three years, and will organize a session at the APHA annual meetings in 2020.