The Young Biometrician Award of the British and Irish Region of the International Biometric Society and the Fisher Memorial Trust
The British and Irish Region of the International Biometric Society, jointly with the Fisher Memorial Trust, award a prize every two years for young biometricians (no more than 5 years since completing full-time education), who are members of the British and Irish Region of the International Biometric Society. The award will recognise the research of one paper published, or accepted for publication, in a refereed journal. This award comprises a diploma and a prize of £1000. The rules are listed below and a call for nominations for the 2017 award is now open. Please send nominations to the BIR Secretary (Sue Welham, email@example.com) by 31st May 2017, nominations should include a copy of the paper with full details of the nominee's contribution to co-authored papers.
The 2015 Young Biometrician Award was won by David Robertson of the MRC Biostatistics Unit in Cambridge, for his paper “Correcting for bias in the selection and validation of informative diagnostic tests” published in Statistics in Medicine (2015, Vol 34, pages 1417-1437). The judges commented that “The paper provides an accessible and valuable approach to an important biostatistical problem. The development shows an impressive grasp of the practicalities of the issues involved, as well as a mastery of highly appropriate methodological techniques which, although well-established, are seldom seen nowadays.” The award was presented at the BIR AGM on 8 October at Rothamsted Research.
The 2013 Award was made to Doug Speed (University College London) for the paper: "Improved heritability estimation from genome-wide SNPs" in Am J Hum Genet (2012).
The judges commented: “This elegant paper uses critical thinking and seemingly simple mathematics to propose a simple adjustment for linkage disequilibrium when testing for association between SNPs and diseases. Together with related software, it has the potential to make a large impact in post-genomic genetics.”
The judges also gave an Honourable mention to Roland Langrock (University of St Andrews) for the paper "Markov-modulated nonhomogeneous Poisson processes for modeling detections in surveys of marine mammal abundance" in JASA (2013, in press).
They commented: “This paper solves a challenging problem, by developing statistical methodology that takes into account unobservable diving of marine mammals when estimating abundance from line transects: an important ecological model is put in the more general framework of Markov models.”
The 2011 Award was made to Rachel McCrea (University of Kent) for the paper: McCrea, R.S. and Morgan, B.J.T. (2011) Multistate Mark-Recapture Model Selection Using Score Tests, Biometrics.
Described by the judges as “A very clear and carefully written paper describing a significant contribution to model selection in complex mark-recapture models”.
The judges also gave an Honorable mention to Gurutzeta Guillera-Arroita (University of Kent) for the paper: Guillera-Arroita, G., Morgan, B.J.T., Ridout, M.S. and Linkie, M. (2011) Species occupancy modeling for detection data collected along a transect. Journal of Agricultural, Biological and Environmental Statistics, to appear.
This was considered “A welcome contribution to the long-standing question of how to analyze presence only data (where only detections are recorded) using a continuous point process model approach”.