Dr. Ross Prentice, investigator in the Public Health Sciences Division, is the recipient of the 2003 Nathan Mantel Award from the American Statistical Association (ASA). Prentice received the honor at the association's annual meeting in August in San Francisco. The award honors a lifetime of outstanding achievement and contributions in the development and application of statistical methods in epidemiology.
Prentice, who served as PHS director from 1983 to 2002, is also the principal investigator of the Women's Health Initiative Clinical Coordinating Center, which oversees the largest-ever study devoted to women's health. Prentice is internationally recognized for his development of statistical methods for health and medical research and for his expertise in prevention trials and survival data. Among the many honors he has received during his career are the Committee of Presidents of Statistical Societies Award, which is sponsored jointly by several statistical professional societies, and the Mortimer Spiegelman Award from the American Public Health Association. Prentice is also an elected member of the Institute of Medicine.