Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Three faculty members named to AAAS

U-M survey expert Robert Groves, Institute for Social Research Director James S. Jackson and School of Public Health biostatistics professor Roderick Little have been named to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a prestigious society that recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions in scholarly and professional fields.

They are among the 229 new fellows and 18 foreign honorary members, which include scholars, scientists, writers, artists, and civic, corporate and philanthropic leaders.

Last year Groves left his job as director of the Survey Research Center at ISR to become director of U.S. Census Bureau. An internationally recognized expert in scientific survey sampling, Groves also is a professor of sociology at LSA.

The author, co-author or editor of several classic books on survey methods, Groves served as an associate director at the Census Bureau from 1990-92. In 2001 he received the Distinguished Achievement Award from the American Association for Public Opinion Research.

Jackson, Daniel Katz Distinguished University Professor of Psychology, and professor of health behavior and health education, was named director of ISR in 2005. A prolific and respected scholar, Jackson has published numerous books, chapters and scientific articles on international, comparative studies of immigration, race and ethnic relations, physical and mental health, adult development and aging, attitudes and attitude change, and African-American politics.

In 2002 Jackson was elected a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Science. Jackson is immediate past chair of the Section on Social, Economic, and Political Sciences (K) of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. 

Little, the Richard Remington Collegiate Professor and research professor, ISR, focuses his primary research interest on incomplete data, sample surveys, Bayesian statistics and applied statistics, specifically analysis of data sets with missing values, according to his website.

He has chaired numerous doctoral committees, and served on many additional committees such as the Committee on Fellows for the American Statistical Association and as chair-elect of the Survey Research Methods Section for the American Statistical Association. Recent honors include the Wilks’ Memorial Award from the American Statistical Association in 2005 and recognition as a national associate by National Academy of the Sciences in 2005.

The new class will be inducted at a ceremony on Oct. 9, at the academy’s headquarters in Cambridge, Mass.