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Kathryn Roeder, a professor of statistics at Carnegie Mellon University, received the Janet L. Norwood Award for Outstanding Achievement by a Woman in the Statistical Sciences.

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Notable: Roeder received the Janet L. Norwood Award for Outstanding Achievement by a Woman in the Statistical Sciences. Her current research focuses on statistical genomics and the genetic base of complex diseases with an emphasis on autism. The award, named after the first female commissioner of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and a past president of the American Statistical Association, is given annually by the University of Alabama at Birmingham's School of Public Health.

Age: 54.

Residence: Shadyside.

Family: Husband, Bernie Devlin; daughter, Summer Devlin, 16.

Occupation: Professor of statistics at Carnegie Mellon University.

Background: Roeder, who joined the CMU faculty in 1994, spent a year living in the wilderness regions of the Pacific Northwest as a research assistant for the Department of Wildlife Resources. She spent six years on the statistics faculty at Yale University.

Education: Ph.D. in Statistics from Pennsylvania State University, 1988; Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Resources, University of Idaho, 1982.

Quote: “As a grad student I met only one successful woman in statistics, and this was a very encouraging experience for me. I am thrilled to have this award and I hope that I can be a positive influence to young women in the field.”

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