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August 14, 2008

Emeritus professor takes international honor in biometry

Dr. Larry Nelson, professor emeritus of statistics and forestry at North Carolina State University, recently was awarded the Rob Kempton Award for Outstanding
Contribution to the Development of Biometry in the Developing World.

Nelson received the award in July at the 24th Biennial Conference of the International Biometric Society (IBS) at the University College Dublin, Ireland.

Professor Rob Kempton, the prominent Scottish statistician for whom the award is named, was president-elect of the IBS at the time of his early death in 2003. He had actively trained those in developing countries on the proper use of biometrical procedures and in promoting the profession in those countries.

Nelson, who served six years as assistant dean for international programs in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at North Carolina State before his 2007 retirement, is the award’s second recipient.

He created IBS’s Central American and Caribbean Region, which serves Central America, the Caribbean islands, Colombia and Venezuela. The region provides networking for biometricians who otherwise might be isolated.

Nelson served 10 years as IBS business manager and treasurer in the late 1960s and early 1970s and chaired its awards committee in the late 1980s. He has also collaborated with young statisticians throughout the developing world, often by presenting intensive short courses in experimental design.

He received his bachelor of science degree at Iowa State University, his master’s of science degree at Texas A. and M. University and his Ph. D. at N.C. State. He was on the University of Hawaii faculty three years before joining the N.C. State faculty in 1964.

Nelson is a member of Phi Kappa Phi, Sigma Xi, Gamma Sigma Delta and Sigma Iota Rho. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Statistical Association, the American Society of Agronomy and the Soil Science Society of America.

-- A. Latham

Posted by Art at August 14, 2008 08:25 AM