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Profiles of AWIS Members in Statistics: Lee-Ann Hayek, PhD

With broad internet access and the ability to compose data sets of previously unimagined dimension, positions as well as salaries for Statisticians are on the rise. Within this context women will find a clear and challenging avenue to achieving a successful as well as meaningful career. One of the best aspects of a career in statistics is that it can involve as many or as few application areas as she may want. If multiple areas of study intrigue her in school, she can major in statistics, apply those skills and that knowledge and find a position in almost any area she may desire. Alternatively, she may select one such as statistical theory, health, law or education and specialize.

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Dr. Lee-Ann Collins Hayek is the Chief Mathematical Statistician and Senior Research Scientist at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. with degrees in Mathematics/ Mathematical Statistics.  The Smithsonian is the largest museum complex and one of the largest research institutions in the world.  Within this rich environment Dr. Hayek selects her research topics from across an extensive array of problem areas.  She has written 3 books, multiple monographs and book chapters and over 100 publications that include a wide variety of subject matter fields such as: anthropology, art, biodiversity, biology, conservation, equal employment, ethics, ecology, environmental science, forensic science, geosciences, invertebrate paleontology, marine mammals, marine diversity, Paleobiology, and Veterinary Medicine.  

She is an elected Fellow of the American Statistical Association and the Royal Statistical Association, as well as a Chartered Statistician and Scientist in the RSS. Her citation for fellowship in ASA cited both her research and service to statisticians.
She is past president of the ASA Caucus for Women in Statistics and was co-chair of the first Ethics Committee that wrote the ASA Code of Ethics. She currently holds membership on the ASA Science and Public Policy Advisory Committee, ASA Advisory Organizing Committee for the New Conference on Statistical Practice, the ASA Committee on Software and Graphics for CSP, Washington Statistical Society, Forensic Science Committee, Statistical Literacy Group, Bayesian study working group, Statistics and the environment section, statistical graphics, and the social statistics section, women in STEM and isostats.  Dr Hayek is also the RSS graduate examiner for the United States.  In addition to being the AWIS Spokesperson for the International Year of Statistics, Dr. Hayek is the VP of Communications for the DC Metropolitan Washington Chapter of AWIS.


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