L. Adrienne Cupples Award Goes to University of Florida Professor Michael Daniels
Daniels has made important contributions in the areas of Bayesian methodology for missing data, longitudinal data, and causal inference.
The 2022 L. Adrienne Cupples Award for Excellence in Teaching, Research, and Service in Biostatistics has been awarded to Michael Daniels, professor, chair, and Andrew Banks Family Endowed Chair of the Department of Statistics at the University of Florida. Daniels will accept the award and give a presentation of his work on April 7.
The L. Adrienne Cupples Award is presented each year by the Department of Biostatistics at Boston University School of Public Health. It recognizes a biostatistician whose academic achievements reflect the contributions to biostatistics exemplified by L. Adrienne Cupples, emeritus professor of biostatistics and epidemiology and the award’s first recipient.
“I am truly honored to receive the Adrienne Cupples Award and to join the impressive group of previous winners,” says Daniels. “Dr. Cupples has been a leader in all areas of biostatistics—teaching, research, and service. I am thrilled that my record in these three areas has been deemed at a high enough level for me to receive this award.”
Daniels’ research is focused in the areas of Bayesian methodology for missing data, longitudinal data, and causal inference. He has made important contributions to Bayesian inference for covariance matrices, and introduced Bayesian nonparametric approaches for causal inference and missing data.
In addition to his research, Daniels is a dedicated teacher and mentor. PhD students he has mentored have received prestigious awards from the Eastern North American Region (ENAR) of the International Biometric Society, the American Statistical Association’s Section on Bayesian Statistical Sciences, and the National Science Foundation.
Daniels has also held several notable leadership positions throughout his career. Since joining the faculty at the University of Florida, he led the development of the PhD program in biostatistics and co-led a new undergraduate major in data science. Prior to this, he was the founding chair of the Department of Statistics and Data Science at the University of Texas at Austin. He has also served as president of ENAR and as a co-editor of Biometrics, a publication of the International Biometric Society. He is currently an associate editor for Statistical Science, a publication of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics.
“Dr. Daniels is a renowned scholar who has made remarkable contributions in research, teaching, and service to our profession,” says Josée Dupuis, professor and chair of biostatistics. “Colleagues have deep admiration and respect for Dr. Daniels, describing him as kind, humble, exceptionally responsive, and generous in giving his time to help others. All of these qualities and accomplishments make Dr. Daniels an outstanding recipient of this award.”
Cupples joined SPH in 1981 and later served as the founding chair of the Department of Biostatistics and co-executive director of the Graduate Program in Biostatistics. During her time at SPH, she advanced the field of biostatistics through more than 600 publications in major journals and book chapters on collaborative and methodological research, development and effective teaching of a wide range of biostatistics courses, and mentorship of numerous graduate students and faculty.