3 Westat Statisticians Honored at 2016 JSM


Westat staff members Jill Montaquila DeMatteis, PhD, Keith Rust, PhD, and Gary Shapiro were recognized at the 2016 Joint Statistical Meetings (JSM) in Chicago, Illinois, for their contributions through their work in statistics.

Jill DeMatteis—Pat Doyle Award from the American Statistical Association’s (ASA’s) Government Statistics Section
Dr. DeMatteis, a Westat Associate Director, was recognized for her lasting contributions to the section, having served as Chair, and the association. In addition, she has served as both Treasurer and President of the Washington Statistical Society and as Chair of the Survey Research Methods Section. Dr. DeMatteis also served on the Edward C. Bryant Scholarship Committee, which administers a gift from Westat to recognize a talented graduate student in a Survey program.
Keith Rust—Washington Statistical Society Outstanding Service Award
Dr. Rust, a Westat Vice President, Associate Director, and Senior Statistical Fellow, was recognized for his of outstanding service and leadership to the Washington Statistical Society as President, Methodology Section Chair, and as a long-serving member of the Hansen Lecture Committee. He has also served on the Committee for National Statistics (CNSTAT) at the National Academy of Sciences and on several panels on decennial census methodology.
Gary Shapiro—Karl E. Peace Award for Outstanding Statistical Contributions for the Betterment of Society
Mr. Shapiro, a Westat statistician now retired, was recognized for
  • His central role in the formation and ongoing work of Statistics Without Borders (SWB), an organization devoted to using statistics to further the development of human rights throughout the world
  • His work as a mentor to SWB volunteers
  • His devoted pro-bono work on developing a sampling scheme of police archives for evaluating police involvement in the disappearances and killing of Guatemalans

“We congratulate our colleagues on these honors,” commented David Morganstein, a Westat Vice President and Director of the Statistical Staff and ASA Past President. “It is very fitting that our colleagues Jill, Keith, and Gary were recognized for all the many ways they have supported the ASA, its chapters and sections, for so many years. Professional associations like the ASA thrive on the energy and talent of their enthusiastic volunteer members.”