David Morganstein, Westat Vice President and Director of the Statistical Staff and a Senior Statistical Fellow, was interviewed in the November 2016 issue of AmstatNews about the challenges the statistical field faces and the initiatives he undertook during his term as the 110th president of the American Statistical Association (ASA). This article is part of a series of interviews with ASA presidents and executive directors.
Mr. Morganstein’s focus during his presidency was on ASA’s mission to increase the visibility of the statistical profession by spearheading several new initiatives. In this interview, he discussed ASA’s work in attracting young people and more women into the statistical field, initiating a mentoring program, and establishing an annual award for an outstanding mentor. He also discussed his work in outreach to the association’s membership at the local chapter level, working to bridge the cultural divide of ASA members. Under another of his initiatives, ASA partnered with Stats.org to enhance communication between scientists and journalists clarifying the profession’s message about the value statisticians add.
He spoke about enhancing the statistics program at George Mason University where he serves on the advisory board of its Statistics Department. He was invited to serve as chairman for 2017-19.