The National Institute of Statistical Sciences (NISS), a non-profit institution that conducts statistical science research, announced that Gabriel Huerta and Ray Bain have been selected to serve on the organization's Board of Trustees. The new Board members will begin their terms July 1, 2015 and will serve for a three-year term.

Huerta, a professor and graduate chair of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, has been with UNM since 2002. Huerta's areas of research include Bayesian time series, space-time modeling, parameter estimation in climate modeling and extreme value analysis. He is an associate editor for Bayesian Analysis and The American Statistician.

Huerta also served as the Treasurer for the International Society for Bayesian Analysis (ISBA) from 2008-2010 and is currently serving as Secretary of ISBA’s Environmental Sciences Section. He was a visiting fellow at the Statistical and Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute in 2009. He received his Ph.D. from Duke University in 1998.

Bain is vice president and director of the Biostatistics and Research Decision Sciences (BARDS) Global Clinical Development for Merck Research Laboratories (MRL).

Both Bain and Huerta are members of the American Statistical Association.

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and organizations, with the mission to identify, catalyze and foster high-impact, cross-disciplinary and cross-sector research involving the statistical sciences.

NISS is dedicated to strengthening and serving the national statistics community, most notably by catalyzing community members’ participation in applied research driven by challenges facing government and industry.

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