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University of Michigan biostatistician Roderick Little will join the U.S. Census Bureau as the new associate director for statistical methodology and standards, Census Bureau Director Robert Groves announced today.
Little will lead a new directorate that will focus on enhancing the research and innovation capacity of the Census Bureau, a top priority of Groves in a time of unprecedented change in society's need for statistical information, available tools for data collection, and challenges in gaining cooperation of the American public to its surveys.
"Rod Little is one of the world's best statisticians and survey methodologists," Groves said. "I am thrilled that he is willing to devote his substantial energy and talent to advancing the role of science in the Census Bureau. Under his leadership, I am confident that the Census Bureau will advance discoveries and innovation in statistical research for the benefit of the entire country."
Little is the Richard D. Remington Collegiate Professor of Biostatistics at the University of Michigan School of Public Health and chaired the Biostatistics Department from 1993 to 2001 and 2006 to 2009. He is also professor of statistics and research professor at University of Michigan's Institute for Social Research.
"Good government requires good data, and statistical agencies face challenging problems in data collection and analysis, for both censuses and surveys," Little said. "I am delighted to have the opportunity to help Bob Groves improve the Census Bureau's research capabilities and broaden research ties between the bureau and the academic community, including the University of Michigan."
Little received his bachelor's degree in mathematics from Cambridge University, and master's and doctorate degrees in statistics from Imperial College London. Before his appointment at Michigan, he held faculty appointments at the University of California, Los Angeles and the University of Chicago, and non-academic positions as an American Statistical Association/National Science Foundation research fellow at the Census Bureau.
Little is an elected member of the International Statistical Institute and a fellow of the American Statistical Association. This year, he was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is currently a vice president of the American Statistical Association.
Little, who will assume his duties in September, is married with two sons.