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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
Committee on National Statistics
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education



Lawrence D. Brown (Chair), Department of Statistics, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

John M. Abowd, School of Industrial and Labor Relations, Cornell University
Francine Blau, Department of Economics, Cornell University
Mary Ellen Bock, Department of Statistics, Purdue University

Michael E. Chernew, Department of Health Care Policy, Harvard Medical School
Donald A. Dillman, Department of Sociology, Washington State University
Constantine Gatsonis, Center for Statistical Sciences, Brown University

James S. House, Survey Research Center, Institute for Social research, University of Michigan

Michael Hout, Department of Sociology, New York University
Thomas L. Mesenbourg, Retired, Formerly U.S. Census Bureau
Susan A. Murphy, Department of Statistics, University of Michigan
Sarah M. Nusser, Department of Statistics, Center for Survey Statistics and Methodology, Iowa State University

Colm A. O'Muircheartaigh, Harris Graduate School of Public Policy Studies, The University of Chicago
Ruth D. Peterson, Criminal Justice Research Center, The Ohio State University
Roberto Rigobon, Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology 

Edward H. Shortliffe, Columbia University and Arizona State University



Lawrence D. Brown (chair) (NAS) is Miers Busch professor in the Department of Statistics at the Wharton School in the University of Pennsylvania. He is an expert in statistical foundations, conditional inference, sequential methods, exponential families, and decision theory. He is currently a member of the Applied Mathematical Sciences Section of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), a position he was elected to in 2000. He is also a member of American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a fellow of both the Institute of Mathematical Statistics and the American Statistical Association. He has served on many Academies committees, including the Board on Mathematical Sciences; the Committee on Applied and Theoretical Statistics; and the Commission on Physical Sciences, Mathematics, and Applications. He was committee chair and co-editor for the CNSTAT reports Measuring Research and Development Expenditures in the U.S. Economy (2004) and Envisioning the 2020 Census (2010). He has a B.S. in mathematics from the California Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. in statistics from Cornell University.



John M. Abowd is Edmund Ezra Day professor of economics and professor of statistics and information science at Cornell University. He is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, research affiliate at the Centre de Recherche en Economie et Statistique (CREST, Paris, France), research fellow at IZA (Institute for Labor Economics, Germany), and research fellow at IAB (Institut für Arbeitsmarkt-und Berufsforschung, Germany). His current research focuses on the creation, dissemination, privacy protection, and use of linked, longitudinal data on employees and employers. He served on the faculty at Princeton University, the University of Chicago, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology before coming to Cornell. His previous CNSTAT service includes membership on the Panel on Measuring Business Formation, Dynamics, and Performance, the Panel on Access to Research Data: Balancing Risks and Opportunities, and the Panel on Measuring and Collecting Pay Information from U.S. Employers by Gender, Race, and National Origin (chair). He has a B.A. in economics from the University of Notre Dame, and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago.


Francine Blau is Frances Perkins professor of industrial and labor relations and professor of economics at Cornell University, and research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. She has written extensively on gender issues, wage inequality, immigration, and international comparisons of labor market outcomes. She has served as president of the Society of Labor Economists, the Midwest Economics Association, and the Labor and Employment Association, and as vice president of the American Economic Association. She is also a fellow of the Society of Labor Economists, the American Academy of Political and Social Science, and the Labor and Employment Relations Association. She is former editor of the Journal of Labor Economics and serves or has served on the editorial boards of the American Economic Review, the Journal of Economic Perspectives, the Journal of Labor Economics, Labour Economics, and the Industrial and Labor Relations Review, among others. In 2001, she received the Carolyn Shaw Bell Award from the American Economic Association Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession for furthering the status of women in the economics profession, and in 2010 she received the IZA Prize for outstanding academic achievement in the field of labor economics—she was the first woman to receive this award. She is currently chairing the Panel on the Economic and Fiscal Consequences of Immigration, and previously served on two pay/labor-related NAS panels in the 1980s. She has a B.S. in industrial and labor relations from Cornell University, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in economics, both from Harvard University.

Mary Ellen Bock is a professor of statistics at Purdue University. Her current research interests include bioinformatics and biologically related disciplines (genomics, nutrition, proteomics), massive data and additive manufacturing. She is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Institute of Mathematical Statistics, and the American Statistical Association. She is a past president of the American Statistical Association. She has been elected to offices in the Mathematics Section and in the Statistics Section of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She has previously served on the Panel for Information Technology, Board on Mathematical Sciences and Their Applications, U.S. National Committee for Mathematics, Committee on Applied and Theoretical Statistics, and Panel for Computing and Applied Mathematics. Dr. Bock received a B.A. in German and a Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Michael E. Chernew (NAM) is a professor of health care policy in the Department of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School. His research examines several areas related to controlling health care spending growth while maintaining or improving the quality of care. His research activities have focused on several areas, most notably the causes and consequences of growth in health care expenditures. Much of his most recent work has focused on designing and evaluating Value Based Insurance Design (VBID) packages that attempt to minimize financial barriers to high value health care services and simultaneously reduce costs, and his ongoing work explores geographic variation in spending and spending growth. Several large companies have adopted these approaches, and Dr. Chernew’s ongoing work includes evaluations and design of such programs. His work on payment reform involves evaluation of bundled payment initiatives, including global payment models that include pay-for-performance components. He is currently a member of the Social Sciences, Humanities and Law Section of the National Academy of Medicine (NAM), a position he was elected to in 2010. He is the co-editor of the American Journal of Managed Care and senior associate editor of Health Services Research. He is also a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, a member of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), which is an independent agency established to advise the U.S. Congress on issues affecting the Medicare program, a member of the Congressional Budget Office’s Panel of Health Advisors, and a member of the Commonwealth Foundation’s Commission on a High Performance Health Care System. In 2000, 2004 and 2010, he served on technical advisory panels for the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that reviewed the assumptions used by the Medicare actuaries to assess the financial status of the Medicare trust funds. On the panels, Dr. Chernew focused on the methodology used to project trends in long-term health care cost growth. In 1998, he was awarded the John D. Thompson Prize for Young Investigators by the Association of University Programs in Public Health. In 1999, he received the Alice S. Hersh Young Investigator Award from the Association of Health Services Research. He has an A.B. and B.S. in economics from the University of Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. in economics from Stanford University.

Donald A. Dillman is Regents professor in the Department of Sociology at Washington State University. He also serves as the deputy director for research and development in the Social and Economic Sciences Research Center at Washington State University. From 1991 to 1995, he served as the senior survey methodologist in the Office of the Director at the U.S. Census Bureau. In 2000, he received the Roger Herriot Award for Innovation in Federal Statistics for his work at the Census Bureau. He is recognized internationally as a major contributor to the development of modern mail, telephone, and internet survey methods. Throughout his time at Washington State University, he has maintained an active research program on the improvement of survey methods and how information technologies influence rural development. He has served as investigator on more than 80 grants and contracts worth approximately $12.5 million, and written 13 books and more than 235 other publications. He holds numerous memberships in professional organizations, including the American Sociological Association, and is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Statistical Association. He served as past president of the American Association for Public Opinion Research and the Rural Sociological Society. He chaired the Academies Panel on Redesigning the BLS Consumer Expenditures Surveys; served as a member of the Panel on Redesigning the Commercial Building and Residential Energy Consumption Surveys; the Panel on Residence Rules in the Decennial Census; and the Survey of Earned Doctorates Advisory Panel. He has a B.A. in agronomy, an M.S. in rural sociology, and a Ph.D. in sociology, all from Iowa State University. 

Constantine Gatsonis is Henry Ledyard Goddard university professor of biostatistics and chair of the Department of Biostatistics at Brown. He joined the faculty in 1995 and became the founding director of the Center for Statistical Sciences. He is a leading authority on the design and analysis of clinical trials of diagnostic and screening modalities and has extensive involvement in methodological research in medical technology assessment and in health services and outcomes research. He is group statistician for the American College of Radiology Imaging Network (ACRIN), an NCI-funded collaborative group conducting multi-center studies of diagnostic imaging and image-guided therapy for cancer. He is the founding editor-in-chief of Health Services and Outcomes Research Methodology and serves as a deputy editor of Academic Radiology and a member of the editorial board of Clinical Trials. Previous editorial experience includes membership of the editorial boards of Statistics in Medicine and Medical Decision Making. He was also elected fellow of the American Statistical Association and the Association for Health Services Research. He has a B.A. in mathematics from Princeton, an M.A. in mathematics from Cornell, and a Ph.D. in mathematical statistics from Cornell.



James S. House (NAS/NAM) is the Angus Campbell distinguished university professor of survey research, public policy, and sociology at the University of Michigan.  He has previously held positions at Duke University and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. His research interests include social psychology, political sociology, social structure and personality, psychosocial and socioeconomic factors in health, survey research methods, and American society. He is currently a member of the Social and Political Sciences Section of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), a position he was elected to in 2007. He also serves as a section representative for the 2016 NAS Class V Membership Committee. He is also a member of several professional associations and societies, including the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the American Sociological Association. He has served as editor or associate editor of the Journal of Health and Social Behavior, Work & Stress and Journal of Occupational Behavior; and has served on the editorial board of Sociometry, Journal of Behavioral Medicine, and Annual Review of Sociology. His previous Academies service includes the Panel on Race, Ethnicity, and Health in Later Life; NAM Membership Committee; NAM Membership Section Leaders; and has served as an NAS section liaison for the Social and Political Sciences Section. He has a B.A. in history from Haverford College and a Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of Michigan.



Michael Hout (NAS) is a professor of sociology at New York University, where he teaches courses on social change, inequality, population, and data analysis. Prior to this position, he was Natalie Cohen Professor of Sociology and Demography at the University of California, Berkeley. In his research, Dr. Hout uses demographic methods to study social change in inequality, religion, and politics. He is currently a member of the Social and Political Sciences Section of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), a position he was elected to in 2003. His research on statistical models of social mobility processes provided a unified approach that reconciled competing perspectives, demonstrating the importance of demographic change in the distribution of Americans by ethnicity and religion. His 1996 book Inequality by Design (Princeton University Press) separated the factors that rank individuals from those that determine the reward to being at one rank or another. His other books include The Truth about Conservative Christians with Andrew Greeley (University of Chicago Press, 2006), with five Berkeley colleagues, and Following in Father's Footsteps: Social Mobility in Ireland (Harvard University Press,1989). He has published over 90 articles in academic journals. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and the American Philosophical Society. His previous Academies service includes membership on the DBASSE Board on Testing and Assessment; the Panel on Measuring Higher Education Productivity; the Committee on Incentives and Test-based Accountability (which he chaired); and the Committee for the Redesign of the U.S. Naturalization Tests. He has a B.A. in history and sociology from the University of Pittsburgh, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology from Indiana University.


Thomas L. Mesenbourg retired as acting director of the U.S. Census Bureau in August 2013. He served as deputy director from May 2008-August 2012. Before being named deputy director, he was associate director for economic programs, with responsibility for the Economic Directorate’s myriad programs, including the Economic Census and the Census of Governments and over 100 monthly, quarterly, and annual surveys. He joined the Census Bureau in 1972. In 2004, he received a Presidential Rank Award for Distinguished Senior Executives, government’s highest award for career executives. In October 2012, Mr. Mesenbourg received the Roger W. Jones Award from American University for exceptional leadership among people who devoted themselves to federal public service, and in 2011 he received the Julius Shiskin Award for economic statistics. He has a bachelor’s degree in economics from Boston University and an M.A. in economics from Pennsylvania State University.

Susan A. Murphy (NAM) is H. E. Robbins professor of statistics, a professor in the Department of Psychiatry, and a research professor in the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan. She is also a principal investigator at the Methodology Center of Pennsylvania State University. Her research focuses on clinical trial design and the development of data analytic methods for informing multi-stage decision making in health. She is currently a member of the Social Sciences, Humanities and Law Section of the National Academy of Medicine (NAM), a position she was elected to in 2014. Her previous Academies service includes the Panel on Handling Missing Data in Clinical Trials and the Committee to Improve Research Information and Data on Firearms. She was affiliated with Pennsylvania State University (1989–1997) prior to her appointment to the faculty of the University of Michigan. She was named a MacArthur fellow in 2013. She has a B.A. in mathematics from Louisiana State University and a Ph.D. in statistics from the University of North Carolina.

Sarah M. Nusser is vice president for research and professor in the Department of Statistics at Iowa State University. She was recently director of the Center for Survey Statistics and Methodology, and she was a senior research fellow at BLS from 2000 to 2001 and a mathematical statistician at USDA NASS in 2011. Her research interests include using geospatial data in survey data collection and estimation, sampling and estimation methods for agricultural and natural resource surveys, and sample design and measurement error in surveys. She is familiar with the American Community Survey and other U.S. Census Bureau surveys through her work with Census Bureau researchers on using geospatial data for address listings and her service on the Census Advisory Committee of Professional Associations. She also has experience with administrative records data bases through research involving welfare program evaluation and numerous operational survey projects. She is a fellow of the American Statistical Association and an elected member of the International Statistics Institute. She serves on the UN Food and Agriculture Global Strategy to Improve Agricultural and Rural Statistics. Her previous Academies committee experience includes the Workshop on the Food Availability Data System and Estimates of Food Loss; the Panel on Redesigning the BLS Consumer Expenditures Surveys; the Panel on Estimating Children Eligible for School Nutrition Programs Using the American Community Survey; and the Committee on Social Security Representative Payees. She has a B.S. in botany from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, an M.S. in botany from North Carolina State University, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in statistics from Iowa State University. 


Colm A. O'Muircheartaigh is dean of the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy Studies, professor in the Harris School, and senior fellow in the National Opinion Research Center (NORC). He is one of the nation’s leading experts in the design and implementation of social investigations. An applied statistician, he has focused his research on the design of complex surveys across a wide range of populations and topics, and on fundamental issues of data quality, including the impact of errors in responses to survey questions, cognitive aspects of question wording, and latent variable models for non-response. He joined the Harris School faculty in 1998 from the London School of Economics and Political Science, where he was the first director of the Methodology Institute and a faculty member of the Department of Statistics since 1971. A fellow of the Royal Statistical Society and the American Statistical Association, and an elected member of the International Statistical Institute, he has served as a consultant to a wide range of public and commercial organizations around the world, including the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the United Nations. He served on the Academies' Panel on Residence Rules in the Decennial Census from 2004 to 2006. He received his undergraduate education at University College Dublin, and his graduate education at the London School of Economics.


Ruth D. Peterson is professor of sociology and director of the Criminal Justice Research Center at Ohio State University, where she has been on the faculty since 1985. She has conducted research on legal decision making and sentencing, crime and deterrence, and most recently, patterns of urban crime. She is widely published in the areas of capital punishment, race, gender, and socioeconomic disadvantage.  Her current research focuses on the linkages among racial residential segregation, concentrated social disadvantage and race-specific crime, and the social context of prosecutorial and court decisions. She served on the CNSTAT Panel to Review the Programs of the Bureau of Justice Statistics and is a member of the Committee on Law and Justice. She has a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Wisconsin.


Roberto Rigobon is the Society of Sloan Fellows professor of management and professor of applied economics at the MIT Sloan School of Management. He is also a visiting professor at the Instituto de Estudios Superiores de Administración (Institute of Advanced Studies in Administration, IESA) in Venezuela and a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. Dr. Rigobon is a Venezuelan economist whose areas of research are international economics, monetary economics, and development economics. His research has addressed the causes of balance-of-payments crises, financial crises, and the propagation of them across countries—the phenomenon that has been identified in the literature as contagion. Currently, he is studying the properties of international pricing practices and how to produce alternative measures of inflation. He is one of the two founding members of the Billion Prices Project as well as a co-founder of PriceStats. He is a member of the Census Bureau’s Scientific Advisory Committee and president of the Latin American and Caribbean Economic Association. He has been an associate editor for the Review of Economics and Statistics, Economia, and Emerging Markets Review, and an editor for Economia Panel. He has a B.S. in electrical engineering from Universidad Simon Bolivar (Venezuela), an M.B.A. from IESA, and a Ph.D. in economics from MIT.

Edward H. Shortliffe (NAM) is professor of biomedical informatics and senior advisor to the executive vice provost in the College of Health Solutions at Arizona State University in Phoenix. A resident of New York City when not in Arizona, he is also a scholar in residence at the New York Academy of Medicine, adjunct professor of biomedical informatics at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons, and adjunct professor of health policy and research at Weill Cornell Medical College. Previously, he served as president and chief executive officer of the American Medical Informatics Association and before that held academic positions at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (professor of biomedical informatics), University of Arizona College of Medicine (founding dean of Phoenix Campus), Columbia University (professor of biomedical informatics), and Stanford University (professor of medicine). His research interests include the broad range of issues related to integrated decision-support systems, their effective implementation, and the role of the Internet in health care. He has an A.B. in applied mathematics from Harvard College, and both a Ph.D. in medical information sciences and an M.D. from Stanford University.


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