Biographical Sketches of Steering Committee Members
Barbara A. Bailar (Chair) is retired from the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) and now consults on survey methodology. Prior to joining NORC, she was the executive director of the American Statistical Association. Most of her career was spent at the U.S. Census Bureau, where she was the associate director for statistical standards and methodology. She has published numerous articles in such journals as Journal of the American Statistical Association, Demography, and Survey Research Methods. She is a past president of the American Statistical Association and the International Association of Survey Statisticians, as well as a past vice president of the International Statistical Association. She is an elected fellow of the American Statistical Association and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. At the National Research Council, she chaired the Committee on Social Security Representative Payees. She has a Ph.D. in statistics from American University.
Robert F. Boruch is university trustee chair professor of education and professor of statistics at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is codirector of the Center for Research and Evaluation of Social Policy and codirector of the Policy Research, Evaluation, and Measurement Program, both in the Graduate School of Education. He has served on advisory committees for the U.S. Department of Education, the National Institutes of Health, and many other federal agencies. He is also on the advisory boards for the Coalition for Evidence-Based Policy and the Society
for Research on Educational Effectiveness and serves on the editorial board of Evaluation Review and other journals. He is an elected fellow of both the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Statistical Association, and a lifetime National Associate of the National Academies. His work focuses on research methods for determining the severity and scope of social and education problems, implementation of programs and policies, and estimating the effects and the effectiveness of interventions. He contributes to work on randomized trials in education and training, welfare reform, health services, housing, and crime and justice, with a particular interest in the assessment or improvement of programs sponsored by federal agencies and private foundations. He has a B.E. from Stevens Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. from Iowa State University.
Scott Holan is an assistant professor in the Department of Statistics at the University of Missouri–Columbia. His research interests include time series, Bayesian methods, nonparametric and semiparametric regression, data confidentiality, and spatial statistics. In 2005 he was awarded a research fellowship by the American Statistical Association/National Science Foundation/Bureau of Labor Statistics to work on problems involving seasonality and data confidentiality. In 2006, he was awarded a National Institute of Statistical Science new researcher fellowship to conduct research on data confidentiality. He has M.S. and B.S. degrees in mathematics from the University of Illinois, Chicago, and a Ph.D. in statistics from Texas A&M University.
Willie Pearson, Jr., is professor of sociology in the School of History, Technology, and Society at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He specializes in the sociology of science and the family. His most recent book is entitled Beyond Small Numbers: Voices of African American Ph.D. Chemists (2005). He has held postdoctoral fellowships at the Educational Testing Service and the Office of Technology Assessment, U.S. Congress. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). He has served as a lecturer in Sigma Xi’s Distinguished Lectureship Program; as chair of the National Science Foundation’s Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering, and as chair of the AAAS Committee for Science, Engineering and Public Policy. Currently, he serves on advisory committees in the Education and Human Resources Directorate (National Science Foundation) and the Burroughs Wellcome Fund. He is a lifetime National Associate of the National Academies and is a member of
the Center for the Advancement of Scholarship on Engineering Education. He is also a member of the Committee on U.S. Competitiveness: Underrepresented Groups and the Expansion of the Science and Engineering Workforce Pipeline and the Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowships Review Panel on Sociology. He has a Ph.D. from Southern Illinois University.
Anne C. Petersen is deputy director at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University and is also professor of psychology at Stanford. Formerly she was senior vice president for programs at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, where she provided leadership for all programming, including development of effective programming strategies, teamwork, policies, philosophies, and organization-wide systems. She was deputy director and chief operating officer of the National Science Foundation. She served as the first vice president for research, dean of the Graduate School, and professor of adolescent development and pediatrics at the University of Minnesota. She was the first dean of the College of Health and Human Development at Pennsylvania State University. She is a member of the Institute of Medicine and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Psychological Association, and the American Psychological Society. She was president of the International Society for the Study of Behavioral Development. She has a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.
Robert Santos is senior institute methodologist at the Urban Institute in Washington, DC. He previously worked at NuStats, the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago, and the Survey Research Center at the University of Michigan. His professional credits include numerous reports and papers, and leadership roles in survey research associations. He has served as a member of the Census Advisory Committee of Professional Associations and on the editorial board of Public Opinion Quarterly. He has held numerous elected and appointed leadership positions in both the American Statistical Association and the American Association for Public Opinion Research. He is a fellow of the American Statistical Association and a recipient of its 2006 Founder’s Award for excellence in survey statistics and contributions to the statistical community. For the National Research Council, he was a member of the Panel to Assess the Benefits of the American Community Survey for the National Science Foundation Science Resources Statistics Division. He has an M.A. in statistics from the University of Michigan.
Mark S. Schneider is vice president of the American Institutes for Research. He leads special initiatives in the Education, Human Development, and Workforce Division. He served as commissioner of the National Center for Education Statistics. He previously served as deputy commissioner of the National Center for Education Research. Prior to joining the federal government, he was professor of political science and chair of the Department of Political Science at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, which he joined as an assistant professor in 1974. He is a past vice president of the American Political Science Association. He has a B.A. from the City University of New York and a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina. He was a Fulbright Hays senior fellow at Osmania University in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India.
Latanya Sweeney is associate professor of computer science, technology and policy in the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University. She also founded and serves as the director of the Laboratory for International Data Privacy (Data Privacy Lab) at Carnegie Mellon University. The Data Privacy Lab works with real-world stakeholders to solve today’s privacy technology problems. Her work involves creating technologies and related policies with provable guarantees of privacy protection while allowing society to collect and share person-specific information. Her work has received awards from numerous organizations, including the American Psychiatric Association, the American Medical Informatics Association, and the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. The American College of Medical Informatics inducted her as a fellow in 2006. She joined the faculty of Carnegie Mellon as an assistant professor in 1998. She is the codirector of the Ph.D. program in computation, organizations and society at Carnegie Mellon and she is the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Privacy Technology. She has an A.L.B. in computer science (cum laude) from Harvard University and an S.M. in electrical engineering and computer science and a Ph.D. in computer science, both from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.