The Section on Statistics in Epidemiology (SIE) of the American Statistical Association has announced Dale Preston’s selection as the recipient of the 2023 Nathan Mantel Award for his lifetime contributions to the development and application of statistical science to issues in radiation epidemiology and biostatistics.
At RERF, during the period 1981–2004, Dr. Preston was involved in research on radiation health effects in Hiroshima and Nagasaki A-bomb survivors. During that time his work included the development of risk regression models (used for deriving numerical values related to health effects from radiation exposure) and Epicure software (a program that enhances efficiency of complex statistical calculations) to implement the models, pioneering work that brought accessible modeling methods in radiation epidemiology to researchers in a variety of fields.
The Nathan Mantel Award is in recognition of Nathan Mantel (1919–2002) for his work on statistics in epidemiology. The award will be presented by the SIE Section to Dr. Preston at the Joint Statistical Meetings (JSM) in Toronto, Ontario, scheduled for August 2023.
Dr. Dale L. Preston has a BS in mathematics from Humboldt State University (located in Arcata, California) and a PhD in Biostatistics from the University of California, Los Angeles. In 1981, after three years at a private research and development laboratory, he joined the research into health effects from radiation exposure in atomic bomb survivors at RERF in Hiroshima, where he worked for the next 23 years. Dr. Preston was presented with the Failla Award for 2017 in recognition of his significant contributions, including around 200 peer-reviewed articles, to the field of radiation research.
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Dr. Dale L. Preston, Recipient of the Failla Award for 2017