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LSU Department of Experimental Statistics Professor Luis A. Escobar Appointed to International Relations in Statistics Committee

05/01/2012 11:12 AM

BATON ROUGE – Luis A. Escobar, a professor in the LSU Department of Experimental Statistics, was appointed by the president of the American Statistical Association, or ASA, to the Committee on International Relations in Statistics. The appointment is for a three year term starting on Jan. 1, 2013.


The goal of the Committee on International Relations in Statistics is to identify goals, develop policies and plan projects that foster activities involving international communications, exchange and joint development with professional statisticians, societies and other organizations in countries throughout the world. It also works to keep ASA members and others informed of these activities and to foster their involvement in them. The committee has 10 members and three liaisons. Of the 10 members, nine are appointed members, three of whom are appointed or reappointed each year by the ASA president-elect for three-year terms, plus the international representative to the board of directors to serve as an ex-officio member. To learn more about the committee, contact current committee chair Sonya L. Vartivarian at


Escobar has a long tradition of international relations in statistics, including having served as the president of the Inter-American Statistical Institute during the 2010-11 year.


Escobar holds a bachelor’s degree from National University in Medellin, Colombia; a master’s degree from the Inter-American Statistical Training Center in Santiago, Chile; and a Ph.D. from Iowa State University. His research and consulting interests include statistical analysis of reliability data, accelerated testing, survival analysis and linear and non-linear models. Escobar is an associate editor for Lifetime Data Analysis and past associate editor for Technometrics. He is a Fellow of the American Statistical Association and an elected member of the International Statistics Institute.


The American Statistical Association is the world’s largest community of statisticians. The ASA supports excellence in the development, application and dissemination of statistical science through meetings, publications, membership services, education, accreditation and advocacy. Its members serve in industry, government and academia in more than 90 countries, advancing research and promoting sound statistical practice to inform public policy and improve human welfare. For more information, visit


The LSU Department of Experimental Statistics is the principal source of statistical education, research and service at LSU and the LSU AgCenter. The department is unique in its strong orientation toward the application of statistics, and faculty provides expert statistical support for the university community in diverse ways. These include teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in statistics to the university community; providing statistical consulting support to faculty and student research projects; serving on graduate committees in other departments; collaborating on interdisciplinary research projects with faculty from a wide variety of departments, schools and colleges; supervising graduate students in applied statistics; and conducting its own independent research programs, including projects funded through external grants and contracts. 

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