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Five Colleges and MassMutual Win Diversity and Inclusion Award from Statistics Association

Each year, thousands of statisticians and data scientists gather for the largest statistical conference in North America: the Joint Statistical Meetings (JSM). At this year’s conference in Denver, CO in July, UMass Amherst was proud to be awarded the SPAIG (Statistical Partnerships Among Academe, Industry, and Government) award “for fostering a diverse and inclusive community around statistics and data science that celebrates academic research, excellence in higher education, and innovative data-driven solutions.” UMass shared the honor with Smith College, Mt. Holyoke College, Amherst College, Hampshire College, and MassMutual.


SPAIG is a committee of the American Statistical Association, the world’s largest community of statisticians and one of the organizers of the JSM conference. The award recognizes collaboration between academia, industry, and government that results in significant contributions to the statistical field with applications to real-world problems.


Main contributors receiving the SPAIG award:

Nicholas Horton, Amy Wagaman (Amherst College)

Ethan Myers (Hampshire College)

Andrea Foulkes (Mt. Holyoke College)

Ben Baumer (Smith College)

Krista Gile, David Jensen, Andrew McCallum, Nick Reich (UMass Amherst)

Sears Merritt, Gareth Ross, (MassMutual)