Runze Li Selected to Receive the Title of Distinguished Professor of Statistics
Runze Li, a professor of statistics at Penn State University, has been selected to receive the title of Distinguished Professor of Statistics. Li was honored with the title in recognition of his exceptional record of teaching, research, and service to the University community. The honor is designated by the Office of the President of Penn State based on the recommendations of colleagues and the Dean.
Li's research involves several fields of statistics, including high-dimensional data analysis, variable selection, and intensive longitudinal data analysis. Li also studies various statistical applications such as design and modeling for computer experiments, behavioral science, genetic-data analysis, and brain-image analysis.
Li has received various awards and honors in the past. He received a National Science Foundation Career Award in 2004. He was elected to be a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics in 2009, and he was elected to be Fellow of the American Statistical Association in 2011. He also received the United Nations' World Meteorological Organization Norbert Gerbier-MUMM International Award for 2012. He is serving as co-editor-in-chief of Annals of Statistics from 2013 to 2015 with the renowned statistician Peter Hall.
Li has co-authored a book, Design and Modeling for Computer Experiments, and he has written numerous scientific papers published in a wide spectrum of statistical journals including the Annals of Statistics, Biometrics, Biometrika, the Journal of the American Statistical Association, the Journal of the Royal Statistical Society (both Series B and Series C), Statistics in Medicine, Statistica Sinica, and Technometrics. He also has published interdisciplinary research works in journals focusing on areas other than statistics such as Psychological Methods, Drug and Alcohol Dependence, Prevention Science, Human Genetics, Briefings in Bioinformatics, Neuroimage, the Journal of Chemometrics, Geophysical Research Letters, and Environmental Research Letters.
Li was the chair of the statistical graduate program at Penn State from 2007 to 2012 and he has served on various committees in the Department of Statistics, the Eberly College of Science, and the University. Li's extensive service to the statistical community includes serving as current co-editor-in-chief of the Annals of Statistics and previously serving as the journal's associate editor from 2007 to 2012. In addition, he served as associate editor for the Journal of the American Statistical Association from 2006 to 2012, and for Statistica Sinica from 2005 to 2012. He also has helped to organize statistical conferences in the United States and other countries. He chaired scientific-program committees of three international conferences held in Korea, Japan, and China and served as a session organizer and a scientific-program committee member for many other conferences.
In 2000, Li earned a doctoral degree in statistics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has been a faculty member at Penn State since 2000. He was promoted to associate professor in 2005 and to professor in 2008.