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Dr. Amanda Ellis, Assistant Professor in the Biostatistics Department and Master of Science in Biostatistics (MSBST) Program Director at the University of Kentucky's College of Public Heath, was recently appointed as an officer in the Teaching Statistics in the Health Sciences (TSHS) section of the American Statistical Association (ASA). The ASA is the world’s largest community of statisticians with the mission of promoting the practice and profession of statistics.

The Section on Teaching of Statistics in the Health Sciences (TSHS) is devoted to excellence in teaching statistics and conducting statistics education research in the health sciences. The Section aims to facilitate communication and joint activities among professionals interested in teaching statistical methods and concepts to audiences in the health sciences.

"I'm honored to contribute more of my professional and academic experiences to the TSHS section and the ASA organization through this leadership position," says Dr. Ellis. "I look forward to elevating my passion of statistics and learning with some of the brightest statisticians in the world."

Dr. Ellis' three-year appointment will consist of program chair elect in her first year, then program chair, and former program chair in her final year. Program chairs are responsible for gathering session topics, setting program agendas, and helping to oversee the TSHS program for the Joint Statistical Meetings (JSM). The JSM is one of the largest statistical events in the world inviting more than 6,500 attendees from 50+ countries around the world.

"I'm excited of this leadership appointment for Dr. Ellis and the opportunity to represent our biostatistics department," says Dr. Heather Bush, Biostatistics Department Chair and Professor at the University of Kentucky's College of Public Health. "This is another example of our faculty collaborating to advance our academic expertise and research knowledge in public health through statistics in Kentucky and beyond."

Dr. Amanda Ellis joined the University of Kentucky's College of Public Health as an Assistant Professor in 2020. Dr. Ellis' focus is on graduate education, course, and curriculum development. She earned her undergraduate degree in Mathematics, and M.S. and Ph.D. in statistics from the University of Kentucky. Dr. Ellis previously taught at Eastern Kentucky University where she focused on undergraduate and graduate education.