Dr. Raymond J. Carroll is Distinguished Professor of Statistics, Nutrition and Toxicology at Texas A&M University, where he has been on the faculty since 1987. He was the first statistician given a MERIT Award from the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health, receiving this honor for his seminal contributions to statistical methodology and the impact of that methodology on public health. He is the principle investigator of a National Cancer Institute-funded Bioinformatics training program, and is the founding director of the Texas A&M Center for Statistical Bioinformatics. He is the Deputy Director (Research) for the Texas A&M Institute of Applied Mathematics and Computation.
Dr. Carroll is one of the world’s foremost experts on problems of measurement error, data transformation and non-constant variation, and more generally on statistical regression modeling. His work has found application in a broad variety of fields, including marine biology, laboratory assay methods, econometrics, epidemiology, molecular biology and many others. He has served as editor of Biometrics, the journal of the International Biometric Society, and as editor of the Journal of the American Statistical Association (Theory and Methods). He has won many honors in the profession, including the two major research awards. The first is the 1988 COPSS Presidents’ Award, given annually by the North American statistical societies to the outstanding statistician under the age of 40. Secondly, he gave the Fisher Lecture at the 2002 Joint Statistical Meetings, an award given by the major statistical societies in honor of a senior statistician “whose research has influenced the theory and practice of statistics”. He has over 300 refereed papers and has given over 300 invited talks.
The many areas in which Raymond Carroll has worked include measurement error models, semiparametric regression, transformations and weighting in regression, molecular biology in nutrition, deconvolution, functional data analysis, case-control studies, nutritional and radiation epidemiology, genetic epidemiology, marine biology, longitudinal data, data that are missing not at random and robustness.Dr. Carroll is an inspirational teacher and a major innovator for the Department’s teaching program. In the 1990’s he introduced the use of the computer and class projects into STAT 302, an undergraduate course aimed at life sciences students. Similarly, since 2000, in STAT651 he was the first non-distance education expert to create a distance course, something now routine in the Department. Dr. Carroll has won a College of Science Teaching Award, and he has graduated 30 Ph.D. students, many of them leading figures in academia and industry. He has also been the mentor to many of the faculty at Texas A&M University, including those who are now full professors, and is legendary for his willingness to give advice and technical assistance.