Emporia State alumnus named American Statistical Association fellow

April 26, 2012

A mathematics and statistics professor who began his career with a degree from Emporia State University has been named a 2012 fellow of the American Statistical Association.

Clyde Martin is a Horn Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. Martin earned his bachelor’s degree in mathematics education from Emporia State University and his master’s and doctoral degrees from University of Wyoming.

Martin is one of 48 new ASA Fellows who will be formally inducted during the Joint Statistical Meetings in San Diego in late July.

The designation of fellow has been a superlative honor in ASA for nearly 100 years. According to the association by-laws, each year the Committee on Fellows can elect no more than one-third of one percent of the total ASA membership as fellows. Individuals are nominated for the honor by fellow members and, to be selected, must have an established reputation and made outstanding contributions in some aspect of statistical work.

The Committee on Fellows evaluates candidates' contributions to the advancement of statistics, giving due weight to publications, the positions held by the candidates in the organizations in which they are employed, activities within the association, membership and accomplishments in other societies, and other professional activities.

At Texas Tech, Martin’s research interests include control theory, the applications of algebraic and differential geometry to problems in numerical analysis, and the development and analysis of mathematical models in agriculture, the environment and medicine.

He led the group at Texas Tech University that did the detailed analysis and modeling of the 1987 measles epidemic in Lubbock. This research revealed for the first time that greater than 98-percent immunity rate was required to prevent measles epidemics in dense populations such as universities. The State of Texas used the research in the decision to require multiple vaccinations for all school-aged children.

His more significant technical contributions include the development of models for the analysis of localized epidemics and endemic diseases. He has collaborated with engineers and scientists in a number of areas including aeronautics, bioengineering, chemistry, pediatrics, plant science, soil physics, epidemiology and chemical engineering on a variety of scientific topics. He has published more than 350 technical books and papers in a wide variety of areas. 

Martin is a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, a member of the International Statistics Institute and a recent recipient of a Jefferson Science fellowship to work next year at the U.S. Department of State.

About the American Statistical Association

The American Statistical Association, a scientific and educational society founded in Boston in 1839, is the second oldest continuously operating professional society in the United States. For more than 170 years, ASA has been providing its 18,000 members serving in academia, government, and industry and the public with up-to-date, useful information about statistics. The ASA has a proud tradition of service to statisticians, quantitative scientists, and users of statistics across a wealth of academic areas and applications.

About Emporia State University

Founded in 1863 as Kansas State Normal — the state’s premier institution to educate teachers — Emporia State University offers 42 undergraduate and 27 graduate degrees in the School of Business, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, School of Library and Information Management and The Teachers College. SLIM also offers a Ph.D. program.

ESU is ranked as a Tier 1 Top 100 Regional University in the 2012 edition of “Best Colleges” compiled by U.S. News & World Report. The publication also cited ESU’s School of Business as a best value for both in-state and out-of-state students.

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