Nancy Bates announced as College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Alumni Award Winner

On February 21, 2013 Nancy Bates received the College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Alumni Award. Nancy graduated from OU with a bachelor’s degree in public administration in 1985 and with a master’s degree in sociology in 1987. Nancy is the senior researcher for Survey Methodology at the U.S. Census Bureau. She joined the Census Bureau in 1988 as a survey statistician and has spent the past 25 years in a variety of positions across four different directorates at the agency. Currently, she conducts research to reduce survey measurement error, improve coverage and response to censuses and surveys, and facilitate the bureau’s transition toward adaptive survey design.

Nancy serves on the Executive Council for the American Association for Public Opinion Research where she is secretary-treasurer elect. She currently is the president-elect of the Washington Statistical Society and publications officer and past program chair of the Government Statistics Section of the American Statistical Association. Nancy recently served as co-chair of the 2012 American Statistical Association International Conference on Hard to Reach Populations. She also is a member of the Federal Committee on Statistical Methodology and, in 2011-2012, she served as a member of the Committee on National Statistics, National Academy of Sciences panel: Nonresponse in Social Science Surveys: A Research Agenda.

Nancy has coauthored book chapters and published in a variety of social science journals including Public Opinion Quarterly, Contexts, Survey Methodology, Survey Practice, Journal of Economic and Social Measurement and Journal of Official Statistics. She also is an associate editor of the Journal of Official Statistics published by Statistics Sweden.