CLAS faculty member named an Institute of Mathematical Statistics Fellow

Dale Zimmerman says the support he’s received from the college and his department has allowed him to focus on his research throughout the course of his 37-year career.
Tuesday, September 5, 2023

By: Emily Delgado 

Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science professor Dale Zimmerman was named a 2023 Institute of Mathematical Statistics fellow.  

Portrait of Dale Zimmerman
Dale Zimmerman ​​​​

The Institute of Mathematical Statistics (IMS) is an international professional and scholarly society devoted to the development, dissemination, and application of statistics and probability—it currently has about 4,000 members across the globe. The IMS fellowship honors and recognizes outstanding contributions to the industry by its members.  

This fellowship is a major recognition for members. All fellows have demonstrated distinction in research in statistics of probability by publication or independent work or merit. Between 10 to 25 fellows are elected each year through a competitive process.  

Zimmerman was selected for his development of fundamental theory and methodology associated with complex spatial, spatiotemporal, and longitudinal data and applications to optimal spatial sampling, health data geoprivacy, and environmental statistics — and for outstanding editorial service to the profession.  

“I was greatly honored to be named an IMS Fellow,” Zimmerman says. “My attainment of this honor improves the reputation and standing of the department nationally and internationally. I am the third member of our current faculty to hold the title of IMS Fellow.” 

Zimmerman says the college and department have fostered his research over the years by reducing course loads early in his career and allowing him to teach the same courses, which helped reduce prep time for teaching. He’s also been able to take advantage of the college’s professional development awards to be released from teaching for focused research time.  

Zimmerman has been a member of the IMS since 1986.  

The University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences offers about 70 majors across the humanities; fine, performing and literary arts; natural and mathematical sciences; social and behavioral sciences; and communication disciplines. About 15,000 undergraduate and nearly 2,000 graduate students study each year in the college’s 37 departments, led by faculty at the forefront of teaching and research in their disciplines. The college teaches all Iowa undergraduates through the college's general education program, CLAS CORE. About 80 percent of all Iowa undergraduates begin their academic journey in CLAS. The college confers about 60 percent of the university's bachelor's degrees each academic year.