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Mayo to receive PBK Sturm Award

By Sally Harris

Spectrum Volume 19 Issue 30 - May 1, 1997

Deborah Mayo, professor of philosophy, has been selected as the recipient of the l997 Sturm Award for Excellence in Faculty Research sponsored by the Mu Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa at Virginia Tech.

This award, endowed by and named for the late Al Sturm, Phi Beta Kappa member and university research professor in political science, annually honors scholarship by faculty members in the College of Arts and Sciences who contribute significantly to the advancement of liberal learning.

Mayo's book, Error and the Growth of Experimental Knowledge, published in l996 by the University of Chicago Press, has received extensive recognition within a very short time. A leading statistician has commented that it "provides a new framework for ideas in both statistics and the philosophy of science," and the book has been praised by research scientists, engineers, and professionals concerned with ethics and risk assessment.

The award will be presented at the annual Phi Beta Kappa induction ceremony Friday, May 9, at 5 p.m. in 100 McBryde.