ICPSR announces Miller, Flanigan award winners

ICPSR is pleased to announce the 2011 recipients of the *Warren E. Miller Award for Meritorious Service to the Social Sciences* and the *William H. Flanigan Award for Distinguished Service as an ICPSR Official Representative*.

Tom Smith, senior fellow and director at the National Opinion Research Center, and Kevin Schürer, professor at the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom, have won the Miller award.

Paula Lackie, academic computing coordinator for the social sciences at Carleton College, and Laine Ruus, retired head of library services at the University of Toronto, have won the Flanigan Award.

The awards will be presented at the biennial meeting of ICPSR Official Representatives in October in Ann Arbor.

*Smith* is an internationally recognized expert in survey research and has been director of the General Social Survey (GSS), the largest and longest project supported by the National Science Foundation’s Sociology program, since 1980. He is also co-founder and past Secretary General of the International Social Survey Program, the largest cross-national collaboration in the social sciences.

*Schürer* served as director of the UK Data Archive from 2000-2010 and is pro-vice chancellor at the University of Leicester. His research interests include historical demography and household structure; internal migration in Victorian and Edwardian England; historical methodology; data enhancement databases; and data archiving. Schürer is an Academician of the Academy for the Social Sciences and a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society and Royal Geographical Society.

*Lackie* has been the ICPSR OR for Carleton College for more than 20 years, and served on the ICPSR Council from 2004-2008. On the council she chaired the Preservation and Access Committee. Her research interests include the pedagogical and technical contexts for the use of data in teaching and learning, and exploring the service-learning opportunities for students interested in the open data movement.

*Ruus*, who calls herself the “oldest living data librarian in North America,” was a data librarian for more than 35 years before her retirement. She was an ICPSR OR from 1988 to 2010, and was instrumental in forming the ICPSR Canadian federation serving eastern Canada.

Aug 2, 2011

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