Stephanie Shipp is the Interim Director for the Social and Decision Analytics Division, Biocomplexity Institute, University of Virginia. Dr. Shipp’s work spans topics related to the use of all data to advance policy, the science of data science, community analytics, and innovation. She is leading and engaging in local, state, and federal projects to assess data quality and the ethical use of new and traditional data sources. She is a member of the American Statistical Association’s Committee on Professional Ethics.
As a U.S. Senior Executive Service member, Dr. Shipp led the Economic Assessment Office in the Advanced Technology Program at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. She expanded the economic evaluation capacity of this world-renown program by inviting and funding academic researchers to work with us to conduct research. Since beginning her career at the Federal Reserve Board, she has led economic and statistical programs at the Census Bureau and Bureau of Labor Statistics, creating new partnerships across the federal government through outreach and collaboration. Serving on National Academies committees, Dr. Shipp brings her knowledge of social sciences, statistics, policy, and innovation to evaluate and inform government science and engineering programs.
Dr. Shipp’s experience in science and technology policy expanded through research conducted at the IDA Science and Technology Policy Institute, a non-profit organization that conducts policy analysis for the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Her research and analysis of the U.S. and global advanced manufacturing trends provided input to expand the White House vision in this area. She initiated research in understanding technology transfer which led to several additional projects with the Energy Department and the Department of Defense.
- Developing the science of data science
- Enhancing federal statistics through data science
- Bringing the all data revolution to urban and rural communities
- Integrating ethics into data science
- American Statistical Association (ASA) Founders Award, 2022
- American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow, Statistics, 2014
- American Statistical Association (ASA) Fellow, 2002
- International Statistical Institute, elected member, 2001
- Jeanne E. Griffith American Statistical Association Mentoring Award, 2007
- Pat Doyle American Statistical Association Service Award, 2009
- Bronze Medal, Department of Commerce, 2000
Ph.D. Economics, George Washington University
Bachelor of Arts, Trinity College, Washington DC
Stephanie Shipp’s Arlington, Virginia, office overlooks the Potomac River and offers a sweeping view of the Washington Monument and other familiar landmarks of Washington, DC—a town she knows well from her days at the Federal Reserve Board, Bureau of Labor Statistics, US Census Bureau, and National Institute of Standards and Technology.
With a long and successful career steeped in statistics, the University of Virginia Biocomplexity Institute’s Sallie Keller will step into a new post that might well have been tailor made for the nationally recognized research scientist. Keller will join the U.S. Census Bureau as chief scientist and associate director for research and methodology lending her scientific knowledge and expertise to advise the Census Bureau’s programs and continued need to produce high-quality statistical products describing America and for use by decision makers in many roles.
A research team at the University of Virginia has set its sights on developing new and better measures of America’s people, places, and the economy through a comprehensive innovation they call a Curated Data Enterprise. The research is being done in collaboration between the U.S. Census Bureau and UVA’s Biocomplexity Institute with additional support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.
This article discusses the necessity for data acumen and data science ethics and describes the fundamentals necessary to apply these skills to real-world problems.
Today’s data revolution is not just about big data, it is about data of all sizes and types.
From local neighborhoods and schools to courtrooms, hospitals, fields, and forests, data are everywhere, providing us the power to solve problems like never before. Communities large and small now have access to a wealth of data they can use to assess conditions, develop strategies and policies, evaluate impact, and make critical decisions. However, not all communities – particularly those that are small or rural – have the expertise or resources necessary to access and leverage complex data for real-world benefits.
In celebration of Women’s History Month, Amstat News, the membership magazine of the American Statistical Association (ASA), highlighted 28 admired and accomplished women in a special March feature titled, “Celebrating Women in Statistics and Data Science.” Deputy Director and Research Professor Stephanie S. Shipp from the Biocomplexity Institute and Initiative at the University of Virginia was among this esteemed group, selected by other women in the field because of their influential and inspirational work.