Raymond F. Currie, Lise Manchester Award 2010
Professor Raymond F. Currie is the 2010 recipient of the Lise Manchester Award. This biennial award is given by the Statistical Society of Canada in commemoration of the late Dr Lise Manchester’s abiding interest in using statistical methods to study matters of relevance to society. The award recognizes excellence in statistical research which considers problems of public interest and which is potentially useful for formation of Canadian public policy.
This year’s award is given to Professor Currie, in his capacity as Executive Director of the Canadian Research Data Centre Network (CRDCN), “for his leadership role and vision in bringing the network to a high level of excellence in the promotion and use of a broad range of microdata for research work that has influenced the formation of social and health policies in Canada.”
The CRDCN comprises 24 research data centres located in universities across Canada. These centers provide researchers with confidential microdata from various sources, as well as computer resources and technical support needed for their analysis. At least one Statistics Canada analyst is present in each centre to assist researchers and to ensure data confidentiality. The centres also offer training and dissemination activities including seminars, workshops, summer schools, and fellowships.
Professor Currie and his wife Charlene live in Winnipeg, near their daughter Katie, their son Vincent and his partner Sherri, as well as two grandchildren. For additional information about Raymond F. Currie’s life and career, readers may refer to his autobiography entitled “Secure and Uncertain: A Father’s Story” published in 2008 by Anderson House Press.