Lurdes Inoue, the Gilbert S. Omenn Endowed Chair in Biostatistics, is among 32 University of Washington Latinx faculty members recognized for their achievements this year by the UW Latino Center for Health.
The center honored Latinx faculty at the Seattle, Bothell, and Tacoma campuses who demonstrated cutting-edge scholarship, transformational leadership, and interdisciplinary activism. Honorees represent a variety of disciplines, including aquatic & fishery sciences, history, international studies, microbiology, business, arts, and health services.
“The impact of these Latinx faculty resounds across the UW community, from classrooms and laboratories, to diverse communities and fields of practice, and throughout the world,” says Gino Aisenberg, associate professor in social work and co-director of the Latino Center for Health.
In September 2019, Inoue became the first woman and the first Latinx to chair the biostatistics department. She is widely known in the field of Bayesian statistical research and as a co-author of a leading decision theory textbook. Her work has led to a better understanding of the risks of certain cancers.
“I am very thankful to the UW Latino Center for Health for the honor of this recognition, in particular, to my grandparent’s courage and strength when they immigrated from Japan to Brazil and to my parents for bridging two cultures when raising their kids,” says Inoue. "Life in Brazil may not be easy, but we learn to get by, to take joy in simple things with family and friends. So, as a Japanese Brazilian, I try to honor my cultural upbringing and to inspire others to reach out to their dreams. Obrigada! “
In a video message to recipients, UW President Ana Mari Cauce said, “As educators, scholars, mentors, leaders, and innovators, you inspire us. Thank you for your incredible contributions to the University of Washington and the world. Your talent and dedication make an impact in so many ways, from the breadth of your scholarship to the power of your leadership, through your achievements you show the amazing diversity of our Latinx faculty.”