Samuel H. Preston

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"Samuel H. Preston is Fredrick J. Warren Professor of Demography at the University of Pennsylvania School of Arts & Sciences.

"Dr. Preston received his BA in Economics from Amherst College and his PhD in Economics from Princeton University. He was the Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania (1998-2004). Prior to that, he was the Director of the Population Studies Center at the University of Pennsylvania and a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University.

"Dr. Preston’s professional honors include Member of the National Academy of Sciences, Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, President of the Population Association of America, and the Irene B. Taeuber Award for Excellence in Demographic Research. His professional activities over the last decade have and do include membership to the Board of Trustees on the Population Council and a member of the Technical Advisory Panel on Assumptions and Methods on the Social Security Advisory Council. Some of Dr. Preston’s research has focused on African-American mortality, effect of age reporting on mortality estimates, and training the Demography of Aging." [1]

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  1. Samuel H. Preston, Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, accessed October 2, 2011.