SSC’s 2011 Gold Medal awarded to Christian Genest

Christian Genest, Professor of Statistics at McGill University, Montréal (Canada), is the recipient of the Statistical Society of Canada (SSC) 2011 Gold Medal. This award, which is the Society’s highest distinction, was given to Christian “in recognition of his remarkable contributions to multivariate analysis and nonparametric statistics, notably through the development of models and methods of inference for studying stochastic dependence, synthesizing expert judgments and multi-criteria decision making, as well as for his applications thereof in various fields such as insurance, finance, and hydrology.”

The award ceremony took place at the SSC 39th Annual Meeting, held in Wolfville (Nova Scotia), June 12-15, 2011.

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CR Rao awarded 33rd honorary degree

C.R. Rao, Sc.D. (Cantab), FRS, has received another honorary degree, Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa), this time from the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka. It was conferred by Prof. T. R. Ariyaratne, Dean of the Faculty of Science, who said of Prof. Rao, “He is among the world leaders in statistical science over the last six decades. His research, scholarship, and professional services have had a profound influence on theory and applications of statistics.” Professor Rao has now received 33 Honorary Doctoral Degrees from universities in 18 countries spanning six continents. Among his recent awards was the UK Royal Statistical Society’s Guy Medal in Gold, awarded triennially to those judged to have merited a signal mark of distinction by reason of their innovative contributions to the theory or application of statistics.


On the Move…

Joseph Glaz, Fellow of IMS, is now Head of Department of Statistics, University of Connecticut, effective July 1, 2011.
Former IMS Bulletin Editor Xuming He has taken the position of H.C. Carver Professor of Statistics, Department of Statistics, University of Michigan, after 18 years of service at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1993–2011).


SIAM Fellows

SIAM, the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, has elected 34 new Fellows, among whom are two IMS members, Jean-Pierre Fouque, University of California at Santa Barbara, and Craig A. Tracy, University of California at Davis. Their citations are, respectively:

Jean-Pierre Fouque: For contributions to asymptotic analysis for random media and financial mathematics.

Craig A. Tracy: For fundamental contributions to statistical physics, integrable systems, and probability theory including random matrix theory and its applications.