Invited by the Center for Statistical Science at Peking University, Professor Peter Hall delivered a short course on “Methodology and Theory for the Bootstrap” from March 15th to 24th, 2012. The short course comprised 16 lectures, and attracted more than 100 graduate students and faculty members from schools across China, and many of them came from outside Beijing. It took place at the newly built Beijing International Center for Mathematics (which co-sponsored the short course).

The course was well received by the participants. The president of Peking University, Professor Qifeng Zhou, met Professor Hall, and they had lively exchanges of ideas and views on developing statistics on the campus of Peking University and beyond.

On the occasion of Peter’s 60-and-a-quarter birthday, a surprise birthday party was staged, which was well attended by the participants of the short course, as a way to express their gratitude to Peter for his extremely hard work in delivering the 16 lectures, as well as his scholarship—and, more importantly, to celebrate a milestone in a distinguished career in Statistics.

We are sure Peter’s visit and short course would be long remembered by those students and faculty members.

Above: Peter Hall cuts the cake at the celebration of his 60-and-a-quarter years