This year’s speaker at the 25th Pfizer Distinguished Statistician Series will be Professor Arthur P. Dempster from Harvard University. The colloquium will take place on October 23, 2019, in Storrs, CT. The interview will be conducted by Nan Laird (Harvard University), Ruobin Gong (Rutgers University), and Peng Ding (University of California, Berkeley).

The lecture and the interview are open to the public: see the meeting announcement on page 24 of the August 2019 Bulletin issue.

The Distinguished Statistician Colloquium series ran from 1978 until 2012 and was renewed in 2018. The colloquium series has featured C.R. Rao, Bradley Efron, D.R. Cox, and many more. For a complete list, see The purpose of the Colloquium is to provide a forum for a distinguished statistician to share and disseminate their unique perspective and work in the theory and/or application of statistics. Starting from 2018, the series has been co-sponsored by Pfizer, the American Statistical Association, and the Department of Statistics at the University of Connecticut.

Dipak Dey, Chair of the selection committee, thanks Pfizer and the ASA for their generous financial support. He also thanks the members of the selection committee: Dan Meyer and Demissie Alemayehu from Pfizer, Ron Wasserstein and Nancy Flournoy from the ASA, Joseph Glaz and Ming-Hui Chen from UConn (Professor Chen also represents the New England Statistical Society, NESS).