Lynne Billard, University Professor, University of Georgia, has been named the 2020 IMS Carver Medalist. Dr. Billard receives the award for her outstanding service to IMS on a number of key committees, including publications, nominations, and fellows, for her extraordinary leadership as Program Secretary (1987-90) that culminated in forging a partnership with the Bernoulli Society that includes co-hosting the biannual World Statistical Congress, and for her advocacy of the inclusion of women and young researchers on the scientific programs of IMS sponsored meetings.
The Carver Medal was created by the IMS in 2002 in honor of Harry C. Carver, Founding Editor of the Annals of Mathematical Statistics and one of the founders of the IMS. The medal is for exceptional service specifically to the IMS and is open to any member of the IMS who has not previously been elected President. Created in 1933, the Institute of Mathematical Statistics is a member organization that fosters the development and dissemination of the theory and applications of statistics and probability. The IMS has 3500 active members throughout the world.