The Department of Statistics at Florida State University (FSU) is pleased to announce Nancy Reid, University Professor and Canada Research Chair in Statistical Methodology at the University of Toronto, as the inaugural speaker for its newly endowed Myles Hollander Distinguished Lecture. The lecture is co-sponsored by IMS.

Nancy Reid will present “Three Rs — Reliability, Replicability, Reproducibility: The interplay between statistical science and data science,” on October 30, 2020. For more information and to register for the virtual talk, visit

The Myles Hollander Distinguished Lectureship was established by the Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor and statistics professor emeritus at Florida State University Myles Hollander, in appreciation of the university, its statistics department, and the statistics profession. The annual lectureship will recognize an internationally renowned leader and pioneering researcher in statistics who has made a sustained impact on the field, and the lectures will feature topics spanning the breadth of statistics.

Nancy Reid obtained her PhD from Stanford in 1979 and taught at the University of British Columbia from 1980–85, before moving to the University of Toronto. Among her many professional honors are the COPSS Presidents’ Award in 1992, Fellow of the Royal Society of London, Foreign Associate of the US National Academy of Sciences, and Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. In 2014, she was appointed to the Order of Canada for her extraordinary contributions to the Canadian nation. Her research has had broad influence, including in statistical theory, likelihood inference, design of studies, and statistical science in public policy. Her main research contributions have been to the field of theoretical statistics. The goal is to use information from noisy data as efficiently as possible, and to elucidate general principles for doing so, in order to provide structures for developing new statistical methods in new areas of application.

Myles Hollander joined the FSU Department of Statistics in 1965 upon completion of his MS and PhD in Statistics at Stanford University, after earning his BS in Mathematics from Carnegie Institute of Technology. He made substantial and enduring research contributions to nonparametric statistics, reliability theory, survival analysis, biostatistics and probability theory, among other areas. Hollander co-authored textbooks on nonparametric statistics, biostatistics, and introductory statistics. He is a Fellow of IMS and ASA, and an Elected Member of the International Statistical Institute. Hollander served as editor of the Journal of the American Statistical Association, Theory and Methods (1994–96) after being Editor-elect (1993–94). In 2003, the American Statistical Association recognized him with the Gottfried E. Noether Senior Scholar Award for his excellence in theory, methodology, and applications in nonparametric statistics. At FSU, Hollander served as chair of statistics for nine years (1978–81 and 1999–2005). He received the Professorial Excellence Award in 1977, was named Distinguished Research Professor in 1996, and in 1998 was named Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor, the highest honor Florida State faculty bestow upon one of their own. He retired in 2007 after 42 years of service.