Trevor Hastie, John A. Overdeck Professor of Mathematical Sciences, professor of statistics, and professor of biomedical data science in the school of humanities and sciences at Stanford University, was recently named the 2022 Myles Hollander Distinguished Lecturer. He presented his lecture on “Cross-Validation in Model Selection and Assessment,” on November 9 at Florida State University. The recording is at 

Trevor Hastie earned his bachelor’s degree from Rhodes University in South Africa in 1976, his master’s degree from the University of Cape Town in 1979, and his PhD from Stanford University in 1984. His research focuses on applied statistics, specifically in the fields of statistical modeling, bioinformatics, and machine learning. 

Before becoming a Stanford professor in 1994, Hastie worked at AT&T Bell Laboratories for almost a decade, where he contributed to the development of the statistical modeling environment popular in the R computing system.

Hastie has published six books and more than 200 articles and co-edited a large software library on modeling tools for statistical computing. Recent awards include the Breiman Award from the American Statistical Association in 2020 and the University of Bologna Sigillum Magnum in 2019. Hastie is an elected member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Science and the US National Academy of Sciences. He is a fellow of the American Statistical Association, Institute of Mathematical Statistics, and Royal Statistical Society. 

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

Professor Emeritus Myles Hollander, for whom the lecture series is named, joined the FSU Department of Statistics in 1965 upon completion of his M.S. and PhD in Statistics at Stanford University after earning his B.S. 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. Hollander is an IMS and ASA Fellow, and an Elected Member of the ISI. He served as editor of the Journal of the American Statistical Association, Theory and Methods (1994–96) after being editor-elect in 1993–94. In 2003, the ASA 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 statistics chair for nine years (1978–81, 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.