The International Biometric Society (IBS) has elevated IMS Fellow Lynne Billard to Honorary Life Membership status. A past IBS President, Lynne Billard was honored for her work in fostering connections between the IBS Regions and the parent organization, her efforts to promote the advancement of women and other professionals from marginalized populations, and tireless efforts on behalf of the IBS and ENAR for nearly five decades.
Also recognized with Honorary IBS Life Membership status were Elizabeth Thompson and Jean-Louis Foulley. Past IBS President Elizabeth Thompson was honored for her research in statistical genetics and pedigree analysis, with influential works spanning across several decades, and for her active involvement in the IBS since the 1970s, culminating in her election to serve as Society President from 2016–17. Jean-Louis Foulley was selected for always seeking the practical applications of his work, for his influence and involvement within the French Biometric Society, and for his enthusiasm while serving in several key editor and scientific program roles for the Society, including the Dublin and Florianopolis International Biometric Conferences.