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Leo Goodman, one of the towering figures in statistics, and particularly in its application to sociology, died on December 22, 2020, in Berkeley, California, at the age of 92. Leo was born in Brooklyn in 1928. He obtained a BA in mathematics and sociology in 1948 from Syracuse University,…

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On December 21, 2020, Canada and the world lost one of their most eminent and influential statisticians, Donald Alexander Stuart Fraser, OC, FRSC, who passed away at the age of 95. By his side was his wife Nancy Reid, herself a distinguished statistician. Don’s exceptional path as a scientist,…

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IMS Medallion Lecturer who was due to give his lecture at the Seminar on Stochastic Processes in March 2021 (meeting now rescheduled to 2022). Dmitry (Dima) Ioffe was born in Moscow in April 1963. In 1976 his family applied for a permission to leave the USSR for Israel…

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Physicist and computer scientist who wrote the first full implementation of the Markov chain Monte Carlo method. Arianna W. Rosenbluth passed away on December 28, 2020. Born on September 15, 1927, in Houston, Texas, Arianna attended university at the Rice Institute, now Rice University, where she received a Bachelor of…

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In 2019, Elizabeth Meckes was elected a Fellow of the IMS. She won a Simons fellowship for the 2020–2021 academic year, so she, her husband Mark, and their two children Juliette and Peter, traveled to Oxford to spend the year visiting Jon Keating. Sadly, late in 2020 she was diagnosed…

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