IMS Special Lectures

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Named Lectures

Wald Memorial Lectures

The Wald Memorial Lectures honor Professor Abraham Wald. The Wald Lecturer gives two, three or four one-hour talks on one subject. This gives sufficient time to develop material in some detail and make it accessible to nonspecialists.

Blackwell Lecture

The Blackwell Lecture should reflect one of Blackwell’s many interests in probability, statistics and/or the allied fields of game theory and information theory and could serve to bring these fields closer to statistics and vice versa. An endowment was set up to cover the cost of travel and a plaque for the lecturer.

Le Cam Lecture

The Le Cam Lecturer should be an individual whose contributions have been or promise to be fundamental to the development of mathematical statistics or probability. An endowment was set up by friends of Le Cam to cover the cost of travel and a plaque for the lecturer.

Neyman Lecture

The Neyman Lecture ordinarily will emphasize the interactions between statistical theory and scientific research.

Rietz Lecture

The Rietz Lectures are named after the first President of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics, Professor Henry L. Rietz. The Lectures are intended to be of broad interest and serve to clarify the relationship of statistical methodology and analysis to other fields.

IMS Grace Wahba Award and Lecture

The IMS Grace Wahba Award and Lecture is an annual lecture at the JSM that honors Grace Wahba’s contributions to statistics and science; including pioneering work in mathematical statistics, machine learning, and optimization; broad and career-long interdisciplinary collaborations that have had a significant impact in the fields of epidemiology, bioinformatics, and climate sciences; as well as outstanding mentoring.

Medallion Lectures

The Committee on Special Lectures invites eight individuals to deliver Medallion Lectures annually.  Medallion Lectures are distinct from Invited Papers, which are chosen by the various Program Committees for specific meetings. Each Medallion Lecturer will receive a Medallion in a brief ceremony preceding the lecture. For more information, see here:

IMS Special Lectures

IMS Special Lectures in 2017

The IMS sponsors several series of Special Invited Lectures, which are given by distinguished scientists at regular IMS meetings. The IMS Committee on Special Lectures chooses the recipients. Special Lectures are distinct from ordinary invited papers, which are chosen by the Program Committees for each meeting, and they are usually longer in length. Special lectures are of two types: named lectures (Wald, Neyman, Rietz, Le Cam, Blackwell and Schramm) and medallion lectures. Eight medallion lecturers are selected from the fields of Statistics and Probability each year.

In 2017, the Special Lectures will be given by:
Wald: Emmanuel Candes
Blackwell: Martin Wainwright
Schramm: Richard Kenyon
Eight Medallion lecturers: Thomas Mikosch, Takashi Kumagai, Marta Sanz-Solé, Edoardo Airoldi, Emery Brown, Subhashis Ghosal, Mark Girolami and Judith Rousseau.


Call for Nominations: IMS Special Lectures

The IMS Committee on Special Lectures is accepting nominations for IMS Named and Medallion Lectures. The following lectures are available for nomination in 2016.
• 2018 Wald Lecturer
• 2018 Neyman Lecturer
• 2018 Rietz Lecturer
• 2019 Medallion Lecturers
The deadline for nominations is October 1.
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