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: