Rao Prize Conference to be held on May 19

The Penn State Department of Statistics will host the 2011 Rao Prize Conference from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on May 19, in 100 Thomas Building on the University Park campus. This one-day conference, which is free and open to the public, will focus on statistics and probability.

The conference program consists of four invited speakers and a poster presentation by graduate students. The invited speakers are M. J. Bayarri from the University of València in Spain, Murali Haran from Penn State, James O. Berger from Duke University, and Edward O. George from the University of Pennsylvania.

The highlight of the conference is the award of the 2011 Rao Prize to James O. Berger at 1 p.m. Berger is a past director of the Statistical and Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute and a past president of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics and of the International Society for Bayesian Analysis. He received the President's Award from the Committee of Presidents of Statistical Societies, and is a member of the Spanish Real Academia de Ciencias and the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. He was awarded an honorary doctoral degree from Purdue University in 2004.

The C.R. and Bhargavi Rao Prize was established to honor and recognize outstanding and influential innovations in the theory and practice of mathematical statistics, international leadership in directing statistics research, and pioneering contributions by a recognized leader in the field of statistics. More information about the conference is on the Web at http://www.stat.psu.edu/~richards/raoprize/2011.html.

 

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Last Updated May 17, 2011