2009 Rao Prize Conference to be held May 22

The Penn State Department of Statistics will host the 2009 Rao Prize Conference from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Friday, May 22 in 100 Life Sciences Building (Berg Auditorium) on the Penn State 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 C.F. Jeff Wu, Coca-Cola Chair in Engineering Statistics and professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology; Debashis Ghosh, associate professor of statistics at Penn State; Jianqing Fan, professor of statistics at Princeton University; and Peter Bickel, professor of statistics at the University of California at Berkeley.

The highlight of the conference is the award of the 2009 Rao Prize to Peter Bickel.  Bickel is a Fellow of the MacArthur Foundation, a winner of a prize from the Committee of Presidents of Statistical Societies, and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences.  He was awarded an honorary doctoral degree by Hebrew University in Israel in 1986.  He is the past president of the Bernoulli Society and the Institute of Mathematical Statistics.

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/2009.html.

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Last Updated May 15, 2009