The 2013 Rao Prize Conference to be held Oct. 5

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The Penn State Department of Statistics will host the 2013 Rao Prize Conference on Oct. 5 in the Huck Life Sciences Building. This one-day conference, which is free and open to the public, begins with registration at 8 a.m. and continues until 5 p.m.

The conference honors the 2013 Rao Prize winner Herman Chernoff, Professor Emeritus of Applied Mathematics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and of Statistics at Harvard University, and the 2013 P. R. Krishnaiah lecturer Stephen E. Fienberg, the Maurice Falk University Professor of Statistics and Social Science at Carnegie Mellon University. This conference is co-organized with the 2013 Penn State Bioinformatics and Genomics Retreat.

The conference program consists of two plenary speakers, five invited speakers and a poster presentation by graduate students. The plenary speakers are Chernoff and Fienberg. The invited speakers are Francesca Chiaromonte, a professor of statistics at Penn State; Jiashun Jin, a professor of statistics at Carnegie Mellon University; Shaw-Hwa Lo, a professor of statistics at Columbia University; Adam Smith, an associate professor of computer science and engineering at Penn State; and Tian Zheng, an associate professor of statistics at Columbia University.

One of the highlights of the conference is the award of the 2013 Rao Prize to Herman Chernoff. Chernoff is an elected Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences. He is a winner of the Townsend Harris Medal and the Samuel S. Wilks Medal. He is a fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics and the American Statistical Association. He was the president of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics in 1968. He has received honorary doctorates from the Ohio State University; the Technion, Israel's Institute of Technology; La Sapienza, also known as the University of Rome; and the University of Athens.

This conference also highlights the 2013 P.R. Krishnaiah lecturer, Stephen E. Fienberg. Fienberg is a recipient of the Committee of Presidents of Statistical Societies Presidents' Award, an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences, an elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, an elected Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a Fellow of the American Statistical Association and a winner of its Wilks Award, and a Fellow of 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 online at http://www.stat.psu.edu/~rli/raoprize2013.html.

Last Updated September 27, 2013