Mar 31, 2013

April/May 2014 Bulletin now online

The PDF version of the April/May 2014 IMS Bulletin is online now: click the “latest issue” link in the bar above.


Elect new Council members

The annual IMS elections are announced, with one candidate for President-Elect—Richard Davis—and 12 candidates standing for six places on Council. The Council nominees, in alphabetical order, are: Marek Biskup, Peter [ More.. ]


Members News: April/May 2014

Featuring news about: Ying Hung; Philip Protter, Raymond J. Carroll, Keith Crank, Bani K. Mallick, Robert T. Smythe and Michael Stein; Stephen Fienberg; Alexandre Tsybakov; Gang Zheng


Statistics in Action: A Canadian Outlook, published by SSC

Announcing Statistics in Action: A Canadian Outlook published by SSC – in Celebration of the International Year of Statistics Jerry Lawless writes: In early 2013 the Statistical Society of Canada [ More.. ]


Big Data: promises, threats, and challenges

Stéphane Boucheron works in the Statistics Group at the Laboratoire de Probabilités et Modèles Aléatoires, Université Paris Diderot. He writes as one of our team of Contributing Editors: Since 2011, [ More.. ]


NSF funding opportunity

Xiaoming Huo, Program Director for Statistics, Computational and Data-enabled Science & Engineering at NSF, writes: CDS&E-MSS (Computational and Data-Enabled Science and Engineering in Mathematical and Statistical Sciences) is a relatively [ More.. ]


Hand Writing: Solving the Right Problem

Contributing Editor David J. Hand writes: George Box once said “You have a big approximation and a small approximation. The big approximation is your approximation to the problem you want [ More.. ]


Student Puzzle Corner 3

The Student Puzzle Corner contains one or two problems in statistics or probability. Sometimes, solving the problems may require a literature search. Current student members of the IMS are invited [ More.. ]


COPSS publishes 50th anniversary volume

COPSS 50th Anniversary Volume: Past, Present and Future of Statistical Science Co-editors: Xihong Lin, Christian Genest, David Banks, Geert Molenberghs, David Scott, and Jane-Ling Wang This book entitled Past, Present [ More.. ]


Rao Prize Conference: report

Runze Li writes: The Penn State Department of Statistics held the 2013 Rao Prize Conference on October 5, 2013 to honor the 2013 Rao Prize winner Herman Chernoff, Professor Emeritus [ More.. ]


Calls for Nominations: April 2014

C.R. and Bhargavi Rao Prize 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 [ More.. ]



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