Academic statisticians and probabilists

Dimitris Politis writes: Many IMS members are educators, and thus care about improving and evaluating teaching. In the last three decades, student evaluations of classroom teaching have played a prevalent [ More.. ]


Journals and research publications

Dimitris Politis writes: Our journals are alive and well, and the new Annals of Applied Statistics has become an instant winner with authors and readers. As I mentioned in my [ More.. ]


Mathematical Statistics: where is the profession heading?

Dimitris Politis writes: Statistics has undergone a remarkable transformation in the last two decades, adapting to a rapidly changing scientific environment. For example, under the leadership of pioneers such as [ More.. ]


Open Forum? What’s that?

Dimitris Politis writes: With this new blog website, we are introducing a new feature, the Open Forum. Any IMS member can propose a topic for discussion. Email your subject and perhaps an opening paragraph (send this to and we’ll post it to start off the discussion. Other readers can join in the debate by commenting on the post. Search other Open Forum posts by using the Open Forum category link on the right. We hope that readers will take advantage of these interactive features of the new Bulletin website. Start a discussion today!


Laha Travel Awards

Thanks to a generous bequest by the late Professor Radha Govind Laha, IMS established the Laha Awards to provide funds for travel to present a paper at the IMS Annual [ More.. ]


JCGS now free with IMS membership

IMS Members: you can now access JCGS (the Journal of Computational and Graphical Statistics) free as part of your membership. Login to the members’ area to read the latest issue.


Terence’s Stuff: Interdisciplinary Statistics

Terry Speed recently attended a meeting on interdisciplinary statistical science, which got him thinking, what does that mean?

Jun 10, 2011

Obituary: Benoit Mandelbrot, 1924–2010

In the back of the cab, Benoît Mandelbrot was at work. We had an appointment in Manhattan together, and the Polish-born, Franco-American mathematician did not like the geometry of the [ More.. ]


IMS announces new Fellows

The IMS Committee on Fellows has selected 18 new IMS Fellows this year. They will be presented at JSM in Miami, at the IMS Presidential Address on Monday, August 1, [ More.. ]


Guggenheim Fellowship

In its 2011 competition for the US and Canada, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation has awarded 180 Fellowships to artists, scientists, and scholars, chosen from some 3,000 applicants. Only [ More.. ]


US National Academy of Sciences elects members

The US National Academy of Sciences has announced the election of 72 new members and 18 foreign associates from 15 countries, in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. Among [ More.. ]


American Academy of Arts and Sciences elects Members

Some of the world’s most accomplished leaders from academia, business, public affairs, the humanities, and the arts have been elected members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Among [ More.. ]


2011 Harry C Carver Medal

The 2011 IMS Carver Medal is awarded to Professor Ross Leadbetter, Department of Statistics and Operations Research, University of North Carolina. The citation reads, “For his contributions to the success [ More.. ]


World-class speakers for World Congress

An impressive lineup of plenary speakers has been selected for next year’s IMS Annual Meeting, the eighth World Congress in Probability and Statistics, which will be held in Istanbul, Turkey, [ More.. ]



Welcome to the IMS Bulletin website! We are developing the way we communicate news and information more effectively with members. The print Bulletin is still with us (free with IMS membership), and still available as a PDF to download, but in addition, we are placing some of the news, columns and articles on this blog site, which will allow you the opportunity to interact more. We are always keen to hear from IMS members, and encourage you to write articles and reports that other IMS members would find interesting. Contact the IMS Bulletin at

What is “Open Forum”?

In the Open Forum, any IMS member can propose a topic for discussion. Email your subject and an opening paragraph (to and we'll post it to start off the discussion. Other readers can join in the debate by commenting on the post. Search other Open Forum posts by using the Open Forum category link below. Start a discussion today!

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