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2013 IMS Election Results

Elected Officials Profiles

President Elect

Erwin Bolthausen

Professor, Institute of Mathematics, University of Zurich

Education

Ph.D. Mathematics, ETH Zurich 1973

Habilitation, Statistics, University of Konstanz 1978



Research Interests

  • Probability theory
  • Random media

Previous Service to the Profession

  • Annals of Statistics, Assoc. Editor 1987-1989
  • Annals of Probability, Assoc. Editor 1988-1993
  • Annals of Appl. Prob., Assoc. Editor, since 2010
  • Member of the Council of the IMS, 2003-2007, 2012-present

Brief Statement

I am very much honoured being proposed as a president- elect of the IMS. The IMS is in a unique position and with a unique responsability with regards to the standards of scientific publishing and the scientific exchange in our fields. Statistical science and probability theory have found new directions under the influence for instance of computer science, or other branches of mathematics, like algebra. For me, it is important to strengthen these interactions, and being open to new developments. It is also important to maintain strong ties between probability theory and statistics.

Web

http://www.math.uzh.ch/index.php?professur&key1=106


Elected Council Members

For a 3 year term

Richard Davis

Howard Levene Professor of Statistics, Columbia University

Education

1974: BA Mathematics, University of California at San Diego

1979: PhD Mathematics, University of California at San Diego

 

Research Interests

  • Time series analysis
  • Extreme value for stationary sequence and space-time processes
  • Spatial statistics with application to environmental data
  • Applied probability

Previous Service to the Profession

  • Editor-in-Chief, Bernoulli (Jan `10– present)
  • Associate Editor, Annals of Applied Probability (Jan ’94–Jan ’00)
  • Associate Editor, J. Statistical Planning and Inference (Jan ’95–Jan ’01)
  • Associate Editor, Proceedings of the American Mathematics Society (Feb ’00– Dec `05)
  • EURANDOM Steering Committee for Financial Stochastics (Sept ’02–Dec `04)
  • Associate Editor, Extremes (Jan ’07 – present)
  • Associate Editor, Bernoulli (Jan ’07 – Dec `08)
  • Editor, Statistical Science (Jan ’08 – Dec `10)
  • Associate Editor, Stochastic Processes and Their Applications (Jan ’93-Jan ’96, Mar `08– Jan `10)
  • Business and Economics Statistics Section, Chair-elect (2009), Chair (2010)
  • Co-organizer (with James Stock and Ruey Tsay) NBER/NSF Workshops in Time Series (2001–present)

Brief Statement

As the preeminent professional society for statistics and probability, IMS produces and sponsors the leading journals and major conferences in the field. With a rapidly changing research landscape, IMS must be both nimble in reacting quickly to changes and prescient in anticipating structural changes from modes of publication to facilitating cross-cutting research agendas. The strength of IMS is its engaged and dedicated membership of whom so many are willing to commit their time and expertise to the betterment of the society and the profession. As an IMS council member, I would hope to follow in this tradition and provide sensible guidance and advice to the society on which it has been built. In particular, I would like to see IMS strengthen its ties to graduate programs at both the MA and PhD levels with the goal of fostering a broader and more scientifically savvy society.

Web

http://www.stat.columbia.edu/~rdavis/


Rick Durrett

James B. Duke Professor of Mathematics, Duke U

Education

Ph.D., Stanford 1976 in Operations Research



Research Interests

  • Stochastic spatial models
  • Population genetics
  • Cancer modeling
  • Dynamics of and on random graphs

Previous Service to the Profession

  • 18 years on the editorial boards of AoP and AoAP including three years as editor of AoAp
  • World Congress of Probability. 2008 – wrote NSF proposal for support of young researchers and supervised the selection process. 2012 -- organizing committee.
  • The nominating committee in 2010-2011 is one of many that I have served on, but I don’t put that stuff on my CV so I can’t give more detail.

Brief Statement

I think I will do a good job representing the interests of probabilists on the council.

Web

http://www.math.duke.edu/~rtd/


Steffen Lauritzen

Professor of Statistics, Department of Statistics, University of Oxford

Education

cand.stat. 1972 (MSc)

lic.stat. 1975 (PhD)

dr.scient. (DSc) 1981, University of Copenhagen


Research Interests

  • Graphical models
    • Markov theory
    • Structure estimation
    • Local computation
    • Applications in forensic science
  • Statistical theory

Previous Service to the Profession

  • Associate editor of the Annals of Statistics 1983-1988
  • Chairman of programme committee for the 16th European Meeting of Statisticians, Marburg, Fed. Rep. Germany, 1984
  • Member of the Research Section Committee of the Royal Statistical Society, 1992-1995
  • Chairman of Steering Committee for Scientific Programme on Highly Structured Stochastic Systems under the European Science Foundation, 1997-2000
  • Editor of The Scandinavian Journal of Statistics, 1998-2000. Biometrika Trustee 2010-

Brief Statement

If elected, my efforts in council would be to support the IMS in continuing an excellent publication policy, high quality scientific meetings, and an emphasis on giving the next generation of statisticians worldwide a natural scientific home in the IMS.

Web

http://www.stats.ox.ac.uk/~steffen/


Susan Murphy

HE Robbins Professor of Statistics, Department of Statistics, University of Michigan

Education

B.S. Louisiana State University  1980

Ph.D. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill  1989

Research Interests

  • Sequential decision making: Statistical Reinforcement Learning
  • Clinical trial design: Development of Dynamic Treatment Regimes (e.g. sequences of individualized treatments)
  • Interdisciplinary research: addictions and behavior change

Previous Service to the Profession

  • IMS Program Secretary 2000-3
  • Editor, Annals of Statistics 2007-9
  • SAMSI National Advisory Committee 2008- 13(Co-Chair 2012- 13)
  • Associate Editor, Annals of Statistics,  1996-2000
  • Member of the National Research Council Oversight Committee on the Handling of Missing Data in Clinical Trials 2009-10
  • Associate Editor, Biometrics, 1997-2000

Brief Statement

It has always been a joy and honor to serve IMS and it would be continue to be an honor to do so if elected.   I would have two primary goals in serving on the council.  Most importantly I would seek opportunities for IMS to facilitate the rapid movement of ideas/concepts back and forth between emerging applications and theoretical statistics/probability.  Secondly I would work to enlarge the role of young statisticians and probabilists as well as statisticians and probabilists living outside of North American and Western Europe  in IMS.

Web

http://www.stat.lsa.umich.edu/~samurphy/


Jane-Ling Wang

Professor, Department of Statistics, University of California, Davis

Education

Ph.D. Statistics, University of California, Berkeley, 1982

M.A. Mathematics, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1978

B.S. Mathematics, National Taiwan University, 1975

Research Interests

  • Functional data analysis, longitudinal data analysis
  • Dimensional reduction methods
  • Survival analysis, joint modeling of survival and longitudinal data
  • Applications: Aging research, medicine, and neuroscience.

Previous Service to the Profession

  • Associate Editor, Biometrika, since 2012
  • Co-Editor, Oxford Statistical Science Series, Oxford University Press, 2010-2015
  • Associate Editor, Bernoulli, since 2010
  • Member, Committee of COPSS Award, since 2011
  • Institute of Mathematical Statistics Committee on Nominations, 2010-2011
  • Program Co-leader, SAMSI program on “Analysis of Object Data”, 2010-2011
  • Chair, Nonparametric Section of the American Statistical Association, 2010
  • Council Member, Institute of Mathematical Statistics, 2008-2011, 2002-2005
  • President, International Chinese Statistical Association, 2008
  • Associate Editor, Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Series B, 2006-2010
  • Co-Chair Editor, Statistica Sinica, 2002-2005
  • IMS Program Chair, 2003 Joint Statistical Meeting

Brief Statement

With 2013 as the International Year of Statistics, the role and contributions of statistical science is being more broadly recognized and redefined. Statistical science, including probability, is expanding fast, increasingly cutting across boundaries and including data science. The IMS being the nurture ground of Statistical Science is once again well positioned to lead these exciting developments. One challenge facing the statistical community is the training of students and young researchers. What kind of curriculum best prepares the next generation of statistical scientists, and what kind of training/retraining is necessary to prepare researchers for the challenges to come? These are issues that are faced by virtually all educational and research institutions that could be addressed by the Council. The IMS should continue to be the leading platform to promote Statistical Science and to reach out to other communities that participate in the data science developments.

Web

http://anson.ucdavis.edu/~wang/


For a 2 year term

Ofer Zeitouni

Professor, Faculty of Mathematics, Weizmann Institute of Science and University of Minnesota

Education

Ph.D., Technion, 1986

M.Sc., Technion, 1983

B.Sc., Technion, 1980

Research Interests

  • Probability theory, including:
    • Motion in random media
    • Random matrices
    • Random walks and branching processes

Previous Service to the Profession

  • Editor, Annals of Probability, 2009--2011
  • Associate Editor, Annals of Probability, 2003--2008
  • Associate Editor, Annals of Applied Probability, 2003--2008
  • Editor, Stochastic Processes and their applications, 2000--2002
  • Associate Editor, Stochastic Processes and their applications, 1996--2001
  • Associate Editor, IEEE Trans. Inf. Theory, 1991--1993

Brief Statement

The IMS has served the profession by establishing and maintaining excellent publications. The counsel should follow the fast pace of changes in the academic publishing world and make sure the society publications continue to be accessible and of excellent quality. In addition, I see the role of the council as promoting  and maintaining interactions between probability and statistics, and between these disciplines and  other mathematical and physical sciences. Finally, activities intended for young researchers, especially in the form of special meetings, should be encouraged, while keeping a solid financial foundation for the future. 

Web

http://www.wisdom.weizmann.ac.il/~zeitouni/

 
   
 
 

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