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Eric Vance, associate professor of applied mathematics and director of the Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis (LISA) at the University of Colorado, Boulder, interviews one of his mentors, Doug Zahn.

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Nawar M. Shara, associate professor of medicine at Georgetown University, interviewed her mentor, Mary Gray, professor in the department of mathematics and statistics at American University.

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Jean Yang, professor at the University of Sydney School of Mathematics and Statistics, interviews her mentor, Terry Speed.

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Nancy R. Mann
 
William Edwards Deming was born in Sioux City, Iowa, on the 14th of October, 1900. Although he has been honored throughout the world as a “quality-management guru,” he insisted upon being known as a “Consultant in Statistical Studies.” His path to the eminence that he attained as a statistician was circuitous and full of serendipity.
After Ed Deming’s graduation from the University of Wyoming in 1921 as an engineer, he remained there another year to study mathematics. It was during that time that, as he once told me, he …

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Dr. Richard L. Anderson, one of the modern pioneer statisticians of the United States and a very active supporter of the American Statistical Association, died January 19, 2003, in Lexington, Kentucky, at age 87. An autobiographical sketch of Dr. Anderson appears in The Making of Statisticians. Dr. Anderson requested that we call him Dick. This article is to pay tribute to Dick for his many contributions to the field of statistics and remember him for his relationships with his family, students, and colleagues.

Academics
Dick attended high school in North Liberty, Indiana. …

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David Blackwell came to statistics late, but his career in mathematics got an early start. The oldest of four children, Blackwell grew up in Centralia, Illinois, and considered himself fortunate to attend an integrated school at a time when racial segregation was the norm.
Blackwell was always adept at mathematics, but he didn’t much care for algebra or trigonometry. “I could do it,” he said; while he found the math useful and interesting, geometry was what really caught his attention. His high school teacher made the subject beautiful for him. “Geometry …

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Megan Kruse, Public Affairs Coordinator, ASAForeword by Nan Laird
 
As a graduate student in Statistics at Harvard in the early 1970s, I was always on the lookout for a female role model. They were almost impossible to find. While F. N. David was a very familiar name from academic publications, it was hard to know she was a woman; I do not recall ever seeing “Florence Nightingale” David in print. I learned what F. N. stood for from Fred Mosteller, who was fond of revising childhood notions about nurses by referring …

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Statistician in history—Oliver William Bourn Peabody

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Statistician in history—Edward Jarvis

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Statistician in history—Joseph Barlow Felt