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Christian Genest


Christian Genest, professor of statistics at McGill University, was recently named the recipient of the Statistical Society of Canada (SSC) 2011 Gold Medal. This award, which is the society’s highest distinction, was given to Genest “in recognition of his remarkable contributions to multivariate analysis and nonparametric statistics, notably through the development of models and methods of inference for studying stochastic dependence, synthesizing expert judgments, and multi-criteria decisionmaking, as well as for his applications thereof in various fields such as insurance, finance, and hydrology.” The award ceremony took place at the SSC 39th Annual Meeting, held in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, June 12–15.

Joseph Glaz

Joseph Glaz, a Fellow of the ASA, was recently appointed head of the department of statistics at the University of Connecticut. His appointment became effective on July 1.

Barry P. Katz


Barry P. Katz was recently named the first chair of the Indiana University (IU) Department of Biostatistics. He is also a professor of biostatistics and an adjunct professor of public health at the IU School of Medicine and an adjunct professor of preventative and community dentistry at the IU School of Dentistry.

Katz has served as director of the division of biostatistics since 1995. Effective July 1, the division was elevated to an independent department led by Katz.

The division opened with three faculty members in 1984 as a section of the Regenstrief Institute. It became a division in the IU Department of Medicine in the late 1980s. Today’s department has 17 faculty members and a large cadre of research staff. It offers PhD and MPH degree programs and will become part of the soon-to-be-established IU School of Public Health.

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