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James Francis Hannan Lecture Series

The Hannan visiting scholar program serves to commemorate the life and work of Professor James Hannan.

James Francis Hannan (1922 – 2010) joined the Department of Mathematics at Michigan State University in 1953 following graduation from the University of North Carolina. He was one of the five original members of the Department of Statistics when it was created in 1955. In his long career, Jim published important and novel findings in statistics and game theory, directed or co-directed twenty graduate students to their PhD’s and helped countless others. He particularly enjoyed the challenge of creating concise proofs; in reading a proof in Jim’s thesis, Wassily Hoeffding is said to have remarked “What is this…a telegram?” For more about the life of James Hannan, see A Conversation with James Hannan, Statistical Science, 25, No. 1, 126-144.

Jim was in his office practically every day of the year and was most willing and anxious to help graduate students and fellow faculty. In the same spirit of generosity, his wife Bettie has chosen to honor her husband’s legacy with a gift establishing an endowment to support visiting scholars.

James Francis Hannan Visiting Scholars in Theoretical Statistics and Probability:

April 2019: Professor Jim Berger - Duke University
April 2018: Professor Iain Johnstone - Stanford University
November 2016: Professor Peter Bühlmann - ETH Zürich
April 2015: Professor S.R Srinivasa Varadhan - Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences
September 2012: Professor Peter J. Bickel - University of California, Berkeley

news

July 22, 2021 MSU statistician attains uncommon Institute of Mathematical Statistics "Annals quadfecta" status

MSU statistician attains uncommon Institute of Mathematical Statistics "Annals quadfecta" status

June 24, 2021 STT presents William L. Harkness Award to PhD student

PhD student Nilanjan Chakraborty was recently presented with the William L. Harkness Award for outstanding teaching by a graduate student.

May 20, 2021 STT Undergraduate Student Andrew McDonald Awarded Goldwater Scholarship

Mr. Andrew McDonald, an Honors College junior majoring in Computer Science in the College of Engineering; and Statistics, and Advanced Mathematics in the College of Natural Science, has been named a recipient of the nationally competitive Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship.

May 10, 2021 Yijun Zuo elected Fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics

Professor Yijun Zuo has been elected as a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics (IMS). Fellows of the IMS are selected based on “demonstrated distinction in research in statistics or probability,” and the fellowship process is highly competitive.

upcoming events

Colloquium - Jingshu Wang

Institution: University of Chicago
Title: [TBA]
Date: October 5, 2021
Location: Zoom (Click here for meeting details)
Time: 10:20 AM - 11:10 AM Eastern Time

Colloquium - Aaditya Ramdas

Institution: Carnegie Mellon University
Title: [TBA]
Date: October 12, 2021
Location: Zoom (Click here for meeting details)
Time: 10:20 AM - 11:10 AM Eastern Time

Colloquium - Lucas Mentch

Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Title: Random Forests: Why They Work and Why That's a Problem
Date: October 19, 2021
Location: Zoom (Click here for meeting details)
Time: 10:20 AM - 11:10 AM Eastern Time

Colloquium - Sam Pimentel

Institution: University of California, Berkeley
Title: [TBA]
Date: November 2, 2021
Location: Zoom (Click here for meeting details)
Time: 10:20 AM - 11:10 AM Eastern Time