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Distinguished Lectureship Continues to Honor Life and Memory of Our Beloved Myrto

The annual Myrto Lefkopoulou Distinguished Lecture continues to serve as a vehicle to honor and remember the outstanding life and career of the department's beloved former faculty member and student, Myrto Lefkopoulou. The department established the lectureship three years ago in perpetuity in memory of Dr. Lefkopoulou who died of cancer in 1992 at the age of 34 after a courageous two-year battle. This annual lectureship is a memorial to an individual whose life and career were tragically cut off.

Dr. Hans-Georg Mueller, Professor in the division of Statistics, University of California at Davis and expert in the area of nonparametrics, gave the third annual lecture this past September. Professor Mueller spoke on "Trajectories of Mortality."

This year, the department has named Dr. Trevor J. Hastie, Associate Professor in the Department of Statistics, Stanford University, the fourth annual Myrto Lefkopoulou Distinguished Lecturer. Dr. Hastie will speak on "Models and Metrics for Handwritten Digit Recognition" at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 3, 1996 at Harvard School of Public Health. We look forward to a stimulating and memorable event in honor of Myrto.

Each year the Myrto Lefkopoulou Lectureship is awarded to a promising statistician with contributions to either collaborative or methodologic research in the applications of statistical methods to biology or medicine and/or excellence in the teaching of biostatistics. Ordinarily, the lectureship is given to a statistician within 15 years of receiving an earned doctorate. The lectureship includes travel to Boston, a reception following the lecture, and an honorarium of $1000.

Nominations for next year's lectureship are welcome and should be sent to the Myrto Lefkopoulou Lecture Committee, Department of Biostatistics, Harvard School of Public Health, 677 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115. Nominations should include a letter of nomination and a C.V. The deadline for submission of nominations is March 15, 1997. We appreciate your time and thought with the submission of a nomination to this annual lectureship to honor Dr. Lefkopoulou's life.