Biostatistics and Statistics Anniversary Event – Friday

A Celebration of the 70th and 60th Anniversaries of the Harvard Biostatistics and Statistics Departments

Friday, May 5, 2017
Harvard University
Hilles Event Hall, 59 Shepard St | Cambridge

After 70 years for the Biostatistics Department, and 60 years for the Statistics Department, we’re excited for the opportunity to reflect on where we have been, celebrate all we have achieved, and look ahead to the future of our field.

We hope all Biostats & Stats faculty, students, postdocs, staff, alumni & friends will join us!

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8:00-8:45am – Breakfast


Sebastien Haneuse & Xiao-Li Meng (event chairs)


Judith Singer, Statistics Dept. Alumna, PhD ’83
Senior Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity
James Bryant Conant Professor of Education, Harvard University

Neil Shephard
Professor of Economics and of Statistics
Department Chair, Harvard Faculty of Arts & Sciences

Xihong Lin
Henry Pickering Walcott Professor of Biostatistics
Chair, Department of Biostatistics, Harvard Chan School


Dave Donoho, Statistics Dept. Alumnus, PhD ’83
Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Humanities and Sciences, Stanford University

Eric Tchetgen Tchetgen, Biostatistics Dept. Alumnus, PhD ’06
Professor of Biostatistics and Epidemiologic Methods, Harvard Chan School


Emery Brown, Statistics Dept. Alumnus, PhD ’88
Edward Hood Taplin Professor of Medical Engineering and
of Computational Neuroscience, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Nancy Cook, Biostatistics Dept. Alumna, ScD ’82

Professor in the Department of Epidemiology, Harvard Chan School

12:00-1:30 – Lunch
1:30-2:30 – Group Activity (led by students)

2:30-4:30 – Panel Discussion

Steven L. Scott, Statistics Dept. Alumnus, PhD ’98
Senior Economic Analyst, Google

Don Rubin, Statistics Dept. Alumnus, PhD ’70
John L. Loeb Professor of Statistics, Harvard Faculty of Arts & Sciences

Nanny Wermuth, Statistics Dept. Alumna, PhD ’72
Professor Emerita of Statistics, Chalmers University of Technology Gothenburg

Michael Elashoff, Biostatistics Dept. Alumnus, ScD ’96

Vice President of Biostatistics at Celmatix

Tianxi Cai, Biostatistics Dept. Alumna, ScD ’99
Professor of Biostatistics, Harvard Chan School

Nick Horton, Biostatistics Dept. Alumnus, ScD ’99
Professor of Statistics, Amherst College

4:30-7:00pm – Closing Remarks, Open Mic & Reception 

Closing Remarks:

Nan Laird, Statistics Dept. Alumna, PhD ’75
Harvey V. Fineberg Research Professor of Public Health, Harvard Chan School