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COLLEGE STATION --

Presentation of the second Parzen Prize for Statistical Innovation will highlight Statistics Awareness Day Thursday (April 18) at Texas A&M University.

Statistician Donald B. Rubin of Harvard University will receive the prize and deliver a lecture on his groundbreaking research during an award ceremony at 7:45 p.m. in Room 206 of Texas A&M's Memorial Student Center.

Rubin will lecture on "Merging Statistical and Econometric Approaches to Causal Inference in Non-randomized Studies."

Rubin's contributions to statistics include innovative theory and methodology in fields such as missing data analysis, causal inference for observational data, design and analysis of experiments and sample surveys, Bayesian statistical computation, and the use of statistical techniques in education, psychology and census data.

He won the S.S. Wilks Medal, the American Statistical Association's most prestigious prize, in 1995.

The Emanuel and Carol Parzen Prize for Statistical Innovation was established and first awarded in 1994 to recognize Emanuel Parzen's 65th birthday. Parzen is a distinguished professor in Texas A&M's Department of Statistics.

The prize is awarded in even-numbered years to North American statisticians to recognize "outstanding and influential contributions to the development of applicable and outstanding statistical methods." Grace Wahba, Bascom Professor of Statistics at the University of Wisconsin, received the inaugural Parzen Prize in 1994.

In addition to Rubin's lecture, statisticians John Geweke, University of Minnesota, and Richard L. Scheaffer, the University of Florida, also will make presentations. Geweke will lecture on "Positive Economics and Bayesian Comparison of Econometric Models," during the Statistics Day Econometric Workshop at 1:30 p.m. in Room 436 Harrington.

Scheaffer will lecture on "Statistics in School Mathematics: Addition to Algebra to AP," at 4 p.m. in Room 150 Blocker, during the Department of Statistics Colloquium and annual meeting of the Southeast Texas chapter of the American Statistics Association.

Further information is available from Parzen at (409) 845-3188.

CONTACT: Gene Charleton at (409) 845-4644, or e-mail e-charleton@tamu.edu

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