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Stanford University statistician Bradley Efron will receive the 1998 Emanuel and Carol Parzen Prize for Statistical Innovation, awarded by Texas A&M University's Department of Statistics.

Efron will receive the prize and deliver a lecture on his ground-breaking research during an award ceremony May 13 at Texas A&M.

He will lecture on "Astrophysics and Biostatistics: An Odd Couple."

Efron's contributions to statistics include fundamental contributions to bootstrap and computer-intensive statistical methods, empirical Bayes methods, survival analysis, clinical trials, differential geometry, likelihood theory and survey sampling.

He won the S.S. Wilks Medal, the American Statistical Association's most prestigious prize, in 1990. He also is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a MacArthur Prize Fellow.

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.

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

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