Dr. Nancy Heckman, professor and Head of Statistics at UBC, has been elected to serve on the Council of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics, as announced in the July 15, 2015 issue of the IMS Bulletin.
Her term will be for a period of three years, beginning with the IMS Business Meeting at the Joint Statistical Meetings that will take place in Seattle over the period Aug 8 – 13, 2015. Also elected to Council were Andreas Buja, Gerda Claeskens, Kavita Ramanan, and Ming Yuan to replace outgoing Councillors Alison Etheridge, Xiao-Li Meng, Nancy Reid, Richard Samworth, and Ofer Zeitouni.
Nancy's election is both a substantial honour and obligation. The IMS was founded in 1935 through the efforts of Harry Carver, who had founded a journal, the Annals of Mathematical Statistics, in 1930 and saw the need for an association to support it. The IMS became hugely influential in the development of the foundations of statistical science and probability. It continues to play a major role by publishing journals and articles of a very high standard as well as organizing international meetings. At the same time like all such societies today, it is confronted both with opportunities and challenges that the Council needs to address and explore in this time of rapid change and budgetary constraints. No doubt Nancy will face a full agenda during her forthcoming three years of service!