The Department of Statistics at Rice University has established the James R. Thompson Distinguished Lecture Series in Statistics to honor the life of the Rice professor and founding chair of our department in 1987.
The goal of the series is to bring to campus internationally recognized scholars in the field of statistics to deliver talks to multidisciplinary audiences on topics of broad interest. The lecture series is supported by an endowed James R. Thompson Memorial Fund through the generous contributions of family, friends, and colleagues.
This series is NISS Sponsored and Affiliate Award Fund Eligible.
- 2019 - "Simulation: A plot twist" - Mark Hansen, Director, David and Helen Gurley Brown Institute for Media Innovation & Professor of Journalism, Columbia Journalism School
- 2018 - "The Critical Role of Statistics in Evaluating Forensic Evidence" - Karen Kafadar, University of Virginia