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2010 Challis Lecturer Persi Diaconis


Persi Diaconis
Department of Statistics
Stanford University
Sequoia Hall, 390 Serra Mall
Stanford, CA 94305-4065
Phone: (650) 725-1965

Persi Diaconis is the Mary V. Sunseri Professor of Statistics and Mathematics at Stanford University.  Before joining the faculty at Stanford University, he was a professor of mathematics at both Harvard University and Cornell University. He is a MacArthur Fellow and a member of the National Academy of Sciences.  He has received honorary degrees from the University of Chicago, Universite Paul Sabatier (Toulouse), Queen Mary University of London, and Athens (Greece) University of Economics and Business.  He was the IMS Wald Lecturer, the SIAM Von Neumann Lecturer, and the President of IMS. He has supervised more than 40 PhD students. Dr. Diaconis is particularly known for tackling mathematical problems involving randomness and randomization such as coin flipping and shuffling playing cards.  He is a former professional magician.
Lectures are September 13-14, 2010
Emerson Alumni Hall
Classroom (Second Floor)
from 4:00-5:00 PM

Refreshments will be served at 3:30PM