Environmetrics to publish special issue dedicated to George Casella

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  • Author: Statistics Views
  • Date: 25 June 2013
  • Copyright: University of Florida

Environmetrics is to publish a special issue dedicated to the memory of George Casella later this year. Casella was a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Statistics at the University of Florida. He died from multiple myeloma last June at the age of 61.

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In the editorial for the special issue which is available now on Early View, Linda J. Young. Walter W. Piegorsch and Peter Guttorp write how Casella ‘had a wonderfully broad vision of the future of statistics. He focused on the big things—never getting lost in the weeds, never sweating the small stuff. The joy he derived from working in statistics and the passion he had for the topic were contagious. He inspired those of us around him, both far and wide. When working with him locally, we all knew when he was in his office because little time would pass without hearing his rousing and infectious laugh. (We can still hear it.)’

Casella also taught at Rutgers and Cornell, publishing over 200 articles in peer-reviewed journals; he co-authored nine books and he mentored 48 MS and PhD students. He was also the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the Royal Statistical Society - Series B. ‘His publications included high-impact contributions to Bayesian analysis, clustering, confidence estimation, empirical Bayes, frequentist decision theory, hypothesis testing, model selection, Monte Carlo methods and ridge regression’ (Ed George and Christian Robert, Obituary: George Casella, IMS Bulletin, 27th February 2013).

A full article dedicated to the special issue will later appear on StatisticsViews.com.

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