Mike West wins Zellner Medal

Monday, September 22, 2014

Mike West, the Arts & Sciences Professor of Statistics and Decision Sciences, was  recently recognized by the International Society for Bayesian Analysis (ISBA) through the award of the ISBA Zellner Medal.

Named for the founding President of the Society, the medal is awarded  once every two years to (at most two) statisticians in recognition of their   " ... outstanding service to Bayesian statistics and the society."

2014 was the first year of the award. The presentation was made at the latest in the ISBA biennial series of World Meetings in Mexico, July 2014.

West, who was one of the founders as well as a past President of the Society,  received the 2014 inaugural award with a citation that noted  "A scientific life spent always at the top, and a vision of the future which became reality, from the work to establish ISBA as a society to its construction on sound bases."

The 2014 inaugural award was a double-hit for Duke, as ISBA conferred two inaugural Zellner Medals; the second was awarded to Duke PhD alum Fabrizio Ruggeri (Statistical Science PhD 1994), currently the Research Director of CNR-IMATI in Milan, Italy. His citation noted "His outstanding service to ISBA and ISBA local chapters around the world and his fundamental contributions in theory, methodology and novel applications of Bayesian philosophy."