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Members' News February 2012

 

African Statistical Awards Granted to Two Distinguished ISI Members

During each of its biennial sessions, the UN Statistical Commission for Africa grants the African Statistical Awards to four statisticians in recognition of their important contributions to the development of statistics in Africa. During its third session held in Cape Town, South Africa, from 18 to 23 January 2012, two of the awardees are distinguished ISI members, Professor Biyi Afonja, ISI Vice-President from 1987 to 1989, and Mr. Jean-Louis Bodin, ISI President from 1999 to 2001.

 

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From the left, Jean-Louis Bodin and Biyi Afonja

 

Rajshahi University's Statistics Department Celebrates Golden Jubilee

 

Rajshahi University's Statistics Department held the Golden Jubilee Celebrations on 23 and 24 December 2011 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the department. The Statistics Department at Rajshahi University, Bangladesh, was founded by the Late Professor Khondkar Manwar Hossain in 1961. It was through his dedicated efforts that the department now has about four hundred undergraduate majors, Master’s, and PhD students every year with over 30 faculty members. The department has a strong research group under the mentorship of Professor M. Nasser, Chairman of the Statistics Department.

The two-day Golden Jubilee Celebrations drew over 1600 participants, which included among others alumni and current students and also former and present teachers of the Statistics Department. On the opening day, there was a joy rally at the heart of the campus where the national, university and two other flags were ceremoniously hoisted and doves were released by the guests of honour and then the participants walked through the campus in a procession to the assembly hall.

 

 

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Mir Masoom Ali delivering the Golden Jubilee Keynote Lecture

 

At the opening session, Dr. Mir Masoom Ali, George and Frances Ball Distinguished Professor of Statistics Emeritus at Ball State University, USA, delivered the Golden Jubilee Keynote Lecture followed by the lectures by Pro Vice Chancellor and Vice Chancellor of Rajshahi University and the Chairman of the Statistics Department. The rest of the afternoon was spent in viewing the poster sessions. The posters included many timely and important topics and were mainly prepared by the graduate students under the mentorship of their professors. The second day included the invited plenary session presentations. The Golden Jubilee festivities ended in the evening with a fine cultural show that included songs and dances by local and national artists. The whole event was an outstanding success.

 

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Flag Hoisting Ceremony at the Rally

 

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Poster Display