Leon and Tom
Conference and Celebration
May 5-6, 2006
In honor of the 65th birthday of Leon Gleser and the retirement of Tom Savits, we are planning a Conference and Celebration to be held on May 5 & 6, 2006. We have invited special lecturers during this celebration. Some of the people who will speak are Ray Carroll, George Casella, Ingram Olkin, Frank Samaniego and Jayaram Sethuraman. We will also have a number of contributed talks.
Leon joined the Department in1989. He has notable achievements in many areas of statistics, particularly in multivariate analysis. Among his specialties are errors-in variables and meta-analysis. Leon has also had a successful term as Executive Editor of Statistical Science. In addition, he has been an extremely effective Graduate Director at the University of Pittsburgh. Tom joined the Department in 1971. He is well known for his many contributions in applied probability with an emphasis on branching processes in his early work and later for notable achievements in reliability. He solved a long standing conjecture, the IFRA convolution conjecture, in 1976. Both Tom and Leon are Fellows of ASA and IMS and also elected Members of ISI.
The Conference/Celebration will take place on the University of Pittsburgh campus with hotel accommodations available at a nearby hotel for out-of-town guests. This event will be attended by the honorees, friends, colleagues and our present and former students. There will be a conference banquet on the night of Friday, May 5.