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David Blackwell
McClure will oversee the
organization’s operations
David Blackwell, recently
carried out by 210 staff
STATISTICIANS
named “greatest black
members in Providence,
mathematician and stat-
Rhode Island; Ann Arbor,
istician,” was honored by
Michigan; and Washington,
IN THE NEWS
the African and African-
DC, to ensure the society
American Diaspora Club of
maintains its strong posi-
Read about your colleagues and friends
the University of California,
tion in the mathematical
Stanford University, Cal
in the news. Go to www.amstat.org and
sciences community.
Tech, and the University
McClure was elected to
click on “Statisticians in the News.”
of Southern California.
the AMS board in 1995 and
Blackwell is professor
served until 2000. His ser-
emeritus of statistics at the
vice included stints as chair
University of California,
of the board and liaison
Berkeley. Information about
to the AMS Publications
his extraordinary career can
Division. From 2003 until
be found at www.amstat.org/
his appointment as executive
about/statisticiansinhistory.
director, McClure was AMS
associate treasurer.
Donald McClure
McClure earned his
bachelor’s degree in 1966
Donald E. McClure of
from the University of
Brown University was
California, Berkeley, and his
recently named executive
PhD in applied mathemat-
Studying Stats
director of the American
ics in 1970 from Brown
Mathematical Society. The
University. He has spent
Karen Eldridge from Maryville College in
appointment was approved
his entire career at Brown,
Tennessee reports on statistics student Kyle
by the AMS Council, the
starting as an instructor in
Prince’s future as a statistics teacher.
policymaking body of the
1969 and rising to the rank
society. McClure succeeds
of professor in 1982. He has
John H. Ewing, who held
Bloomberg School of Public Health,
advised 15 PhD students.
the post for 13 years.
The Johns Hopkins University
McClure’s research concerns
“Don has served the
the formulation of proba-
Karen Bandeen-Roche was recently appointed as
society for much of the past
bilistic models for images
the Frank Hurley and Catharine Dorrier Professor
13 years, first as an elected
and the design of algorithms
and Chair of the Department of Biostatistics.
member of the Board of
based on those models and
Trustees and then as asso-
classic statistical principles.
ciate treasurer,” Ewing
The research is motivated
The Oracle of Doom
said. “He knows the AMS
by image processing and Robert Langreth from Forbes interviews
extremely well. I can’t imag-
computer vision, ill-posed Nassim Nicholas Taleb—author of The
ine any circumstances that
inverse problems, and analy- Black Swan—about the impending
would better guarantee a
sis of image sequences, such doom of the current financial crisis.
smooth transition from one
as those occurring in film or
executive director to the
progressive video. In the area
next. He is superbly quali-
of ill-posed inverse prob-
Software Called R Empowers Data Users
fied to lead the society in
lems, McClure and a col-
Ashlee Vance of Newsfactor.com writes about
the coming years. I am both
league were the first to pro-
the uses of R and what makes it particularly
grateful and proud that
pose and analyze Bayesian
important software for statisticians.
someone of Don’s caliber
methods for computed
wants to take on the job.”
tomography. There is now
The AMS executive
much literature in this area. Friday Fun: How Does Your Job Compare?
director is the principal
In 1986, McClure was
executive officer of the
The Wall Street Journal reports on the CareerCast.
part of a group that applied
society, responsible for its
com study ranking the best and worst jobs. The
for and received a major
large, complex, and diverse
top three favorite professions were purported as
grant through the University
spectrum of people, pub-
being mathematician, actuary, and statistician.
Research Initiative of the
lications, and budgets.
Department of Defense to
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