The David K. Pickard Memorial Lecture Series

David K. Pickard

These lectures follow the establishment of the David K. Pickard Memorial Endowment Fund, and below is a portion of the fund announcement:

The gifts of colleagues, students, and friends of David Pickard establish the David K. Pickard Memorial Endowment Fund. This fund celebrates the memory of David K. Pickard, who served as a junior faculty member in the Harvard Statistics Department from 1977 to 1985. Professor Pickard was known for his outstanding teaching, having won two major Harvard-wide teaching awards: the Phi Beta Kappa Prize in 1982 and the Levenson Prize in 1984. He also won the Hoopes Prize two years in a row for supervising and nominating a senior thesis. Professor Pickard had a strong influence on the Statistics PhD students at Harvard in that period. Sadly, Professor Pickard died of a brain tumor in August 1986 in Kingston Ontario, where he had moved after leaving Harvard.

Income from this fund shall support a biennial lecture by an outstanding university faculty member on a topic to do with teaching and pedagogy.

The Harvard Statistics Department is grateful to all donors to the Pickard Fund for making these lectures possible.

2014 Pickard Memorial Lecture

Deborah Nolan

Invited Speaker: Deborah Nolan

Lecture Title: The Role of Data Science in Statistics Education
(video available here)

Friday, October 24, 2014, 3:30-5:30 PM

Maxwell-Dworkin G115, 33 Oxford Street

Open to public? Yes (registration is not required).

Reception to follow in lobby of Maxwell Dworkin Building.

Deborah Nolan is Professor of Statistics at University of California, Berkeley; author of four books & numerous papers; and organizer of the summer multi-campus program Explorations in Statistics Research for undergraduates. Her research has involved the empirical process, high-dimensional modeling, cross-validation, and most recently technology in education and reproducible research.

2012 Pickard Memorial Lecture

Hans Rosling

Invited Speaker: Hans Rosling

Thursday, October 25, 2012, 12:00-2:00 PM

Paine Hall, Music Building, Harvard University

Doors open at 11:00 AM, ticket required. Ticket guarantees admission until 11:45 AM. Please register early and arrive early.

Reception to follow in lobby of Maxwell Dworkin Building.

Hans Rosling is Professor of International Health at Karolinska Institute, co-founder and chairman of the Gapminder Foundation, and frequent TED conference speaker. His talk is entitled "A Fact Based World-View" and a video is available here. He also receives the Harvard Foundationís Peter J. Gomes Humanitarian Award on the preceding day.

2010 Pickard Memorial Symposium

Jeffrey S. Rosenthal

Date: Saturday, November 13, 2010

Location: Maxwell-Dworkin G-115, 33 Oxford Street

Open to public? Yes, but registration is required by emailing

The inaugural lecture, given by Jeffrey Rosenthal, University of Toronto, will take place on Saturday afternoon, November 13, 2010, and will be hosted by the Department of Statistics, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. Also speaking will be Joseph Blitzstein, Harvard University, inaugural winner of the David Pickard Award for Teaching and Mentoring.

The Pickard symposium will begin at 2:00 PM, ending at approximately 6:30 PM, with catered Chinese buffet to follow. Professor Rosenthal's lecture is entitled How to Discuss Statistics on Live Television; Professor Blitzstein's lecture is entitled Alan Turing as a Statistician: Breaking the Code by Breaking the Bayesian Egg. A video of Professor Rosenthal's talk is available here.

RSVP via email to no later than Monday, November 8, 2010 if you wish to attend.

Here is more information on the Pickard Memorial Lecture Series and the Pickard Teaching Awards, as well as instructions for donating to the Pickard Fund.