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Professor Jianqing Fan, of the UNC Statistics Department, was presented with the COPSS award for 2000 on August 16 at the Joint Statistical Meetings in Indianapolis.

This award, named for the Committee of Presidents of Statistical Societies, is presented each year to the outstanding statistician under the age of 40. It is widely regarded as one of the most prestigious awards available in the Statistics profession.

According to the citation for the award, Professor Fan was honored "for his important and wide-ranging contributions to statistics. His work on local linear fitting is widely regarded as seminal in this field and has provided a firm theoretical foundation for nonparametric regression modeling. His fields of publication run from wavelets and decision theory to generalized linear models, survival analysis, errors in variables, parametric inference and multivariate analysis. He has aided statistical scholarship through dedicated editorial work and his guidance to students. He has applied his methodologic skills to problems in industrial engineering and ophthalmology. The 2000 Presidents' award honors Professor Fan for his many brilliant contributions to statistical theory, methods, scholarship and applications."


Jianqing Fan receiving his award from Marvin Zelen (left), Chair of COPSS, and Don Ylvisaker (right), Chair of the selection committee for 2000.

Credit: Richard Smith , University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill