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2017 Rao Prize Conference 

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The Department of Statistics at Penn State will hold a one-day conference on Friday, May 12, 2017 to honor Professor Donald B. Rubin, the 2017 C. R. and Bhargavi Rao Prize Recipient, Professor Paul R. Rosenbaum, the 2017 C. G. Khatri Lecturer, and Professor Satish Iyengar, the 2017 P. R. Krishnaiah Lecturer.

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The C. R. and Bhargavi Rao Prize was established by C. R. and Bhargavi Rao to honor and recognize outstanding and influential innovations in the theory and practice of mathematical statistics, international leadership in directing statistical research, and pioneering contributions by a recognized leader in the field of statistics.

The C. G. Khatri Memorial Lectureship and P. R. Krishnaiah Memorial Lectureship, which began as two Visiting Scholars programs in 1992, honor the memory of C. G. Khatri and P. R. Krishnaiah by inviting outstanding researchers in statistics to deliver lectures at Penn State.


The one-day conference will be held on the University Park campus of Penn State University in 102 Thomas Building. University Park campus map for more details. Eisenhower Parking Deck is conveniently located near Thomas Building and may be free if there is no special event in campus. Click here to get directions and parking information.

Poster Session Information

All Rao Prize Conference registrants, in particular statistics Ph.D. students,  are invited to participate in the poster session (11:40am - 1:40pm Lunch and Poster Session).  
* We strongly encourage students in the Statistics Ph.D. program in particular.


Donald Rubin

2017 C. R. and Bhargavi Rao Prize Recipient

Donald Rubin

Harvard University

Essential Concepts of Causal Inference in randomized experiments and observational studies: a remarkable history

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Satish Iyengar

2017 P. R. Krishnaiah Memorial Lecturer

Satish Iyengar

University of Pittsburgh

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Paul Rosenbaum

2017 C. G. Khatri Memorial Lecturer

Paul Rosenbaum

University of Pennsylvania

Addressing bias from unmeasured dispositions in observational studies

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Samuel Kou

Samuel Kou

Harvard University

Big data, Google and disease detection: the statistical story

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Kari Lock Morgan

Penn State University

Combining Experimental and Non-Experimental Design in Causal Inference

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Joseph Schafer

Joseph Schafer

US Census Bureau

Causal Inference with a Continuous Treatment and Outcome: Alternative Estimators for Parametric Dose-Response Functions


Dylan Small

Dylan Small

University of Pennsylvania

Estimating the Malaria Attributable Fever Fraction Accounting for Parasites Being Killed by Fever and Measurement Error

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View all talk abstracts: http://stat.psu.edu/Events/2017-Rao-Prize-Abstracts

Scientific Program for May 12, 2017

8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Registration (Tea/Coffee)
8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Welcoming Addresses & Award Ceremony
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. 2017 Rao Prize Recipient – Donald Rubin – Harvard Univ
10:00 a.m. - 10:20 a.m. Tea/Coffee Break
10:20 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Invited Talk 1 – Joseph Schafer – US Census Bureau
11:00 a.m. - 11:40 p.m. Invited Talk 2 – Kari Lock Morgan – Penn State University
11:40 p.m. - 1:40 p.m. Lunch and Poster Session – 327 Thomas Building
1:40 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. 2017 Krishnaiah Lecturer – Satish Iyengar – Univ Pittsburgh
2:30 p.m. - 3:10 p.m. Invited Talk 3 – Samuel Kou – Harvard University
3:10 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Tea/Coffee Break
3:30 p.m. - 4:10 p.m. Invited Talk 4 – Dylan Small - University of Pennsylvania
4:10 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. 2017 Khatri Lecturer – Paul Rosenbaum – University of Pennsylvania
5:00 p.m. - 5:20 p.m. Concluding Remarks

Organizing Committee

Lorey Burghard, Melissa McCloskey, Jim Rosenberger, Kathy Smith, Bharath Sriperumbudur, and Lingzhou Xue.


For further information, please contact Jim Rosenberger at:

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