Pfizer Colloquium

The Pfizer Colloquium began in 1978 at University of Connecticut-Storrs under the leadership of the Late Professor Harry O. Posten (University of Connecticut-Storrs) and Dr. David S. Salsburg (Pfizer Global Research and Development-Groton, Connecticut). In view of the historical importance of this project, this joint initiative has been continually supported by funding from Pfizer Global Research and Development-Groton, Connecticut, the Department of Statistics at the University of Connecticut-Storrs, and the American Statistical Association (ASA). After Professor Posten’s death in March 2002 and Dr. Salsburg’s retirement from Pfizer, Professor Nitis Mukhopadhyay of the University of Connecticut-Storrs and Dr. Naitee Ting (then with Pfizer) served as program leaders for the respective organizations. After Dr. Ting moved to Boehringer-Ingelheim, Dr. William T. Duggan of Pfizer took over the role of Dr. Ting in August 2009. The current Steering Committee members include Dr. Demissie Alemayehu (Pfizer), Professor Dipak Dey (UConn) and Dr. Ron Wasserstein (ASA).

Along with this featured guest of honor, two other distinguished statisticians are also normally invited. The featured guest of honor delivers a special lecture under the auspices of “Pfizer Colloquia by Distinguished Statisticians in Honor of Dr. David S. Salsburg”. Then, a “conversation” with the featured guest of honor and the other two distinguished statisticians is arranged under the auspices of “Conversations with Distinguished Statisticians in Memory of Professor Harry O. Posten”.


Pfizer Colloquium Speaker Affiliation Year Other Links
28 Malay Ghosh University of Florida 2022 The 28th Pfizer Notice
27 Mary Gray American University 2021 Link
26 Peter J. Bickel University of California, Berkeley 2021 Link
25 Nan Laird Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health 2020 Link
24 Grace Wahba University of Wisconsin-Madison 2018 Link
23 Pranab K. Sen University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill 2012
22 Stephen E. Fienberg Carnegie Mellon University 2009 Link
21 Barbara A. Bailar Statistical Consultant 2007 Link
20 Emanuel Parzen Texas A & M University 2006 Link
19 C.C. Heyde Columbia University 2005
18 David R. Brillinger University of California, Berkeley 2004 Link
17 Bradley Efron Stanford University 2001 Link
16 Janet Norwood The Urban Institute 2000
15 Robert V. Hogg University of Iowa 1998 Link
14 Ingram Olkin Stanford University 1997 Link
13 Theodore W. Anderson Stanford University 1995 Link
12 David R. Cox University of Oxford 1994 Link
11 Erich Lehmann University of California, Berkeley 1992 Link
10 Herbert Robbins Rutgers University 1990 Link
9 Herman Chernoff Harvard University 1989 Link
8 Frederick Mosteller  Harvard University 1987
7 Morris H. Hansen Westat, Inc. 1985 Link
6 Churchill Eisenhart National Bureau of Standards 1984
5 Gottfried Noether University of Connecticut 1983
4 C.R. Rao University of Pittsburgh and Indian Statistical Institute 1981 Link
3 Harold Cramér Stockholm University 1980
2 Jerzy Neyman University of California, Berkeley 1979
1 C.R. Rao Indian Statistical Institute 1978