The Bernard G. Greenberg Distinguished Lecture Series honors the first chair of the UNC Biostatistics Department, Dr. Bernard G. Greenberg, who later served with distinction as dean of the School of Public Health from 1972 to 1982.

Past Speakers

2017 – Dr. Robert E. Kass, Carnegie Mellon

Photo of Dr. Robert E. Kass

Dr. Robert E. Kass

Dr. Robert E. Kass, winner of the 2017 Greenberg Distinguished Lecturer Award, presented talks on May 15 and 16 as part of the 2017 Bernard G. Greenberg Distinguished Lecture Series. Kass is a Maurice Falk Professor of Statistics and Computational Neuroscience at Carnegie Mellon University. He received his doctorate in statistics from the University of Chicago and has been been on the faculty of the Department of Statistics at Carnegie Mellon since 1981.


2016 – Dr. James O. Berger, Duke University

Dr. James Berger

Dr. James Berger

James O. Berger, PhD, winner of the 2016 Greenberg Distinguished Lecturer Award, presented three talks on May 12 and 13 as part of the 2016 Bernard G. Greenberg Distinguished Lecture Series. Berger’s lectures included “The Use of Rejection Odds and Rejection Ratios in Testing Hypotheses,” [PDF] “The Progress on the Foundations of Bayesian-Frequentist Unification” [PDF] and “Bayesian Multiplicity Control” [PDF].


2015 – Dr. Susan A. Murphy, University of Michigan

Susan A. Murphy

Susan A. Murphy
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Dr. Susan A. Murphy, winner of the 2015 Greenberg Distinguished Lecturer Award, presented talks on May 11 and 12 as part of the 2015 Bernard G. Greenberg Distinguished Lecture Series. Dr. Murphy is a H.E. Robbins Distinguished University Professor of statistics and professor of psychiatry at the University of Michigan. She received her doctorate in statistics from UNC-Chapel Hill and was named a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellow for her work in designing the Sequential Multiple Assignment Randomized Trial, or SMART.


2014 – Dr. Jianqing Fan, Princeton University

Dr. Jianqing Fan

Dr. Jianqing Fan

Dr. Jianqing Fan, winner of the 2014 Greenberg Distinguished Lecturer Award, presented talks on May 28 and 29 as part of the 2014 Bernard G. Greenberg Distinguished Lecture Series. Fan is the Frederick L. Moore Professor of Finance and chair of the Department of Operations Research and Financial Engineering at Princeton University.  View the presentation abstracts and slides.

2013 – Dr. Trevor Hastie, Stanford University

Dr. Trevor Hastie

Dr. Trevor Hastie

Dr. Trevor Hastie, winner of the 2013 Greenberg Distinguished Lecturer Award, presented talks on May 8 and 9 as part of the 2013 Bernard G. Greenberg Distinguished Lecture Series. Hastie is a professor of statistics and professor of health, research and policy at Stanford University. Hastie’s lectures included “Sparse Linear Models” [PDF] “Matrix Completion and Large Scale SVD Computation” [PDF] and “Graphical Model Selection” [PDF].


2012 – Dr. Robert John Tibshirani, Stanford University

Dr. Robert Tibshirani

Dr. Robert Tibshirani

Dr. Robert John Tibshirani, winner of the 2012 Greenberg Distinguished Lecturer Award, presented talks on June 6 and 7 as part of the 2012 Bernard Greenberg Distinguished Lecture Series. Tibshirani is a professor of public health sciences and statistics at Stanford University. Tibshirani’s lectures included “Finding consistent patterns: A nonparametric approach for identifying differential expression in RNA-Seq data” [PDF] “The lasso: some novel algorithms and applications” [PDF] and “Sparse hierarchical interactions” [PDF].

2011 – Dr. Roderick Little, University of Michigan

Dr. Roderick J.A. Little, PhD

Dr. Roderick J.A. Little, PhD

Dr. Roderick Little, winner of the 2011 Greenberg Distinguished Lecturer Award, presented talks on May 12 and 13 as part of the 2011 Bernard Greenberg Distinguished Lecture Series. Little is the Richard D. Remington Collegiate Professor of Biostatistics at University of Michigan. Little’s lectures included “Calibrated Bayes: Spanning the Divide Between Frequentist and Bayesian Inference” [PDF] “Some Methods for Handling Missing Values in Outcome Variables” [PDF] “Subsample Ignorable Likelihood Methods for Regression with Missing Values of Covariates – throwing data away can actually pay!” [PDF] and “Measurement Error as Missing Data: The Case of Epidemiologic Assays” [PDF].


2010 – Dr. Marvin Zelen, Harvard University

Dr. Marvin Zelen

Dr. Marvin Zelen

Dr. Marvin Zelen, winner of the 2010 Greenberg Distinguished Lecturer Award, presented talks as part of the 2010 Bernard Greenberg Distinguished Lecture Series. Dr Marvin Zelen is a Lemuel Shattuck Research Professor of Statistical Science in the department of biostatistics at Harvard University. View the presentation slides.


2009 – Niels Keiding, University of Copenhagen

Niels Keiding

Niels Keiding

Niels Keiding, winner of the 2009 Greenberg Distinguished Lecturer Award, presented talks on May 4 and 5 as part of the 2009 Bernard Greenberg Distinguished Lecture Series. Keiding is the director of the Danish Graduate School in Biostatistics at the University of Copenhagen. Keiding’s lectures included “Event history analysis and the cross-section” [PDF] “Time-to-pregnancy: classical designs” [PDF]”Time to pregnancy: current duration data” [PDF] and “Describing episodes of drug treatment from joint observation of a prescription registry and a cross-sectional survey” [PDF].

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