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Dr. David Blackwell Memorial Conference on Mathematics, Probability and Statistics

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Technical Report,04 May 2012,03 May 2014

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Howard University Washington United States

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Dr. David Blackwell, a mathematician and statistician, made phenomenal contributions to probability theory, statistics and game theory and was the first black scholar to be admitted to the National Academy of Sciences passed away on July 8, 2010 at the age of 91. Even though he encountered the many difficulties that African Americans experienced in society, and in particular, the mathematical community, he prevailed to become the greatest African American mathematician. He came to Howard University in 1944 and, in just three years, he was appointed to full professor and head of the Mathematics Department. This two-day conference brought together leading theoretical and applied mathematicians, statisticians, and other scientists who had a successful conference to 1. Recognize and acknowledge Dr. Blackwells myriad contributions to scholarship in multiple areas and disciplines. 2. Discuss how Dr. Blackwells work shapes and influences the field-at-large and their respective scholarship. 3. Explore and develop new ideas and approaches to questions arising from mathematics and statistics. 4. Provide a forum for a diverse group of undergraduate students, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and junior faculty to interact and collaborate with experts in the field of mathematics and statistics.

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  • Information Science
  • Statistics and Probability

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