Jeffrey S. Rosenthal gives the prestigious Rustagi Memorial Lecture at Ohio State University

October 26, 2020 by Mélina Lévesque

Professor of Statistics at the University of Toronto Jeffrey S. Rosenthal was invited to present the esteemed Chhotey Lal and Mohra Devi Rustagi Memorial Lecture at Ohio State University this year.

The annual lecture series was first established in 1989 by Jagdish Sharan Rustagi, Professor and Chairman Emeritus in the Department of Statistics at Ohio State University, as an endowment to honor his parents.  

Throughout the years, the well-established lecture series has welcomed several distinguished scholars to the Department of Statistics. This year, the Department of Statistical Sciences at U of T is proud include one of its very own. On October 22nd, 2020, Jeffrey S. Rosenthal delivered a lecture via zoom to the university’s faculty, students, and other professionals on adaptive Markov chain Monte Carlo algorithms (MCMC), a particular research of Rosenthal’s.

“Professor Rosenthal’s lecture, broadcast on zoom, drew viewers from coast to coast,” says Ohio State’s Department Chair, Steven MacEachern, “In it, he explained the need for automated adaptation in computer simulations, provided an example of the perils of adapting in a naïve fashion, and provided conditions that ensure a successful adaptation. The talk was followed by a lively discussion on another virtual platform.”

The department congratulates Rosenthal on this terrific opportunity and thanks him for all of his notable research contributions and meaningful membership to the Department’s community.