My November issue of Amstat News arrived this morning, and I was most interested to see that ASA member, Judea Pearl, has been awarded the 1012 Turing Award. This is described as "...the most prestigious award in computer science".
There is an interesting interview with Judea here. In a related piece of news, the ASA has announced a new "Causality in Statistics Education" award:
"The ASA announces a new prize, Causality in Statistics Education, aimed at encouraging the teaching of basic causal inference in introductory statistics courses. The prize carries an award of $5,000 per year. Donated by Judea Pearl, the prize is motivated by the growing importance of introducing core elements of causal inference into undergraduate and lower-division graduate classes in statistics."
© 2012, David E. Giles