national association of mathematicians 
The David Blackwell LectureWhat is the "MAANAM David Blackwell Lecture" Series?Each year the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) honors mathematicians with invitations to deliver a lecture or series of lectures at its MathFest. Examples include the AMSMAASIAM Gerald and Judith Porter Public Lecture, the AWMMAA Falconer Lecture, the Hedrick Lectures, the James R. C. Leitzel Lecture, the MAANAM David Blackwell Lecture, and the Polya Lecture. The MAANAM David Blackwell Lecture was officially started in 1994 with an inaugural address by Blackwell himself. David Harold Blackwell (April 24, 1919  July 8, 2010) is arguably the most decorated AfricanAmerican mathematician. In 1935, at the age of sixteen, he entered the University of Illinois at ChampaignUrbana where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1938, his Master of Arts in 1939 and his Doctorate in 1941; all in mathematics. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study from 19411942; mathematics department chair at Howard University from 19471954; and statistics department chair at the University of California at Berkeley from 19571961. He is best known for the RaoBlackwell theorem in statistics which characterizes the transformation of an arbitrarily crude estimator into an estimator that is optimal by the meansquarederror criterion. Each year NAM invites a mathematical researcher who exemplifies the spirit of Blackwell in both personal achievement and service to the mathematical community. Blackwell first enrolled at the University of Illinois with the expectation to earn a degree in order to get a job as an elementary teacher. In an interview, Blackwell stated I'm not interested in doing research and I never have been.... I'm interested in understanding, which is quite a different thing. The Blackwell Lecturer gives an hourlong lecture, suitable for an audience of undergraduate students with a strong interest in conducting research in the mathematical sciences, which will promote an understanding of mathematics. Suggest the next MAANAM David Blackwell Lecturer!We welcome nominations for future MAANAM David Blackwell Lecturers! Please consider the following criteria:
Fill out the nomination form here. Archive of MAANAM Blackwell Lectures
