A Workshop to Celebrate Brad Efron's Retirement

Thu April 14th 2022, 8:30am - 4:30pm
Huang Engineering Mackenzie Room
cluster of antique gears decorated with gold circles

“Statistics is a field of infinite depth, that keeps a person interested for a lifetime.”   Brad Efron

We're inviting Brad's friends to share insights into his incredible career, and throwing a grand luncheon for the Statistics Department to celebrate his retirement after 57 years of teaching, leading, and mentoring at Stanford!

Brad has made singular contributions to statistics, both through his scholarship and through his leadership that kept our department strong enough to be as influential as it became.


I came to Stanford in 1981, very recently after Brad's invention of the bootstrap. In hindsight, I was in the right place at the right time. In perspective, this department has been the right place at the right time for decades now, and Brad is a huge part of why that has stayed true.


When Wayne Gretzky retired, his jersey number was retired not just from his team, but from the entire National Hockey League. Brad is similarly irreplaceable, though there is no comparable gesture that we could make! We are lucky that he still comes in to Sequoia Hall.     —Art Owen

Workshop Itinerary:

  • 8:30am Continental Breakfast
  • 9:15am Welcome— Trevor Hastie and Rob Tibshirani
  • 9:30am Stephen Stigler • University of Chicago
  • 10:00am Balasubramanian Narasimhan • Stanford Statistics
  • 10:30am Morning Break
  • 10:45am Carl Morris • Harvard University
  • 11:15am Remote commentators join us via Zoom
  • 12:00pm Lunch at Mackenzie
  • 1:30pm Peter Bickel • UC Berkeley
  • 2:00pm Trevor Hastie • Stanford Statistics
  • 2:30pm Afternoon Break
  • 3:00pm Rob Tibshirani • Stanford Statistics
  • 3:30pm Guest of Honor— Brad Efron
  • 4:00pm Closing Remarks