University of Georgia Professor and UNSW alumnus Lynne Billard presented a public lecture at the university last Thursday 19 May.

Professor Billard's talk, "The Role of Mathematics and Statistics in Science and Society", was delivered to a capacity audience in a theatre at the School of Mathematics and Statistics.

Prior to her talk, Professor Billard was introduced to attendees by Head of School Bruce Henry, and was presented with the inaugural UNSW Women in Mathematics and Statistics Ambassador Award (2016) by the university's Vice Chancellor, Professor Ian Jacobs.

The lecture was live streamed, and can be watched via our YouTube Channel.

Professor Billard's visit to UNSW was very timely, given that our annual Girls Do the Maths workshop was scheduled for the following day. Prof Billard presented a talk to the 200 female high school students in attendance in Leighton Hall.

(Pictured, L-R: Prof Ian Jacobs presents Prof Billard with her award; several staff members took Professor Billard to dinner in Coogee following the event.)


Professor Billard has served as president of the American Statistical Association, and the International Biometric Association - one of very few people to have led both organisations.

She received First Class Honours in Statistics at UNSW in 1966, and earned her PhD at UNSW in 1969.

Among many accolades received throughout her career, she has been awarded an American Statistical Association 2003 Founders Award, the 2011 Janet L. Norwood Award, and the COPSS 2013 F.N. David Award.