
Doing a project?...Math is a good thing to stick with right through high school, because it gives you a lot more freedom later on to choose what you want to do next. My favorite food is peanut butter. I don't think I'm a particularly famous mathematician, but I guess I'm fairly well known for some things. I'm actually a statistician, which means I do mathematics specialized to studying problems that are hard to predict, such as who will win the next election, or which treatment for cancer is better for which types of patients, or what the probability of winning the lottery is, or what the probability of a toxic waste dump contaminating the water supply is, and so on. All these types of problems can be studied using the mathematical theory of statistics. You might be interested in checking out the description of my SCI 199 Y course that is on my web page. I'm pretty proud of winning the COPSS award, which is given each year to a statistician under 40 for contributions to statistics. I won it in 1992. (I'm trying not to rest on my laurels!) In 1997 I was President of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics, which is a society of research statisticians around the world, and I was proud to hold that position too. In May 2000 I was a featured lecturer (the "Wald lecturer") at the annual meeting of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics, held that year in Guanajuato, Mexico. I was honoured to give the lectures, and I really enjoyed visiting Mexico. Since 1986 I have been a professor of statistics at the University of Toronto. I teach statistics to freshman, sophomores, juniors, seniors, and graduate students. I do research in mathematics and statistics, and write papers about my research that are published in specialized journals. I help graduate students get started on their research. From 19972002 I was chairperson of the Department of Statistics, which is kind of like the principal of a school. There are quite a few women in mathematics who are more famous than me: one is Professor Cathleen Morawetz, who was very recently the President of the American Mathematical Society, and is a Professor at the Courant Institute in New York. She is one of my heroes. There is also a book published by the American Math Society called "She does Math!". The AMS web page is, I think, www.math.ams.org. Good luck with your project! Nancy Reid p.s. Here are some FAQs:
