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Associate professor receives bronze medal from the Royal Statistical Society

Jinchi Lv, associate professor of data sciences and operations at the USC Marshall School of Business, has won the 2015 Guy Medal in Bronze — a Royal Statistical Society award for young scholars that dates back to 1936.

“The Guy Medal is a prestigious award with a long history,” Lv said. “I was thrilled to learn about this news, and I am truly honored and humbled to be a recipient of the award.”

Founded in 1834, the Royal Statistical Society is one of the world’s leading professional and scholarly organizations promoting statistics and data for the public good. The society has more than 6,000 members in the United Kingdom and around the world.

A distinguished scholar

Named in honor of distinguished physician and statistician William Augustus Guy (1810-85), the medal is given in three categories: gold (first awarded in 1892), silver and bronze. The latter is given to a fellow of the society for impactful work presented to any conference or meeting run by the society or published in any of its journals. Candidates are young scholars within 15 years of the award of their first degree.

“Sure Independence Screening for Ultra High-Dimensional Feature Space” (2008), which was based on Lv’s dissertation work at Princeton University, where he earned a Ph.D. in mathematics, was a discussion paper that became highly cited in the field.

Research with Professor Jun Liu, a former Harvard University colleague, for “Model Selection Principles in Misspecified Models,” began shortly after Lv joined USC Marshall.

Lv’s service to the statistical community includes his work as associate editor of The Annals of Statistics and Statistica Sinica, as well as guest associate editor of Journal of the American Statistical Association.

Other accolades

The Guy Medal is the latest honor for Lv, who joined the USC Marshall faculty in 2007. He has also received a National Science Foundation CAREER Award, National Science Foundation Grant, 2008 Zumberge Individual Award from USC’s James H. Zumberge Faculty Research and Innovation Fund and a 2009 Dean’s Award for Research Excellence.

“We are very proud of Jinchi’s extraordinary scholarly accomplishments,” said USC Marshall Dean James G. Ellis. “He exemplifies the standard of thought leadership that sets Marshall apart.”

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