Once every two years, the David Pickard Teaching Awards will be given. Here is information on the origin of these awards and associated lecture series, which you may watch on the playlist linked to here.
The gifts of colleagues, students, and friends of David Pickard establish the David K. Pickard Memorial Endowment Fund. This fund celebrates the memory of David K. Pickard, who served as a junior faculty member in the Harvard Statistics Department from 1977 to 1985. Professor Pickard was known for his outstanding teaching, having won two major Harvard-wide teaching awards: the Phi Beta Kappa Prize in 1982 and the Levenson Prize in 1984. He also won the Hoopes Prize two years in a row for supervising and nominating a senior thesis. Professor Pickard had a strong influence on the Statistics PhD students at Harvard in that period. Sadly, Professor Pickard died of a brain tumor in August 1986 in Kingston Ontario, where he had moved after leaving Harvard.
Income from this fund shall support a biennial lecture by an outstanding university faculty member on a topic to do with teaching and pedagogy.
The Harvard Statistics Department is grateful to all donors to the Pickard Fund for making these generous awards possible.