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:
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.