September 12, 2004

New math book honors retired professor

by Paula M. Davenport

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- A new mathematics book is dedicated to professor emeritus Subrahmanian Panchapakesan of Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

"Advances in Ranking and Selection, Multiple Comparisons, and Reliability: Methodology and Applications," encompasses 20 research articles written by internationally recognized mathematicians.

Editors N. Balakrishan, N. Kannan and H. N. Nagaraja honored SIUC's retired faculty member for his sweeping contributions to mathematics research with a cover inscription. Birkhauser is publishing the book this year.

"Professor Panchapakesan has made significant contributions to ranking and selection and has published in many other areas of statistics, including order statistics, reliability theory, stochastic inequalities, and inference. Written in his honor, the 20 invited articles in this volume reflect recent advances in these fields and form a tribute to Panchapakesan's influence and impact on these areas," the editors note.

Celebrating faculty excellence is among the goals of Southern at 150: Building Excellence Through Commitment, the long-range plan the University is following as it approaches its 150th anniversary in 2019.