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Certamen de tesis Francisco Aranda Ordaz
La Sociedad Latino Americana de Probabilidad y Estadística Matemática promueve cada dos años el certamen de tesis de Doctorado Francisco Aranda-Ordaz, creado para honrar la memoria de un distinguido y joven colega mexicano, fallecido tragicamente en 1991.
Pueden participar en él las tesis doctorales en Probabilidad o Estadística realizadas por estudiantes originarios de América Latina, sin tomar en cuenta la nacionalidad de la Universidad que haya expedido el título doctoral o estudiantes de cualquier nacionalidad con título en una universidad latinoamericana. A título de ejemplo, pueden tanto postular un latinoamericano doctorado en Europa como un europeo doctorado en América Latina.
La próxima versión del certamen incluirá las tesis defendidas a partir de Diciembre de 2006 hasta fecha a ser fijada de acuerdo a la realización del XI CLAPEM.
Las lenguas oficiales del certamen son: castellano, portugués, inglés y francés. Pueden considerarse excepcionalmente tesis redactadas en otras lenguas.
El Jurado designará la mejor tesis en Probabilidad y la mejor tesis en Estadística, y los dos colegas distinguidos presentarán una conferencia especial invitada en el XI CLAPEM (Congreso Latino Americano de Probabilidad y Estadística Matemática).
Francisco Javier Aranda Ordaz (1951-1991)
Francisco Javier Aranda-Ordaz was born in Mexico City on July 19th 1951. He completed his BSc degree in Actuarial Science in 1974 and MSc in Statistics in 1974 both at the UNAM (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México) in México. Under the supervision of Sir David Cox, he obtained his PhD in Statistics in 1981, with the thesis "Transformation to Additivity for Binary Data". From this work he produced two papers that have been extensively quoted up to date.
He joined the UNAM as associate lecturer in the Science Faculty in 1973, becoming lecturer in 1975. After obtaining his Ph.D he rejoin the UNAM at the same Faculty. In 1982 he became part of IIMAS (Instituto de Investigaciones en Matemáticas Aplicadas y Sistemas), where he worked until his death on March 7th 1991. He spent a year as a visiting professor at the University of Waterloo.
He was elected member of the International Statistical Institute in 1990, at the time of his death he was Editor of the Theory and Applications Section of Estadistica and Associate Editor of the Revista Brasiliera de Probabilidad e Estatistica.
Even thought his areas of interest were: Survival analysis, categorical and binary data analysis, longitudinal and case control studies, he had a great statistical culture and a privileged memory, he remember everything he had read and was able to produce a good reference in almost any area of statistics, sometimes given the exact location of the book in the library.
He liked to do applied statistical work as much as theoretical one. Because of Fernanda, his wife, and the areas of statistic he worked, he was very interested in Medicine, he was co-author of several papers in Medical journals.
He liked to work with young people, and was a very good teacher, therefore he managed to persuade several of his students to follow his steps, several of them went to England to do a PhD in similar areas as him. As a recognition, after his death, in Mexico was established the "Francisco Aranda-Ordaz" price to the best statistical work done by student to obtain a MSc or a BSc degree.He had a very good sense of humour but a very strong character, he was very critical of people that in his judgement were not working hard enough. He was a very good friend, and had a lovely family. It is a privileged to had been Francisco's student, friend and colleague.