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Ken Gerow

Ken Gerow, a University of Wyoming professor of statistics since 1993, will give the 2023 Buchanan Lecture Friday, April 21.

Gerow will discuss “The Inverted U and a Lifetime of Teaching Statistics at the ‘U’ of Wyoming” at 3 p.m. in the UW College of Business auditorium. His lecture also will be available via Zoom at

The lecture was established to honor Tom Buchanan, who retired in June 2013 after serving as UW’s 23rd president since 2005. The lecture is delivered annually by one of UW’s most accomplished retiring faculty members.

The lecture offers members of the university community the opportunity to hear distinguished UW faculty distill a life of inquiry, reflection and service into important guidance for successive generations.

During his career, Gerow has introduced statistical concepts and tools to over 800 graduate students from a wide variety of disciplines.

His position at UW was originally a joint position between the former Department of Statistics and the Department of Zoology and Physiology. He has dedicated his career -- both as a teacher and as a research collaborator -- to applications of statistics.

Gerow received the John P. Ellbogen Meritorious Classroom Teaching Award early in his career (1996). He also received the College of Arts and Sciences’ Extraordinary Merit in Teaching (2007) and in Research (2010) awards. In 2022, he was named the recipient of the George Duke Humphrey Distinguished Faculty Award, UW’s highest faculty award, which recognizes teaching effectiveness, distinction in scholarly work and distinguished service to the university and state.

He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in statistics from the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada, and his Ph.D. in biometry from Cornell University.

The Office of Academic Affairs sponsors the Buchanan Lecture, selects the speaker and provides a monetary award.

For more information, call the Office of Academic Affairs at (307) 766-6476.

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