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The Department of Statistics has a reputation for outstanding teaching, research, and consulting services. The undergraduate program offers B.A. and B.S. degrees with two options in Statistical Computing and Quantitative Management, while the graduate program offers both an M.S. in Statistics and a Ph.D. in Applied Statistics. The program offers students unusually free access to the faculty, many of whom have received national and international recognition for their professional work.

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Emeritus Professor of Statistics, Dattaprabhakar Vinayak (D.V.) Gokhale

Professor GokhaleWith regret we announce that Dattaprabhakar Vinayak (D.V.) Gokhale, Emeritus Professor of the Statistics department at the University of California - Riverside, passed away on February 27, 2016, shortly before his 80th birthday.  Studying under a Fulbright travel grant from the Institute of International Education, D.V. received his degree from UC Berkeley under the mentorship of Erich Lehmann.  Following his graduation, he spent a year at the University of Pune, India before joining what was then the Department of Biostatistics at UC Riverside in 1970.  The department subsequently became the Department of Applied Statistics, and was chaired by F. N. David.  D.V. retired from UCR in 2000 but remained very active in the department through his research with colleagues, periodic voluntary teaching, and an array of social and career oriented events with students.

D.V. was a recognized scholar for his contributions in information theory, discrete data analysis and nonparametric statistics that included the analysis of multidimensional contingency tables and correspondence analysis.  In 1978 he published a book with Solomon Kullback entitled Information Approach to the Analysis of Contingency Tables.  This text was the basis for his popular graduate course in the analysis of discrete data. D.V. was the department chair at UC-Riverside during 1985-1988, and is an elected fellow of the American Statistical Association and an elected member of the International Statistical Institute.

During his career at UC-Riverside, D.V. mentored 13 PhD students and was a strong advocate for many others.  Affectionately known as Dr. G. D.V. was an open and embracing figure in the department, always looking for the potential in every student and searching out opportunities for them to demonstrate it.  He was a regular reader of Advanced Placement Statistics exams.  In 2012 the department established an annual Gokhale Lecture whose speakers primarily aim their talks to undergraduate students.  In 2006, through donations and his own personal bequest, D.V. established the D.V. Gokhale International Grants in Statistics Program, in collaboration with the Institute of International Education.  The program is designed to enable statistics students and faculty to participate in an exchange program between India and the United States. 

D.V. will be remembered as a kind and considerate friend by all who had occasion to interact with him, and for his ready smile and inclination to be genuinely interested in listening to other people.  In addition to his wife Asha, he is survived by a son Vinay and his wife Rani, a daughter Dalika and her husband Robert, and by four grandchildren. 

A link will be added to the Give a Gift page early next week for donations to Gokhale fund.

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