Latin American Regional Committee

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- LARC-SLAPEM

- Latin American Congress of Probability and Mathematical Statistics (CLAPEM)

- The Francisco Aranda-Ordaz Prize

- Some Publications in Probability and Statistics in the Region

- Some Meetings in Probability and Statistics in the Region

### LARC-SLAPEM

The Latin American Regional Committee was created in the 80´s to promote regional cooperation in the fields of probability and mathematical statistic and their applications.

In 2007 the Latin American Chapter of the Bernoulli Society changed its name and structure to *Sociedad Latino Americana de Probabilidad e Estadistica Matematica* (SLAPEM) and continued being the LARC of the Bernoulli Society. Since then SLAPEM is also associated to the Institute of Mathematical Statistics (IMS). Every member of the Bernoulli Society in Latin America is automatically a member of SLAPEM.

**Committee members:**

New members elected in 2010:

- Carenne Ludeña (Venezuela)
- Alicia Carriquiry (USA)
- Luis Renato Fontes (Brazil)
- Rolando Rebolledo (Chile)

Members elected in 2007:

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- Daniel Hernández (Mexico)
- Stella Brassesco (Venezuela)
- Mario Wschebor (Uruguay)

- Rafael J. León (Venezuela) Past Chair

### Latin American Congress of Probability and Mathematical Statistics (CLAPEM)

The Latin American Congress of Probability and Mathematical Statistics (CLAPEM), organized by the LARC-SLAPEM is the main event in these fields in the region. It takes place every two/three years and attracts researchers and students from the most important Latino American centers. It has already been organized in Venezuela, Uruguay, Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Cuba and Peru.

A traditional program in a CLAPEM includes a series of short courses, aimed to introduce graduate students and young colleagues to major areas of current research and a series of invited plenary talks, invited sessions as well as general poster and oral communication sessions. A history of previous CLAPEM may be found in the following link (in Spanish): www.cmat.edu.uy/~mordecki/historia-clapems/

The eleventh edition of the CLAPEM will take place in Caracas, Venezuela, November 1-6, 2009.

### The Francisco Aranda-Ordaz Prize

LARC-SLAPEM organizes every two/three years the Francisco Aranda-Ordaz Prize. It is a Ph. D. thesis contest sponsored by the Bernoulli Society, created to honor the memory of a distinguished young Mexican statistician who died tragically in 1991.

The prize is awarded for one thesis in Probability and one thesis in Statistics written by students from Latin America regardless of the country of the university offering the degree. The winners are invited to present their works at the CLAPEM meeting.

The number of candidates has grown substantially and constantly from the first awards. For the XI CLAPEM 2009 edition, 9 theses in probability and 11 theses in statistics were received, spanning the period from December 2006 to June 2009. The winners are:

In Probability, Sebastián Grymberg, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina, for his thesis "*Construcción y simulación perfecta de campos markovianos con splines*", adviser Pablo Ferrari.

In Statistics, Maria da Gloria Abage de Lima, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Brazil, for her thesis "*Essays on heteroskedasticity*", adviser Francisco Cribari.

Both winners are invited speakers to present their works in the XI CLAPEM, in Caracas, Venezuela, November 1-6, 2009.

### Publications in Probability and Statistics in the Region

Some publications of Probability and Statistics in Latin America are:

- ALEA, Latin American Journal of Probability and Mathematical Statistics
- BJPE, Brazilian Journal of Probability and Statistics
- ESTADISTICA, Journal of the Inter-American Statistical Institute

### Some Meetings in Probability and Statistics in the Region

Several activities in Probability and Mathematical Statistics in Latin America are regularly organized but not necessarily connected with CLAPEM-SLAPEM. Some of them are: