James V Zidek, Professor Emeritus and Founding Head of Statistics at the University of British Columbia, obtained his PhD at Stanford University. His interests include statistical decision analysis and environmental statistics, having made both theoretical and applied contributions to the latter. Service includes being President of the Statistical Society of Canada (SSC). Honors include the SSC's Gold Medal and Fellowship in the Royal Society of Canada. Among other current appointments he serves on the the EPA's CASAC Ozone Review Panel.