EECS Prof. Jelani Nelson will participate on a panel discussing Berkeley’s first Black full professor, statistician David Blackwell, on Thursday, April 29, 2021. Blackwell made seminal contributions to game theory, probability theory, information theory, and Bayesian statistics. He was the first African American inducted into the National Academy of Sciences, and the seventh African American to receive a PhD in Mathematics. The panel discussion brings together colleagues, students, and friends of Professor Blackwell, who will discuss his invaluable and lasting contributions to the field of Statistics, as well as the role he played in their careers and lives. They will also explore life in the early days of the Berkeley Department of Statistics.