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WBUR Oral History Project: Prof. Eric Kolaczyk

Professor Eric Kolaczyk

Interviewed by: Joanna Shea O'Brien 

Date: Februrary 25, 2014

Location: Office of Professor Kolaczyk, Boston University (Boston, MA)

Recorder: Kristi Girdharry

Photo: Eric Kolaczyk (Photo provided by Eric Kolaczyk)







Professor Eric Kolaczyk, Director of the Program in Statistics within the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Boston University, was an advisor to Lingzi Lu, a graduate student from China who died as a result of the Boston Marathon bombings. Professor Kolaczyk talks about Lingzi, the kind of student she was, and how the BU math and statistics professors, staff, and students coped in the aftermath,including their participation in Lingzi’s memorial service. Professor Kolaczyk also discusses the creation of the Lingzi Lu Memorial Award, a scholarship sponsored by the American Statistical Association and Chinese Statistical Association.

Audio Clip 1

Professor Kolaczyk describes Boston University graduate student Lingzi Lu.

Audio Clip 2

Professor Kolaczyk describes receiving emails from Lingzi’s classmates and how he learned that she was one of the Boston Marathon bombing victims.   

Audio Clip 3

Professor Kolaczyk describes the plane ride back to Boston the Tuesday night after the bombing.

Full Interview

Related Links

The Lu Lingzi Scholarship Fund (Boston University)

"BU Marathon Team Carries On The 'Light' Lu Lingzi Left Behind" (WBUR)



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