The following are remarks from Richard Smith, Director of SAMSI.
Three people closely associated with SAMSI were participating in yesterday’s Boston marathon. One of our postdocs, Dorit Hammerling, completed the race in an outstanding time of 3 hours, 21 minutes. Even faster (by a few seconds) was Francesca Dominici of Harvard University, who will be our Simons Foundation Public Lecturer next week. Francesca’s husband, Giovanni Parmigiani, formerly a professor at Duke, also finished the race in a very good time. Congratulations to all three.
Talk of performances and finish times is, however, overshadowed by the tragic events that unfolded after the race. Dorit, Francesca and Giovanni all finished well in front of the bombs and escaped without harm. We at SAMSI express our gratitude that our friends and colleagues are safe, and our sadness and condolences for those who were not so fortunate.
These events resonated particularly with me as I have run the Boston marathon multiple times, and even provided some statistical input when the organizers revised their qualifying times a couple of years back. The Boston marathon is the greatest of all running events and I am sure it will continue. I am determined to go back and run it again myself.
Richard Smith, Director of SAMSI