The joint editors wish to announce that Yonggang Lu and Kevin Henning have been designated as the G Oswald George prize winners 2013 for their article ‘Are statisticians cold-blooded bosses? A new perspective on the “old” concept of statistical population.’ Understanding what we mean by population is a keystone concept in understanding statistical thinking. Yet, it is a challenging word to use in many contexts. We are pleased to feature an article that addresses the conceptual understanding of learners for such an important concept in such a clear manner. We hope that this article will initiate a debate on this concept and that other authors will respond to this article via submissions of their own. Through the generosity of Wiley-Blackwell, this article will be freely available to non-subscribers.


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Dr. C. Oswald George was an eminent government statistician in the UK; one of the founders of the Institute of Statistics who served as Chairman or President. He donated a sum of money for the ‘best paper, especially submitted by younger authors, in the field of applied statistics’. The prize was subsequently attached to the Institute's own professional exams. After the formation of Teaching Statistics in 1979, the Institute made the prize money available for the best article in Teaching Statistics, and this prize has continued to be made available following their merger with the Royal Statistical Society. Dr. C. Oswald George died on 6 January 1974, but we are pleased to be able to honour his legacy each year through the award of this prize to the ‘best’ article in Teaching Statistics.