This is the first installment in a series of articles profiling winners of the Duke ASA DataFest: COVID-19 Virtual Data Challenge, co-sponsored by the Duke University Department of Statistical Science and the Duke AI Health Institute. To read more read more about Duke DataFest Analysis Reveals How COVID-19 Impacts Communities Already Suffering from Health Disparities »

Professor Mine Cetinkaya-Rundel was named a Fellow of the American Statistical Association (ASA).  As noted on the ASA Fellows website, "The designation of ASA Fellow has been a significant honor for nearly 100 years. Under ASA bylaws, the Committee on Fellows can elect up to one-third of one percent of the total association membership as fellows each year."  read more about Professor Mine Cetinkaya-Rundel Named ASA Fellow »

What do toxicology, a Tanzanian imam, women’s tennis, virgin births and your cat have in common? Admittedly, not much, except that biostatistician Amy Herring has worked on projects involving all of them. Herring, the Sara and Charles Ayres Professor of Statistical Science & Global Health, has… read more about Amy Herring Wants to See Your Data  »

A panel of three Duke alumni recently joined the 2020 Data+ cohort to discuss their experiences in the program, the role of data science in their jobs today and the importance of building lasting professional relationships. Data+ is a 10-week summer program that provides research experiences allowing Duke undergraduates to explore data-driven approaches to interdisciplinary challenges. “We’ve had quite a few students move all the way through Duke and on to some very interesting careers,” said Paul Bendich, who helped… read more about Stats Alum Anne Driscoll Talks Career Paths and Mentoring with Duke Students »

Congratulations to our PhD alumna Raquel Prado on her selection as Fellow of the International Society for Bayesian Analysis (ISBA).  Raquel is recognized  "For outstanding contributions to research in Bayesian methodology, especially in time series analysis and its applications in neuroscience and other fields; her impact in university teaching and programmatic leadership; and her significant and dedicated service to ISBA." You can read about the Fellows in the latest ISBA Bulletin. read more about Alumna Raquel Prado is elected ISBA Fellow »

A panel of three Duke alumni recently joined the 2020 Data+ cohort to discuss their experiences in the program, the role of data science in their jobs today and the importance of building lasting professional relationships. Data+ is a 10-week summer… read more about Data+ Alums Talk Career Paths and Mentoring with Duke Students »

Alumna Dr. Ana Rappold from EPA’s Office of Research and Development was awarded one of 13 prestigious Arthur S. Flemming Awards for her exceptional contributions to Social Science, Clinical Studies, and Translational Research. The Flemming Award recognizes outstanding and meritorious achievement, and encourages the highest standards of performance in federal service read more about Alumna Ana Rappold awarded Arthur S. Flemming Award »

Congratulations to our PhD alumna Lindsay Berry on her selection as a Savage Award finalist this year. Lindsay will present an invited talk in the virtual Savage Award session at the JSM this year. read more about Alumna Lindsay Berry is 2020 Savage Award finalist »

In 2020-2021, the Duke University Energy Initiative’s Energy Research Seed Fund will support projects addressing renewable energy’s integration into the grid, battery performance, electrochemical catalysts, utilities’ decision-making… read more about Energy Research Seed Fund awards six grants to Duke faculty to kickstart innovative projects »

Fifteen Duke Ph.D. students have received prestigious awards from the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP) for 2020. Launched in 1952, the GRFP is the oldest graduate fellowship of its kind. It supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing Ph.D. or research-based master’s degrees. Fellows receive a three-year stipend, coverage of tuition and fees, and opportunities for international research… read more about Stats PhD Student Becky Tang Receives Prestigious NSF Fellowship »

2020 BEST Award Winners: Undergraduate Award Winner: Chiwan Kim (pictured below) for his research on Black-Scholes Integrated Gaussian Process Model for American Option Pricing Master's Award Winner: Haohan Chen (pictured below) for his research on Bayesian Dynamic Network Modeling for Social Media Political Talk Honorable Mention: Evan Poworoznek  for his research on Easy and Efficient Bayesian Factor Analysis Ph.D. Award Winner: Xu Chen … read more about Congratulations to the 2020 BEST Award Winners »

Fifteen Duke Ph.D. students have received prestigious awards from the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP) for 2020. Launched in 1952, the GRFP is the oldest graduate fellowship of its kind. It supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science… read more about 15 Ph.D. Students Receive Prestigious NSF Fellowships »

Congratulations to the following student award winners from Duke University units in 2020.   African & African American Studies   John Hope Franklin Award for Academic Excellence: Elizabeth DuBard Grantland Karla FC Holloway Award for University Service: Beza Gebremariam Mary McLeod Bethune Writing Award: Jenna Clayborn Walter C. Burford Award for Community Service: Kayla Lynn Corredera-Wells   Art, Art History & Visual Studies        Mary Duke… read more about Student Honors and Laurels for 2020 »

Professor Fan Li and colleagues Laine Thomas and Michael Pencina (Duke Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics) published an article in the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA) on overlap weighting, a causal inference method for comparative effectiveness research that Li and co-authors have developed in recent years, and is used in a COVID-19 study featured in the newest edition of JAMA Cardiology. Read the full article in JAMA here.   read more about Fan Li publishes article in JAMA on overlap weighting »

Jim Clark, the Nicholas Professor of Environmental Sciences, Biology, and Statistical Science, was elected to the National Academy of Sciences. Read more here. Congratulations Jim!  read more about Jim Clark elected to National Academy of Sciences »

The Department of Statistical Science has planned a nice slate of courses in Summer 2020 in order to provide a few more options in these uncertain times. All have great instructors, and we have offerings at every level, with an eye on giving you useful skills to get attractive internship and job offers in the future. Course descriptions for extant courses are in our site's Courses section, and I’ve described the new ones in the Video below. We’re also offering summer versions of two courses that are full for fall: STA 199 (… read more about DUS Message: Summer Courses Bring More Options for Students »

Making Statistics Available from a Distance When the semester started, no one expected to move all of Duke’s classes to remote delivery with only a week’s notice. But once the university announced its plans to do just that in response to COVID-19, the Department of Statistical Science had someone to turn to in order to ensure a smooth transition: Joan Combs Durso. “She has been incredible,” Department Chair Jerome Reiter said. “She is working with faculty one-on-one to train them in remote learning, setting up their Sakai… read more about Making Statistics Available from a Distance »

Katie Dickerson wanted someone to talk to as she navigated the transition from postdoc to assistant professor in Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at Duke. A supportive sounding board for her questions about gender… read more about Confronting Power Dynamics in Academia »

Req ID:  28821 Date:  Feb 27, 2020 Location:  Durham, NC, US, 27710 Personnel Area:  UNIVERSITY Duke University: Duke University was created in 1924 through an indenture of trust by James Buchanan Duke. Today, Duke is regarded as one of America’s leading research universities. Located in Durham, North Carolina, Duke is positioned in the heart of the Research Triangle, which is ranked annually as one of the best places in the country to work and live. Duke has more than 15,000 students who study and conduct… read more about Open Science Communications Specialist, A&S Communications »

Eduardo Coronado, Bin Han, and Sam Voisin—all Master's in Statistical Science students—won first-place honors at the 2020 Big Data Health Science Case Competition. The competition included 18 teams from across the country and was held at the University of South Carolina on February 7–9, before the National Big Data Health Science Conference. “Winning this event demonstrates that our students are trained well in not only statistical methodologies, but also are trained to communicate well,” said Sudipta Dasmohapatra,… read more about 3 MSS Students Win Big Data Competition »

The Department of Statistical Science at Duke University is inviting applications for one or more Instructors for the fall and spring semesters of 2020 and 2021. The ideal applicant has strong skills in teaching introductory statistical science courses for undergraduate students.    Responsibilities include teaching three courses per year, although other arrangements are possible.  Applicants must have completed their Ph.D. in Statistics, Biostatistics, Data Science, or a closely related field prior to the date of… read more about Open Instructor Search in Statistical Science »

Sign up by March 18, 2020 at 11:59pm! Event Date: Friday, April 3, 2020 - 6:45pm to Sunday, April 5, 2020 - 5:00pm Event Location: Penn Pavilion, Duke University DataFest is a data analysis competition where teams of up to five students analyze a large, complex, and surprise dataset over a weekend. In addition to being a great experience for honing your data analysis skills, DataFest is a wonderful opportunity to network with professors and data science professionals from various companies in the region.… read more about CANCELLED: DataFest 2020 @ Duke »

Ph.D. alumnus Lorin Crawford has been recognized by the American Statistical Association as one of "16 individuals from the black/African-American collective who have made tremendous contributions to the field of statistics."  Read more here. read more about Ph.D. alum Lorin Crawford recognized by the American Statistical Association »

Ph.D. students Fan Bu and Xu Chen were selected for the 2020 Section on Bayesian Statistical Science student paper awards.  They will present their research at the 2020 Joint Statistical Meetings in Philadelphia this summer. read more about Fan Bu and Xu Chen receive SBSS Student Paper Awards »

Professor Li Ma is the principal investigator on a recently awarded grant from the National Science Foundation that provides support for early career researchers to attend the ISBA World Meeting in Kunming, China, in summer 2020.  This award will help ensure that early career researchers can travel to the conference. read more about Li Ma receives NSF grant to support early career researchers' travel to ISBA World Meeting »

Duke Mathematics Ph.D. student Didong Li, who is advised David Dunson​​ and​​​​​ Sayan Mukherjee is one of the three winners of the 2019 Lawrence D. Brown Ph.D. Student Award, sponsored by the Institute of Mathematical Statistics.  Details are in the IMS newsletter. ​ read more about Didong Li receives 2019 Lawrence D. Brown Ph.D. Student Award from the IMS »

Rebecca Steorts was elected as a member of the International Statistical Institute (ISI).  Elected members are, per the ISI website, " individuals who are established in their careers and have made significant contributions to the statistical profession." read more about Rebecca Steorts elected as a member of the International Statistical Institute »

Professor David Dunson was one of 54 Duke faculty named by Web of Science as one of the 2019 Highly Cited Researchers. They are noted as having "broad community influence" and are chosen from 21 fields.   read more about David Dunson on List of 2019 Highly Cited Researchers »

Professor Fan Li received a research funding award from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to develop new causal inference methods for cluster randomized trials with post-randomization selection-bias. To read more, go to PCORI   read more about Fan Li received research funding award from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) »