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From AMSTAT News Online:  Online career guidance website has ranked “statistician” as the best job in its 2017 jobs report. The occupation has teetered near the top in recent years, having grown in popularity as demand for this position’s unique skill set has skyrocketed amid the global data revolution. In compiling the list, applied various criteria, including income, growth outlook, and stress/environmental factors. “One key factor in the profession’s top billing is that employment… read more about Statistician Tops List of Best Jobs in 2017 »

The 2016-17 BEST Award was announced during the Annual Graduation Reception of the Department of Statistical Science, held at the Rickhouse on Sunday, May 14, 2017. Professor Jerry Reiter presented the BEST Award 2016-17 to Statistical Science Ph.D students Isaac Lavine and Michael Lindon in recognition of their research on Adaptive Variable Selection for Sequential Prediction in Dynamic Models. Honorable Mention was awarded to William Eastman, in recognition… read more about Statistical Science Students Issac Lavine and Michael Lindon win 2016-17 BEST Award »

Ana Rappold graduated from Duke with a Ph.D. in Statistics and Decision Sciences in 2004. After graduating, she joined the Environmental Protection Agency, first as a postdoctoral fellow and later as a Principal Investigator.  She is currently the scientific lead on research aimed at integrating public health messaging with environmental models and understanding their effectiveness in improving population health outcomes. Dr. Rappold was recently awarded a Pathfinder Innovation Projects Award to conduct… read more about Alumni Profile: Ana Rappold »

Duke Statistical Science Alumni will be visiting campus on Friday, 4/14/2017 and meeting with Master's students as part of a career development program. Alums will have an opportunity to meet with former advisors and other faculty as well. A dinner is planned that evening for Master's students with our Alumni presenting information about their career paths and offering advice for those looking for employment.   read more about DSS Alumni Visit and Dinner »

DURHAM, N.C. -- To learn what power dynamics mean for health, consider the meerkat. Squirrel-sized members of the mongoose family, meerkats are remarkable team players. Although they live in groups of up to 50, a single male and female monopolize the bulk of the breeding. The rest help with feeding and babysitting the dominant pair’s pups, looking out for predators and other chores, while waiting for a chance to rise in rank and raise pups of their own. Wild meerkats in the Kalahari Desert of southern Africa. Photo by Jenny… read more about Researchers Win $1.2M to Study Social Mobility in Meerkats »

On Friday, March 24, the Statistical Science Department is hosting an Open House for students admitted to the Master's in Statistical Science program. Students can visit the department to learn more about the MSS, chat with faculty about teaching, research and career opportunities, and meet with current MSS students. The event begins at 9 a.m. and lodging is available at Hilton Garden Inn (919-286-0774) Schedule 9 a.m. Welcome/Meeting with Faculty 11:30 a.m. Lunch with MSD & Current… read more about MSS Open House on Friday »

The Department of Statistical Science and BEST Award Committee invite submissions for the 2016/17 BEST Award — the annual award for a student or students based on research projects in Bayesian statistical modeling, decision analysis, time series, forecasting and other topics related to financial, economic and business applications. The BEST Award Committee solicits applications based on research project proposals, and will partially support summer research projects in the proposal area for the winning student(s). Please… read more about Submissions for the BEST Award for Student Research Due March 31 »

The Department of Statistical Science graduation reception will be held at the Rickhouse in Downtown Durham at 609 Foster St, Durham, NC 27701.  Date:May 14, 2017 The reception begins at 12:30 pm with heavy hors d'oeuvres Schedule Welcome: Professor Merlise Clyde- Department Chair Presentation of Bachelor’s Degrees: Professor Mine Cetinkaya-Rundel - Director of Undergraduate Studies Presentation of TA Award: Professor Mine Cetinkaya-… read more about 2017 Statistical Science Graduation Reception  »

Jerry Reiter gave an invited presentation in front of the Ryan Murray Evidence-Based Policymaking Commission on the role of statistical methodologies and technologies in protecting data privacy.   The Ryan Murray Evidence-Based Policymaking Commission Act of 2016 was jointly introduced by U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI), and signed into law on March 30, 2016.   The Commision is described at .  The announcement of Jerry's talk is at… read more about Jerry Reiter speaks to Ryan Murray Commission on Evidence Based Policymaking »

From DURHAM, N.C. –- Seemingly countless self-help books and seminars tell you to tap into the right side of your brain to stimulate creativity. But forget the “right-brain” myth -- a new study suggests it’s how well the two brain hemispheres communicate that sets highly creative people apart.  For the study, statisticians David Dunson of Duke University and Daniele Durante of the University of Padova analyzed the network of white matter connections among 68 separate brain… read more about Creative People have Better Connected Brains »

Nicole Dalzell has won the 2017 Dean's Award for Excellence in Teaching. The award is intended "to celebrate and honor exemplary teaching by currently enrolled Ph.D. students who are engaged in teaching Duke undergraduate or graduate students. Each spring, The Graduate School recognizes up to three graduate students who best exemplify the characteristics of effective college teaching as they prepare for lives of service, leadership, and teaching." Congratulations Nicole!! read more about Nicole Dalzell wins Dean's Award for Excellence in Teaching »

The Department of Statistical Science at Duke is looking to hire a professor of the practice to help grow and run our new master's in statistical science. This position is a great opportunity for Ph.D.-level statisticians with industry connections and/or experience. For more information, please see the position announcement at Academic Jobs. read more about Professor of Practice Opening »

Mike West, the Arts & Sciences Professor of Statistics & Decision Sciences in Duke's Department of Statistical Science,  presented a Turing Lecture in London in July,  in the inaugural series of talks at the Alan Turing Institute (ATI),  "the UK’s national centre for data science."  A video of Mike's Turing Lecture-- on "Structured Dynamic Graphical Models"--  is available on-line. read more about Mike West Presents a Turing Lecture »

Congratulations to Ph.D. student Xi Chen, one of the 2016 Student Paper Awardees of the Section on Bayesian Statistical Science (SBSS) of the American Statistical Association. Xi presented the research in her winning paper, "Bayesian dynamic modeling and analysis of streaming network data", at the 2016 Joint Statistical Meetings (JSM) in Chicago, and was recognized at the SBSS award ceremony at the JSM. read more about Xi Chen wins SBSS Student Paper Award »

These honors—the Waller Distinguished Teaching Career and Waller Education awards—were established with a contribution from retired ASA Executive Director Ray Waller and his wife, Carolyn. The former recognizes an individual for sustained excellence in teaching and statistics education, and the latter honors an individual for innovation in the instruction of elementary statistics ·  The 2016 Waller Education Award honoree is Mine Çetinkaya-Rundel of Duke University, who was recognized for her outstanding contributions… read more about Mine Çetinkaya-Rundel wins Waller Award at JSM 2016 »

Are you attending JSM 2016 in Chicago this summer? Then don't miss the annual StatSci Dinner! Come and meet new and old faculty, current students, and alums and catch up on all the news while enjoying great food and drink with friends! This year the event will take place on Monday 8/1/2016 at Tapas Valencia - festivities will begin at 6:30!   read more about JSM Alumni Social 2016 »

The graduation reception for 2016 will be held at the 21c Museum Hotel Durham - Address: 111 Corcoran St, Durham, NC 27701.  Invitations will be needed to enter the event. Due to the turnout of this event we are at capacity and unable to accept any other RSVP's. 12:00pm Heavy Hors D'oeuuvres Welcome  Professor Merlise Clyde- Department Chair Presentation of Bachelor’s Degrees  Professor Mine Cetinkaya-Rundel - Director of Undergraduate Studies… read more about 2016 Departmental Graduation Reception »

The 2015-16 BEST Award was announced during the Annual Graduation Reception of the Department of Statistical Science, held at 21C Hotel on Sunday, May 15, 2016. Professor Mike West presented the BEST Award 2015-16 to Statistical Science 3rd Year Ph.D. Student, Matthew Johnson, in recognition of his research on Bayesian Predictive Synthesis for Financial Forecasting. read more about Statistical Science 3rd Year Ph.D. Student Matthew Johnson Wins the 2015-16 BEST Award »

James O. Berger, Ph.D., Arts and Sciences Professor of Statistics at Duke University, will present the 2016 Department of Biostatistics Bernard G. Greenberg Distinguished Lecture Series. For more information about the series, visit the official website. Above Jim Berger of @StatSciDuke presented with #UNC #biostatistics department's Greenberg Distinguished Lecturer award. read more about Jim Berger receives the 2016 UNC Department of Biostatistics Bernard G. Greenberg Distinguished Lecture Series Award  »

The Department of Statistical Science at Duke University invites applications for a Visiting Faculty position to begin in Fall 2016. Preference will be given to candidates whose core statistical science research interests are complemented by collaborative research interests in computer science, neurosciences, economics or finance, other areas of the social and policy sciences, among others. We are particularly interested in applicants with demonstrated experience and strength in teaching. The Department is an… read more about Visiting Faculty Opening »

ASA DataFest 2016 will be held over the April 1-3, 2016 weekend at The Edge. Visit to find out more and to sign up. Event starts at 6pm on Friday, April 1 and wraps up by 5pm on Sunday, April 3. An information session for the event will be held on Tuesday, March 1, 6-7pm, at Soc Psych 130. Workshops preceding the event will be announced at read more about DataFest 2016 is coming: April 1-3, 2016 »