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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, equity, and other issues would be nice, she thought. Back in her grad student days, a book club geared toward women in science served as a safe space for candid discussions. Dickerson asked her colleague Shabnam Hakimi, postdoctoral scholar at the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences (DIBS), to collaborate on a… 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 »

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 »

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 »

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. https://today.duke.edu/2019/11/global-list-highly-cited-puts-duke-top-ten   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) »

Professor Rebecca Steorts was awarded a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.  The grant improves upon methods in entity resolution using state-of-the-art techniques from statistics and machine learning, including the development of scalable and distributed models, including open source software, for entity resolution.  read more about Rebecca Steorts awarded grant from Sloan Foundation »

Duke held a successful Industry Day, organized by the MS program in Statistical Science and the MS program in Computer Science. Participating companies and programs included representative from Applied Research Assoc, Asurion, Conduent, Elder Research, RTI International, Seqirus, Well, PhD program at Statistical Sci. read more about Master's Program Industry Day Proves Successful »

A Duke statistician is part of a three-member team awarded $13.8 million by the European Research Council to conduct a planet-wide inventory of life over six years, with particular emphasis on insects and fungi. David Dunson, the Arts & Sciences Professor of Statistical Science, received notification of the award this month. His expertise in managing big data and the development of novel statistical methodologies will help interpret a collection of DNA, audio samples and camera trap images from over 450 locations around… read more about Statistician Receives European Research Council Grant to Aid in Mapping Biodiversity Around the Globe »

Professor David Dunson is one of the PIs on an international team awarded a €12.5 million grant from the European Research Council.  The team will conduct a planet-wide inventory of life over six years.  As part of the research, they will develop novel statistical methodologies to analyze large-scale, spatio-temporal data. To read more go to Duke Today. read more about David Dunson awarded prestigious grant from the European Research Council  »

Statistical Science PhD alum Lorin Crawford (2017) was named on The Root 100 list, the online magazine’s “annual list of the most influential African Americans, ages 25 to 45. It’s our way of honoring the innovators, the leaders, the public figures and game changers whose work from the past year is breaking down barriers and paving the way for the next generation.”  Lorin is an assistant professor of biostatistics at Brown University.  read more about Lorin Crawford named on The Root 100 »

Award makes Duke a National Science Foundation center for data/statistical science A Duke University team led by professor of statistical science and mathematics Sayan Mukherjee has won a three-year, $1.5 million dollar grant that will develop the foundations of data science both at Duke and in the broader NC Research Triangle and surrounding region.  As part of the award, 25 Duke faculty from the departments of computer science, electrical engineering, mathematics, and statistical science will collaborate to develop new… read more about Duke Researchers Awarded $1.5M Tripods Grant »

TheTRIPODS@Duke Phase I project will develop the foundations of data science both at Duke University and in the broader NC Research Triangle and surrounding region . A total of 25 faculty at Duke representing the disciplines of Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Mathematics, and Statistical Science will be involved in Phase I. The project will support five semesters of workshops, with 2-3 one-week workshops each semester. These workshops will involve local and national participants and will bring experts on data… read more about Duke Awarded TRIPODS Grant »

Duke StatSci alumna Lurdes Inoue (PhD, 1999) has been named the chair of the Department of Biostatistics at the University of Washington. The announcement of her appointment is available at https://sph.washington.edu/news-events/news/lurdes-inoue-appointed-chair-biostatistics.  read more about PhD alum Lurdes Inoue named chair of Biostatistics at Washington  »

 Professor Amy Herring is the recipient of the 2019 Janet L. Norwood Award.  The award recognizes outstanding career achievement by a woman in the statistical sciences. Herring will be honored at a dinner September 10 in Birmingham, and will meet with students and young faculty at The University of Alabama - Birmingham.  More details on the award are at https://www.soph.uab.edu/awards/norwoodaward/eighteenth. read more about Amy Herring receives Janet L. Norwood Award »

Simon Mak (and collaborators from the School of Aerospace Engineering at Georgia Tech) received the 2019 Statistics in Physical and Engineering Sciences (SPES) Award from the ASA, for the paper “An Efficient Surrogate Model for Emulation and Physics Extraction of Large Eddy Simulations”. The SPES Award is awarded annually to a distinguished paper for its innovative use of statistics to solve a high-impact problem in the physical and engineering sciences. This paper is published in the Journal of the American Statistical… read more about Simon Mak receives SPES Award »

Robert Wolpert has been named the 2019 Cornell Distinguished Alum recipient. An announcement of the award is at https://stat.cornell.edu/cornell-celebration-statistics-and-data-science-2019/robert-l-wolpert.  read more about Robert Wolpert named Cornell Distinguished Alum »

David Dunson and colleagues received the 2018 Mitchell Prize for their paper, Bayesian Semiparametric Mixed Effects Markov Models With Application to Vocalization Syntax.  The paper appeared in the Journal of the American Statistical Association.  The Mitchell Prize is awarded in recognition of an outstanding paper that describes how a Bayesian analysis has solved an important applied problem. read more about David Dunson receives the 2018 Mitchell Prize »

Simon joined Statistical Science as an Assistant Professor in Fall 2019, after a one-year post-doc at Georgia Tech. He received his Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from Georgia Tech in 2018 (majoring in Statistics, minoring in Operations Research), and his B.Sc. from Simon Fraser University in 2013 (majoring in Statistics and Actuarial Science). His interests include (but not limited to) developing practical methodologies with theoretical guarantees for “big data” and “small data” analytics, both of which are important for… read more about Simon Mak joins Statistical Science »

Congratulations to alum Jouchi Nakajima (PhD 2012) on his new position as Head of the Macro Modeling Unit, Research and Statistics Department, Bank of Japan. read more about Congratulations to Jouchi Nakajima on his new position at Bank of Japan »