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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 to… read more about Mine Çetinkaya-Rundel wins Waller Award at JSM 2016 »

Congratulations to new first year PhD student, Kelly Moran, who was awarded a Gertrude M. Cox Scholarship Honorable Mention at the awards ceremony on July 31, 2016 at the Joint Statistical Meeting held in Chicago. read more about Kelly Moran Wins 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 »

Congratulations to David Dunson and Alan Gelfand for their election as Fellows of the International Society for Bayesian Analysis! read more about David Dunson and Alan Gelfand elected ISBA Fellows »

Maria DeYoreo, postdoctoral associate in the Dept. of Statistical Science at Duke, is the 2016 winner of the highly prestigious Savage Award in Applied Methodology for best doctoral dissertation. Congratulations, Maria! read more about Maria DeYoreo wins 2016 Savage Award »

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 Presentation of TA… 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  »

Ye Wang was awarded a “Notable Student Paper Award” at the 19th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Statistics (AISTATS) in Cadiz, Spain for his paper:  “Scalable geometric density estimation” (Ye Wang, Antonio Canale, David Dunson)  read more about Ye Wang awarded “Notable Student Paper Award” »

All First Year PhD students will be taking the FYE on Monday, May 9, 2016, from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm in Old Chemistry Bldg., Room 123. read more about Ph.D. First Year Exam Scheduled 5-9-2016 9:00 AM Old Chem Rm 123 »

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 http://www.stat.duke.edu/datafest/ 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 www.stat.duke.edu/datafest/#workshops. read more about DataFest 2016 is coming: April 1-3, 2016 »

Beka Steorts is a new assistant professor at Duke University in the Department of Statistical Science with affiliations in the Social Science Research Institute (SSRI) and the information initiative at Duke (iid). Last week she was named one of the 35 innovators under 35, in the category of humanitarian. She has been working on estimating death counts in the Syrian war with Steve Fienberg, the Human Rights Data Analysis Group (HRDAG), and others since 2013. Her award at MIT can be seen here along with a blog-post by… read more about Beka Steorts: Named to MIT’s 35 under 35 Innovators List »

The Wilks Memorial Award honors the memory and distinguished career of Sam Wilks by recognizing outstanding contributions to statistics that carry on the spirit of his work. The Wilks Award is made possible in part by a donation from Alexander Mood, who was a student of Wilks. The 2015 honoree is James O. Berger of Duke University. Jim Berger has made fundamental contributions to the foundations of statistics and to statistical decision theory. He is one of the world’s leading figures in Bayesian statistics, particularly in… read more about Jim Berger, Arts & Sciences Professor of Statistics, received the 2015 Samuel S. Wilks Memorial Award »

StatSci alum Fabio (Fabs) Rigat (Ph.D. 2004) has moved from Novartis to a new position with GlaxoSmithKline. As Director of the Statistical Innovation Group at GSK Pharmaceuticals R&D, based in Stevenage, UK, Fabio will run and direct Bayesian statistical R&D in GSK's translational research programs.   read more about Alum Fabio Rigat has new position leading statistics at GlaxoSmithKline »

JSM 2015 Alumni Dinner REGISTRATION Deadline was July 27th - any meal registered after JULY 28TH WILL BE GIVEN A VEGETARIAN MEA. Date: Monday, August 10th, 2015 6:30pm - Social 7:00pm - Dinner The 2015 JSM Alumni dinner has been confirmed and the menu is set. The event will at Andaluca Restaurant  and will begin with a Cash Bar at 6:30pm with one (1) free free drink ticket from the department, dinner will start at 7:00 pm. The Cash Bar will be open until the end of the evening. The cost of dinner will be (… read more about JSM 2015 Alumni Dinner »

The Atlantic published an article describing Prof. Jerry Reiter's research program on methods for sharing data in ways that protect the confidentiality of data subjects' identities and sensitive attributes. This work comes out of grants supported by the National Science Foundation.   read more about Story in The Atlantic about Duke StatSci research on synthetic data »

StatSci alum Jouchi Nakajima (Ph.D. 2012) has moved to a new position in the Bank of Japan. Jouchi is now Deputy Director in the Global Economic Research Division of the BoJ's International Department. In addition to running and directing research, Jouchi is in charge of forecasting the global economy (up to a 3-year horizon)- i.e. making predictions on which the Bank's macroeconomic forecasts of the Japanese economy are based. read more about Alum Jouchi Nakaijima has new position at the Bank of Japan »

Statistics with R Specialization on Coursera offering 5 courses prepared by Duke Statistical Science faculty. https://www.coursera.org/specializations/statistics The courses are Introduction to Probability and Data Inferential Statistics Linear Regression and Modeling Bayesian Statistics Statistics Capstone Project You can take the courses individually or sign up for the whole specialization, but to do the capstone you need to have completed the 4 courses in the specialization. The landing page for the… read more about Statistics with R on Coursera »

Duke StatSci alum Chiranjit Mukherjee (Ph.D. 2011), until recently a Statistician at Google, has now started in his new position as Senior Data Scientist at Netflix, Science & Algorithms, Los Gatos, CA. Congrats to Chiranjit- and, let's look forward to an increasingly Bayesian Netflix! read more about Alum Chiranjit Mukherjee moves to Netflix »

Two of the 11 teams that won the innovative and highly competitive LinkedIn Economic Graph Challenge are led by Duke Statistics faculty  David Banks, Katherine Heller, and David Dunson. In addition, incoming Assistant Professor Alex Volvofsky is part of the winning team from Havard's Department of Statistics.  Launched in October 2014, the challenge asked investigators, academicians and “data-driven thinkers” to submit their ideas for creating greater economic opportunity for the approximately 3 billion people in the global… read more about Two StatSci Teams are Winners of the LinkedIn Economic Graph Challenge »

Congratulations to Gabriel Huerta, 1998 Department of Statistical Science Ph.D. alumnus, on his recent appointment to the NISS Board of Trustees. read more about Gabriel Huerta Named to NISS Board of Trustees »

Congratulations to Ph.D. student Joe Futoma, who has been awarded a 2015 National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship! The NDSEG Fellowship is sponsored and funded by the Department of Defense. NDSEG selections are made by the Air Force Research Laboratory/Air Force Office of Scientific Research, the Office of Naval Research, and the Army Research Office, and are offered to individuals who have demonstrated the ability and special aptitude for advanced training in science and engineering. The… read more about Joe Futoma Wins 2015 National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship »

DIPLOMA DISTRIBUTION AND LUNCHEON Sunday, May 10, 2015 21c Museum Hotel - http://www.21cmuseumhotels.com/durham/ 12 p.m. - 2 p.m. Event contact and RSVP : Karen Whitesell, karen.whitesell@duke.edu Suggested Parking and Accessible Transportation Durham Centre Deck, 300 Morgan Street Accessible shuttles will be provided from the Bulls Stadium to downtown venues. read more about Statistical Science Graduation Celebration »

The 2014-15 BEST Award winner was announced during the Annual Graduation Reception of the Department of Statistical Science, 21C Museum Hotel, downtown Durham, on Sunday, May 10th, 2015. BEST Award Winner 2014-15: Statistical Science 3rd Year PhD Student Kaoru Irie, in recognition of his research on Portfolio Optimization with Asymmetric Utilities: A Novel Bayesian Approach. (Pictured: Kaoru Irie, 2014-15 BEST Award winner and Professor Mike West, DGS, making the presentation) Honorable Mention: Statistical Science 2nd Year… read more about Statistical Science 3rd Year PhD Student Kaoru Irie Wins the 2014-15 BEST Award »

Duke StatSci alumna Lynn Lin (Ph.D. 2012, and currently a post-doc involved in research in Bayesian methodology and computational biology in Seattle at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center), will start a new position as Assistant Professor of Statistics at Penn State University later this summer. Congrats to Lynn- and, let's look forward to an increasingly Bayesian PSU! read more about Alumna Lynn Lin moves to PSU »

Congratulations to Ph.D. student Lorin Crawford, who was recently selected to receive a 2015 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Program Fellowship! His award will provide him a stipend and the university will receive funding to cover his tuition and fees for a period of three years. As an NSF Fellow, he will be able to take advantage of many professional development opportunities. He plans on participating in NSF's GRIP (Graduate Research Internship Program) where fellows are partnered with federal agencies for… read more about Lorin Crawford NSF Graduate Research Program Fellowship Recipient »

The Department of Statistical Science will have a new faculty member in 2015, Rebecca or Beka Steorts! Steorts received her Ph.D. in 2012 from the Department of Statistics at the University of Florida under the supervision of Malay Ghosh, and was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Carnegie Mellon prior to joining StatSci.   She is a recipient of the Graduate Alumni Fellowship Award (2007-2010) from the University of Florida and the U.S. Census Bureau Dissertation Fellowship Award (2010-2011). In 2011, she was awarded the UF… read more about New Assistant Professor in StatSci - Beka Steorts »

From Duke Today article April 1, 2015 A Male mouse sings loud and complex song when eligible bachelorette is nearby but not sighted. When he's in her presence, he sings more quietly and simply. Credit - Jonathan Chabout, Duke University   Male mice sing surprisingly complex songs to seduce females, sort of like songbirds, according to a new Duke study appearing April 1 in the Frontiers of Behavioral Neuroscience.   For more than 50 years, it has been known that mice sing. That is, they emit what’s called ‘… read more about Mice Sing Like Songbirds to Woo Mates: New statistical tool helps analyze songs of mice in hot pursuit »