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PhD Alum Mengyang Gu is the recipient of the 2022 SIAM Activity Group on Uncertainty Quantification Early Career Prize.  This prize is awarded every two years to one individual in their early career for outstanding research contributions in the field of uncertainty quantification in the three calendar years prior to the award year. The SIAM Activity Group on UQ is a the fastest growing activity group in SIAM, currently having over 1000 members. Mengyang is currently an Assistant Professor in the… read more about Mengyang Gu (PhD 2016) receives SIAM Career Prize »

Whether preventing explosions on electrical grids, spotting patterns among past crimes, or optimizing resources in the care of critically ill patients, Duke University computer scientist Cynthia Rudin wants artificial intelligence (AI) to show its work. Especially when it’s making decisions that deeply affect people’s lives. While many scholars in the developing field of machine learning were focused on improving algorithms, Rudin instead wanted to use AI’s power to help society. She chose to pursue opportunities to apply… read more about Duke Computer Scientist Wins $1 Million Artificial Intelligence Prize, A ‘New Nobel’ »

We had another great proseminar session, in which second-year MSS students Emre Yurtbay, Lingyu Zhou, Michael Sarkis, Madeleine Beckner, Jack McCarthy, and Rob Kravec recounted their experiences in a variety of summer internships with Voya Financial, Lubrizol, Facebook, Autodesk, Optiver, and 2nd Order Solutions. The students provided great insights and advice, not only describing their internship experiences, but also offering advice about the interview processes. Students emphasized the importance of… read more about Internship Lightning Talks »

Distinguished Professor of Statistics and Decision Sciences Mike West has been announced as the Bruno de Finetti Lecturer for the 2022 World Meeting of the International Society of Bayesian Analysis (ISBA).  This biennial ISBA award recognizes “an outstanding scholar who has provided significant contributions to the advancement of Bayesian Statistics.”   Established in 2015,  the award has previously recognized Persi Diaconis (Stanford), Phil Dawid (Cambridge) and our own Jim Berger.   read more about Statistical Science Professor has been announced as the Bruno de Finetti Lecturer »

First-year MSS students are getting prepared for summer internship applications by taking part in an interactive Writing Effective Resumes Workshop. The workshop was given by Dr. Heidi Giusto and is tailored to the needs of Master’s students in the Statistical Science Department. In this workshop, students learned best practices for resume writing and understanding how applicant tracking systems work. Upon completing the workshop, each student will have two individual consultation sessions with Dr. Guisto to review their… read more about MSS Professional Development Series Begins »

Only one line of code separates a method created by Duke Statistical Science Professor Fan Li from another methodology commonly used in assessing the relative effectiveness of medical treatments. But her approach has proved to be a powerful new tool for doctors trying to navigate complex treatment challenges for patients with COVID-19. Li began her work with overlap weights – the name of her methodology – years before the pandemic struck. Her initial paper on the topic was published in the Journal of the American… read more about Duke-Developed Statistical Method Helps Physicians Weigh COVID-19 Treatments »

The Department of Statistical Science at Duke University is participating in a campus-wide faculty search for the Duke Science and Technology Initiative; please see the job ad at  This program seeks to attract leading scholars in, among other areas, computation.  The position is open rank, although junior candidates are preferred. read more about Faculty Position with Duke Statistical Science »

It's always wonderful to have our MSS alums come and talk to our current students. Eden Huang, MSS 2018 alum, thank you for your excellent presentation about various data science projects at Liberty Mutual Insurance! Also, thanks to Dan McCarthy for his excellent discussion on company culture, available positions, internship opportunities, and interview advice. We hope a few of our students will be able to take advantage of the wonderful opportunities available!  read more about Liberty Mutual Information Session »

Our colleague and alum Hedibert Lopes (Duke StatSci PhD 2000) has been appointed as the Charles Wexler Distinguished Professor of Statistics in the School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences at Arizona State University. Please join us in congratulating Hedibert on his new position and in looking forward to the coming years in statistical science and especially for Bayesian analysis at ASU. read more about PhD Alum Hedibert Lopes named a distinguished professor at ASU »

At the International Society for Bayesian Analysis (ISBA) 2021 World Meeting, multiple Duke Statistical Science PhD students were among the 21 selected to receive the “Best Student/Postdoc Contributed Paper Award”. The awards are sponsored by the National Science Foundation. Each award is accompanied by a monetary prize and a certificate. The StaSci winners’ contributions are listed below.   Alessandro Zito (Current PhD student at Duke Statistical Science)    … read more about Multiple StatSci Winners of the ISBA Student/Postdoc Contributed Paper Awards »

Duke Statistical Science professor Beka Steorts has been selected to deliver the Washington Statistical Society Presidents' annual invited lecture.  Professor Steorts will discuss her work on, "Entity Resolution with Societal Impacts in Statistical Survey Methodology, Statistical Science, and Machine Learning."  The lecture will be on June 24 over Zoom; see flyer for details including the Zoom link. read more about Beka Steorts to deliver WSS Invited Lecture »

Duke Statistical Science PhD alumnus Kelly Moran, postdoc Sharmistha Guha, and postdoc Tommaso Rigon have been named 2020 Savage Awards Finalists.   The Savage Award, named in honor of Leonard J. “Jimmie” Savage, is bestowed each year to two outstanding doctoral dissertations in Bayesian econometrics and statistics, one each in Theory & Methods and Applied Methodology.  Kelly and Sharmistha were named in the category Applied Methodology, and Tommaso was named in the category Theory and Methods.… read more about Duke StatSci Savage Award Finalists! »

When he was an undergraduate political science student, Kerry Haynie was never taught about the 1921 Tulsa massacre. Nor was there much discussion about the role of race in the founding political documents of this country or much examination of how race influenced public services such as sewer lines and zoning. In one sense, a lot has changed. In 2021, Duke’s faculty includes a strong lineup of leading scholars who examine how race is embedded in issues that cross all the schools of the university. This fall, many of… read more about University Course Raises Race as a Central Element of Undergraduate Education »

We as a department would like to congratulate the 38 students who graduated with a Master's in Statistical Science (MSS) in Spring 2021!  While earning an MSS degree at Duke is challenging enough on its own, the MSS Class of 2021 had to complete approximately three-quarters of their degree during a pandemic, and they rose to the challenge.  They worked hard, overcame many obstacles, and impressed everyone with their intelligence, perseverance, and commitment.  We would also like to recognize a few… read more about MSS Program Graduates 38 Statistical Scientists  »

DataFest 2021 at Duke was one of over thirty virtual ASA DataFest events that took place in Spring 2021. DataFest is a data analysis competition sponsored by the American Statistical Association;  students work in teams to analyze a surprise and complex data set over a weekend. This year, Duke’s participants included over 250 students representing 12 colleges and universities. The surprise data set from Rocky Mountain Poison & Drug Safety included responses from the United States, Canada, and Germany about drug… read more about DataFest 2021 at Duke »