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. 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 - 12 p.m. - 2 p.m. Event contact and RSVP : Karen Whitesell, 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 »

Are you data driven?   Register today for ASA DataFestTM 2015 at Duke at Duke University, The Edge, March 20-22 Registration deadline: March 6   Want to get creative with data? Mingle with data analysis professionals from industry and academia? Compete for prizes and glory? At DataFest you'll get a chance to work on a large, complex, and surprise data analysis challenge. And, as usual, we'll be providing free food throughout the weekend!   Read about past DataFests and register at bitly… read more about ASA DataFest 2015 at Duke »

The Department of Statistical Science and BEST Award Committee invite submissions for the 2014/15 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. For full details of the 2014/15 competition, the BEST Award and Foundation, as well as past awards, please visit the BEST Award web site at Duke StatSci. The BEST Award Committee solicits… read more about The BEST Award for Student Research 2014/15  »

Several Dukees from Statistical Science-- including several Ph.D. alums and one current faculty member-- are elected to leadership positions in the International Society for Bayesian Analysis (ISBA) in the fall 2014 elections. Among those elected are: Assistant Professor Li Ma, as Secretary of the ISBA Section on Bayesian Nonparametrics Omar Aguilar, as Chair-Elect of the ISBA Section on Economics, Finance and Business Carlos Carvalho, as a member of the ISBA Board of Directors Gabriel Huerta, as Secretary of the ISBA… read more about Dukees Elected to ISBA Leadership »

Duke Statistical Science students, staff, faculty and (lots of) friends Saturday, November 1, 7pm - midnight at Mine & Colin's Food and drinks will be provided. Don't forget to put on your costume, and your dancing shoes! read more about The Annual Statistical Science Halloween Costume Party 2014 Edition »

Mike West, the Duke University distinguished Arts & Sciences Professor of Statistics and Decision Sciences, has been honored with a distinguished award from the NC Chapter of the American Statistical Association. The award was announced and presented at the October 10-12, 2014 International Conference on Advances in Interdisciplinary Statistics and Combinatorics. West, a plenary speaker at the conference, was recognized for his outstanding contributions to the theory and practice of statistics, and particularly for his… read more about Mike West is recipient of award from ASA NC Chapter »

Mike West, the Arts & Sciences Professor of Statistics and Decision Sciences, was  recently recognized by the International Society for Bayesian Analysis (ISBA) through the award of the ISBA Zellner Medal. Named for the founding President of the Society, the medal is awarded  once every two years to (at most two) statisticians in recognition of their   " ... outstanding service to Bayesian statistics and the society." 2014 was the first year of the award. The presentation was made at the latest in the ISBA biennial… read more about Mike West wins Zellner Medal  »

Bayes Impact is a nonprofit organization that deploys data science teams to work with civic and nonprofit organizations on solving big social impact challenges. They are leveraging the power of the data revolution to positively impact the community.  Bayes Impact will be presenting example projects and the opportunities for interested students. Students engage in projects during the school year, and some projects could link into students' course requirements for research.  Current Bayes Impact projects include studies in:… read more about Bayes Impact »

It's time for the annual Department JSM Alumni dinner in Boston! Monday, August 4, 2014 Social time: 6:30pm Dinner: 7:00pm Location: Seaport Boston Hotel, 1 Seaport Lane, Boston, MA 02210, (617) 385-4000 Register and pay online now!  Students/new grads/postdocs $45  others $60    Contact Karen you don't have your user name and password (you may go to and request a new password if you have your email or user name) read more about 2014 JSM Alumni Dinner »

We are very pleased to announce the establishment of the Statistical Science Ph.D. Student - Alumni Fund, with an inaugural gift from one one of our Ph.D. alums. The fund provides discretionary resources used by and on behalf of current Ph.D. students. This public announcement serves to express the gratitude of the department, on behalf of all current and future Ph.D. students, to the founding alum as well as future benefactors. . read more about PhD Student - Alumni Fund »

Per the recent announcement from GCC, we have new T-shirts arriving that sport the official new StatSci@Duke logo designed by current grad student Xiangyu Wang, and wording styled by Avi Moondra. The shirts will be available soon, and in time for ISBA 2014 as well as to proudly sport at other events. Here is the new logo, and here are back+front snapshots showing the logo, wording and the lovely new T-shirt color.   read more about 2014 New Logo & T-Shirts »

The 2013-14 BEST Award was announced during the Annual Graduation Reception of the Department of Statistical Science, Devil's Den, Duke University, on Sunday May 11th 2014. BEST Award Winner 2013-14: Statistical Science rising second year PhD student Kenichiro McAlinn, based on his research project proposal entitled Inter-Temporal Aggregation for Online Bayesian Analysis of Dynamic Models. BEST Award honorable mention: Conferred on Statistical Science rising senior undergraduate student Ruilin Zhong, based on her research… read more about Kenichiro McAlinn receives 2013-14 BEST Award, Ruilin Zhong receives an honorable mention »

The Washington Statistical Society (WSS) and RTI International are pleased to announce that Jerome (Jerry) P. Reiter, Mrs. Alexander Hehmeyer Professor of Statistical Science, Duke University has been chosen as this year's recipient of the Gertrude M. Cox Award. The Award, established in 2003 through a joint agreement between WSS and RTI, recognizes statisticians in early to mid-career who have made significant contributions to statistical practice.  The award is in memory of Gertrude M. Cox (1900-1978), who in the 1950s… read more about Jerry Reiter receives Gertrude M. Cox Award »

Congratulations to Mine for being selected as the 2013-2014 recipient of the David and Janet Vaughn Brooks Treaching Award!  This Trinity College Distinghuished Teaching Award is one of four that recognizes outstanding teaching in the College.  Recipients are selected on the basis of their ability to encourage intellectual excitement and curiosity in students, knowledge of a field and ability to communicate it, organizational skills, mentorship of students, and commitment to excellent teaching!… read more about Mine Cetinkaya-Rundel recepient of Trinity College Distinguished Teaching Award »

Maria Terres, currently a 4th year Ph.D. student in Statistical Science, is a recipient of the 2014 Dean's Award for Excellence in Teaching made by the Duke Graduate School following a campus-wide competition. Maria was cited for excellence in her development and teaching of introductory undergraduate statistics courses, especially to non-specialists, and noted as ... simply, a standout teacher and educator.  Congratulations Maria! read more about Maria Terres wins 2014 Dean's Teaching Award »

The 2013-14 BEST Award is for student research project proposals submitted in the competition of Academic Year 2013-14. Students should submit a brief research project proposal and supporting materials using the online submission form. Please see the BEST Award site for full details about the Award, and the detailed information on the required proposal materials. Submissions must be received by 17:00 EST on Wednesday 9th April 2014. No submissions will be considered after that date. The 2013-14 BEST Award Selection… read more about 2013-14 BEST Award Submissions Due April 9th 2014 »

t's time for DataFest 2014! DataFest is a data analysis competition where teams of up to five students have a weekend to attack a large and complex dataset. The teams that impress the judges will win prizes as well as glory for their school. Everyone else will have a great experience, lots of food, and fun! See for details and registration. read more about DataFest 2014 is coming: March 21-23, 2014 »