Tue 28th April 2015

Big Data in Environmental Sciences: Workshop at UBC May 11–15

PIMS and CANSSI are proud to offer this exciting workshop. From the workshop material, we read:

The extraordinarily broad field of Environmental Science faces an explosion in the amount of data and in the dimension of records captured. We will bring together methodologists building relevant tools in such areas as Laplace approximation techniques in high-dimensional Gaussian process modeling, stochastic PDE approaches to stochastic prediction and interpolation, state space models for big data, data compression, big data visualization tools, parallel processing and data management tools for statistical analysis, and sparsification techniques, with statisticians and other mathematical scientists working directly with research groups in the environmental sciences. We will let real problems motivate methodological development and at the same time help data analysts understand the developing tools.

For the program and abstracts, please see:

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Thu 23rd April 2015

Statistics professors featured in Faculty of Science article

Professors John Petkau, Gabriela Cohen-Freue, and Matías Salibián-Barrera were featured in a recent article on the Faculty of Science webpage!
The article showcases some of the exciting and cutting edge collaborative research that is being carried out by faculty and students within the Department of Statistics, and demonstrates the importance of statistics in all other scientific disciplines.

Mon 20th April 2015

Camila Casquilho Resende awarded Killam Graduate Teaching Assistant Award

Camila Casquilho Resende has been awarded the prestigious Killam Graduate Teaching Assistant Award for 2014/2015.

Camila has distinguished herself in the Department as a particularly professional and dedicated TA, and has been making notable contributions to the educational mission of the Department for some time. In particular, Camila produces highly polished course materials and is an invaluable support for instructors, mentors new TAs through her participation in the departmental TA training program, and continually goes above and beyond to assist students.

The Killam Graduate Teaching Assistant Award recognizes excellence in teaching, and Camila received one of only five such awards across the Faculty of Science. More information on the award can be found here.

Thank you, Camila, for your outstanding dedication, and your contributions to the Statistics Department throughout your years here.

Mon 20th April 2015

Yang (Seagle) Liu awarded Statistics Dept. Graduate Teaching Assistant Award

Yang (Seagle) Liu has been awarded the Statistics Department Graduate Teaching Assistant Award for 2014. Seagle is an outstanding TA who consistently scores highly on student TA evaluations. Time and time again, students have indicated Seagle’s willingness to go above and beyond in order to help them when they are struggling. Seagle has contributed to the educational mission of the Department through his direct role in courses, as well as by acting as a leader and mentor for newer TAs.  

Thank you, Seagle, for your hard work and dedication!

The Statistics Department Graduate Teaching Assistant Award was established in 2010 in order to recognize outstanding teaching assistants, and the extraordinary contributions they make to the Department of Statistics. The award is supported by the Statistics Fund for Excellence.

Mon 20th April 2015

2014 Marshall Prize winner - Vivian Meng

The Departmental Awards Committee is pleased to announce that the winner of the 2014 Marshall Prize is Vivian Meng. Vivian completed her MSc. thesis “Extensions to the Multiplier Method for Inferring Population size” under the supervision of Professor Paul Gustafson. Vivian is now a PhD student in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at McGill University.

Congratulations Vivian!

The Marshall prize honours Professor Emeritus Albert Marshall for his scholarly contributions and his role in establishing the Department of Statistics at UBC. It is awarded to Statistics graduate students who have achieved great distinction. The award was established in 1994, and is made possible by the Statistics Fund for Excellence.

For more information on the Marshall prize, and a list of previous winners, please visit:

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