Ehsan Karim, Statistics PhD student, has been awarded a Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada Studentship for his research project "Causal Inference with Observational Multiple Sclerosis Data". See http://mssociety.ca/en/research/pdf/research-studentships.pdf. Although officially awarded for only 1 year, these studentships are open to up to 3 renewals. Ehsan will carry out this research in collaboration with Drs Paul Gustafson, John Petkau and Helen Tremlett (the latter of the Division of Neurology, Dept of Medicine).
I'm happy to announce that Ehsan Karim has been awarded the Statistics Department's 2011-12 Graduate Teaching Assistant Award. Ehsan has contributed in many ways to our teaching. He has served as a teaching assistant for Stat 200, Stat 203, Stat 241/251 and Stat 302, a head TA for Stat 241/251, and a lecturer for a term in one section of Stat 200. He has been involved with TA training and has been a superb mentor and role model to many in the department. Congratulations, Ehsan! and thank you for all that you have done and continue to do.
The Departmental Awards Committee is pleased to announce that the co-winners of the 2011 Marshall Prize are Luke Bornn and Corinne Riddell. Luke is completing a PhD thesis with Jim Zidek (and Arnaud Doucet) and Corinne's MSc thesis was supervised by John Petkau (and co-supervised by Dr. Yinshan Zhao of the UBC MS/MRI Research Group). In addition to excellence in course work, they were active in other academic activities in the Department. They have both previously received other awards at UBC and also have publications from their thesis research. Congratulations to Luke and Corinne! The 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. See http://www.stat.ubc.ca/Department/Marshall.php Harry Joe (on behalf of the Awards Committee)