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Awards from the Statistical Society of Canada Annual Meeting (June 14-17, 2015)

The department has much to celebrate in terms of awards after the SSC’s Annual Meeting that took place in Halifax in June this year.

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CRM-SSC Prize Winner—Matías Salibián-Barrera

The CRM-SSC Prize in Statistics is awarded annually by the SSC and the Centre de recherches mathématiques (Montréal), and it recognizes a statistical scientist's professional accomplishments in research during the first fifteen years after earning a doctorate. This year's CRM-SSC Prize in Statistics was awarded to Professor Matías Salibián-Barrera!

The prize reads: "To Matías Salibián-Barrera for his fundamental contributions to the field of robust statistics, for the introduction of influential new methodology such as the fast and robust bootstrap and the fast S-estimator for robust regression, and for his breakthrough innovations in efficient computational algorithms for robust procedures."

Take a look at SSC’s write-up on Matías here.

Congratulations, Matías!

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Students Who Were Recognized

Recent PhD graduate Mohammad Ehsanul Karim (Ehsan) won a student research award at the SSC’s main conference for his talk “Comparison of Statistical Approaches Dealing with Immortal Time Bias in Drug Effectiveness Studies”.  Contributing authors include Paul Gustafson, John Petkau, Helen Tremlett, and The BeAMS Study Group (UBC).

Ehsan was also recognized for his “Statistics on Reels” (a video research competition) submission at the student conference.

Another award winner at the student conference from the department is Statistics Master’s student Neil Spencer, who received a Best Paper Award for his oral presentation, “A Sequential Monte Carlo Sampler for Deterministically Related Continuous Random Variables”.

Big congratulations to Neil and Ehsan!