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Statistics Undergraduate Newsletter

The Department is excited to present the second (Spring) edition of the Statistics Undergraduate Newsletter.

For comments and suggested content, please email gradinfo at stat dot ubc dot ca.
Look out for the Fall Edition in October 2014!

Statistics on Reels Award Winner - Md Mahsin

Md Mahsin was a finalist in the Statistics on Reels competition - a new competition, part of the Statistical Society of Canada’s Student Conference.   Mahsin has made a movie explaining his research  -  Determination of Sample Size for Phase II Clinical Trials in Multiple Sclerosis using Lesional Recovery as an Outcome Measure.  The work is carried out with John Petkau and Yinshan Zhao.

UBC Statistics Students bring home Statistical Society of Canada awards

Best student presentation:  Yumi Kondo for her poster describing joint work with Yinshan Zhao and John Petkau "multiple end points in multiple sclerosis patients" .

Case study #2 winning team:  Yumi Kondo, MD Mahsin, Kyle Hambrook, and Yanling (Tara) Cai.

This was a very challenging competition! 

The subject was:  Analysis of player interaction data from a mobile social game:  finding interactions between game factors and player factors that predict engagement.


Statistical Society of Canada Awards Recipients - Jiahua Chen & John Petkau

Gold Medal:
Professor Jiahua Chen (University of British Columbia)

 The Gold Medal is awarded to a person who has made outstanding contributions to statistics, or to probability, either to mathematical developments or in applied work.

The citation for the award reads:

 “To Jiahua Chen, for fundamental contributions to the theory of statistics, particularly in the design of experiments, sampling theory, empirical likelihood, finite...

Vivian Meng receives Honorable Mention Gertrude Cox Scholarship Award

Vivian Meng has received an Honorable Mention Gertrude Scholarship Award.  This prestigious award is given annually by the American Statistical Association, and is presented at the Joint Statistical Meetings.    Her citation reads:  "for academic achievement in the University of British Columbia statistics program, outstanding advancement of both development and application of statistical methods related to population size estimation using multiple data sources, advancing the statistics...

2013 Stanley W. Nash Medal Recipient- Jonathan Zhang

Jonathan Zhang is the recipient of the 2014 Stanley W. Nash Medal in Statistics. The award is given annually to a student who has achieved excellence in UBC’s undergraduate Statistics program.   Jonathan is graduating this year with a double major in statistics and economics.  His transcript is exemplary - both in terms of grades and courses taken.  He has excelled not only in his undergraduate courses, but also in graduate level courses in Statistics and Economics.   Jonathan has spent two...

Statistics in Action: A Canadian Outlook

Statistics faculty Professors Paul Gustafson and Will Welch and Adjunct Professor Nathaniel Newlands each contribute a chapter to the newly published book Statistics in Action: A Canadian Outlook, from the Statistical Society of Canada and the CRC Press.  To celebrate the International Year of Statistics, the book summarizes important developments in statistical science. It is available in pdf format for free at

Constance van Eeden Invited Speaker Professor Miguel Hernan's lecture now available on Mathtube

The graduate students of the Statistics Department, with the support of the Constance van Eeden Fund, were honoured to host Dr Miguel Hernan for an invited talk on 28 February 2013. Thanks to the graduate students for their hard work, to Constance for her support, and to PIMS for filming the lecture and posting it on their website.

Constance van Eeden Invited Speaker Professor Rob Tibshirani's lecture now available on Mathtube

Rob Tibshirani’s April 10 Constance van Eeden talk is now available on Mathtube: 
We thank PIMS for their contribution to this event, including filming and posting.  We also thank Dr van Eeden for her generous support of the talk, through the van Eeden Statistics Fund for Excellence.

Acadia-SFU-UBC Team Receives CANSSI Grant 2014 - 2017

The Canadian Statistical Sciences Institute (CANSSI) has awarded a Collaborative Research Team grant to the Acadia-SFU-UBC project "Statistical modeling of the world: Computer and physical models in earth, ocean, and atmospheric sciences".  The UBC component on atmospheric sciences involves Professors Will Welch in Statistics and Douw Steyn in the Department of Earth, Ocean, and  Atmospheric Sciences.  More details may be found at...