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Call for Nominations: Department of Statistics Award in Data Science

The Department of Statistics is soliciting nominations for the recently established Department of Statistics Award in Data Science, an award to recognize the importance of developing and applying tools to answer important questions through the analysis of data. This $1000 award is offered to an undergraduate or graduate student who has demonstrated initiative and creativity in making outstanding contributions in the field of Data Science. The award is made on the recommendation of the...

Jenny Bryan elected to Ordinary Membership in the R Foundation

Faculty member Jenny Bryan has been honoured with her election to Ordinary Membership in the R Foundation, joining the ranks of those who, through their work, have contributed substantially to the R project. We all know and love R—it has been an essential part of the statistician’s toolbox for many years now. Its use has expanded far beyond the world of statisticians, leading IEEE to rank it as the fifth most popular programming...

Jim Zidek: a research project for WHO's Global Air Pollution Health Effects Model

The World Health Organization (WHO) has recently announced results of a study carried out by an international team of researchers led by Gavin Shaddick of the University of Bath and including Jim Zidek. Professor Shaddick is a long-time collaborator of Jim Zidek’s and a frequent visitor to the UBC Statistics Department. Some of the work on the study was done while Dr Zidek was the Global Chair at the Institute for Mathematical Innovation at the University of Bath. The research team has...

First Recipients of the Dr John & Barbara Petkau Scholarships

The first recipients of the Dr John and Barbara Petkau Scholarships are Shuxian Fan and Janet Lam.

Shuxian is entering Year 3 of her program, as a Statistics major. She is taking several Statistics and Economics courses in the coming year. Janet is entering Year 4 of her program, as a Statistics major with a minor in Computer Science. She has been in the Statistics co-op program for the summer 2015 to summer 2016 terms. She will finish her program with two study terms, taking...

In Memory of Rick White: 1964 - 2016

It is with great sadness that we write that our colleague, Rick White, passed away some time during the night of September 1 – 2.

The BC Flag (at Main Mall and Agronomy Road) will be lowered on Thursday, September 15th, in memory of Rick. Members of the Department of Statistics will gather at the flag pole at 1:00pm to share our stories of Rick. Everyone is welcome to join in.

Rick was a UBC alumnus, receiving his BSc in Mathematics...

Professor Jiahua Chen receives ICSA's Distinguished Achievement Award

Professor Jiahua Chen has been honoured by the International Chinese Statistical Association, receiving the ICSA’s Distinguished Achievement Award for his outstanding contributions to the theory of statistics, particularly in the design of experiments, sampling theory, empirical likelihood, finite mixture models, and statistical genetics; for his service to the statistical profession through editorial work and leadership in statistical societies; and for his role as mentor and advisor to...

UBC Statistics professors Chen, Welch, and Joe funded on three national Collaborative Research Team Projects

The Canadian Statistical Sciences Institute (CANNSI) is a national institute that funds research and collaborations in the statistical sciences. Three UBC Statistics faculty members have received CANSSI funding through the CANSSI’s Collaborative Research Team Projects program. Each project receives $200,000 over three years to support trainees, travel for collaboration, and workshops. Project team members are at universities across Canada and around the world.

Professor Harry Joe Receives SSC Gold Medal

Harry Joe has been awarded the Statistical Society of Canada's Gold Medal, the highest research honour the society bestows.  Harry has received this medal

“….in recognition of his deep and impactful contributions to statistical science, most notably in multivariate dependence modelling, but also in composite likelihood,  statistical computing, time-series analysis, and methodology for psychometric and genetic applications.”

You can read more about the broad extent...

2015 Nash Medal in Statistics Awarded to Ran Wang

The 2015 Stanley W. Nash Medal in Statistics is awarded to Ran Wang.
Ran completed a combined Honours degree in Statistics and Math, and graduated at the May convocation. She has worked with faculty members of the Statistics department on some very interesting research projects, and has accomplished a great deal during her years in the Department. We wish her all the best in her future endeavors!

The Stanley W. Nash Medal in Statistics is made possible through the...

Professor Matias Salibian-Barrera and MSc student Elena Shchurenkova Awarded NSERC Engage Grant

Renee Safrata, the CEO of Vivo Team Development and Professor Salibian-Barrera have been awarded an NSERC Engage Grant to fund a joint research project on statistical analysis of social sciences data.

Matias and MSc student Elena Shchurenkova will offer their statistical expertise to support VIVO's current operations and potential future projects. The main goal of this project is to understand the correlation structure between indicators of team...