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The 2015 Marshall Prize Winner Announced

Andy Leung has been awarded the Marshall Prize for 2015.

Andy is in the late stages of his PhD program, which is being supervised by Dr. Ruben Zamar. Andy already has two publications and an R package at CRAN. He has contributed a lot to the Department as graduate student representative and in the development of WebWork problems. He is also a past winner of a graduate TA award.

Congratulations, Andy!

This cash prize with accompanying certificate honours Professor...

Congratulations to 2015 GTA Award Winner, David Lee!

Graduate Teaching Assistants play an important role in the department. Every year since 2011, we have recognized GTA excellence via the Statistics Department's Graduate Teaching Award.

David Lee is this year’s recipient of the award. David has performed his duties with enthusiasm and expertise, contributing to our excellent undergraduate learning environment. David has contributed to the department’s use of active learning in the classroom through his work in STAT 300 and 305. In...

Professor Alexandre Bouchard-Côté receives Tweedie New Researcher Award

Congratulations to Professor Alexandre Bouchard-Côté!

Professor Bouchard-Côté received this prestigious award for his excellence in work at the interface of probabilistic modeling, Monte Carlo inference, Bayesian statistics and machine learning and for his contributions to statistical and computational methods in phylogenetics and natural language processing.

The Tweedie New Researcher Award was created by action of the IMS Council in honor of Richard L. Tweedie, who...

Professor Ruben Zamar and PhD student Andy Leung awarded NSERC Egage Grant

Professor Ruben Zamar and Dr. Saber Miresmailli, founder and CEO of Ecoation Innovative Solution Inc. (EIS), have been awarded an NSERC Engage Grant to fund a joint research project, which includes funding for a four-month internship for Statistics PhD student Andy Leung. The project involves Dr. Miresmailli's cutting-edge research on automatic (robot) sensing of different chemicals released by plants in response to pest infections. Dr. Miresemailli anticipates that the commercial...

MathTube Recording of Jim Zidek's Seminar from November 26th

On November 26, 2015, Statistics Professor Emeritus Jim Zidek gave an exciting seminar titled: "The long road to 0.075 ppm and beyond: The statistician’s perspective on the process for setting ozone standards".

In case you missed the lecture, you may watch a recording that PIMS made of it...

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...

Statistics Department Award in Data Science

In 2014-15, the Statistics Department announced a new student award, in Data Science, and received many excellent nominations. 

This award's first recipient is Rosemary McCloskey, a Master’s student in Bioinformatics, in recognition of her contributions to a large-scale project on virus evolution at the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS.

You can read more about Rosemary at:

Two Upcoming Lectures by van Eeden Invited Speaker Professor Roger Cooke

Coming up in September, the Statistics Department will be hosting two lectures by van Eeden invited lecturer Professor Roger Cooke (Chauncey Starr Chair for Risk Analysis, Resources for the Future, USA; and Department of Mathematics, Technische Universiteit Delft, Netherlands).

The lectures will be on Tuesday, September 22nd and on Thursday, September 24th. There will be small receptions before each lecture in the lobby of...

Statistics course offers training in Data Science

This fall, the department is very pleased to expand upon the popular Exploratory Data Analysis Course (STAT 545A) by offering a follow-up topics course titled "Basic Training for Data Science" (STAT 547M) Both courses are open to graduate students from any discipline.

For more information, go here.

Student Paper Award Winner - Camila de Souza

Dr. Camila de Souza has been selected to receive the Journal of Nonparametric Statistics’ Best Student Paper Award for her paper "Switching nonparametric regression models”.  
This is work that came from Camila’s thesis, under the supervision of Nancy Heckman, and is work that Camila has been extending this summer with USRA Helena Xu.  The paper and Camila’s current work involve estimating regression functions that are piecewise smooth, with changes driven by a latent state...