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Nancy Heckman Elected to Serve on Council of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics

Dr. Nancy Heckman, professor and Head of Statistics at UBC, has been elected to serve on the Council of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics, as announced in the July 15, 2015 issue of the IMS Bulletin.
Her term will be for a period of three years, beginning with the IMS Business Meeting at the Joint Statistical Meetings that will take place in Seattle over the period Aug 8 – 13, 2015....

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.


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...

2014 Nash Medal Winner - Tian Qi (Ricky) Chen

The Nash Medal in Statistics is a prize given to the most outstanding graduating student in the B.Sc. program in Statistics. This year, it has been awarded to Tian Qi (Ricky) Chen.

Ricky graduated with joint Honours in Statistics and Computer Science and is entering the M.Sc. program in Computer Science at UBC this fall.

Congratulations, Ricky!


The Nash Medal is supported by the...

2014 Lorraine Schwartz Prize Winner- Jeff Bone

Jeff Bone has been awarded the 2015 Lorraine Schwartz Prize, which is awarded annually for distinctions in the fields of Statistics and Probability.
In the past academic year, Jeff has had a uniformly excellent record in his courses taken in the Statistics and Mathematics departments.

More information about Dr. Schwartz, the prize, and past winners, can be found here.
Congratulations, Jeff!

Big Data in Environmental Sciences: Workshop at UBC May 11–15

PIMS and CANSSI are proud to offer this exciting workshop. From the workshop material, we read:

The extraordinarily broad field of Environmental Science faces an explosion in the amount of data and in the dimension of records captured. We will bring together methodologists building relevant tools in such areas as Laplace approximation techniques in high-dimensional Gaussian process modeling, stochastic PDE approaches to stochastic prediction and interpolation, state space models...

Statistics Professors featured in Faculty of Science article

Professors John Petkau, Gabriela Cohen-Freue, and Matías Salibián-Barrera were featured in a recent article on the Faculty of Science webpage!

The article showcases some of the exciting and cutting edge collaborative research that is being carried out by faculty and students within the Department of Statistics, and demonstrates the importance of statistics in all other scientific disciplines.

Camila Casquilho Resende awarded Killam Graduate Teaching Assistant Award

Statistics PhD candidate Camila Casquilho Resende has been awarded the prestigious Killam Graduate Teaching Assistant Award for 2014/2015.

Camila has distinguished herself in the Department as a particularly professional and dedicated TA, and has been making notable contributions to the educational mission of the Department for some time. In particular, Camila produces highly polished course materials and is an invaluable support for instructors, mentors new TAs through her...

Yang (Seagle) Liu awarded Statistics Dept. Graduate Teaching Assistant Award

Yang (Seagle) Liu has been awarded the Statistics Department Graduate Teaching Assistant Award for 2014. Seagle is an outstanding TA who consistently scores highly on student TA evaluations. Time and time again, students have indicated Seagle’s willingness to go above and beyond in order to help them when they are struggling. Seagle has contributed to the educational mission of the Department through his direct role in courses, as well as by acting as a leader and mentor for newer TAs.  ...

2014 Marshall Prize winner - Vivian Meng

The Departmental Awards Committee is pleased to announce that the winner of the 2014 Marshall Prize is Vivian Meng. Vivian completed her MSc. thesis “Extensions to the Multiplier Method for Inferring Population size” under the supervision of Professor Paul Gustafson. Vivian is now a PhD student in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at McGill University.

Congratulations Vivian!

The Marshall prize honours Professor Emeritus Albert Marshall for his scholarly...

2015 Constance van Eeden Seminar (Presented by Invited Speaker, Professor Peter Guttorp): Video and Slides

A video recording of this year's Constance van Eeden seminar (given by invited speaker Professor Peter Guttorp) and slides from this talk have now been posted online!

You may find everything from Professor Guttorp's March 24th talk, called "Projecting the Uncertainty of Sea Level Rise Using Climate Models and Statistical Downscaling", here...