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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...

Andy Leung receives 2013/2014 Killam Graduate Teaching Assistant Award

Statistics PhD candidate Andy Leung, has received a 2013/14 Killam Graduate Teaching Assistant Award for his valued contributions to the teaching and learning mission of UBC.  This is a very big honour - only 5 are awarded in all of the Faculty of Science.   Thank you, Andy, on behalf of the Department -  of the graduate students you have mentored, of the undergraduates in courses where you have had an impact, of the faculty with whom you have worked.

Congratulations to Andy...

Robert Tibshirani, Constance van Eden Invited Speaker

Robert Tibshirani is a Professor in the Departments of Statistics and Health Research and Policy at Stanford University, internationally known for his work in data mining and applied statistics. He develops statistical tools and makes exceptional contributions to methodology and theory for the analysis of complex data sets, for smoothing and regression methodology, in statistical learning and classification, and in application areas that include public health, genomics, and...

Stat 450 and 550 Poster Session

Poster Session for STAT 450
When: April 8th, 9:30-11:30
Where: ESB Atrium
Come and see what the students of Stat 450 and 550 have been up to this semester!

Poster 1: Home-Fortification with Micronutrient Powders (MNP) in Rwanda
Researcher: Kristina Michaux, Department of Human Nutrition
STAT450: Yung Ming Huang, Angela Cotton, Chuan Zhang...

Yumi Kondo and Andy Leung awarded Statistics Dept. Graduate Teaching Assistant Awards

Andy Leung and Yumi Kondo have been awarded Statistics Department Graduate Teaching Assistant Awards. Both have contributed in many important ways to the teaching mission of the Department, through their direct work in courses and also through TA training and mentoring. And I understand that Andy plays a large part in graduate education - keeping graduate students well-informed re computing skills.

Thank you, Andy and Yumi, for your hard work!

Statistics Undergraduate Newsletter

The Department launches the first newsletter, to provide undergraduates with information about Department activities and various deadlines.  We anticipate having issues of the newsletter published twice a semester.   For comments and suggested content, please email ugradnewsletter at stat dot ubc dot ca.

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