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Paul Gustafson Awarded 2020 SSC Gold Medal

Our professor and department head, Paul Gustafson, has received this year’s Statistical Society of Canada (SSC) Gold Medal.

The Gold Medal is the SSC’s most prestigious award for research. It is awarded to “a person who has made outstanding contributions to statistics, or to probability, either to mathematical developments or in applied work” (Statistical Society of...

PhD student Evan Sidrow wins presentation award

UBC Statistics PhD student Evan Sidrow won the Best Graduate Oral Presentation Award (Ph.D.) at the Eighth Annual Canadian Statistics Student Conference. This conference is usually held in-person just before the annual Statistical Society of Canada meeting, but this May, it was offered online. Evan’s presentation, Modelling Marine Mammal Sub-dive Behaviour with Hierarchical Hidden Markov Models, stems from joint work with Sarah Fortune and Andrew Trites of the Institute of Oceans and...

Welcoming our five new faculty colleagues

Our department is thrilled to be welcoming five new faculty colleagues: Vincenzo Coia, Melissa Lee, Rodolfo Lourenzutti, Daniel McDonald, and Yongjin Park.

Rodolfo, Melissa, and Vincenzo will be taking up Assistant Professor of Teaching positions on July 1.

On the same date, Daniel will be joining us in an Associate Professor position.

And Yongjin will begin his role as an Assistant Professor in a joint position between the Department of Pathology and Laboratory...

Senior Instructor Eugenia Yu Receives Killam Teaching Prize

We’re very pleased to announce that our Statistics Senior Instructor, Eugenia Yu, has won a Killam Teaching Prize for excellence in teaching.

Always aiming to improve our students’ learning, Eugenia has contributed to the undergraduate student experience in many ways. She has helped develop resources for teaching and learning introductory statistics as part of a multi-unit...

Professor Paul Gustafson researches the impact of inaccurate laboratory tests on estimation of epidemic curves

We have all become familiar with the importance of monitoring the number of COVID-19 cases for setting policies and managing limited health care resources. But how do inaccuracies in tests for the virus impact the curves that describe the epidemic?

Paul teamed up with Drexel University epidemiologists Igor Burstyn and Neal Goldstein to study this question, using publicly available COVID-10 testing data from Alberta and Philadelphia. They develop a Bayesian method, placing priors on...

Sonja Isberg receives department's Graduate Teaching Assistant Award and UBC Killam Graduate Teaching Assistant Award

The Statistics Department is happy to announce that PhD student Sonja Isberg has been honoured in two ways for her contributions to statistics education.

Sonja is the recipient of the department’s Graduate Teaching Assistant Award and has also received a prestigious UBC Killam Graduate Teaching...

Joe Watson receives the 2019 Marshall Prize

We are pleased to announce that the winner of the 2019 Marshall Prize is PhD student Joe Watson.

The prize, which is awarded to a Statistics graduate student who has achieved great distinction, honours Professor Emeritus Albert Marshall for his scholarly contributions and his role in establishing the Department of Statistics at UBC. See...

David Kepplinger wins the 2019–20 Data Science Award

We are pleased to announce that David Kepplinger has won the Department’s 2019–20 Data Science Award.

David is finishing his PhD degree in Statistics under the supervision of Prof. Gabriela Cohen Freue, with a focus on robust regularized regression of high dimensional data. His work on a Penalized Elastic Net S-Estimator (PENSE) is particularly noteworthy. Here, David integrates statistical methodology,...

Professor Nancy Heckman appointed as Associate Scientific Director of CANSSI

Congratulations to our Professor Nancy Heckman on her role as the Associate Scientific Director of the Canadian Statistical Sciences Institute (CANSSI). Nancy was appointed to this role in September 2019.

Nancy has been a faculty member in our department since 1984. Throughout her time at UBC, Nancy has been active in shaping undergraduate...

Call for Nominations: Department of Statistics Award in Data Science for Academic Year 2019–20

The Department of Statistics is soliciting nominations for the 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 $1,000 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...