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SDS FOCUS - When Stats isn't Stats

23 July 2019—Acronyms quickly become an additional language to anyone studying or working at The University of Texas at Austin. Because of this, attempting to clarify questions about certain courses can be a lesson in frustration when you are not sure you have contacted the right department. Here at SDS we...

Registration for the 2020 Summer Statistics Institute Begins January 15

The Department of Statistics and Data Sciences at The University of Texas at Austin is hosting the 13th annual UT Summer Statistics Institute (SSI) May 26–29, 2020.   Registration begins January 15, 2020 To learn more about 2020 courses and general information please visit cvent.utexas.edu/2020SSI Registration or review the 2020 SSI Brochure.  UT's...

UT Announces 21 New Computing Faculty Hires

Dr. Catherine Calder, Chair, Department of Statistics and Data Sciences UT Announces 21 New Computing Faculty Hires Largest computing recruitment in history expands campus expertisehttps://computing.utexas.edu/news/561 With growing enrollment and exploding student interest in computing on campus, The University of Texas at Austin hired 21 new computing faculty members across five...

UT Austin Launches Institute to Harness the Data Revolution

Research from UT professors and TRIPODS members Alex Dimakis and Eric Price shows that it is possible to learn a deep generative model that dreams images of human faces (right panel), trained by observing only occluded images (left panel). The middle panel shows a previous approach for solving this problem,...

SDS PhD Student Bootcamp Recap

  AN OPPORTUNITY TO CONNECT & LEARN On October 17th – 18th, 2019, the UT Department of Statistics and Data Sciences held a PhD Student Bootcamp aimed at helping new PhD in Statistics students prepare for their studies here at UT. Presenters at the Bootcamp included a mix of SDS Faculty and established PhD...

Nathaniel Woodward Represents SDS at the 2019 UT Austin Family Weekend

 31 October 2019—On Saturday, October 26, 2019, Dr. Nathaniel Woodward represented the Department of Statistics and Data Sciences at the annual UT Family Day. Nathaniel has been a lecturer with SDS since Fall 2017 and teaches at the annual Summer Statistics Institute. Nathaniel shared this description about the event:“It was...

SDS Graduate Students Put Skills to Work through Summer Internships

1 October 2019—Many PhD and MS in Statistics students find summer internships a beneficial way to build and practice the skills they learned in their coursework. Kelly Kang, Chandar Shekhar, and Mingzhang Yin provide details about how they spent their summer of 2019. Kelly Kang (PhD in Statisics): Microsoft "I did...

Michael Mahometa Receives 2019 College of Natural Sciences Teaching Excellence Award

Dr. Michael Mahometa, Director of Consulting and Professional Education for the Department of Statistics and Data Sciences, was selected to receive a 2019 College of Natural Sciences Teaching Excellence Award. The award recognizes exceptional teaching at either the undergraduate or graduate level. Michael recieved the award at the 2019 Teaching Discovery...

Multiple SDS Faculty Positions Available

The Department of Statistics and Data Sciences at The University of Texas at Austin is seeking applicants for three open-rank faculty positions to begin in Fall 2020. The successful candidates will be expected to teach undergraduate and graduate statistics and data science courses, have an active research program, supervise graduate students,...

SDS Focus - Stress Management Resources

The Counseling and Mental Health Center offers a wide variety of services and programs to meet students’ mental health needs. The services listed below are free workshops and events intended to provide valuable life skills.While these wellness workshops and events are often led by a licensed mental health professional, and students...

Bayesian Statistics Award Winners—Abhra Sarkar, Kelly Kang, and Tianjian Zhou

9 September 2019—Please join SDS in congratulating Dr. Abhra Sarkar, Kelly Kang, and Dr. Tianjian Zhou for receiving the following prestigious awards for their work in Bayesian Statistics. Dr. Abhra Sarkar, Assistant ProfessorAbhra Sarkar was the lead author of the paper awarded the prestigious Mitchell Prize that is given annually by...

SDS FOCUS - Statistics Online Support

The Statistics Online Support (SOS) resource platform is an interactive, decision tree based site that asks users a series of questions that guide them to the appropriate statistical technique. The site provides detailed examples, alongside embedded tutorial videos showing how to conduct the analysis by hand calculation or using the software packages R and...

A Growth Mindset Intervention Can Change Students’ Grades if School Culture is Supportive

Article from College of Natural Science News, August 09, 2019: Boosting academic success does not have to derive from new teachers or curriculum; it can also come from changing students' attitudes about their abilities through a short online intervention, according to the latest findings from the National Study of Learning Mindsets...
Jennifer Starling Gives Invited Talk at the 2019 Joint Statistical Meetings

Jennifer Starling Gives Invited Talk at the 2019 Joint Statistical Meetings

15 August 2019— Doctoral student Jennifer Starling gave an invited talk on her research, titled "Targeted Smooth Bayesian Causal Forests for Heterogeneous Smooth Treatment Effects," at the 2019 Joint Statistical Meetings held in Denver, Colorado during July 27 – August 1, 2019. The work presented extends the Bayesian Causal Forest framework to include cases where...

Corwin Zigler Uses Statistics to Link Air Pollution to Health Impacts

Article from College of Natural Science News, July 31, 2019: As a new academic year approaches, we have a new series to introduce you to some of the newest scientists and mathematicians in our community—faculty who joined UT in the last year. First up: Corwin Zigler, associate professor in UT...

SDS FOCUS - Sally Ragsdale Now Heads the SDS Certificate and Portfolio Programs

8 July 2019—Sally Ragsdale is an Assistant Professor of Instruction for the Department of Statistics and Data Sciences. In addition to teaching SDS 328M Biostatistics in Fall 2019, an undergraduate introductory stats course where students use R in a weekly lab, Sally administers the SDS Certificate and Portfolio Programs.You took over...

SDS FOCUS - Why is SDS 302 closed?

25 June 2019—Two questions come up regularly for students during the fall semester registration sessions: why is SDS 302 closed and how can I get a seat? We have assembled a quick FAQ below to give some insight into the process as well as provide some background information about why these...

Corwin M. Zigler Awarded the 2019 Rothman Epidemiology Prize

7 June 2019—Dr. Corwin M. Zigler was recently announced as the winner of the 2019 Rothman Epidemiology Prize.  Excerpt from original article in the Epidemiology Journal The Editors and Editorial Board of Epidemiology are pleased to announce the selection of Corwin M. Zigler as the winner of this year’s Rothman Epidemiology...

Stay or Switch? SDS Schools Adults at Thinkery21 Event

20 May 2019—SDS participated in the Thinkery’s May adult-only event, “Thinkery21: Get Your Game On.” The Thinkery in Austin is a private non-profit organization that offers children hands-on, interactive STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) exhibits and programs. The general target age of the Thinkery entrant is newborn through eleven...

LAFF-On Programming for High Performance Debuts June 4 on edX

The Online Course LAFF-On Programming for High Performance Debuts June 4 on edX Is my code fast? Can it be faster? Scientific computing, machine learning, and data science are about solving problems that are compute intensive. Choosing the right algorithm, extracting parallelism at various levels, and amortizing the cost of data...