Spotlights

 

Rachel Poole Selected for the 2018 College of Natural Sciences Staff Excellence Award

13 June 2018—Senior Administrative Associate Rachel Poole has been selected for the 2018 College of Natural Sciences Staff Excellence Award. The Staff Excellence Awards were established 18 years ago to recognize excellent work performance by college staff whose efforts to impact their department or unit goes above and beyond the day-to-day responsibilities of...

SSI 2018 is Over. What Now?

12 June 2018—The 2019 Summer Statistics Institute is in the works, but why wait, statistical training is available year-round. The Department of Statistics and Data Sciences has multiple options for statistical training for UT-Austin faculty, students, and staff, ranging from Topic and Software short courses to the Statistics Online Support (SOS)...

Dr. James Scott featured in the College of Natural Science News

A Look at How A.I. is Helping the Human Race 31 May 2018—Artificial intelligence is quickly creeping into our lives, from smart phone apps that help us find the quickest path through rush hour traffic to voice assistants that serve up lasagna recipes on command. In their new book, AIQ: How People...

Jennifer Starling wins the Thomas R. Ten Have Award

30 May 2018—Jennifer Starling was presented with the Thomas R. Ten Have Award at the Atlantic Causal Inference Conference held at Carnegie Mellon University May 21- 23, 2018, for her poster titled “Functional BART for Causal Inference” in collaboration with Jared S. Murray, Patricia A. Lohr, Abigail R.A. Aiken, Carlos M. Carvalho, and...

Staff Spotlight - Camry Isaac

Camry Isaac is leaving SDS to join College Houses, Inc. for her senior year after the conclusion of the Summer Statistics Institute. Camry has spent the last 2 years with SDS masterfully coordinating the Summer Statitstics Institute. We look forward to hearing about all of her future success! What are your...

Michael Zhang: Graduate of the PhD in Statistics Program

4 May 2018 - Congratulations to Dr. Michael Zhang! In May 2018, Michael Zhang has graduated from the PhD in Statistics Program in the Department of Statistics and Data Sciences.  Now that you have graduated from the PhD in Statistics Program, what are you planning doing next? I will travel around...

Vicki Keller awarded President's Outstanding Supervisor Award 2018

19 April 2018—The Department of Statistics and Data Sciences is very proud to congratulate Vicki Keller for receiving the President's Outstanding Supervisor Award in April 2018. The award is a well-deserved recognition of Vicki's outstanding leadership of SDS. Vicki plays multiple, critical roles in SDS as Assistant Director for Administraion, graduate...

James Scott's op-ed, "Sweden Actually Protects its Residents' Data. America Should Take Note," featured in Fortune

13 April 2018 As reported in Fortune http://fortune.com/2018/04/13/facebook-mark-zuckerberg-data-privacy-sweden/ As Facebook (FB, +0.44%) CEO Mark Zuckerberg finished his forced march through Congress, his inquisitors were left mumbling confusedly about data-scraping and the Dark Web. Meanwhile, the rest of us were left to ourselves, asking hard questions about how we should react to the way Facebook seems...

SSI 2018 New Course Spotlight: Introduction to Causal Inference by Nathaniel Woodward

SSI 2018 New Course Spotlight: Introduction to Causal Inference by Nathaniel Woodward Instructor Biography Nathaniel Woodward (né Raley) is an instructor and education researcher at UT Austin. He earned his MS in Statistics from UT in 2016 and he is currently a PhD candidate in Educational Psychology. His research explores how...

Thank you! - SDS Food Pantry and Career Closet Drive

Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2018 food pantry and career closet drive. We were able to fill the bin to assist students across campus! SDS held a food pantry and career closet drive during the month of March. Donations of non-perishable food and gently used or new professional...

SSI Course Spotlight: Non-Parametric Statistical Methods for Small Datasets with Dr. Bindu Viswanathan

SSI Course Spotlight: Non-Parametric Statistical Methods for Small Datasets with Dr. Bindu Viswanathan Instructor BiographyBindu Viswanathan got her Ph.D. in Biostatistics in 1999 from Emory University. For the next three years, she worked as a Biostatistician at Merck and Novartis, as the statistics lead on Phase III clinical trials in the...

SSI Course Spotlight: Introduction to Statistics with Steven Hernandez and Kristin Harvey

The Summer Statitsics Institute offers two Introduction to Statistics courses: an AM session with Dr. Kristin Harvey and a PM session with Steven Hernandez. Both instructors have given insight as to what participants can expect from the course and how they will benefit from it. What is the main goal of...

Kristin Harvey featured in The Texas Scientist

Start with the Student By Christine Sinatra. Photos by Vivian Abagiu and Brett Buchanan.In the twentieth century, education revolved around ideas and facts students learned. Lectures and readings, well-worn methods for transferring knowledge, preceded opportunities for students to parrot back what they knew on tests. Yes, some students who achieved mastery...

Stephanie Tomlinson Develops New F31 Handbook to Assist Students

19 March 2018—Stephanie Tomlinson, the Grants and Development Coordinator in the Department of Statistics and Data Sciences, developed the 16 page, F31 Handook in early 2018 to assist graduate students in navigating the application process for this NIH pre-doctoral fellowship.  What is the F31 Handbook? The F31 Handbook is a condensed version...

SSI 2018 New Course Spotlight: "Missing Data Analysis using Mplus" with Keenan Pituch

SSI 2018 New Course Spotlight: "Missing Data Analysis using Mplus" with Keenan PituchInstructor BiographyDr. Keenan Pituch earned a Ph.D. in Research Design and Statistics from Florida State University in 1997. He is currently an Associate Professor in Quantitative Methods in the Department of Educational Psychology at The University of Texas at...

SDS Food Pantry and Career Closet Drive

28 February 2018—SDS is holding a food pantry and career closet drive during the month of March. Donations of non-perishable food and gently used or new professional clothing will be collected in the SDS Administration area, GDC 7.504 until March 31, 2018. Student Emergency Services in the Office of the Dean...

SSI 2018 New Course Spotlight: "The Power and Pleasure of Probability" with Joel Nibert

SSI 2018 New Course Spotlight: "The Power And Pleasure of Probability" with Dr. Joel NibertInstructor Biography Joel received his Ph.D. from the University of Southern California in 2012 for research in probability and stochastic processes. He joined the faculty of the University of Texas in 2013. He teaches a variety of...

SDS Student Spotlight - Spencer Woody

21 February 2018 - Spencer Woody is a student in the PhD in Statistics program in the Department of Statistics and Data Sciences Tell us a little about yourself.I was born and raised in Houston. I graduated from Duke University in 2015 with a dual degree in economics and statistical science....

SSI 2018 New Course Spotlight: "Analysis of Variance" with Lauren Blondeau

SSI 2018 New Course Spotlight: "Analysis of Variance" with Dr. Lauren Blondeau Instructor Biography After receiving my B.A. in Psychology from Rice University, I spent several years teaching elementary and secondary school in Houston. I then moved to Austin where I earned my M.A. and Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from The...

SDS Student Spotlight - Mingzhang Yin

9 February 2018—Mingzhang (Michael) Yin is a student in the PhD in Statistics program in the Department of Statistics and Data Sciences Tell us a little bit about yourself - educational background, working experience, etc. I am from Kunming, a city in Southwest China. I graduated from Fudan University in...