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Announcing a New Chair for the Department of Statistics and Data Sciences

This message was sent by Dean Paul Goldbart to faculty and staff in the Department of Statistics and Data Sciences and to college leaders.It is my pleasure to inform you that Dr. Kate Calder will serve as the next chair of the Department of Statistics and Data Sciences, starting September 1, 2019. I am delighted...

Bindu Viswanathan chosen to present two paintings at the People's Gallery 2019

11 February 2019—Two paintings by Dr. Bindu Viswanathan have been selected for this year’s People’s Gallery Exhibition at Austin City Hall. The People’s Gallery is designed to showcase the work of regional artists and to encourage public dialogue, understanding, and enjoyment of visual art. Each year, the Cultural Arts Division issues...

Two in CNS Receive President’s Associates Teaching Excellence Award

11 Februray 2019—Astronomer Keely Finkelstein and data scientist Kristin Harvey are among eight University of Texas at Austin faculty members named as recipients of the 2018-19 President's Associates Teaching Excellence Award. The award recognizes the university's educational innovators who demonstrate exceptional undergraduate teaching in the core curriculum, including signature courses, and engage...

Registration is Open for the 2019 Summer Statistics Institute

The Department of Statistics and Data Sciences at The University of Texas at Austin is excited to announce that the 12th Annual UT Summer Statistics Institute will be held on the UT Austin campus May 28 – May 31, 2019. The week of May 28 - 31 falls on Tuesday -...

Registration is Open for the Spring 2019 Short Courses!

The Department of Statistics and Data Sciences (SDS) is pleased to announce our Spring 2019 Short Course schedule, which includes introductory and advanced software courses as well as our Topics in Statistics courses. All courses are 3 hours long and held in FAC 101B on Mondays 9am-12pm and Tuesdays 9am-12pm. Registration...

The Big Data to Knowledge Training Program is Taking Applications!

SDS's Biomedical Data to Knowledge Graduate Training Program is now taking applications for trainees, beginning in Fall 2019 semester! The Biomedical Big Data (BBD) Training Grant is an innovative graduate program that will help train a new generation of scientists with expertise in statistics, computer science, and biology in order to solve...

I saw Bevo shopping with Orange Santa

SDS is excited to be participating in the UT holiday assistance program, Orange Santa, again this year! Orange Santa began in 1994 as a program designed to foster a more caring university environment by providing help for members of the university community in need during the holiday season. In December 2017, Orange Santa served...

Assistant Professor Job Opening

25 September 2018—The Department of Statistics and Data Sciences has a tenure-track job opening (at the level of Assistant Professor) for Fall 2019. We’re looking for applicants with research interests in any area of statistical applications, theory, or methods. The minimum qualification is a doctoral degree; strong applicants whose primary degree...

SDS Faculty Spotlight—Jason Rarick

26 September 2018—Jason Rarick is a lecturer in the Department of Statistics and Data Sciences. Tell us a little bit about yourself—educational background, work experience, etc.: I received an MA in Educational Psychology here at The University of Texas (Hook’em!) before going on to New York University to pursue my PhD...

SDS Faculty Spotlight—Nathaniel Woodward

24 September 2018—Nathaniel Woodward is a lecturer in the Department of Statistics and Data Sciences.  Tell us about yourself—educational background, working experiences, etc.: I was born in Dallas and went to high school in Keller, TX, (a suburb of Ft. Worth) where I met my wife junior year in a program...

UQ Mini Workshop

SDS is hosting the UQ mini workshop, Friday September 14, 2018.  See the program for more information.

Sally Ragsdale Honored with CNS Teaching Excellence Award

6 September 2018—The College of Natural Sciences announced today that Assistant Professor of Instruction Sally Ragsdale is a 2018 recipient of the CNS Teaching Excellence Award. This award recognizes and honors the committed and innovative educators who help students learn a demanding curriculum and excel in the classroom. Sally will be...

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...