Spotlights

 

Staff Spotlight: Ramzi Saud

8 December 2017—SDS Student Assistant Ramzi Saud is graduating Fall 2017, receiving his B.A. in Economics and a Certficate in Scientific Computation. What will you miss the most about the SDS Department & staff?Definitely the kindness, flexibility, and understanding from everybody. This was really helpful for my mental and physical health,...

Bindu Viswanathan's "A Timeless Symbiosis" featured on the cover of the CDC’s journal for December 2017

Bindu Viswanathan's painting, "A Timeless Symbiosis" is featured on the cover of the CDC’s Emerging Infectious Diseases journal for December 2017. https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/eid/article/23/12/ac-2312_article/ "Everything within a circle is one thing, which is encircled, enframed," wrote 20th-century American mythologist and lecturer Joseph Campbell. This month’s cover art, A Timeless Symbiosis, uses the motif of...

SDS UGTA, Savannah Troy, Places Second in the Science in Plain English Competition

16 November 2017—Congratulations to Savannah Troy, who placed second in the Science in Plain English contest sponsored by the UT Science Communication Interest Group. The Science in Plain English contest challenges students to hone their ability to discuss their research with someone who is not a scientist or a science student in a...

SDS Health Trail Teams Place in Top 10 for UT Austin

10 November 2017—Congratulations to Sally Ragsdale, Kristin Harvey and Steven Hernandez, team Rainbow-Ralphing Cats, for placing 4th during the October Health Trails Team competition through the HealthPoint Wellness Program at The University of Texas at Austin.Sally Ragsdale said of the competition and event, “Although I exercise regularly, keeping track of my...

SDS Student Spotlight - Novin Ghaffari

Novin Ghaffari is a student in the PhD in Statistics program in the Department of Statistics and Data Sciences   Tell us a little about yourself - educational background, work experience, etc. In high school, my first job was tutoring immigrant children. Since starting at UT, I’ve mainly worked for...

SDS Student Spotlight - Maurice Diesendruck

  Maurice Diesendruck is a student in the PhD in Statistics program in the Department of Statistics and Data Sciences.   Tell us a little about yourself - educational background, work experience, etc. Educational background: Mostly math, some econ, some ethnomusicology/anthropologyPrevious work experience: SF startup, then Google, both in data management...

SDS Student Spotlight: Evan Ott

Evan Ott 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, work experience, etc. I got my undergrad honors degrees here at UT-Austin in Physics and Computer Science (so yes, that makes this my...

SDS Workshop: "A Short Introduction to Bayesian NonParametrics"

14 September 2017—The Department of Statistics and Data Sciences presents, "A Short Introduction to Bayesian NonParametrics" with Ramsés Mena (Visiting Fulbright Professor, UT Department of Statistics & Data Sciences Professor, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México). October 13, 20 & 27, 20173:30–5:00pm • ART 1.110 Bayesian nonparametrics (BNP) plays an important role in...

SDS Student Spotlight: Yuguang Yue

14 September 2017—Meet Yuguang Yue, 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, previous work experience, etc. I earned my bachelor degree from Fudan University with a major in Math, and earned my master's degree from UCLA with a...

SDS Faculty Spotlight: Ramsés Mena Chávez

14 September 2017—Ramsés Mena Chávez is a Fulbright Visiting Professor hosted by the Department of Statistics and Data Sciences during 2017-18. Tell us a little bit about yourself—educational background, work experience, etc. I received my PhD in Statistics from the University of Bath, UK,  after completing an BSc. in Actuarial...

New Software Short Courses Offered for Fall 2017

10 August 2017—SDS is excited to offer four new software short courses this fall. Introduction to SAS, taught by SDS consultant Michael Mahometa, covers all of the basics of data manipulation and analysis in this powerful software. New users will learn how to import data, create informative graphs, and run descriptive and...

Summer Statistics Institute Celebrates 10 Years

Dr. Michael Mahometa teaches "Introduction to Regression" during the 10th Annual Summer Statistics Institute." Photo by Nathaniel Raley.26 May 2017—The Department of Statistics and Data Sciences (SDS) hosted the 10th annual UT Summer Statistics Institute (SSI) May 22–25, 2017, in collaboration with the College of Liberal Arts in the College of...

Oscar Madrid Padilla: First PhD in Statistics Program Graduate

Photo by Vivian Abagiu17 May 2017—Oscar Madrid Padilla will become the first person to receive a PhD by The University of Texas at Austin's Department of Statistics and Data Sciences (SDS) this May. The department was formed in August 2014 and replaced the Division of Statistics and Scientific Computation.Madrid Padilla, a...

Kristin Harvey Recognized for Work Teaching Freshmen

  11 May 2017—Established in 1983 by The University of Texas System Board of Regents, the Dads’ Association, now called Texas Parents, works to support the needs of The University of Texas at Austin students and professors. This year’s four recipients of their annual fellowship are Astronomy assistant professor Steven Finkelstein,...

SDS Student Spotlight: Omar Chavez

24 April 2017—Meet Omar Chavez, a student in the PhD program in the Department of Statistics and Data Sciences.Tell us a little bit about yourself—educational background, previous work experience, etc. I am originally from West Texas. I got my BS from UT in Mathematics. After school, I was a touring musician but after several...

SDS Student Spotlight: Brian Knab

22 March 2017—Meet Brian Knab, a student in the MS in Statistics program in the Department of Statistics and Data Science. Tell us a little bit about yourself—educational background, previous work experience, etc.  In 2010, I graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder, where I double majored in philosophy...

SDS Faculty Spotlight: Jerry Manheimer

27 February 2017—Jerry Manheimer, Ph. D., is a Lecturer from the Department of Human Development and Family Sciences in the College of Natural Sciences. Tell us a little bit about yourself—educational background, work experience, etc. My educational background is primarily in the areas of cognitive psychology, research methods and statistics....

SDS Faculty Spotlight: Steven Hernandez

Steven Hernandez is a lecturer in the Department of Statistics and Data Sciences. Tell us a little bit about yourself—educational background, work experience, etc. Born and raised in Austin, Texas. Former musician. Graduated from, then later taught at, Anderson High school. BA in Mathematics and MS in Statistics from UT Austin. What...

SDS Faculty Spotlight: Lauren Blondeau

31 January 2017—Meet Dr. Lauren Blondeau, a lecturer in the Department of Statistics and Data Sciences.  Tell us a little bit about yourself—educational background, work experience, etc. My undergraduate degree is in Psychology from Rice University. My master's and Ph.D. are from UT (Hook 'em!) in Educational Psychology. I have taught all...

2017 Summer Statistics Institute Volunteer Opportunity

18 January 2017—The Statistics and Data Sciences Department seeks energetic, statistics-oriented volunteers to help our instructors at the 2017 10th Annual Summer Statistics Institute (SSI) being held May 22–25, 2017. Even if you are graduating this spring, you are still welcome to join us for this event! Each course needs at least one student volunteer to...