Spotlights

 

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...

SDS Faculty Spotlight: Rama Lingham

01 December 2016—Dr. Rama Lingham is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the SDS Department. Tell us a little bit about yourself—educational background, work experience, etc. I received my PhD (Statistics) from Purdue University in 1985. I served on the faculty of the Division of Statistics in the Department of Mathematical...

SSI 2017 New Course Spotlight: Introduction to Meta-Analysis with Tasha Beretvas

SSI 2017 New Course Spotlight: Introduction to Meta-Analysis with Tasha Beretvas Instructor Biography Tasha Beretvas is a Professor in the Quantitative Methods program in the Department of Educational Psychology at UT. One facet of her research focuses on methodological challenges in meta-analysis. Tasha was elected to join the Society for Research Synthesis...

SSI 2017 New Course Spotlight: "Survival Analysis" with Bindu Viswanathan

SSI 2017 New Course Spotlight - Survival Analysis with Bindu Viswanathan Instructor Biography Bindu Viswanathan received 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 fields...

Tenure-track Job Opening

21 November 2016—The Department of Statistics and Data Sciences has a tenure-track job opening (at the level of Assistant Professor) for Fall 2017. 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: Nathan Marti

17 November 2016—Nate Marti, Ph.D. is a biostatician and SDS Department lecturer. Tell us a little bit about yourself—educational background, work experience, etc. I received my PhD in Developmental Psychology with a specialization in quantitative methods from The University of Texas at Austin. After graduating, I joined the Statistical Consulting...

Student Spotlight: Jennifer Starling

  14 November 2016—Meet Jennifer Starling, a PhD student in the Department of Statistics and Data Sciences. Tell us a little bit about yourself—educational background, previous work experience, etc. I am from Des Moines, Iowa. I graduated from Virginia Tech in 2006 with degrees in math and theatre. Afterwards, I spent several...

SDS Faculty Spotlight: Bindu Viswanathan

 9 November 2016—Meet Bindu Viswanathan, Ph.D., a lecturer in the SDS Department. Tell us a little bit about yourself - educational background, work experience, etc.I got my Ph.D. in Biostatistics in 1999 from Emory University. For the next three years, I worked as a Biostatistician at Merck and Novartis, as the...

Student Spotlight: Michael Zhang

7 November 2016—Meet Michael Zhang, a PhD student in the Department of Statistics and Data Sciences. Tell us a little bit about yourself—educational background, previous work experience, etc. I graduated from UC Santa Barbara in 2013 with a degree in Political Science and Statistics. Afterwards, I worked at a startup tech company...

SDS Faculty Spotlight: Sally Amen

1 November 2016—Sally Amen is a lecturer in the Department of Statistics and Data Sciences. Tell us a little bit about yourself - educational background, work experience, etc.Originally from San Antonio, I moved to Austin to attend UT and graduated with a B.A. in pure math. After working several years...

Student Spotlight: Oscar Madrid Padilla

28 October 2016—Meet Oscar Madrid Padilla, a PhD student in the Department of Statistics and Data Sciences. Tell us a little bit about yourself—educational background, previous work experience, etc. I am from Honduras where I studied all the way up to high school. I then went to Mexico to study a...

SSI to Celebrate its 10th Anniversary!

26 October 2016—May 2017 marks a huge milestone for the UT Department of Statistics and Data Sciences (SDS)—the 10th anniversary of the UT Summer Statistics Institute (SSI). Each year, the department hosts SSI, offering intensive four-day workshops on a variety of topics from introductory data sciences to advanced statistics. In...

SDS Faculty Spotlight: Maggie Myers

Maggie E. Myers, PhD., is a lecturer in Department of Statistics & Data Science. Tell us a little bit about yourself - educational background, work experience, etc. I grew up in a small steel town in Western Pennsylvania. I started to work in a textile factory at age 16. I graduated from...