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SDS Seeking to Hire One or More Fixed-Contract Lecturers to Start Fall 2020

The Department of Statistics and Data Sciences is seeking to hire one or more fixed-contract lecturers (non-tenure track) to teach undergraduate level courses in statistics and data science.  Fall 2020 is the anticipated start date. The positions may be full or part time.  The department is dedicated to the goal of...

A New Texas COVID-19 Pandemic Toolkit Shows the Importance of Social Distancing

Since 2012 a pandemic-planning tool developed by researchers at The University of Texas at Austin has helped public health officials plan for the consequences of a deadly and virulent virus. Now the pandemic modeler who developed the toolkit is studying COVID-19 and has built a new model to project the...

SDS Staff Working Remotely Beginning March 16, 2020

As of Monday, March 16, 2020 all SDS staff are working remotely. Please direct all questions or requests to stat.admin@austin.utexas.edu.  Thank you,  SDS Staff 

SDS FOCUS - When Stats isn't Stats (STA 309, EDP 371, etc)

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...

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

Original article by Aaron Dubrow: https://cns.utexas.edu/news/ut-austin-launches-institute-to-harness-the-data-revolution $1.5M award from National Science Foundation to support cross-disciplinary machine learning and data science research Advances in machine learning are announced every day, but efforts to fundamentally rethink the core algorithms of AI are rare.The University of Texas at Austin announced this week that...

Dr. 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...

Dr. 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—Dr. 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...

SDS Seminar Series - Joe Antonelli

Title: Doubly robust approaches to causal inference in high dimensionsAbstract: Valid estimation of treatment effects from observational data requires proper control of confounding. If the number of covariates is large relative to the number of observations, then controlling for all available covariates is infeasible. In this talk, I will discuss two projects...

SDS Seminar Series - Zhengwu Zhang

Title: Statistical Analysis of Brain Structural Connectome Abstract: There have been remarkable advances in imaging technology, used routinely and pervasively in many human studies, that non-invasively measures human brain structure and function. Among them, a particular imaging modality called diffusion magnetic resonance imaging (dMRI) is used to infer shapes of millions...

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...

Dr. Cory 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?

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 seats are...

Dr. 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...

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...