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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...
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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....

SDS Student Spotlight - Vera Liu

Vera Liu 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. I am originally from Shanghai. In 2014, I started undergrad at Rice University, trying to do a Chemical Engineering major and...

SDS Hosts 12th Biennial O'Bayes Conference - December 2017

19 January 2018—The Department of Statistics and Data Sciences hosted the 12th biennial International Workshop on Objective Bayes Methodology from December 10 through December 13, 2017, with support from the National Science Foundation and the International Society of Bayesian Analysis.  The principal objective of O’Bayes 17 was to facilitate the exchange of recent research developments in objective Bayes...

Registration now open for the 2018 Summer Statistics Institute!

9 January 2018—The Department of Statistics and Data Sciences at The University of Texas at Austin is excited to announce that the 11th Annual UT Summer Statistics Institute will be held on the UT Austin campus May 21 – May 24, 2018. The UT Summer Statistics Institute (SSI) is open to 700 participants.The...

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 circles...

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 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...

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...