Spotlights

 

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...

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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SSI 2018 New Course Spotlight: "The Power and Pleasure of Probability" with Joel Nibert

SSI 2018 New Course Spotlight: "The Power And Pleasure of Probability" with Dr. Joel NibertInstructor Biography Joel received his Ph.D. from the University of Southern California in 2012 for research in probability and stochastic processes. He joined the faculty of the University of Texas in 2013. He teaches a variety of...

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....

SSI 2018 New Course Spotlight: "Analysis of Variance" with Lauren Blondeau

SSI 2018 New Course Spotlight: "Analysis of Variance" with Dr. Lauren Blondeau Instructor Biography After receiving my B.A. in Psychology from Rice University, I spent several years teaching elementary and secondary school in Houston. I then moved to Austin where I earned my M.A. and Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from The...

SDS Student Spotlight - Mingzhang Yin

9 February 2018—Mingzhang (Michael) Yin 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, working experience, etc. I am from Kunming, a city in Southwest China. I graduated from Fudan University in...

SSI 2018 New Course Spotlight: "Statistics for the Dissertation" with Sarah Collins

 SSI 2018 New Course Spotlight: "Statistics for the Dissertation" with Dr. Sarah Collins Instructor Biography Sarah has a PhD in Educational Psychology, an MS in Economics, and an MA in Program Evaluation, all earned at The University of Texas at Austin. Her undergraduate degree is from the University of Chicago. She...

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...

SSI 2018 New Course Spotlight: "Applied Hierarchical Linear Modeling" with Catherine Cubbin

30 January 2018—SSI 2018 New Course Spotlight: "Applied Hierarchical Linear Modeling" with Dr. Catherine Cubbin Instructor Biography Catherine Cubbin is a Professor and the Associate Dean for Research in the School of Social Work, and a Faculty Research Associate at the Population Research Center at The University of Texas at Austin....

2018 Summer Statistics Institute Volunteer Opportunity

26 January 2018—The Statistics and Data Sciences Department seeks energetic, statistics-oriented volunteers to help our instructors at the 2018 11th Annual Summer Statistics Institute (SSI) being held May 21–24, 2018. 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 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...

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,...