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SDS PhD student Giorgio Paulon and Dr. Abhra Sarkar receive the Mitchell Prize

Congratulations to Giorgio Paulon and Dr. Abhra Sarkar (Assistant Professor, Department of Statistics and Data Sciences, College of Natural Sciences, The University of Texas at Austin) on their recent Mitchell Prize for their 2020 paper: Bayesian Semiparametric Longitudinal Drift-Diffusion Mixed Models for Tone Learning in Adults.  Journal of the American Statistical Association (https://doi.org/10.1080/01621459.2020.1801448)...

Sally Ragsdale Receives President’s Associates Teaching Excellence Award

Sally Ragsdale, Associate Professor of Instructor for the Department of Statistics and Data Sciences, was selected to receive the annual President’s Associates Teaching Excellence Award for the 2020-2021 academic year. The award recognizes exceptional undergraduate teaching in the core curriculum and those involved in curriculum reform and educational innovation. Congratulations, Sally,...

Dr. Abhra Sarkar Awarded NSF Grant

Congratulations to Dr. Abhra Sarkar (Assistant Professor, Department of Statistics and Data Sciences, College of Natural Sciences, The University of Texas at Austin) on his recent National Science Foundation (NSF) award for the project titled, “Novel Statistical Frameworks for Local Inference in Neuroscience of Learning.” Dr. Sarkar will serve as...

Updated: New Model Forecasts When States Likely to See Peak in COVID-19

By Marc G Airhart Original Article A computer model from the UT COVID-19 Modeling Consortium forecasts daily deaths from COVID-19 for the entire US and each state. Credit: University of Texas at Austin. A model that projects COVID-19 deaths for all 50 U.S. states using geolocation data from cellphones to...

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...

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...

SDS PhD Student Bootcamp Recap

  AN OPPORTUNITY TO CONNECT & LEARN On October 17th – 18th, 2019, the UT Department of Statistics and Data Sciences held a PhD Student Bootcamp aimed at helping new PhD in Statistics students prepare for their studies here at UT. Presenters at the Bootcamp included a mix of SDS Faculty and established PhD...

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,...

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...

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...

Cross-Cutting Conversation: Frontiers in Computational Health

Dean Paul Goldbart invites you to join the next Cross-Cutting Conversation: Frontiers in Computational Health. We look forward to seeing you at an interdisciplinary event for faculty, staff, graduate and medical students and all with an interest in the future of computational health. Join us for a conversation with Kate Calder,...

Dr. Kristin Harvey Receives President’s Associates Teaching Excellence Award

Data scientist Kristin Harvey is among eight University of Texas at Austin faculty members named as recipients of the 2018-19 President's Associates Teaching Excellence Award. The award recognizes the university's educational innovators who demonstrate exceptional undergraduate teaching in the core curriculum, including signature courses, and engage with curriculum reform and educational innovation....

Announcing a New Chair for the Department of Statistics and Data Sciences

This message was sent by Dean Paul Goldbart on February 11, 2019 to faculty and staff in the Department of Statistics and Data Sciences and to college leaders.It is my pleasure to inform you that Dr. Kate Calder will serve as the next chair of the Department of Statistics and Data Sciences, starting...

SDS Faculty Spotlight—Jason Rarick

26 September 2018—Jason Rarick is a lecturer in the Department of Statistics and Data Sciences. Tell us a little bit about yourself—educational background, work experience, etc.: I received an MA in Educational Psychology here at The University of Texas (Hook’em!) before going on to New York University to pursue my PhD...

SDS Faculty Spotlight—Dr. Nathaniel Woodward

24 September 2018—Nathaniel Woodward is a lecturer in the Department of Statistics and Data Sciences.  Tell us about yourself—educational background, working experiences, etc.: I was born in Dallas and went to high school in Keller, TX, (a suburb of Ft. Worth) where I met my wife junior year in a program...

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...

Dr. 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...

Dr. 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 Faculty Spotlight: Dr. 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...