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SDS Focus: Same Great Courses, New Names

Beginning fall 2021, four SDS course names are changing! See below for more details about each course.   SDS 302 and SDS 306 are now SDS 302F, Foundations of Data Analysis! SDS 302F Foundations of Data Analysis (replacing SDS 302 Data Analysis for the Health Sciences) Introduction to data analysis and...

Graduating PhD Student Spotlight: Novin Ghaffari

Novin Ghaffari PhD in Statistics, The University of Texas at Austin (Fall 2019)MS in Statistics, The University of Texas at AustinBS in Math, Plan II, and Finance, The University of Texas at AustinDissertation: "Optimal Transportation and Barycenter Problems via Convex Functions" Dissertation Advisor: Dr. Stephen G. WalkerResearch Interests: Mathematical statistics, Bayesian methods, optimal transportation,...

Graduating PhD Student Spotlight: Su Chen

Su Chen PhD in Statistics, The University of Texas at Austin (Summer 2020)MS in Mathematics, The University of Texas at AustinBS in Applied Math, Zhejiang UniversityDissertation: "Bayesian Variable Selection and Hypothesis Testing" Dissertation Advisor: Dr. Stephen WalkerResearch Interests: Bayesian methods with applications in machine learning and data scienceDescribe your research.The general topic of...

Graduating PhD Student Spotlight: Mingzhang Yin

Mingzhang Yin PhD in Statistics, The University of Texas at Austin (Spring 2020)BS in Mathematics and Applied Mathematics, Fudan UniversityDissertation: "Variational Methods with Dependence Structure"Dissertation Advisor: Dr. Mingyuan ZhouResearch Interests: Bayesian methods, Causal inference and Deep LearningWebsite: https://mingzhang-yin.github.io What does your research focus on? How is it applied?My research areas are Bayesian statistics and...

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...

Graduating PhD Student Spotlight: Jennifer Starling

JENNIFER STARLING PhD in Statistics, UT Austin (Spring 2020)MS in Statistics, Texas A&M UniversityBS in Mathematics, Virginia TechDissertation: "Bayesian methods for complex data structures, with applications to precision medicine in women’s healthcare"Dissertation Advisor: Dr. James ScottResearch Interests: Bayesian methods, nonparametric regression, tree-based models, causal inference, public health, women's health, obstetricsWebsite: https://jestarling.github.ioWhat does your research focus...

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 Student Employees Attend LeaderShape Institute

29 January 2020—In January 2020, two Department of Statistics and Data Science student employees, Kevin Nguyen (he/him) and Nova Rose Brown (they/them), attended the LeaderShape Institute, a  6-day program that covered self-discovery, skills that are applicable to not only the workplace but in personal life, and communication skills. Hosted by the...

Jennifer Starling: SBSS AWARD WINNER

23 January 2020—Statistics doctoral candidate Jennifer Starling has been selected as one of ten Section of Bayesian Statistical Science (SBSS) student paper award winners for Joint Statistical Meetings 2020.  Jennifer is advised by Dr. James Scott. Her paper is titled "BART with Targeted Smoothing: An analysis of patient-specific stillbirth risk"...

SDS Launches Undergraduate Research Forum in Fall 2019

22 January 2020—In December 2019, almost 1800 undergraduate students enrolled in SDS 301, 302, 328M, and 358 presented their original research to their classmates, faculty, and the UT commnity at large. This poster session replaced a traditional final exam as an innovative and engaging way to showcase what the students have...

Registration is Open for the 2020 Summer Statistics Institute

REGISTER NOW   The Department of Statistics and Data Sciences at The University of Texas at Austin is hosting the 13th annual UT Summer Statistics Institute (SSI) May 26–29, 2020.   Registration begins January 15, 2020 To learn more about 2020 courses and general information please visit cvent.utexas.edu/2020SSI Registration or review the 2020...

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...

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...

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...

SDS Graduate Students Put Skills to Work through Summer Internships

1 October 2019—Many PhD and MS in Statistics students find summer internships a beneficial way to build and practice the skills they learned in their coursework. Kelly Kang, Chandar Shekhar, and Mingzhang Yin provide details about how they spent their summer of 2019. Kelly Kang (PhD in Statisics): Microsoft "I did...

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,...
Jennifer Starling Gives Invited Talk at the 2019 Joint Statistical Meetings

Jennifer Starling Gives Invited Talk at the 2019 Joint Statistical Meetings

15 August 2019— Doctoral student Jennifer Starling gave an invited talk on her research, titled "Targeted Smooth Bayesian Causal Forests for Heterogeneous Smooth Treatment Effects," at the 2019 Joint Statistical Meetings held in Denver, Colorado during July 27 – August 1, 2019. The work presented extends the Bayesian Causal Forest framework to include cases where...

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...