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Ph.D. students Zizhen Wu and Peijie Hou won awards for their poster presentations at the fall meeting of the South Carolina chapter of American Statistical Association. The meeting, held Oct. 15 at Clemson, also featured invited presentations by USC faculty Shan Huang and Josh Tebbs.

Professor Don Edwards has been named one of 8 recipients of the 2014 Breakthrough Leadership in Research Award by the Office of the Vice President for Research. Recipients are recognized for their outstanding contributions to research and scholarly activity, and tireless dedication to exceeding the expectations of leadership among their peers and in the community.

The American Statistical Association has a new campaign, This Is Statistics. Check out the campaign website by clicking on the logo: This Is Statistics

Annual Newsletter 2014
The department annual newsletter is available.

The Statistics Department alumni reunion will be held at Boston Beer Works at 112 Canal Street (www.beerworks.net) from 5:30 PM to 7 PM on Monday, August 4. The restaurant has a children's menu and is kid-friendly. It is located 1.6 miles from the convention center and can be reached a couple different ways (see this link for some alternatives--the route using the 7 bus and the Orange line looks like the most practical). Thanks to Phil Yates for suggesting this location.

Ph.D. candidate Piaomu Liu was among 31 graduate students from 28 institutions who participated in the 20th Industrial Mathematical and Statistical Modeling Workshop for Graduate Students (IMSM) in July 2014. The students met for 10 days and broke into five teams, working with mentors from government and industry on real-world problems. The mentors' projects ranged from developing a water purification system to finding where a meteor might have crashed in Russia in 2013. The "Analysis of Self-Reported Health Outcomes Data" group was mentored by Mark Wolf, SAS, and Kenneth Lopiano, SAMSI and Duke. Pictured here (L-R) are: Kenny Lopiano, SAMSI and Duke; Obeng Addai, Youngstown State; Shrabanti Chowdhury, U. California at Riverside; Piaomu Liu, South Carolina; Mark Wolf, SAS; Karianne Bergen, Stanford; Xin Huang, U. Texas at Dallas and Fatena El-Masri, George Mason.

Career Prospects for Statisticians are looking good. See the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Outlook for statisticians and for actuaries.

Joshua Tebbs and recent graduate Chris McMahan (Ph.D. 2012) have been honored with the 2014 Outstanding Statistical Application Award presented at the Joint Statistical Meetings. This prestigious award is based on (1) the impact of the statistical application in addressing a significant problem in a substantive field and (2) the ingenuity and or novelty of the statistical treatment of the problem. The application is described in a Biometrics article, "Two-stage hierarchical group testing for multiple infections with applications to the Infertility Prevention Project" written by Josh, Chris, and Chris Bilder of Nebraska.

Information about Summer 2014 classes can be found at summer.sc.edu. Please consider registering for a statistics course or two this summer!

Registration Information regarding Fall 2014 classes can be found at the Registration Announcement Board. This will list new seat openings and serve as a central location for information about full/open sections.

Joshua Tebbs was selected as a Fellow of the American Statistical Association, one of the highest honors for a statistician. He was inducted as an ASA Fellow at the 2014 Joint Statistical Meetings in August in Boston.

The 2014 Palmetto Lecturer was Peter Müller of University of Texas, who visited the department March 24-28. Dr. Müller gave presentations on March 25 and March 28. Click the links below to see the slides from the two 2014 Palmetto Lectures:
March 25, 2014 Palmetto Lecture on Bayesian Subgroup Reporting
March 28, 2014 Palmetto Lecture on Modeling Tumor Heterogeneity

Ph.D. student Haiming Zhou won the Outstanding Student Paper Competition (senior category) at the 2014 South Carolina ASA chapter meeting. Congratulations, Haiming! See the SCASA website for photos of the event.

Ph.D. student Li Li was awarded a College of Arts and Sciences Dean's Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship for 2013-2014. Congratulations, Li!

Annual Newsletter 2013
The department annual newsletter is available.

Tim Hanson was selected as a Fellow of the American Statistical Association, among the highest honors for a statistician.

The 2013 Palmetto Lecturer was Frank Samaniego of University of California, Davis, who visited the department March 25-29. Dr. Samaniego gave a general presentation on March 26 and a research presentation on March 29. Click the links below to see the slides from the two 2013 Palmetto Lectures:
March 26, 2013 Palmetto Lecture on Comparative Inference
March 29, 2013 Palmetto Lecture on Network Reliability
2013 Palmetto Lectures Announcement

The World of Statistics is the new name for "The International Year of Statistics: 2013". Our department is a participating organization. Click the logo below for information:
The World of Statistics

Annual Newsletter 2012
The department annual newsletter for 2012 is available.

Ian Dryden was elected to be a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics.

Leslie Hendrix received the 2012 John Gardner Inspirational Faculty Award.

Ph.D. candidate Chris McMahan won one of two 2012 Dean's Awards for Excellence in Graduate Study. (Photo)
He has also been named one of 16 Distinguished Graduate Scholars by the Office of Research, as publicized in the spring issue of Breakthrough magazine. He became a tenure-track assistant professor at Clemson University starting fall 2012.

Office manager/business manager Tina Ormenisan has won the 2012 College of Arts and Sciences Classified Staff Excellence Award.

The Palmetto Lecturer for 2012 was Ed George, Professor and Chair, Department of Statistics, The Wharton School.
Dr. George visited the Department from April 9-13.
For more information on the Palmetto Lectures and SC-ASA Palmetto Symposium go here.
For photos of the symposium go here.

Megan (Meece) Mocko (MS 2001) was featured in a Sept. 2011 AmStat News article, "Where Will Your Next Stop Take You?".
Megan is now a Senior Lecturer at the University of Florida.
Here is a link to the story (reprinted by permission).

A short course on "Applied Bayesian Nonparametrics" was given in the department on August 22-24
by Tim Hanson and Alejandro Jara, who was visiting from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.

We are very pleased to announce that graduate student Bereket Kindo has been awarded an academic scholarship
by the International Association of Black Actuaries Foundation for the 2011-2012 school year. Congratulations Bereket!

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