Department of Statistics
216 LeConte College
1523 Greene St.
University of South Carolina
Columbia, SC 29208

Office: LeConte 219C
Phone (803) 777-3859


I received a B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Minnesota Institute of Technology (1992), an M.A. in Mathematics from the University of New Mexico (1996), and M.S. (1998) and Ph.D. (2000) degrees in Statistics from U.C. Davis.

My research interests over the last 15 years include survival analysis, Bayesian nonparametric priors, and diagnostic screening. Recent projects involve spatial modeling through copulas, ordinal data models, and Bernstein polynomials. Publications.

I have recently collaborated with Adam Branscum, Alejandro Jara, Wes Johnson, Garnett McMillan, and Jiajia Zhang. My current Ph.D. graduate students are Haiming Zhou, Junshu Bao, and William Cipolli. Previous Ph.D. students include Ling Xu (2005), Mingan Yang (2006), Luping Zhao (2008), Yuhui Chen (2012), and Li Li (2014).


Office hours (Spring 2015): 10-11am Tuesday/Thursday.

Stat 705 - Data analysis II (Spring 2015)

Stat 704 - Data analysis I (Fall 2014)
Stat 730 - Multivariate analysis (Fall 2014)

Stat 205 - Elementary Statistics for the Biological and Life Sciences (Spring 2014)
Stat 705 - Data Analysis II (Spring 2014)

Stat 770 - Categorical Data Analysis (Fall 2013)


Talk on survival analysis via spatial copulas at the International Conference on Survival Analysis in Memory of John P. Klein, Medical School of Wisconsin, June 2014.

I play bass in the cover band Gas Money. We are available for weddings, funerals, Revolutionary War battle re-enactments, bat mitzvahs (not bar mitzvahs), minor political office inaugerations, the grand opening of strip malls, pool parties, and the burning of our anthropological ancestors, e.g. Lucy, in effigy. I also write simple piano tunes; here's two recorded June of 2014: March of the Otters and Seething Hobo Interlude.

Here's some older tunes: Diablo IPA, Jinx, Beefsquatch, Folding Chair, Geraldine, Bear, Eelpout Stout, Ulf, What is This?, Piano 3, Sax Panther, Find the Fish, The Doctor and the Pencil, Realization, Cheese and Krakens.