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Alumnus Gift Expands Our Data Computational Capabilities

A generous alumnus, who wishes to remain anonymous, recently donated twenty high-end Dell servers to the Stat Dept, opening the door to high-performance computing for many more researchers and students.  We are very thankful for this extraordinary gift; the servers are now housed at Holyoke, MA.

Peng Ding Awarded 2014 Dempster Prize

Many congratulations to PhD candidate Peng Ding! Here is more information on this graduate student research prize, awarded annually, named in honor of Professor Emeritus Arthur P. Dempster.

Tackling Challenges that Involve Enormous Data Sets

Luke Bornn
's innovative project-based course STAT 183 is featured in this Harvard Gazette article.

James Matejek Receives Dean's Distinction Award

This noteworthy award recognizes 1% of FAS staff for exceptional service & citizenship; it is a well-deserved honor for James Matejek, our Research Portfolio Coordinator.

Understanding the Value of Every Movement on the Basketball Court

Luke Bornn, assistant professor, and Ph.D. students Dan Cervone & Alex D’Amour are featured in this fascinating Grantland article about sports analytics. Harvard Gazette coverage appears here.

Statistics and Activity-Based Learning Connection

Mike Parzen, senior lecturer, was selected as a recipient of the ABLConnect Learning Innovator Prize.  Here is a sample globe toss classroom activity to encourage STAT 104 student engagement.  Parzen was just named by the Class of 2014 as one of their favorite professors, along with Joe Blitzstein.

Xiao-Li Meng wins 2014 Marvin Zelen Leadership Award

GSAS Dean/Stat Professor Xiao-Li Meng joins a small illustrious group of statisticians who have been so justly honored. Click here for prize information.

Recent Books by Harvard Stat Dept Faculty

Among the titles are An Introduction to Quantitative Finance (by Stephen Blyth), Strength in Numbers: The Rising of Academic Statistics Departments in the U.S. (edited by Alan Agresti and Xiao-Li Meng), Designs for Clinical Trials (edited by David Harrington) and Handbook of Markov Chain Monte Carlo (edited by Xiao-Li Meng et al.)  More to come soon...