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Google Fellows in Statistics
PhD candidate Guillaume Basse is this year's recipient of the coveted Google Fellowship in Statistics. His research centers on the optimal design of experiments in situations where social interference plays a key role. He joins classmate Panagiotis Toulis, who won in 2012.

Office of Naval Research Honors Stat Professor
Edo Airoldi, associate professor & director of graduate studies, is recipient of the 2014 ONR Young Investigator Award for his research on methods for measuring and understanding information and behavioral patterns.

Two Hoopes Prize Winners
Valerie Bradley & William Chen, graduating Stat seniors advised by David Harrington & David Parkes (CS), respectively, have just won Hoopes prizes for their outstanding AB theses.  Here is more on the pedagogy of supervising a Hoopes thesis.

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.

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. Bornn's innovative project-based course "Learning from Big Data" is also featured here.

Online STAT 110 Receives Accolades
Our online probability course has recently been praised here (by an aerospace engineer and a cardiologist, among others). The center of all this attention, Joseph Blitzstein, was interviewed here.