Tracy Ke to receive the 2020 Noether Junior Award

March 31, 2020

Assistant Professor Tracy Ke will receive the 2020 Noether Junior Award from the American Statistical Association.

The ASA writes about this award, “The Noether Young Scholar is selected based on significant accomplishments in nonparametric statistics, interpreted broadly to include theory, methodology, and outstanding applications. Eligibility for this award is for those who obtained their PhD degree or an equivalent degree in the past six years.”

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Undergraduate Advisor and Lecturer

March 3, 2020
Department Chair Neil Shephard is delighted that our College Fellow, Dr. Alexander Young, has accepted our Undergraduate Advisor and Lecturer position, starting from 1 March 2020. 
Alex ran a very successful undergraduate course on dimension reduction in the Fall 2019 semester, as well as a seminar for senior thesis writers. 
Joe Blitzstein

Professor Joe Blitzstein awarded Harvard’s “Fannie Cox Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching”

December 18, 2019

The Department is delighted to report that Professor Joe Blitzstein has been awarded the “Fannie Cox Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching” by Harvard University’s Division of Sciences. The award “honors outstanding teaching in introductory science courses. Recipients are recommended by a faculty committee and are chosen based on their ability to inspire students, instill in them a passion for science, and effectively communicate complex ideas.”

Joe is the first non-ladder recipient of the Fannie Cox Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching.

Undergraduate Statistics Prize Setup

December 12, 2019

The Harvard Faculty of Statistics has setup an Undergraduate Statistics Prize.

This prize is awarded annually to the graduating senior concentrator who has the best overall performance (as indicated by coursework results and thesis) and who has contributed significantly to the department. Eligible students will be considered without application.

You can also read about it at the Harvard College website on Prizes:

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Cynthia Dwork

Professor Cynthia Dwork joins the Statistics Department

November 26, 2019

The Statistics Department is delighted that Professor Cynthia Dwork will become an affiliate of our Department from 1 January 2020. To statisticians she is probably most well known for her co-invention of differential privacy. She is currently working differential privacy, statistical validity in adaptive data analysis, and fairness in classification.

Dwork is the Gordon McKay Professor of Computer Science at SEAS, Harvard, the Radcliffe Alumnae Professor, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and Professor by Affiliation at Harvard Law School. She is an elected fellow of the...

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