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New Data Book Club Summer 2022

May 12, 2022

Want to read and discuss books about data science and society this summer? Then you should consider joining our Summer 2022 Data Book Club, sponsored by the Harvard Data Science Initiative.  The book club is open to Harvard students (both undergraduate and graduate), faculty, and staff and will meet on Thursdays, starting on June 9th and ending on August 4th (we will announce a time soon). Over the course of the summer, we will read and discuss two non-technical books related to data and society.  The first book will be...

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Yash Nair Undergraduate Thesis Prize

Yash Nair awarded 2022 Department’s Undergraduate Prize

May 12, 2022

The Department has decided to award the 2022 Undergraduate Department of Statistics Prize to Yash Nair for his superb coursework in the concentration and for an outstanding thesis.  Congratulations on your achievement, Yash!

The Undergraduate Department of Statistics Prize was founded in 2020.  It is given 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....

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Five Hoopes Winners in the Statistics Department

May 6, 2022

Congratulations to the below concentrators (and their advisors) on receiving Hoopes Prizes for their outstanding theses!  This year, we are thrilled to have the following five winners in our Department:

  • Jay Chandra for his project entitled “Classification of Continuous Natural Human Behavior Using Intracranial Field Potentials”—supervised and nominated by Professor Gabriel Kreiman
  • Rachel Guo for her project entitled “On the Effect of Ranger Patrols on Deterring Poaching: A Bayesian Approach for Causal Inference Using Field Tests as an Instrument”—...
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Professor Kelly McConville addresses increasing editorial diversity in ASA journals on the Practical Significance podcast

April 1, 2022

"Practical Significance | Episode 16: Participation Matters: Recommendations from the ASA Publications Task Force
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The review process for publication in ASA journals is highly competitive and, for some, there exist barriers for participation. This month, Practical Significance welcomes two members of the ASA Publications Task Force, Rebecca Hubbard and Kelly...

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Mark Sellke to be appointed Assistant Professor of Statistics

March 31, 2022
The Department is Statistics is delighted to report that Mark Sellke will be joining us as an Assistant Professor of Statistics, starting in July 2023. Mark is currently a PhD student in Stanford Math Department where he works on probability, high-dimensional geometry, statistics, optimization, and machine learning. He will be spending 2022/23 at the Institute of Advanced Studies in Princeton.
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2021 Dempster Prize awarded to Ambarish Chattopadhyay

March 31, 2022
The Department of Statistics is pleased to announce the 2021 Dempster Prize will be awarded to Ambarish Chattopadhyay for his paper (with Jose Zubizarreta) "On the implied weights of linear regression for causal inference".
Congratulations to Ambarish! We had a large number of very strong applications for the prize. We are very grateful to all of those who took part in the competition.
Previous winners of the Dempster Prize are: Lu Zhang in 2020;...
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ASAs’ 2022 Leo Breiman Senior Award given to Professor Susan A. Murphy

March 31, 2022
I am delighted to report Professor Susan A. Murphy, Mallinckrodt Professor of Statistics and of Computer Science and Radcliffe Alumnae Professor at the Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, has been award the American Statistical Association’s senior 2022 Leo Breiman Award.  Made every two years the award is for “outstanding theoretical or methodological contributions to machine learning and/or computational statistics, contributions which have made a substantial, sustained impact on the subject and on practical applications."