The Statistics Department is delighted to report that Professor Susan A. Murphy is to be given the 2018 R.A. Fisher Award and Lectureship. She will deliver the Fisher Lecture at the Joint Statistical Meetings this coming summer. Professor Murphy joined our Department in 2017 as the Professor of Statistics, Radcliffe Alumnae Professor at the Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University and Professor of Computer Science at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
The Statistics Department is delighted to report that Professor Kosuke Imai (currently Professor, Department of Politics and Center for Statistics and Machine Learning at Princeton) will become Professor of Government and Statistics at Harvard from the fall of 2018 and be a senior faculty member of our Department. Professor Imai's research area is political methodology and more generally applied statistics in the social sciences. He has extensively worked on the development and applications of statistical methods for causal inference with experimental and observational data.
The Boston Chapter of the American Statistical Association (BCASA) has announced: The BCASA Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching of Statistics is to be given to Professor Joe Blitzstein, Professor of the Practice of Statistics at Harvard University. Congratulations, Joe!
The Institute of Mathematical Statistics has selected Professor Xiao-Li Meng as their President-Elect (weblink http://bulletin.imstat.org/2017/07/ims-election-results/ ). His term as President starts in July 2018. Professor Meng is Harvard’s Whipple V. N. Jones Professor of Statistics and Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Congratulations Xiao-Li and thanks for the work!
The New England Symposium on Statistics in Sports is a meeting of statisticians and quantitative analysts connected with sports teams, sports media, and universities to discuss common problems of interest in statistical modeling and analysis of sports data. The symposium format is a mixture of invited talks, a poster session, and a panel discussion. It was held on Saturday, September 23, 2017, and will return to the Harvard campus in 2019. More information may be found here. Read more about Senior Lecturer Mark Glickman Brings New England Symposium on Statistics in Sports to Harvard
G2 PhD student Ryan Lee, two Ph.D. students from the Harvard Biostatistics program (Siyuan Ma, Boyu Ren), and a Ph.D. student from MIT (Eric Alt) took home the first place at the Boston Citadel-Correlation One Datathon! Around 700 people initially entered this competition. Their prize was a $20,000 check. They now go on to compete at the Global competition on 27 Nov 2017. Congratulations Ryan!
The Harvard Division of Science recently appointed Dr. Marie-Abèle Bind as a John Harvard Distinguished Science Fellow. This Fellowship program is detailed at https://projects.iq.harvard.edu/jhdsfprogram/current-fellows. Marie-Abèle Bind will continue to be an Associate of our Department, where she has been building her Lab. Marie-Abèle Bind is an environmental biostatistician interested in health effects from environmental exposures. Her research is...
Joe Blitzstein’s Stat 110 course, Introduction to Probability (which is based on his book https://www.amazon.com/Introduction-Probability-Chapman-Statistical-Science/dp/1466575573 joint with Jessica Hwang), hit a new landmark in September 2016. The enrollment for the class was 590, which is the first time a Statistics Department class with a calculus prerequisite has ever been larger than 500 in its history (we are searching the books to see if any course in Harvard’s history needing...