Stat 110x

Stat 110x Goes Live

July 31, 2018
Stat 110 (Introduction to Probability), the 3rd largest undergraduate course at Harvard, has gone digital. After years of hard work by Professor Joseph Blitzstein, people the world over can take the course with an optional certificate at EdX. The course launched less than two weeks ago, and enrollment already stands at 9,077 - and is rising!
From the course description, "Probability and statistics help to bring logic to a world replete with randomness and uncertainty. This course will give you tools needed to understand data, science, philosophy, engineering, economics, and finance. You... Read more about Stat 110x Goes Live

Senior Lecturer Mark Glickman Elected to ASA Board

July 9, 2018
Mark Glickman has been elected to the American Statistical Association's Board of Directors for the 2018 - 2019 term. He will serve as the Council of Sections Governing Board Representative to the ASA Board. 

Neil Shephard appointed Frank B. Baird, Jr. Professor of Science

June 20, 2018

Professor Neil Shephard, chair of the Statistics Department, has been appointed by Harvard University the Frank B. Baird, Jr. Professor of Science with effect from 1st July 2017. He will continue to be a faculty member in both the Department of Economics and the Department of Statistics.

This professorship, established through the generous gift of the Frank B. Baird, Jr. Foundation, recognizes an outstanding scientist in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.

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Katherine Loboda and Catherine Yiwen Li

Two Hoopes Prizes for Undergraduate Senior Thesis Writers

June 14, 2018

Each year Harvard makes awards to the strongest the writers of Senior Theses. This year two Statistics concentrators were given this honor:

Loboda, Katherine for her submission entitled “From Mendel’s Peas to P-Values: A Network Approach to Understanding Complex Disease Heritability”—supervised and nominated by Professor John Quackenbush

Li, Catherine Yiwen for her submission entitled “Novel methods for cross-population prediction of gene expression”—supervised and nominated by Professor Alexander Gusev


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Samuel Kou

Professor Samuel Kou to chair Harvard’s Statistics Department

May 4, 2018
Harvard’s Dean of Science, Professor Jeremy Bloxham, reported on 3rd May 2018 that “I am delighted to announce that Samuel Kou, Professor of Statistics, has agreed to become the next chair of Statistics, beginning July 1st, 2018. Samuel will bring to the chairmanship the thoughtful style and dedication for which he is so well regarded, and I have every confidence that the Department will continue to flourish under his leadership.”

Outgoing chair, Professor Neil Shephard, remarked: “Sam will be a wonderful chair. He leads by example, his brilliance in both research and teaching is very...

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Dempster prize 2018

Robin Gong Wins 2018 Dempster Prize

April 30, 2018

The Department of Statistics is pleased to announce the 2018 Dempster Prize will be awarded to Robin Gong. She will present her Colloquium entitled “Conditioning rules for sets of probabilities: dilation, sure loss and Simpson’s paradox” at 4.15 Monday 30th April, Science Center 705.

Previous winners of the Dempster Prize are: Espen Bernton & Xinran Lin in 2017; Anqi Zhao & David Jones in 2016; Panagiotis Toulis in 2015; Peng Ding in 2014; Bo Jiang in 2013; and Alexander Blocker in 2012. The Dempster Prize is named in honor of Professor Arthur P. Dempster.

Susan Murphy

Professor Susan A. Murphy to Receive Precision Medicine Luminary Award

March 15, 2018
Susan Murphy, Professor of Statistics and Computer Science and Radcliffe Alumnae Professor at the Radcliffe Institute, will receive a Luminary Award at the Precision Medicine 2018 World Conference for her work developing innovative data science methods to improve mobile health care for patients with chronic disease. Please visit this page to learn more.
Tracy Ke

Professor Tracy Ke joins Harvard

February 26, 2018
The Faculty of the Department of Statistics is delighted to report that Professor Tracy Ke will be joining us as an Assistant Professor of Statistics from 1 July 2018. Tracy is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Chicago. Tracy works on high dimensional statistics, sparse inference, genetics & genomics, fMRI, large scale social networks, random matrix theory and financial econometrics.