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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Professor Pierre Jacob and John O’Leary have JRSSB discussion paper

October 7, 2019

Professor Pierre Jacob, our Ph.D. student John O’Leary, and Professor Yves Atchade of BU will present their JRSSB discussion paper, “Unbiased Markov chain Monte Carlo methods with couplings” at the Royal Statistical Society on 11 December 2019. The paper is available at Contributions to the discussion can be made by emailing


Professor Susan Murphy becomes President of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics

August 6, 2019

Professor Susan A. Murphy became President of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics on 31st July 2019, taking over from our own Professor Xiao-Li Meng. Other Harvard Faculty members who were, at one time or other, President are W.G. Cochran (1946), Herman Chernoff (1968), Frederick Mosteller (1975) and Xiao-Li Meng (2019). Congratulations Susan!