Acknowledging the unique challenges that were faced during the Spring 2020 semester, undergraduate students recommended to Harvard College commendations to faculty for "extraordinary teaching during extraordinary times." Those receiving these awards in the Statistics department were:
Subhabrata Sen: Stat 212, Probability 2 Marie-Abel Bind: Stat 140, Design of Experiments Kevin Rader: Stat 98, Junior Tutorial and Stat 102, Introduction to Statistics for Life Sciences Joe Blitzstein: Stat 111, Introduction to Statistical Inference Neil Shephard: Stat 111,...
Pragya Sur started her Assistant Professorship in Statistics on 1 July 2020. She just completed a post-doc with Professor Cynthia Dwork, before that she did her Ph.D. at the Department of Statistics, Stanford University. Harvard’s Department of Statistics is thrilled to welcome her to our Faculty.
The Department of Statistics participated in the Harvard Science Division’s “STEM Shutdown” on 10th June 2020, focusing the day on reading and discussion meetings about racism in society, research and education. The Department identified action points it will take forward as it seeks to improve its contribution to making Harvard and our discipline of statistics more diverse and welcoming. At the conclusion of the day, we relayed these action points to our Dean verbally and in writing.
Our own Pierre Jacob has been appointed John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Natural Sciences, effective July 1, 2020. This professorship is named for 1924 Harvard College graduate John L. Loeb, an investment banker and philanthropist whose gifts to the University have supported a Fellowship Fund bearing his name as well as associate, assistant, and junior professorships at FAS.
Statistics Department Hoopes Prize Winners for 2020:
Tessa Han for her project entitled “Applying Mediation Analysis to Predict Feed Forward Loops as Gene Regulatory Mechanisms in Multiple Myeloma: A Novel Statistical Approach”—nominated by Professor Giovanni Parmigiani. Nathan Lewis Hollenberg for his project entitled “Drawing the New NBA Three-Point Line: A Statistical Approach to Determining Its Location and Effect on the Game”—nominated by Dr. Kevin Rader. Michael Zhang for his project entitled “Automated Activity Discovery and Object Detection...
Professor Cynthia Dwork, an affiliate of the Harvard Statistics Department, has been awarded the 2020 Donald E. Knuth Prize. This prize honors contributions to the foundation of computer science. Read more about Professor Dwork's work at https://sigact.org/prizes/knuth/citation2020.pdf.
Learning from COVID-19 Data in Wuhan, USA and Europe on Intervention Strategies
COPSS and NISS are jointly hosting the Webinar "Learning from COVID-19 Data in Wuhan, USA and Europe on Intervention Strategies" by Xihong Lin on Thursday, May 14, 12-1:30 ET. See details at: https://www.niss.org/events/...