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

Congratulations, Katherine...

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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.

Congratulations to Professor Susan A. Murphy

January 24, 2018
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.

Professor Kosuke Imai joins Harvard

January 24, 2018
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.

Boston ASA's Outstanding Teaching award to Professor Blitzstein

November 20, 2017
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!