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Professor Stephen Blyth's Generosity Featured

May 10, 2017

PhD Alumnus and Professor of the Practice Stephen Blyth's generosity is featured on the Harvard Alumni page. "Anyone cataloguing the many gifts Stephen Blyth PhD ’92 has made to Harvard over the last decade could use an annotated guide. He has named each benefaction—whether to financial aid, House Renewal, or graduate education—for his wife, his parents, a faculty advisor, Tufnell Park (a tube stop near his boyhood home in North London), or for other connections.... Read more about Professor Stephen Blyth's Generosity Featured

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2017 Dempster Prize Winners: Espen Bernton and Xinran Lin

May 9, 2017

The Department of Statistics has awarded the 2017 Dempster Prize to Espen Bernton and Xinran Lin for their research papers.  The award “supports and recognize promising graduate students within the Department of Statistics, in particular those who have made significant contributions to theoretical or foundational research in statistics.”  It is named in honor of Professor Arthur P. Dempster.  Espen’s paper was entitled “Inference in generative models using Wasserstein distance,” while Xinran’s paper was called “Randomization inference for peer effects.”

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Triple Honors for Donald B. Rubin

April 4, 2017
Donald B. Rubin, John L. Loeb Professor of Statistics, has been awarded the 2017 Waksberg Award for Statistical Contributions to Survey Methodology and the 2017 Rao Prize for Outstanding Research in Statistics. In June, he will receive an honorary degree from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Congratulations, Professor Rubin! The journal Survey Methodology has established an annual invited paper series in honor of Joseph Waksberg to recognize his contributions to survey methodology. Each year a prominent survey statistician is chosen to write a paper that reviews the development... Read more about Triple Honors for Donald B. Rubin
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Lucas Janson joins Harvard Statistics

March 15, 2017
We are delighted that Lucas Janson will join the Harvard Statistics Department on 1st July 2017 as an Assistant Professor of Statistics.  Lucas is currently a PhD student in statistics at Stanford.  Lucas describes his work in the following way: “I am interested in both theoretical and applied statistical problems. On the theoretical side, I am concentrating on high-dimensional statistical inference, robust machine learning, and robotic motion-planning. On the applied side, I have been fortunate to work with a number of excellent collaborators in fields such as immunology, surgery,... Read more about Lucas Janson joins Harvard Statistics
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Professor Susan Murphy joins Harvard Statistics

March 8, 2017
We are delighted that Professor Susan Murphy will join the Harvard Statistics Department on 1st September 2017 as a Professor of Statistics and the Radcliffe Alumnae Professor at the Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University. Susan is currently H.E. Robbins Distinguished University Professor of Statistics & Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Michigan. She has received many awards during her career, including being a member of the National Academy of Sciences and a MacArthur Fellow.
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Administrative Coordinator Madeleine Straubel is honored with a 2017 FAS Dean's Distinction Award

February 23, 2017

Congratulations go to Madeleine Straubel for her outstanding service as Administrative Coordinator; handling faculty support, office management, department events, and most recently department website with competence, efficiency, meticulous attention to detail, and great follow-through, while demonstrating good humor, professionalism, and superb judgment.

The Dean's Distinction Award is given to eligible FAS and SEAS staff members who are nominated by faculty and staff members based on their...

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2017 Guy Medal in Silver for Professor Neil Shephard

February 8, 2017

From the Royal Statistical Society announcement: “The 2017 Guy Medal in Silver is awarded to Neil Shephard for his seminal paper "Non-Gaussian Ornstein-Uhlenbeck-based models and some of their uses in financial economics" written jointly with Ole Eiler Barndorff-Nielsen, and read to the Society in 2001, exemplifying his highly influential contributions across Statistics, Econometrics and Finance, including particle filtering, stochastic volatility models and the statistical analysis of high-frequency data.”

Neil Shephard is Professor of Economics and Statistics, in the...

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Harvard Data Science Postdoctoral Fellows

January 19, 2017

The Harvard University Data Science Initiative is seeking applications for its inaugural Harvard Data Science Postdoctoral Fellows Program for the 2017-2018 academic year. The normal duration of the Fellowship is two years. Fellows will receive a generous salary as well as an annual allocation for research and travel expenses. A focus of this program is on methodological foundations, including most of statistics. More information is available here.