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Statistics Department Award in Data Science

In 2014-15, the Statistics Department announced a new student award, in Data Science, and received many excellent nominations. 

This award's first recipient is Rosemary McCloskey, a Master’s student in Bioinformatics, in recognition of her contributions to a large-scale project on virus evolution at the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS.

You can read more about Rosemary at:

Two Upcoming Lectures by van Eeden Invited Speaker Professor Roger Cooke

Coming up in September, the Statistics Department will be hosting two lectures by van Eeden invited lecturer Professor Roger Cooke (Chauncey Starr Chair for Risk Analysis, Resources for the Future, USA; and Department of Mathematics, Technische Universiteit Delft, Netherlands).

The lectures will be on Tuesday, September 22nd and on Thursday, September 24th. There will be small receptions before each lecture in the lobby of...

Statistics course offers training in Data Science

This fall, the department is very pleased to expand upon the popular Exploratory Data Analysis Course (STAT 545A) by offering a follow-up topics course titled "Basic Training for Data Science" (STAT 547M) Both courses are open to graduate students from any discipline.

For more information, go here.

Student Paper Award Winner - Camila de Souza

Dr. Camila de Souza has been selected to receive the Journal of Nonparametric Statistics’ Best Student Paper Award for her paper "Switching nonparametric regression models”.  
This is work that came from Camila’s thesis, under the supervision of Nancy Heckman, and is work that Camila has been extending this summer with USRA Helena Xu.  The paper and Camila’s current work involve estimating regression functions that are piecewise smooth, with changes driven by a latent state...

Nancy Heckman Elected to Serve on Council of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics

Dr. Nancy Heckman, professor and Head of Statistics at UBC, has been elected to serve on the Council of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics, as announced in the July 15, 2015 issue of the IMS Bulletin.
Her term will be for a period of three years, beginning with the IMS Business Meeting at the Joint Statistical Meetings that will take place in Seattle over the period Aug 8 – 13, 2015....

Awards from the Statistical Society of Canada Annual Meeting (June 14-17, 2015)

The department has much to celebrate in terms of awards after the SSC’s Annual Meeting that took place in Halifax in June this year.


CRM-SSC Prize Winner—Matías Salibián-Barrera

The CRM-SSC Prize in Statistics is awarded annually by the SSC and the Centre de recherches mathématiques (Montréal), and it recognizes a statistical scientist's professional accomplishments in research during the first fifteen years...

2014 Nash Medal Winner - Tian Qi (Ricky) Chen

The Nash Medal in Statistics is a prize given to the most outstanding graduating student in the B.Sc. program in Statistics. This year, it has been awarded to Tian Qi (Ricky) Chen.

Ricky graduated with joint Honours in Statistics and Computer Science and is entering the M.Sc. program in Computer Science at UBC this fall.

Congratulations, Ricky!


The Nash Medal is supported by the...

2014 Lorraine Schwartz Prize Winner- Jeff Bone

Jeff Bone has been awarded the 2015 Lorraine Schwartz Prize, which is awarded annually for distinctions in the fields of Statistics and Probability.
In the past academic year, Jeff has had a uniformly excellent record in his courses taken in the Statistics and Mathematics departments.

More information about Dr. Schwartz, the prize, and past winners, can be found here.
Congratulations, Jeff!

Big Data in Environmental Sciences: Workshop at UBC May 11–15

PIMS and CANSSI are proud to offer this exciting workshop. From the workshop material, we read:

The extraordinarily broad field of Environmental Science faces an explosion in the amount of data and in the dimension of records captured. We will bring together methodologists building relevant tools in such areas as Laplace approximation techniques in high-dimensional Gaussian process modeling, stochastic PDE approaches to stochastic prediction and interpolation, state space models...

Statistics Professors featured in Faculty of Science article

Professors John Petkau, Gabriela Cohen-Freue, and Matías Salibián-Barrera were featured in a recent article on the Faculty of Science webpage!

The article showcases some of the exciting and cutting edge collaborative research that is being carried out by faculty and students within the Department of Statistics, and demonstrates the importance of statistics in all other scientific disciplines.