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CANSSI National Seminar Series: Fall lineup & journal club

Beginning in September, the Canadian Statistical Sciences Institute (CANSSI) will be hosting a series of monthly virtual seminars, to be broadcast live on the fourth Thursday of the month. The series will span from September to April. Each speaker will provide a read-ahead journal article, with CANSSI encouraging graduate-student journal clubs.

This fall, the theme is hidden Markov models.


Naitong Chen receives Nash Medal

The Nash Medal in Statistics was awarded this year to Naitong Chen.

Naitong graduated with a major in Statistics in May 2020 with an exemplary transcript coupled with hands-on research experience. And the department is delighted that he is continuing his UBC training in the Statistics M.Sc. program.

In the summers of 2019 and 2020, Naitong worked with Professor Trevor Campbell on several projects. In one 2019...

Recipients of the 2020 Dr. John and Barbara Petkau Scholarships

This year’s recipients of the Dr. John and Barbara Petkau Scholarships are Xinpei Li and Huanqing (William) Wang.

Xinpei Li is entering third year in the double Honours program in Computer Science and Statistics. Xinpei has taken an impressive array of courses in both departments, all with stellar grades. Although entering thirdyear, Xinpei is already within a few courses of being...

Free statistical consultation: August 2020 call

The Department of Statistics offers several types of free statistical consultation, via STAT 551, SOS, and STAT 550, as follows.

  • STAT 551: Term 1 only, open to anyone, via students in STAT 551 mentored by faculty; accepting projects for Term 1 2020-21 from now until Nov 2
  • SOS (Statistical Opportunity for Students):  year-round, UBC-V graduate students only, via a team of a senior Statistical consultant and a Statistics graduate...

PhD student Joe Watson wins Student Presentation Award at statistical ecology conference

Congratulations to our Statistics PhD student Joe Watson, who was awarded the Student Presentation Award at the virtual International Statistical Ecology Conference (ISEC) 2020!

ISEC is a biennial meeting of researchers who bridge ecology and statistics and was hosted this year by UNSW Sydney (the University of New South Wales).

Joe presented the joint work that he and his co-supervisor Marie Auger-Méthé have been...

Paul Gustafson awarded 2020 SSC Gold Medal

Our professor and department head, Paul Gustafson, has received this year’s Statistical Society of Canada (SSC) Gold Medal.

The Gold Medal is the SSC’s most prestigious award for research. It is awarded to “a person who has made outstanding contributions to statistics, or to probability, either to mathematical developments or in applied work” (Statistical Society of...

PhD student Evan Sidrow wins presentation award

UBC Statistics PhD student Evan Sidrow won the Best Graduate Oral Presentation Award (Ph.D.) at the Eighth Annual Canadian Statistics Student Conference. This conference is usually held in-person just before the annual Statistical Society of Canada meeting, but this May, it was offered online. Evan’s presentation, Modelling Marine Mammal Sub-dive Behaviour with Hierarchical Hidden Markov Models, stems from joint work with Sarah Fortune and Andrew Trites of the Institute of Oceans and...

Welcoming our five new faculty colleagues

Our department is thrilled to be welcoming five new faculty colleagues: Vincenzo Coia, Melissa Lee, Rodolfo Lourenzutti, Daniel McDonald, and Yongjin Park.

Rodolfo, Melissa, and Vincenzo will be taking up Assistant Professor of Teaching positions on July 1.

On the same date, Daniel will be joining us in an Associate Professor position.

And Yongjin will begin his role as an Assistant Professor in a joint position between the Department of Pathology and Laboratory...

Senior Instructor Eugenia Yu receives Killam Teaching Prize

We’re very pleased to announce that our Statistics Senior Instructor, Eugenia Yu, has won a Killam Teaching Prize for excellence in teaching.

Always aiming to improve our students’ learning, Eugenia has contributed to the undergraduate student experience in many ways. She has helped develop resources for teaching and learning introductory statistics as part of a multi-unit...

Professor Paul Gustafson researches the impact of inaccurate laboratory tests on estimation of epidemic curves

We have all become familiar with the importance of monitoring the number of COVID-19 cases for setting policies and managing limited health care resources. But how do inaccuracies in tests for the virus impact the curves that describe the epidemic?

Paul teamed up with Drexel University epidemiologists Igor Burstyn and Neal Goldstein to study this question, using publicly available COVID-10 testing data from Alberta and Philadelphia. They develop a Bayesian method, placing priors on...