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Announcements and News

Department Holiday Party
Celebrate the joy of the season with everyone in Statistics at our department holiday party on Wednesday, December 3, from 5:00 PM through 8:00 PM at the Gordon Center Atrium. Please RSVP at by Wednesday, November 26.

The Department of Statistics has openings for the positions of William H. Kruskal Instructor, Assistant Professor, and Associate Professor. Applications are accepted via the University of Chicago's Academic Career Opportunities employment site.

Prospective Students
Read more at our Admissions site about exciting changes to our programs of study. Questions? Email us at

Data-Driven Discovery Award to Matthew Stephens
Congratulations to Prof. Matthew Stephens as one of fourteen investigators selected for DDD awards from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation as part of its five-year interdisciplinary science research initiative. Matthew's blog speaks in more detail of his project and future plans.

Faculty Accolades
Congratulations to Professors Mike Stein and Steve Stigler for recognition of their contributions at the Joint Statistical Meetings. Stein received a Distinguished Achievement Award from the JSM Section on Statistics and the Environment; Stigler delivered "The Seven Pillars of Statistical Wisdom" as the "ASA President's Invited Address." JSM 2014 took place in Boston this August.

Honorary Degree Awarded
The Department is pleased to announce that one of the seven honorary degrees presented at the 519th convocation on Saturday, June 14, was awarded to statistician-geneticist Terence Speed. Terry Speed gave a lecture on "Removing Unwanted Variation" on Wednesday, June 11.

Amick Lectures in Applied Mathematics
Professor Emmanuel Cand├Ęs, the Barnum-Simons Chair in Mathematics and Statistics at Stanford University, will present three lectures in honor of the late Charles Amick. He will speak on "Robust Principal Component Analysis?" on Monday, October 27, 2014, at 4:00 PM in Ryerson 251; on "Modern Optimization Meets Physics: Recent Progress on the Phase Retrieval Problem" on Tuesday, October 28, 2014, at 4:30 PM in Eckhart 206; and "Around the Reproducibility of Scientific Research: A Knockoff Filter for Controlling the False Discovery Rate" on Wednesday, October 29, 2014, at 4:00 PM in Eckhart 251. See amick_abstracts.shtml for abstracts as they become available.

The Computational and Applied Mathematics Initiative builds on the interdisciplinary efforts of Statistics faculty, students; their research, seminars, and classes.

IMA Summer School on Modern Applications of Representation Theory
Professors Risi Kondor and Lek-Heng Lim of our Department of Statistics and Prof. Jason Morton of Penn State were the organizers. Guest speakers' lectures by topic and speaker are available here.



Department Events This Week

THURSDAY, November 27 and FRIDAY, November 28, 2014, Thanksgiving (University holidays).

WEDNESDAY, December 3, 2014, at 5:00 PM, Gordon Center for Integrative Science, Third Floor Atrium, 929 East 57th Street
Department of Statistics Holiday Party
RSVP by Wednesday, November 26, 2014.

THURSDAY, December 4, 2014, at 4:30 PM, in Eckhart 133, 5734 S. University Avenue
RYAN TIBSHIRANI, Department of Statistics, Carnegie Mellon University
"A General Framework for Fast Stagewise Algorithms"
Host: Rina Foygel Barber

THURSDAY, December 4 to FRIDAY, December 5, 2014, Reading Period.