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Announcements and News

Bahadur Memorial Lectures
Michael I. Jordan, Pehong Chen Distinguished Professor at the University of California, Berkeley, was the speaker for the annual Bahadur Memorial Lectures on May 4 and 7, 2015, at 4:00 pm in Eckhart 133. Click here for scenes from the reception.

Billingsley Lectures on Probability
Prof. Wendelin Werner of the Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich will speak on "Random Phenomena and Conformal Invariance Within Fractal Gaskets" for the 4th Billingsley Lecture on Probability on Thursday, April 16, 2015, at 4:30 pm in Eckhart 133. Reception follows in Eckhart 209.

Department Picnic
All Statistics students, faculty, staff, and their families are invited to the annual Department Picnic which has been rescheduled to Saturday, June 6, 2015, at 12 pm at Promontory Point in Hyde Park. For more information, please visit the picnic page.

Award-winning Students!
The Department is happy to announce the newly established David Wallace Award for Applied Statistics, thanks to a generous donation by Statistics alumnus David Frohardt-Lane (MS, 2000). This annual award will be given to two graduate students working on applications of statistics in scientific domains. Congratulations to Andrew Poppick and Xiang Zhu as the first awardees for their work in statistical climate models and statistical genetics, respectively.

The Department of Statistics has an opening for a Lecturer. 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

Sloan Fellowship to Jian Ding
Congratulations to Prof. Jian Ding as one of 126 early-career scientists to receive a 2015 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship in Mathematics. The Foundation awards 2-year fellowships annually in 9 scientific and technical fields; recipients receive $50,000 to further their research.

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.

Dept. of Energy ASCR Research Award to Jonathan Weare
Congratulations to Prof. Jonathan Weare for being selected for a 2015 Department of Energy Early Research Award in the Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR) program.

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

Best wishes to our department's Spring Quarter graduates!
Walter Dempsey, Ph.D.
Eric Janofsky, Ph.D.
Wei Su, Ph.D.
Ruming Wang, Ph.D.
Chaoxing Dai, M.S.
Peter Hansen, M.S.
Byol Kim, M.S.
Sanggi Kim, M.S.
Zachary Schaefer, M.S.
Jingu Sung, M.S.
Deborah Sutton, M.S.
Ye Tian, M.S.
Nathan Vos, M.S.
Sifu Yue, M.S.
Miao Zhang, M.S.


Department Events This Week

MONDAY, June 1, 2015, at 4:00 PM, in Eckhart 133, 5734 S. University Avenue
Statistics Colloquium
RAVI VARADHAN, Division of Biostatistics & Bioinformatics, Johns Hopkins University "Accelerating the Convergence of Monotone Iterations, Including the EM and MM Algorithms, Using SQUAREM"

THURSDAY, June 4, 2015, at 4:30 PM, in Eckhart 133, 5734 S. University Avenue
Scientific and Statistical Computing Seminar
DAVID GLEICH, Department of Computer Science, Purdue University
"Spacey Random Walks and Tensor Spectral Clustering"
Host: Lek-Heng Lim

THURSDAY, June 4-5, 2015, Reading period

SATURDAY, June 6, 2015, Department of Statistics Annual Picnic, at 12:00 PM at Promontory Point (Hyde Park, Chicago).