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Statistics Program News

From left to right, Biostatistics graduate students Mallorie Fiero and Kevin Doubleday, Sahuaro High School Statistics teacher Andrew Christian, and Statistics graduate student Grant Schissler. Mallorie, Kevin, and Grant, with two Statistics program faculty, received an American Statistical Association Award for Outreach. More information on their achievement is below. 

Student and Faculty Publications, Presentations, and Awards

Our students and faculty have been busy! Below are just a few of the recent outstanding achievements of members of Statistics program. 

Miao Zhang (PhD program) and Qike Li (PhD program) received Herbert E. Carter Travel Awards to fund their trips to the Joint Statistical Meetings (JSM) in Baltimore, MD, July 29-August 3, 2017. Congratulations, Miao and Qike!

Helen Zhang (Professor, Mathematics) was selected as a 2016 Fellow by the Institute of Mathematical Sciences for her influential contributions to nonparametric statistics, feature selection, high-dimensional statistics, and machine learning and data mining; and for her excellent service to the profession. Fellows will be presented at the IMS Presidential Address and Awards session at World Congress in Toronto.

Rhoda Muse (PhD program) was awarded the 2015 University Fellowship Statistics First Year Student Award! Check out the article in UANews!

Brian Hallmark (PhD program) is a National Institutes of Health 2015 Fellow!

Helen Zhang (Professor, Mathematics) was selected as a 2015 Fellow by The American Statistical Association Committee on Fellows for her outstanding contributions to the statistical profession.

Keisuke Hirano (Professor, Economics) received the 2015 Nakahara Prize by the Japanese Economic Association - See more here 

Peter Chesson (Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology) has been named a Fellow of the Ecological Society of America.  This honorary title recognizes exceptional contributions to the discipline. Fellows are elected for life.

Grant Schissler (Statistics PhD program), Mallorie Fiero (Biostatistics PhD program) and Kevin Doubleday (Biostatistics MS program), with supervision from Melanie Bell (Associate Professor, College of Public Health), and Joseph Watkins (Professor, Mathematics), received the American Statistical Association Award for Outreach in recognition of their efforts to bring statistics to K-12 in Tucson. Their grant, "Incorporating quantitatively-talented and underrepresented high school students in Arizona into the biostatistics community," will aim to increase awareness of careers in biostatistics and promote a college education in biostatistics among underrepresented high school students in Advanced Placement (AP) Statistics classes in Southern Arizona. Link to the story from the American Statistical Association.

Congratulations also to our recent program graduates!

Colin Dawson (PhD)
Brent Marinan (MS)
John Wauters (MS)
Haiquan Li (Certificate)
John Bear (PhD)
Xuan Barletta (MS)
William Bigelow (Certificate)
Fang Fang (PhD)
Julia Fisher (MS)
Leanne Fuller (Certificate)
Chunhui He (Certificate)
Ruoyu Huang (MS)
Kurt Michels (PhD)
Sean Ashley (MS)


Statistics Program Events

Statistics Colloquia: The Statistics Program sponsors a Statistics colloquium every month, featuring leaders in statistical advancement from both the University of Arizona and various other institutions. Topics range widely, and colloquia are open to the public - All are welcome! Attendees have the opportunity to meet with guest speakers after the event. Fall 2016 colloquia take place on Wednesdays at 3pm in Math 402. Refreshments are provided. For more information, see the site page


Last updated 5 Jun 2017