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Purdue Statistics Alumni Reception planned for Sunday, August 3rd, 2014 at JSM in Boston

JSM 2014

Be sure not to miss the Purdue University Friends and Alumni Reception hosted by the Department of Statistics to be held during the 2014 Joint Statistical Meetings (JSM) in Boston, MA, on Sunday, August 3rd, 2014, at 6:30pm in the Hancock Room of the Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel.


Please RSVP no later than July 28th, 2014 to Marian Duncan (duncan40@purdue.edu
or 765-494-6030).  View the invitation for full details.

Roland Thorpe Appointed to Federal Advisory Committee on Minority Health

Dr. Roland Thorpe
Dr. Roland Thorpe
Purdue Statistics alumnus Dr. Roland Thorpe, Assistant Professor at Johns Hopkins University's Bloomberg School of Public Health, was recently appointed to the Advisory Committee on Minority Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). As a member of that committee, Dr. Thorpe will help advise the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health on issues affecting the health and well-being of minorities.

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Congratulations May 2014 Graduates!

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Purdue Statistics - Spring 2014 Statistics Graduates May 2014 - Statistics Graduates

Purdue Statistics - Spring 2014 Statistics Graduates May 2014 - Statistics Graduates



In May 2014, Purdue University and the Department of Statistics awarded graduate and undergraduate degrees to the following people:

Ph.D. Graduates - (Advisor)
  • Dr. Allison Davidson (Advisor: Mark Daniel Ward)
  • Dr. Hyokun Yun (Advisor: S.V.N Vishwanathan)


M.S. Graduates
  • Mr. Mohneetsingh Ahuja
  • Ms. Chen Chen
  • Ms. Jiajie Huang
  • Ms. Yue Liu
  • Ms. Chunyan Sun
  • Mr. Wei Sun
  • Mr. Xi Tan
  • Mr. Jeffrey Ting
  • Mr. Han Wang
  • Ms. Yahui Wang


Undergraduates in Statistics and Actuarial Sciences
  • Mr. Rachit Agarwal
  • Ms. Syaza Ahmad
  • Mr. Nurlan Amanturlyuly
  • Mr. Kevin M. Amstutz
  • Mr. Stewart N. Bailey
  • Mr. Xuwei Bian
  • Ms. Claire E. Bourdon
  • Ms. Ang Cao
  • Ms. Pianpian Cao
  • Mr. Junyu Chen
  • Ms. Lingxiao Chen
  • Ms. Linzi Chen
  • Ms. Tete Cheng
  • Ms. Alice Chiang
  • Mr. Austin M. Childs
  • Mr. Sung Rai Cho
  • Mr. Zesheng Chu
  • Ms. Emily E. Clauss
  • Mr. Zachary N. Collignon
  • Ms. Fangwei Cui
  • Ms. Shuaijia Dai
  • Mr. Ryne L. Dolney
  • Ms. Siqi Dong
  • Mr. Ryan J. Farrell
  • Ms. Jennifer M. Franks
  • Ms. Marissa A. Gargano
  • Mr. Yong Sen Goh
  • Ms. Ruiyang Gong
  • Mr. Huanyi Guo
  • Mr. Abhishek M. Gupta
  • Mr. Robert L. Hansen
  • Mr. Kaixuan He
  • Mr. Yi Hu
  • Ms. Ye Hua
  • Ms. Liren Jiang
  • Ms. Zhouyilan Jiang
  • Ms. Shahreen Kibriya
  • Mr. Brandon J. Kill
  • Mr. Darmen G. Koishybayev
  • Mr. Kavit Kumar
  • Ms. Sarah A. Kusumastuti
  • Ms. Weibo Lan
  • Mr. John B. Leemhuis
  • Ms. Xiang Li
  • Ms. Antong Li
  • Mr. Siyu Lin
  • Ms. Yue Liu
  • Mr. Jacob O. Logan
  • Ms. Leslie A. MacDonald
  • Mr. Kieran G. Mackle
  • Mr. Sean D. McCabe
  • Ms. Yasnani B. Md Yassin
  • Ms. Fatin Farhana Mohd Pajri
  • Mr. Rinat Mukhamadiyev
  • Mr. Cody M. Pagels
  • Ms. Vivian M. Pang
  • Mr. Tairan Qiu
  • Mr. Yifei Ren
  • Mr. Bryce A. Scott
  • Mr. Qiao Shao
  • Ms. Wenting Shi
  • Ms. Sandy C. Shyu
  • Mr. David R. Snyder
  • Ms. Carly B. Stenger
  • Mr. Xinyu Sui
  • Ms. Xinyao Sun
  • Mr. Jonathan Tai
  • Mr. Matthew T. Tanabe
  • Ms. Bianca J. Voon
  • Mr. Minkang Wang
  • Ms. Sihui Wang
  • Mr. Wenda Wang
  • Mr. Yifei Wang
  • Ms. Jingyang Wang
  • Mr. David R. Wirtner
  • Ms. Hee Young Won
  • Mr. Jacob P. Wright
  • Mr. Zichen Wu
  • Mr. Jake Xu
  • Mr. Yi Yang
  • Mr. Chuang Yao
  • Ms. Xiaoxi Zhang
  • Mr. Chao Zhao
  • Mr. Lei Zhong
  • Mr. Dias Zhorabekov
  • Ms. Qingshi Zhou
  • Mr. Kehao Zhu
Congratulations to all of our May 2014 graduates. Best wishes to all of you, and we look forward to hearing from you soon!

Congratulations 2014 Spring Award Winners!

College of Science Outstanding Statistics Students 2014
2014 College of Science Outstanding Statistics Students Stephen Mussmann, Jenna Reno, and Rustam Orazaliyev pose with College of Science Dean Jeffrey Roberts

The Department of Statistics extends congratulations to the faculty and student award winners for the 2013-2014 academic year. The awards program was held on Thursday, April 17, 2014. College of Science Dean Jeffrey Roberts presented the awards to a number of faculty, staff, and students.

See the entire list of award winners and honorees at this link.

Associate Professor Guang Cheng receives a Simons Foundation Fellowship

Guang Cheng Guang Cheng
Associate Professor Guang Cheng receives a Simons Foundation Fellowship. The Simons Fellows in Mathematics awards are given based on the applicant's scientific accomplishment in the five-year period preceding the application and on a judgment of the potential scientific impact. The Simons fellowship provides an academic year-long research leave from classroom teaching and administrative obligations. Dr. Cheng will conduct his research at Princeton University in the 2014-2015 academic year.


Rodenberg and Beiderman Named Distinguished Science Alumni for 2014

Dr. Cindy Rodenberg (Ph.D. Statistics 1996) and Robert Beiderman (B.S. Applied Statistics) have been selected as the 2014 Distinguished Alumni by the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Sciences Program, respectively. Rodenberg and Beiderman will be presented with the honors at the College of Science's Distinguished Science Alumni awards program on Friday, April 11th, 2014. The awards were established in 1990 to recognize outstanding achievement by College of Science alumni in professional and related fields.


Dr. Cindy Rodenberg Dr. Cindy Rodenberg
Dr. Cindy Rodenberg
Section Head, Fem and Family Care Clinical and Statistics and Biotechnology Global Capability Organization Statistics
Proctor and Gamble, Cincinnati, Ohio


Dr. Cindy Rodenberg received her PhD from the Department of Statistics in 1996. Her PhD advisor was Professor George McCabe. Dr. Rodenberg feels she benefited from Purdue's style of teaching, research and guidance. It instilled and developed an alternative way of thinking; one that is necessary, in her mind, to succeed in the business world today. She says that statisticians provide a major leadership role in solving problems, not only through their technical expertise but also through their systematic approach to decision making and understanding of uncertainty.

Some of her favorite memories at Purdue include eating very hot, home-grown jalapenos at Professor Tom Kuczek's house with friends; and the sense of accomplishment she felt at passing the Comprehensive exams.

Dr. Rodenberg has been employed for 15-years by Proctor and Gamble (P&G) in Cincinnati, Ohio. She leads a team of statisticians, data managers, clinical scientists and trial managers in the utilization of robust and innovative clinical, statistical and data management tools in clinical and consumer research programs. At P&G Dr. Rodenberg has been a leader in groundbreaking research concerning women's health.



Robert Beiderman Robert Beiderman
Robert K. Beiderman
Manager, Retirement Programs
Southern Company, Atlanta, GA


Bob Beiderman earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Statistics at Purdue University. He is an Enrolled Actuary, an Associate of the Society of Actuaries, a Fellow of the Conference of Consulting Actuaries, and a member of the American Academy of Actuaries. Bob currently serves as a co-chairperson for the Enrolled Actuary Examination Committee for EA 2A.

Currently, Mr. Beiderman is the Manager of Retirement Programs at Southern Company in Atlanta, Georgia. He has over 25 years of consulting experience, and works with many plan sponsors to develop and implement frozen plan solutions to manage costs and mitigate risk. Mr. Beiderman has assisted several clients with total HR transformation projects which included assessing current value, developing and implementing plan design alternatives and overseeing process management effectiveness. In addition, he has worked with various organizations on retirement design, communication, post-retirement medical plans, and financial management issues. Throughout his career as a retirement consultant Bob has served as national chairperson for new client transition/implementation, national chairperson for retirement training, and national chairperson for recruiting.

Myra Samuels Memorial Lecture

Myra Myra Samuels

Peter Mccullagh Peter Mccullagh
The Myra Samuels Memorial Lecture is named in memory of Myra Samuels, who was associate professor of biostatistics and epidemiology in Purdue's Department of Veterinary Pathobiology and associate director of Statistical Consulting in the Department of Statistics. She received her Ph.D. in statistics from the University of California, Berkeley, under Jerzy Neyman, and taught at Purdue for 24 years. Her research was oriented toward issues in biostatistics and included both conceptual issues in mathematical statistics and collaborations on applications.

We were honored to have Dr. Peter McCullagh as our speaker. Dr. Peter McCullagh is currently the John D. MacArthur Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of Statistics at the University of Chicago. Peter’s research interests include statistical models and scientific applications. He is the coauthor of Generalized Linear Models. The International Statistical Institute awarded Dr. McCullagh the 2013 Karl Pearson Prize, which recognizes a contemporary research contribution that has had a profound influence on statistical theory, methodology, practice or applications.

Dr. McCullagh is a Fellow of the Royal Society and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is also a member of the American Statistical Association and the Institute of Mathematical Sciences. He has received numerous awards and recognition for his research, including two Guy medals from the Royal Statistical Society. He also received the CPOSS President's award in 1990.

Dr. McCullagh's abstract was titled: Survival Models and Health Sequences. Medical investigations focusing on patient survival often generate not only a failure time for each patient but also a sequence of measurements on patient health at annual or semi-annual check-ups while the patient remains alive. This talk was concerned with a general technique — temporal realignment — for constructing statistical models for survival processes.

Details available: http://www.stat.uchicago.edu/~pmcc/reports/revival.pdf

Emeritus Professor Louis J. Cote

Louis J. Cote Louis J. Cote
Emeritus Professor Louis J. Cote, husband, father, mathematician, photographer and horologist died March 14, 2014 at the age of 92. Lou began his career in 1954. He retired in 1991. He and his wife of 65 years, Lillian E. (Grundfest) Cote, have 4 children, John, Charlie, Sarah and Paul. They also have 2 daughters-in-law, Carla Koertge and Ellen Nelson, and a son-in-law Dan Reinker, He was proud of them and of his two grandsons, Carl and Sam, who have been lucky to have their grandpa as a role model for 26 and 14 years, respectively.

Lou was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1921. He joined the Army Air Corps, completed officer training and went off to WWII as a meteorologist in a B25 (airplane) flying out of Calcutta, India. After the war, he came home to finish his studies at the University of Michigan. It was there, while living in coop housing that he met Lillian. After they married, Lou and Lillian moved to New York, where Lou finished his PhD in Mathematics at Columbia University. He became a Professor of Mathematical Statistics at Purdue University in 1954. After leaving Purdue for a brief stint at Syracuse University, Lou, Lillian and their growing family returned to West Lafayette, and Purdue in 1958, where he taught until he retired.

Lou and Lillian raised their kids in West Lafayette, but recently moved to University Place. Lou had a seemingly endless repertoire of old songs and poems in several languages. He was a volunteer for the Friends of the West Lafayette Public Library, and served on the boards of several other organizations. Lou had a full and happy life and will be missed. Donations may be made to Friends of the West Lafayette Public Library. He bequeathed his body to the Indiana University Medical School and requested there be no services.

Members of Statistics Department honored with College of Science Faculty and Staff Awards

2014 College of Science Faculty Staff Awards Winners from Statistics
Members of the Statistics Department pose with Dean Jeffrey Roberts
after receiving College of Science Faculty and Staff Awards


Congratulations to Doug Crabill, Bruce Craig, Marshay Jolly, Sarah Sellke, and Jerrod Welsh, all of whom were recognized at the College of Science Faculty and Staff Awards luncheon held on Thursday, February 20th, 2014 in the Stewart Center.

Doug Crabill
Doug Crabill
Douglas G. Crabill
Professional Achievement Award

"For excellent support to faculty and staff for IT needs at an exceptional level; for consistently volunteering himself for departmental functions and social activities and for serving as a role model."


Bruce Craig
Bruce Craig
Professor Bruce A. Craig
Engagement Award

"For excellent leadership in the Statistical Consulting Service, for providing outstanding statistical consulting to support faculty research and to train graduate students, and for significant interdisciplinary research projects."

Marshay Jolly
Marshay Jolly
Marshay Jolly
Professional Achievement Award

"The Departments of Mathematics and Statistics recognize Marshay Jolly for her outstanding support of the business enterprises of the departments and for her positive and proactive approach to assisting faculty and staff."

Sarah Sellke
Sarah Sellke
Continuing Lecturer Sarah Sellke
Outstanding Service to College of Science Department Award

"For outstanding contributions to STAT 350 by developing and offering online sections and IMPACT sections, and for overall contribution to a friendly and positive environment."

Jerrod Welsh
Jerrod Welsh
Jerrod Welsh
Customer Service Award

"For consistent support and prompt attention to IT needs, for excellence in maintaining the Windows systems and network in the Department of Statistics and in the College of Science."

Purdue Statistics members part of team to identify gene that eases the genetic modification of plants

Rebecca Doerge Rebecca Doerge
Gayla Olbricht Gayla Olbricht
A recent discovery could lead to easier genetic modification of plant varieties considered recalcitrant to standard methods, including varieties of economically important crops. Rebecca Doerge, the Trent and Judith Anderson Distinguished Professor of Statistics, and Dr. Gayla Olbricht former Ph.D. student of Doerge, now on faculty at Missouri University Science and Technology provided the statistical analyses of these data.

A Purdue University research team identified a gene that influences susceptibility to infection by Agrobacterium tumefaciens, a bacterium that is used as a tool to insert genes into plants to produce traits such as resistance to pests, diseases or harsh environmental conditions or to improve the nutrition or shelf life of a crop.

Read the entire article on the Purdue News website.

Ward appointed Managing Editor of mathematics journal

Mark Daniel Ward Mark Daniel Ward
Professor Mark Daniel Ward has been appointed as Managing Editor for the journal Applicable Analysis and Discrete Mathematics. It is the successor journal of Publikacije Elektrotehničkog fakulteta — Serija Matematika, which was founded in the year 1956. It is published by the University of Belgrade and Academic Mind, Belgrade.

Applicable Analysis and Discrete Mathematics is currently ranked as 51 out of 296 journals in pure mathematics by Thomson Reuters'. The stated scope is, "Applicable Analysis and Discrete Mathematics publishes original papers in Mathematics, particularly in classical mathematical analysis, complex analysis, functional analysis, differential and difference equations, special functions, combinatorics and graph theory, mathematical applications in probability and statistics, numerical analysis and computer science."

Professor Jayanta Ghosh honored with the Padma Shri Award

Jayanta Ghosh Jayanta Ghosh
Congratulations to Professor Jayanta Ghosh for being honored with India's Padma Shri award. The President of India has approved conferment of 127 Padma Awards including one duo case (counted as one). The list comprises two Padma Vibhushan, 24 Padma Bhushan, and 101 Padma Shri Awardees.

Padma Awards, the country's highest civilian awards, are conferred in three categories, namely, Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan, and Padma Shri. The Awards are given in various disciplines/fields of activities:
  • art
  • social work
  • public affairs
  • science and engineering
  • trade and industry
  • medicine
  • literature and education
  • sports
  • civil service
  • etc.
'Padma Vibhushan' is awarded for exceptional and distinguished service, 'Padma Bhushan' for distinguished service of high order, and 'Padma Shri' for distinguished service in any field. The awards are announced on the occasion of Republic Day every year. The awards are conferred by the President of India at a function held at Rashtrapati Bhawan sometime around March/April.

Please join us in congratulating Professor Ghosh for this honor!

A Career in Statistics: Opportunities, Duties, and Salaries



If you enjoy parsing data, then pursuing a career as a statistician might be to your liking. Your strong interest in math or statistical theory can lead to a position where you collect, organize, and interpret numerical data, summarizing your findings into information that people find usable as well as useful. Statisticians may be generalists or work in a specific field such as economics, agricultural, or marketing. Similar job titles include program research specialist, clinical statistics manager, demographer, and trend investigator.

Read the entire article on the saycampuslife.com website.

Please welcome visitors Dr. Khalifa Es-Sebaiy, Dr. Marcelo Mollinari, Dr. Bruce Solomon, and Dr. Seongjoo Song to Purdue Statistics

We are pleased to welcome Dr. Khalifa Es-Sebaiy, Dr. Marcelo Mollinari, Dr. Bruce Solomon, and Dr. Seongjoo Song as visitors of Purdue Statistics this (Spring 2014) semester.

Dr. Khalifa Es-SebaiyDr. Khalifa Es-Sebaiy
Dr. Khalifa Es-Sebaiy is a Fulbright Scholar from Cadi Ayyad University in Morocco. He will be visiting and collaborating with Dr. Frederi Viens this year. His office will be in MATH 515.


Dr. Marcelo MollinariDr. Marcelo Mollinari
Dr. Marcelo Mollinari will be a Visiting Scholar this year (February 2014 to January 2015). He will be visiting from São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) and will be working with Dr. Rebecca Doerge. Dr. Mollinari's office will be in MATH 519.


Dr. Bruce SolomonDr. Bruce Solomon
Dr. Bruce Solomon will be a Limited Term Lecturer in Purdue Statistics this semester (January 6, 2014 to May 18, 2014) He will be teaching STAT 301. Dr. Solomon's office will be in MATH 501.


Dr. Seongjoo SongDr. Seongjoo Song
Dr. Seongjoo Song is on sabbatical from Korea University in Seoul, Korea where she is a Professor of Statistics. While at Purdue Statistics this year (January 6, 2014 to May 18, 2014 and August 18, 2014 to January 4, 2015) she will be a Visiting Professor and will be teaching STAT 512 in the Spring. Dr. Song's host will be Dr. Rebecca Doerge. She is located in MATH 508.


Please help make our visitors welcome, and feel free to stop by their offices to introduce yourself.

Congratulations December 2013 Graduates!

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Purdue Statistics - December 2013 Statistics Graduates



On Sunday, December 15, 2013, Purdue University and the Department of Statistics awarded graduate and undergraduate degrees to the following people:

Ph.D. Graduates - (Advisor) Dissertation Title
  • Dr. Glen DePalma (Advisor: Bruce A. Craig) Title: "Disk Diffusion Breakpoint Determination Using a Bayesian Nonparametric Variation of the Errors-in-Variables Model"
  • Dr. Cheng Liu (Advisor: Hao Zhang) Title: "Non-parametric Spatial Models"
  • Dr. Jeffrey Nisen (Advisor: Jose Figueroa-Lopez) Title: "Statistical Estimation of Jump-Diffusion Models via Optimal Thresholding"
  • Dr. Danni Yu (Advisor: Olga Vitek) Title: "Noise Reduction and Variance Estimation for High-Throughput molecular Biology Experiments with Small Sample Size"
  • Dr. Han Wu (Advisor: Michael Zhu) Title: "Statistical Models for Gene and Transcripts Quantification and Identification Using RNA-Seq"


M.S. Graduates
  • Mr. Jorge Alfaro Murillo
  • Mr. Wei Dou


Undergraduates in Statistics and Actuarial Sciences
  • Mr. Kairatuly Bauyrzhan
  • Ms. Elizabeth N. Caldwell
  • Mr. Henry A. Char
  • Mr. Haolin Chen
  • Ms. Tianyi Chen
  • Mr. Zuoyang Ding
  • Mr. Austin D. Graber
  • Ms. Xin He
  • Mr. Chengyu Huang
  • Mr. Nathaniel T. Johnson
  • Mr. Bikram S. Kalra
  • Ms. Margaret H. Kim
  • Mr. Alisher Kussaiyn
  • Ms. Kunyu Li
  • Ms. Carmine J. Lim
  • Ms. Shimeng Lin
  • Ms. Renee C. Maciejewski
  • Ms. Ain Fazlin Mohd Podzi
  • Mr. Rinat Mukhamadiyev
  • Ms. Erin L. Myers
  • Ms. Rabiatul A. Nizam
  • Mr. Yicun Qian
  • Ms. Chen Shen
  • Mr. Ahmad Dhiyaurrahman Abdul Shukor
  • Ms. Shuang Su
  • Ms. Kimberly Suhendro
  • Ms. Julia C. Welton
  • Ms. Edyta A. Winkowska
  • Ms. Xinqing Wu
  • Ms. Youjia Yang
  • Ms. Yuxi Yang
  • Mr. Zharfan Zainuddin
  • Mr. Wenjun Zhang
  • Mr. Hongyu Zhao
  • Ms. Chenlin Zhou
Congratulations to all of our December 2013 graduates. Best wishes to all of you, and we look forward to hearing from you soon!

Statistics at Purdue

Our commitment to core areas of research in Mathematical, Methodological, and Applied Statistics, and Probability supports and enhances our focus areas of research in:

Professor Tom Sellke

Our StatCom program is a community service program directed and staffed by graduate students in the Department. The Department's Statisical Consulting Service offers free statistical software and design consultations to University researchers. Students and staff participate in Purdue's Technical Assistance Program (TAP) which helps Indiana's businesses and industries implement new technologies.

All of our work is supported by our state of the art facilities enabling our faculty, staff and students to realize their full potential.


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