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News and Events
- Other Departmental News
- Ward and Gundlach Collaborate on New Probability Textbook
- Kyle Bemis Wins First Place in AISES Conference Poster Competition
- Purdue Statistics Ranked Number One in U.S. Conferring Bachelor's Degrees in Statistics in 2012
- Navarro Selected to Inaugural Class of Purdue Global Ambassadors
- Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science Program Honor Outstanding Alumni for 2013
- So You Want to Be a Statistician in Business...
- Actuarial Science & Applied Statistics Senior Rachit Agarwal Profiled in Online Interview
- Purdue to Host 1st Annual Midwest Actuarial Student Conference
- Purdue Press Release Highlights NSF Grant for Statistics Living-Learning Community
- Please welcome visitors Dr. Munni Begum, Mr. James Miles, Dr. Zuofeng Shang, Dr. Walid Sharabati, and Dr. Jongwoo Song to Purdue Statistics
- Purdue Puts Spotlight on High-Frequency Data Analysis in Finance, Across the Hudson River From Wall Street
- Viens to Present College of Science Research Award Lecture
- North American School of Information Theory Coming to Purdue Summer 2013
- Congratulations May 2013 Graduates!
- Congratulations 2012-2013 Award Winners!
- Olga Vitek and Guang Cheng Receive Awards
- New York Times Story Highlights "Hot New Field" of Data Sciences
- Wolak and Woolford Named Distinguished Science Alumni for 2013
- Emeritus Professor William J. Studden: 1935-2013
- Emeritus Professor Steve Samuels: 1938-2012
- Zhang Elected to ISI
- Members of Statistics Department Recognized at College of Science Faculty and Staff Awards Luncheon
- Dr. Roland Thorpe Visits Campus
- Gundlach Discusses Students' Information Literacy & STAT113
- Ghosh Awarded Honorary D.Sc. Degree
- Statistics Students Featured in Insights Article About Diversity
Rodenberg and Beiderman Named Distinguished Science Alumni for 2014
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.
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
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. Peterís 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
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
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.
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."
"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."
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."
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."
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
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
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
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:
- social work
- public affairs
- science and engineering
- trade and industry
- literature and education
- civil service
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 StatisticsWe 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.
Please help make our visitors welcome, and feel free to stop by their offices to introduce yourself.
Congratulations December 2013 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"
- 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
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:
- Bioinformatics - Our work in this area started in 1995. Interdisciplinary collaborations with agronomists, biologists, and computer scientists are essential components.
- Climate Change and Computational Science - statistical models of Climate Change; long term collaborations with Earth and Atmospheric Sciences.
- Computational Finance - Cutting edge investment science; collaborations with Computer Science, Economics, Industrial Engineering, Management, and Mathematics.
- Statistics and Computer Science: Mining, Learning, Visualization and Massive Data - Statistics and Computer Science are natural partners today, and bringing together knowledge from the two disciplines holds great promise for the future of learning from data.
- Science Education - foundation developed by distinguished Professor for the scholarship of teaching.
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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