Welcome New Students and Faculty

August,  2004


The Department of Statistics would like to welcome 28 new students. Sixteen Ph.D. students, nine M.S. students and three Graduate Certificate students have entered the department this fall.

Last week the new students attended several orientation events hosted by the department. On Sunday, Aug. 15th, the new students gathered for an orientation and Pizza Party with presentations from Professor Mary Ellen Bock, Department Head, Doug Crabill, Computer Systems Administrator, Professor Bruce Craig, Director of Statistical Consulting Service, Johnna Anderson, Graduate Student Organization (GSO) Coordinator, and John Stevens, Statistics in the Community (STATCOM). On Monday, Aug. 16th, the new students attended an orientation given by Doug Crabill, on the departmental computing facilities. Other activities during the week included STAT Department Vista Training, CETA/CIE Teaching Assistant Orientation, Micro Teaching Workshop, STAT 225 and STAT 301 TA Training sessions and a Graduate School Convocation. The week of orientation concluded with a reception for all faculty, staff and students on Friday, Aug. 20th, in MATH G175.

The department also welcomes four new faculty members to the department. Bowei Xi joined the department as an Assistant Professor. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, and her research interests include Internet Tomography, Computer Networking, and Combinatorial and Global Optimization. She will be teaching STAT 524 this semester. Three new visitors were added to the faculty as well. Eitan Greenshtein is a Visiting Professor from Haifa University, Haifa, Israel. His research interests include Comparison of Experiments, Decision Theory, Model Selection in Particular for High Dimensional Models, and Sequential Analysis. He will be teaching STAT 503 this semester. Bhramar Mukherjee is a Visiting Assistant Professor from the University of Florida, Gainesville, FL. She will teach STAT 501 and her research interests include Bayesian Statistics, Case-Control Studies, Experimental Design, and Statistical Methods in Epidemiology. Rochelle Remke, a Purdue Statistics graduate, is a Visiting Instructor and will teach STAT 301 and STAT 506.