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Welcome New Faculty, Staff, Visitors, and Students


The Department of Statistics would like to welcome the new faculty, staff, visitors, and students to the department.

Sharon Christ

Sharon Christ joined the Department of Statistics as an Assistant Professor of Child Development and Family Studies (75%) and as an Assistant Professor (25%) of Statistics. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology in 2008 and her M.S in Statistics in 2004 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research interests include Scale Reliability Estimation and Testing using Longitudinal, Latent Variable Modes; Multilevel Modeling of Samples with Unequal Selection Probabilities; and Optimal Probability Weighting Methods in Trajectory Models for Data with Nonignorable Unequal Selection and Wave Nonresponse


Hyonho Chun

Hyonho Chun joined the Department of Statistics as an Assistant Professor of Statistics. She received her Ph.D. in Statistics in 2008 from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and completed a postdoc in Biostatistics at Yale University in 2010. Her researchinterests include Network inference and covariance estimation for high dimensional data; statistical genomics; statistical theory and methods for correlated high dimensional low sample size data; and nonparametric function estimation and machine learning.


Eric Imboden

Eric Imboden joined the Department of Statistics as the Web Administrator. This is a shared position (50-50) with the Department of Physics. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Technical Writing (specialty in Computer Science) from Purdue University in 1991. Since that time, he has held positions with Ernst & Young, Eli Lilly and Company, and other firms as Technical Writer, Technical Support specialist, and Web Designer/Developer.


Heon Joo Kim

Heon Joo Kim joined the Department of Statistics as a Visiting Scholar. She received her Ph.D. in Statistics in 1995 from Kyungpook National University. Professor Kim is interested in undergraduate instruction and will be observing/discussing many of our undergraduate classes. She first visited Purdue University as a Visiting Scholar in 1996.


Eric Muffley

Eric Muffley joined the Department of Statistics as the Windows Systems Administrator this summer. He received his Masters in Public Management in 2009 and his Bachelors in Computer Information Systems in 2004, both from Indiana University, his Associates in Computer Technology from Purdue University in 2004, and an Associates in Computer Information Systems from Ivy Tech Community College in 2002. He is in the process of building a home in northern West Lafayette and will move his family before the Holidays as he commutes from Kokomo until then. His interests include computers and traveling.


Gayla Olbricht

Gayla Olbricht joined the Department of Statistics as Visiting Assistant Professor of Statistics. She received her Ph.D. in Statistics in 2010 from the Department of Statistics, Purdue University. Her research interests include statistical bioinformatics, epigenomics, and differential expression analysis for gene expression and tiling array data. She will be working with Professor R.W. Doerge, and is currently the Assistant Director of the Statistics Consulting Service.


Thirty-One new graduate students, including 9 Ph.D. students and 22 M.S. students, and 3 Certificate students entered the Department of Statistics this fall. The new graduate students attended an orientation hosted by the Department on Sunday, August 15, 2010. A reception in honor of the new students was held on Friday, Aug. 20, 2010 for all the Department of Statistics faculty, staff, and students.

At the time of this writing, the Department of Statistics has 59 faculty members, 19 full and part-time staff members, 116 graduate students (63 Ph.D. students and 53 M.S. students) and 10 Certificate students.

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