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Congratulations to our 2018 Graduates

This year's commencement was a wonderful celebration for all those who participated, whether it was students, parents, faculty or staff. We had more students participate than even before in our graduation ceremony which took place at Zellerbach Playhouse on Monday, May 14th, 2018.

Statistics Undergraduate is Runner-up for University Medal

The University Medal is one of the most competitive and prestigious awards given to a graduating senior at UC Berkeley. To qualify students must embody the mission and message of the university, have made a meaningful impact on their community, overcome significant personal obstacles, and maintained a 3.96 GPA or better. 

Project Jupyter Team selected for the ACM Software System Award

We are excited to share that the team behind Project Jupyter has been awarded the ACM Software System Award. The team includes Statistics faculty member Fernando Perez. Professor Perez was one of the original developers of iPython, the program from which Project Jupyter has its roots. Project Jupyter has been revolutionary and its open collaborative platform allows users to create tools for interactive computing.

Successful BSTARS 2018 Conference

Monday March 12th 2018 was our 6th Berkeley Statistics Research Annual Symposium. It was a fantastic event with over 100 attendees comprise of faculty, graduate students, post-docs, and industry partners. There were 16 UCB PhD & post-doc thunder talks as well as 6 talks from Statistics Department IAP members. The talks were followed by a lively poster session with 21 posters from UCB PhD & post-docs.

New UC Berkeley Dorm Named after David Blackwell

The university made an exciting announcement that a new dorm will be named after Emeritus Statistics Professor David Blackwell. Professor Blackwell was the first African-American tenured faculty member at UC Berkeley. The Statistics Department is happy to share that his memory will live on and incoming students will learn about him by living in a building named after him.

UCB Statistics Ph.D. has Winning Paper

The Bayesian Statistical Science Section announced the outcome of their 2018 student paper competition.  They had forty entrants and UCB Statistics Ph.D. student Ryan Giordano was one of ten who was selected to receive a travel award to attend the JSM in Vancouver this coming July.

UCB Statistics Students win Big at Citadel's Data Science Contest

After Citadel's nationwide datathon series last year, winners from 20 different universities were invited to take part in a week long finale. The group from UC Berkeley, which included two Statistics Department PhD students Soeren Kuenzel and Jake Soloff, were chosen as the winners!

We are Hiring! Lecturers sought!

Lecturer Department of Statistics University of California, Berkeley

The Department of Statistics at UC Berkeley invites applications for a pool of qualified temporary instructors to teach the following courses should an opening arise. Screening of applicants is ongoing and will continue as needed. The number of positions varies from semester to semester, depending upon the needs of the Department. Positions may range from 33% to 100% time.

October 20th was World Statistics Day

In case you missed it, World Statistics Day was October 20th! Check out this interesting post written by the UCB Statistics Department's own Professor Bin Yu for the National Academy of Sciences. Her post discusses the key statistical components which influence and impact the emerging field of data science and some interesting historical events that first combine the fields of statistics and computer science.