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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.

Professor Nicholas P. Jewell Elected to the National Academy of Medicine

We're excited to share that Statistics professor Nicholas P. Jewell is one of 80 individuals to be elected to the prestigious National Academy of Medicine. Being elected to the National Academy of Medicine is viewed as one of the greatest honors in the fields of medicine and health. Those elected have shown exceptional professional achievement and dedication to service.

We are Hiring! Assistant Professor sought

The Department of Statistics at the University of California, Berkeley seeks applications for a tenure track assistant professor position in the fields of Probability or Applied Statistics with the expected start date of July 1, 2018.

Data 8: The Fastest Growing Course in UC Berkeley's History

UC Berkeley has been leading the charge in making data science accessible by creating courses which allow students from all fields to learn how data science can help and impact their work. The foundational Data 8 course, created by an interdepartmental faculty team including Statistics faculty Ani Adhikari, Mike Jordan, and Deb Nolan, is the fastest-growing course in UC Berkeley's history.

JSM Alumni Reunion and Mixer

This past Sunday, July 31st, 2017, we held our 5th annual JSM UC Berkeley Statistics Department Alumni reunion and cocktail mixer. We are very thankful to all the alumni, faculty, and current students who were able to attend. Each year, this is a unique way for the UC Berkeley Statistics community to come together, reconnect, and meet new friends, whether it is new alumni, new faculty, or new students.

Joint Statistical Meetings, JSM, 2017 in Baltimore

This year's JSM is right around the corner, July 29th - August 3rd, 2017, in Baltimore. There are sure to be many wonderful presenters, insightful roundtables, and myriad opportunities for professional development. Be sure to see UC Berkeley Statistics professor Martin J. Wainwright, a featured speaker, on Monday, July 31st at 10:30 am.

Mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani has passed away

World renowned mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani died on July 14, 2017. Maryam was the first and only woman to win the highest prize in mathematics, the Fields Medal. An Iranian-American, she served as a reminder of the international character of research and scholarship. Maryam Mirzakhani left us in the prime of her life, and her passing is a great loss to the scientific community.

The Myth of the Hot Hand, New Research by faculty member Lisa Goldberg

Strength in Numbers In Search of the Warriors’ Hot Hand

Alon Daks, Nishant Desai, Lisa Goldberg*

May 30, 2017

The true believer in the law of small numbers commits his multitude of sins against the logic of statistical inference in good faith.

Amos Tversky and Daniel Kahneman, “Belief in the Law of Small Numbers”