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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”

Data science program reaches new milestones

From the article:

As Fall 2016 winds to a close, UC Berkeley’s Data Science education program reached new heights and is poised for further growth in 2017. Approximately 500 students enrolled this semester in the entry-level course, Foundations of Data Science, and hundreds more in connector courses spanning topics ranging from neuroscience to media studies.