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Announcements and News

Bahadur Memorial Lectures
Michael I. Jordan, Pehong Chen Distinguished Professor at the University of California, Berkeley, will be the speaker for the annual Bahadur Memorial Lectures on May 4 and 7, 2015, at 4:00 pm in Eckhart 133.

Billingsley Lectures on Probability
Prof. Wendelin Werner of the Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich will speak on "Random Phenomena and Conformal Invariance Within Fractal Gaskets" for the 4th Billingsley Lecture on Probability on Thursday, April 16, 2015, at 4:30 pm in Eckhart 133. Reception follows in Eckhart 209.

The Department of Statistics has openings for the positions of William H. Kruskal Instructor, Lecturer, and Assistant Professor. Applications are accepted via the University of Chicago's Academic Career Opportunities employment site.

Prospective Students
Read more at our Admissions site about exciting changes to our programs of study. Questions? Email us at

Sloan Fellowship to Jian Ding
Congratulations to Prof. Jian Ding as one of 126 early-career scientists to receive a 2015 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship in Mathematics. The Foundation awards 2-year fellowships annually in 9 scientific and technical fields; recipients receive $50,000 to further their research.

Data-Driven Discovery Award to Matthew Stephens
Congratulations to Prof. Matthew Stephens as one of fourteen investigators selected for DDD awards from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation as part of its five-year interdisciplinary science research initiative. Matthew's blog speaks in more detail of his project and future plans.

The Computational and Applied Mathematics Initiative builds on the interdisciplinary efforts of Statistics faculty, students; their research, seminars, and classes.

IMA Summer School on Modern Applications of Representation Theory
Professors Risi Kondor and Lek-Heng Lim of our Department of Statistics and Prof. Jason Morton of Penn State were the organizers. Guest speakers' lectures by topic and speaker are available here.


Department Events This Week

MONDAY, April 20, 2015, at 4:00 PM, in Eckhart 133, 5734 S. University Avenue
Statistics Colloquium
KATHRYN ROEDER, Department of Statistics, Carnegie Mellon University
"A Method to Exploit the Structure of Genetic Ancestry Space to Enhance Case-Control Studies"

WEDNESDAY, April 22, at 8:30 AM, in Eckhart 117, 5734 S. University Avenue
Master's Thesis Presentation
SANGGI KIM, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago

THURSDAY, April 23, 2015, at 4:30 PM, in Eckhart 133, 5734 S. University Avenue
Scientific and Statistical Computing Seminar
GIDEON SIMPSON, Department of Mathematics, Drexel University
"A Relative Entropy Formulation of Diffusive Molecular Dynamics"
Host: Jonathan Weare