Invited Speaker Series

The Department of Statistics sponsors the Invited Speakers Series.  Faculty, staff, and students are able to engage with prominent members of the statistics community.

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Stats and Stories

  • Stats and Stories: Abstract art or modern congressional districts - statistical thinking to fix gerrymandering

    Gary KingEpisode 55: Abstract art or modern congressional districts- statistical thinking to fix gerrymandering

    Release Date: 4/26/2018

    Guest: Gary King

    Gary King (@kinggary) is the Albert J. Weatherhead III University Professor and Director of the Institute for Quantitative Social Science at Harvard University . King focuses on innovations that span the range from statistical theory to practical application. His methods are used extensively in many fields of academia, government, consulting, and private industry. He is a founder, and inventor of the original technology for, Learning Catalytics, Crimson Hexagon, Perusall, and other firms. He is a founder, and inventor of the original technology for, Learning Catalytics, Crimson Hexagon, Perusall, and OpenScholar

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  • Stats and Stories: Jaguar corridors, koala conservation and reef health - statistics in celebration of Earth Day

    Kerrie MengersenEpisode 54: Jaguar corridors, koala conservation and reef health - statistics in celebration of Earth Day

    Release Date: 4/19/2018

    Guest: Kerrie Mengersen

    Kerrie Mengersen (@KerrieMengersen) is Distinguished Professor at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, and past-President of the International Society for Bayesian Analysis (ISBA) . Her research spans Bayesian statistics, computational statistics, environmental, genetic and health statistics.

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  • Stats and Stories: Protecting seaside cities from possible future impacts of climate change

    Peter GuttorpEpisode 53: Protecting seaside cities from possible future impacts of climate change

    Release Date: 3/29/2018

    Guest: Peter Guttorp

    Peter Guttorp (@pgseattle) is a Professor at the Norwegian Computing Center in Oslo, Norway, and Professor Emeritus at the University of Washington, Seattle. He is also a vice-president of the International Statistical Institute . His research focuses on stochastic models of scientific data and their statistical analysis. He has worked in seismology, hydrology, climatology, hematology and biology.


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  • Stats and Stories: Hey, I'm working on a story and can you help me with the statistics?

    Episode 52: Hey, I'm working on a story and can you help me with the statistics?

    Release Date: 3/16/2018

    Guest:Rebecca Goldin

    Rebecca Goldin ( @rebegol ) is a professor of mathematics George Mason University and the Director of STATS at Sense About Science USA . She has received several grants from the National Science Foundation to support her research in mathematics and in statistics education, as well as the Ruth I. Michler Memorial Prize from the Association of Women in Mathematics. Her work with STATS has appeared in many media sources, including NBC, CBS, NPR, CNN, and the Washington Post. She has worked with individual journalists from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, NPR, 538, and many other media outlets, as well as run workshops for journalists and students alike. In 2014, STATS became part of Sense About Science, USA, and a major collaboration with the American Statistical Association was established. She continues to direct the effort to work with journalists to improve statistical reporting.

Alumni Interviews

  • Brian Sampsel

    Class of 2003

    "A Fantastic Education"

  • Bryan Bell

    Class of 2004
    "Work Your Hardest in Whatever You Do"

  • Lisa Werwinski

    Class of 2013
    "The Meaning of Love and Honor"