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: G ..O.. O.. A.. A.. A.. L.. L.. L.. L.. - celebrating the statistics of the beautiful game

    Luke BornnEpisode 59: G ..O.. O.. A.. A.. A.. L.. L.. L.. L.. - celebrating the statistics of the beautiful game

    Release Date: 06/14/2018

    Guest:Luke Bornn

    Luke Bornn (@LukeBornn) is currently Vice President, Strategy and Analytics for the Sacramento Kings . Prior to joining the Kings, Bornn served as Head of Analytics for A.S. Roma of the Italian Serie A Football League, where he worked closely with managers, coaches and sports scientists to measure and evaluate athletes and performance. In addition to his work with soccer and basketball teams, the British Columbia native has previously held tenure-track professorships in Statistics at both Harvard University and Fraser University. Bornn is a frequent contributor to the field of sports analytics, authoring research articles for the Journal for Quantitative Analysis, the Annals of Applied Statistics and the Journal of the American Statistical Association amongst others.

    Listen to the full podcast here.

  • Stats and Stories: G-D-P, it's easy as 1-2-3

    Episode 58: G-D-P, it's easy as 1-2-3

    Release Date: 06/07/2018

    Guest:Diane Coyle

    Diane Coyle. Diane is founder of Enlightenment Economics , and Bennett Professor of Public Policy at the University of Cambridge. She was recently appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for "services to Economics and the Public Understanding of Economics". She is also the author of the 2014 book -- GDP A Brief but Affectionate History.

    Listen to the whole podcast here.

  • Stats and Short Stories: Chins and ears are not information rich-awkwardness and social relationships

    Ty TashiroEpisode 57: Chins and ears are not information rich - awkwardness and social relationships

    Release Date: 05/24/2018

    Guest:Ty Tashiro

    Ty Tashiro (@tytashiro) is an author and relationship expert. He wrote Awkward: The Science of Why We're Socially Awkward and Why That's Awesome and The Science of Happily Ever After. His work has been featured at the New York Times, Time.com, The Atlantic.com, NPR, Sirius XM Stars radio, and VICE. He received his Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Minnesota, has been an award-winning professor at the University of Maryland and University of Colorado, and has addressed TED@NYC, Harvard Business School, MIT's Media Lab, and the American Psychological Association.

    Listen to the whole podcast here.

  • Stats and Stories: Are communities helped by terraforming food deserts?

    Bonnie Ghosh-DastidarEpisode 56: Are communities helped by terraforming food deserts?

    Release Date: 5/10/2018

    Guest: Bonnie Ghosh-Dastidar

     Bonnie Ghosh-Dastidar is a senior statistician and Director of the Statistics Advisory Center at RAND Corporation. Her current research interests center on leveraging natural experiment designs to estimate the effects of neighborhood-level 'interventions' or changes on residents' health behaviors (e.g. diet, physical activity) and outcomes (e.g. obesity). Her statistical expertise is in the areas of study design, survey methods, non-response, and analysis of longitudinal and multilevel data.

    Listen to the whole podcast here. 

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"