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: Slavery in the Modern World

    Episode 51: Slavery in the Modern World

    Release Date: 2/28/2018

    Guest:Davina Durgana

    Davina P. Durgana (@DavinaDurgana) is Assistant Professor and Senior Practitioner Faculty at SIT Graduate Institute , human rights statistician who has developed models to assess risk and vulnerability to modern slavery. She is a Report Co-Author and Senior Statistician on the Walk Free Foundation's Global Slavery Index . She is the 2016 Recipient of the American Statistical Association's Harry V. Roberts Statistical Advocate of the Year Award and a Forbes Top 30 Under 30 in Science for 2017 for her work on statistical modeling, human security theory, and human trafficking. She was a contributing author to  the 2017 Chance issue (Chance Volume 30) on modern slavery

  • Stats and Stories: Reading the book of love-what can you learn from relationship science?


    Episode 50: Reading the book of love - what can you learn from relationship science?

    Release Date: 2/13/2018

    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,,, 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.

  • Stats and Stories: Balancing Rigor and Entertainment when Telling Stories about Data

    Nick ThiemeEpisode 49: Balancing rigor and entertainment when telling stories about data

    Release Date: 1/31/2018

    Guest:Nick Thieme

    Nick Thieme (@FurrierTranform) is a research fellow at University of California Hastings Institute for Innovation Law and freelance writer for a variety of outlets. Currently, his work focuses on AI regulation, cybersecurity, and pharmaceutical patent trolling. His writing has appeared in Slate Magazine, BuzzFeed News, and Significance Magazine. He was the 2017 AAAS Mass Media Fellow at Slate Magazine, writing about technology, science, and statistics. In particular, he wrote about the role of p-values in the replication crisis, the overblown,existential fear caused by the dangers of AI, and the 
    NotPetya cyberattacks in Ukraine. He is also part of an ASA team currently in the process of helping 
    found a new blog, aimed at undergraduates, practicing statisticians, and the general public. 

  • Stats and Stories: Were the cancer clusters real? Statistical support for evaluating public policy

    David BanksEpisode 48: Were the cancer clusters real? Statistical support for evaluating public policy


    Guest:David Banks

    David Banks is a statistician at Duke University. He is a fellow of the American Statistical Association and the Institute of Mathematical Statistics, and a former editor of the Journal of the American Statistical Association and Statistics and Public Policy. His major areas of research include risk analysis, syndromic surveillance, agent-based models, dynamic text networks, and computational advertising.

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"