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Thu, 03/31/2022 - 10:45am
We'll begin with some great news from the Southeastern Conference and our own department of geography and atmospheric sciences program: Marshall Shepherd, the Georgia Athletic Association Distinguished Professor of Geography and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Georgia, has been named the 2022 SEC Professor of the Year Department of English doctoral student Chanara Andrews-Bickers has been selected as a 2022 National Humanities Without…
Fri, 08/13/2021 - 3:08pm
In a demonstration of the eagerness to learn at the high school level meeting the willingness to share expertise by industry, the University of Georgia department of statistics partnered with data scientists at Wells Fargo to offer the 2021 Data Science & Artificial Intelligence Camp. The camp was held virtually across two weeks during July, at no cost to participants.  "This two-week hands-on learning program was developed and taught by…
Thu, 05/27/2021 - 2:37pm
As part of the ongoing Franklin Works Phase I: Business Services model re-alignment, the Town Hall and Advisory Committee meetings have been very helpful and informative for the entire process. In a continuation of efforts to share information, the project team asked the Department Head of Statistics, TN Sriram to share some perspective about their experience with the Franklin Business Services Office, and specifically the department's…
Mon, 05/10/2021 - 11:26am
Industry Day—a celebration of the first Data Science Competition, organized by the statistics department along with data scientists—was held virtually on April 28. Following introductions by Provost Jack Hu and Alan Dorsey, dean of Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, the top undergraduate and graduate data science teams presented their findings from the competition. Industry Day included a panel discussion about careers in data science from…
Fri, 04/16/2021 - 2:55pm
Claire Bunn and Yoong “Terry” Phang are among 410 undergraduates across the nation to be recognized as Barry Goldwater Scholars in 2021, earning the highest undergraduate award of its type for the fields of the natural sciences, mathematics and engineering. Bunn, from Marion, Arkansas, is a third-year Foundation Fellow and Stamps Scholar majoring in genetics and minoring in statistics. Phang, from Cumming, is a third-year majoring in physics and…
Mon, 03/08/2021 - 1:43pm
Women have been leaders in the field of statistics for decades, with contributions ranging from theoretical developments to applications in biology, climatology and medicine. A recent paper by University of Georgia statistics professor Lynne Billard, “Women Trailblazers in the Statistical Profession,” provides a historical introduction to these remarkable scholars from around the globe. Billard met or knew several of these extraordinary women.…
Mon, 12/16/2019 - 2:21pm
In the context of dynamic programming, the curse of dimensionality refers to various phenomena that arise when analyzing and organizing data with hundreds or thousands of dimensions. In order to obtain a statistically sound and reliable result, the amount of data needed to support the result often grows exponentially with the dimensionality. In a recent paper published in the proceedings of the prestigious machine learning and artificial…
Fri, 09/13/2019 - 11:26am
Microbial ecosystems – the relationships between microorganisms and their environments including within the human body – play an important role in human health. Through diagnostic testing and genetic analysis, researchers can track how disruptions of this ecosystem can cause problems ranging from asthma and allergies to obesity and diabetes. The processes currently used to analyze this data are labor intensive and often inefficient. The sheer…
Mon, 03/25/2019 - 11:25am
Faculty, alumni and 'statistical significance' lead our media mentions for the month of March: Goldman’s “flexible” dress code takes a cue from Silicon Valley – associate professor of history Stephen Mihm at – Yahoo! Finance   UGA experts discuss future of CRISPR gene research after international controversy – R&B quotes Michael Terns, distinguished research professor in the department of biochemistry and molecular biology   UGA…
Fri, 03/22/2019 - 3:02pm
Scientists are re-assessing one of their own most fundamental measurements: the use of statistical significance in research findings (as well as funding). An editorial co-authored by UGA statistics professor Nicole Lazar and published this week in a special issue of The American Statistician urges scientists to stop using the term: The issue, Statistical Inference in the 21st Century: A World Beyond P<0.05, calls for an end to the practice of…
Wed, 11/21/2018 - 1:13pm
It has been a very busy semester (so far), and we'll close out the news before Thanksgiving break with a new interdisciplinary degree program for undergraduates: A new degree program from the University of Georgia Franklin College of Arts and Sciences will train undergraduates at the interface of statistics and computer science to meet the rapidly growing demand for data scientists. Data science is a fast-growing area and the demand for data…

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