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Jim Berger

We are pleased to have Prof. Jim Berger, the Arts and Sciences Professor of Statistics at Duke University as the Hannan Scholar for 2019-2020.

Berger received his Ph.D. degree in mathematics from Cornell University in 1974. He was a faculty member in the Department of Statistics at Purdue University until 1997, at which time he moved to the Institute of Statistics and Decision Sciences (now the Department of Statistical Science) at Duke University, where he is currently the Arts and Sciences Professor of Statistics. He was the founding director of the Statistical and Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute, serving from 2002-2010.

Berger was president of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics during 1995-1996, chair of the Section on Bayesian Statistical Science of the American Statistical Association in 1995, and president of the International Society for Bayesian Analysis during 2004. He has been involved with numerous editorial activities, including co-editorship of the Annals of Statistics during the period 1998-2000 and being a founding editor of the Journal on Uncertainty Quantification, serving from 2012-2015.

Among the awards and honors Berger has received are Guggenheim and Sloan Fellowships, the COPSS President's Award in 1985, the Sigma Xi Research Award at Purdue University for contribution of the year to science in 1993, the COPSS Fisher Lecturer in 2001, the Wald Lecturer of the IMS in 2007 and the Wilks Award from the ASA in 2015. He was elected as foreign member of the Spanish Real Academia de Ciencias in 2002, elected to the USA National Academy of Sciences in 2003, was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science degree from Purdue University in 2004, and became an Honorary Professor at East China Normal University in 2011.

Berger's research has primarily been in Bayesian statistics, foundations of statistics, statistical decision theory, simulation, model selection, and various interdisciplinary areas of science and industry, including astronomy, geophysics, medicine, and validation of complex computer models. He has supervised 36 Ph.D. dissertations, published over 190 papers and has written or edited 16 books or special volumes. 

Professor Berger was in the department from April 15-26.

Schedule
Emulation of computer models I: Introduction
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
3:00PM - 4:00PM, C405 Wells Hall

Reception
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
5:00PM - 7:00PM, Kellogg Center - Red Cedar Room

Emulation of computer models II: Models with massive output and coupled models
Thursday, April 18, 2019
3:00PM - 4:00PM, C405 Wells Hall

Reproducibility of science: p-values, multiple testing and optional stopping
Tuesday, April 23, 2019
3:00PM - 4:00PM, 1420 BPS

Bayesian multiplicity adjustment and subgroup analysis
Thursday, April 25, 2019
3:00PM - 4:00PM, C405 Wells Hall

Gathering
Thursday, April 25, 2019
5:00PM - 8:00PM, Frederi Viens' Farm

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May 20, 2021 STT Undergraduate Student Andrew McDonald Awarded Goldwater Scholarship

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May 10, 2021 Yijun Zuo elected Fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics

Professor Yijun Zuo has been elected as a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics (IMS). Fellows of the IMS are selected based on “demonstrated distinction in research in statistics or probability,” and the fellowship process is highly competitive.

upcoming events

Colloquium - Jingshu Wang

Institution: University of Chicago
Title: [TBA]
Date: October 5, 2021
Location: Zoom (Click here for meeting details)
Time: 10:20 AM - 11:10 AM Eastern Time

Colloquium - Aaditya Ramdas

Institution: Carnegie Mellon University
Title: [TBA]
Date: October 12, 2021
Location: Zoom (Click here for meeting details)
Time: 10:20 AM - 11:10 AM Eastern Time

Colloquium - Lucas Mentch

Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Title: Random Forests: Why They Work and Why That's a Problem
Date: October 19, 2021
Location: Zoom (Click here for meeting details)
Time: 10:20 AM - 11:10 AM Eastern Time

Colloquium - Sam Pimentel

Institution: University of California, Berkeley
Title: [TBA]
Date: November 2, 2021
Location: Zoom (Click here for meeting details)
Time: 10:20 AM - 11:10 AM Eastern Time