Fall 2012
NC State at the 2012 Joint Statistical Meetings
JSM Reception - 2012
The Department of Statistics made an impressive showing at the 2012 Joint Statistical Meetings in San Diego this July. NC State had 140 professors, students and alumni in attendance, and everyone enjoyed meeting each other at our annual reception. During the conference, Prof. Daowen Zhang was honored as an ASA Fellow, and graduate student Chen-Yen Lin won a student paper competition at the nonparametric session. Also, Prof. Marie Davidian was sworn in as the president of the ASA. Next year's conference will be August 3-8 in Montreal. Be sure to mark your calendars!
Statistics celebrates NC State's 125th anniversary at "Packapalooza"
The department had a strong presence at Packapalooza, a unique street festival celebrating NC State's 125th anniversary. The day-long event was held on Saturday, August 18, and covered several blocks of Hillsborough Street. A major hit of the Statistics Booth was a cup game demonstrating the Monty-Hall problem, which inspired passionate debates between visitors over the probability of winning the game! Our probability games and slideshow showcased our department and engaged many visitors in learning about probability and statistics. We would like to thank all of the faculty and students who helped with the booth, especially Bradley Turnbull for organizing everything.
Even more new faculty!
SAS Hall - Photo by Roger Winstead
In addition to the new faculty members introduced in our previous newsletter, the Department of Statistics is pleased to announce another two new hires! Snehalata Huzurbazar, an associate professor of statistics from the University of Wyoming, joined the department in July as a research professor. Huzurbazar also will serve as the deputy director of the Statistical and Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute (SAMSI). Emily Griffith, currently at the FBI, will be joining us as a research assistant professor in a new type of position supported in conjunction with NC State's outstanding College of Veterinary Medicine. Please help us welcome all of our new professors!

The department is also pleased to announce, in partnership with the Chancellor’s Faculty Excellence Program, new tenure track (Assistant/Associate/Full Professor) positions. Interested applicants are encouraged to click here for more information.
Department welcomes new students
New Students 2012
The start of each new academic year invigorates the Department of Statistics with a host of new students. This year, we have one of the largest incoming undergraduate classes in our history, with 17 incoming freshmen. We also have a large number of new graduate students joining the department, with 17 new domestic students and 19 new international students. Of the new graduate students, we have an equal number of male and female students. As per tradition, the new students were welcomed at the departmental ice cream social over bowls of Howling Cow ice cream! Click here for photos of the event.
The 50th annual "Beach Trip"
Beach Trip 2012
Over the weekend of September 7-9, the department celebrated its 50th annual trip to Carolina Beach in Wilmington, NC. This long-standing tradition is one of the most anticipated events of the year, fostering the department's proud spirit of community. With numerous activities and events planned to honor the golden anniversary (including sandcastle building and a departmental trivia contest), this year's trip was particularly special. During the famous Egg Toss competition, Eric Laber and Josh McGowan won the coveted Top Egg trophy with a winning distance of 55 feet and came very close to setting a record with a one-way toss of 90 feet. You can view photos from this year as well as past beach trips here.
Department helps pass grad student parental leave policy
Grad student Bradley Ferguson and his family
NC State University recently approved an official policy allowing eligible graduate students to apply for parental leave. This initiative started with graduate students in the Department of Statistics, who worked all year to gather support from students and faculty from across the university. The policy underscores how the university is a place for our graduate students to learn while still starting their families. Click here to read more about this new policy.
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