January 2014
Recapping Nate Silver's Amazing Visit to NC State

Nate Silver speaking at NCSU On October 10, 2013, renowned economist and statistician Nate Silver visited NC State in an event sponsored by the JMP Division of SAS. His address touched on the growing influence of data-driven decisions and the need for statisticians to promote themselves and effectively communicate their ideas to non-statisticians.

Among the hundreds attending were SAS co-founder and JMP creator John Sall, NC State Chancellor Randy Woodson, College of Sciences Dean Daniel Solomon, and several members of the Raleigh City Council. The university also interviewed Silver during his visit about sports statistics, statistical education, and several other topics. We would like to thank all the staff, faculty, and student volunteers who helped make this event so memorable.

Dr. Anastasio Tsiatis Awarded Honorary Degree

Anastasio Tsiatis receiving honoray degree For his numerous contributions to the fields of biostatistics and statistical education, Dr. Anastasio "Butch" Tsiatis, the Gertrude M. Cox Distinguished Professor in the Department, was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Biostatistics from Hasselt University in Belgium. Professor Geert Molenberghs, director of the Interuniversity Institute of Biostatistics and statistical Bioinformatics (I-BioStat), cited Tsiatis's "enormous impact on the worldwide developments in biostatistics" during the ceremony on November 13, 2013.

Dr. Soumendra Lahiri Named IISA Predisent

Soumendra Lahiri Dr. Soumendra Lahiri has been named the new president of the International Indian Statistical Association (IISA). The IISA is a non-profit organization that promotes statistical education and the research interests of numerous Indian statisticians within the Indian subcontinent and worldwide.

New Departmental Reading and Research Groups
to Promote Collaboration

SAS Hall In keeping with the department's research goals, the department has developed several research working groups to bring students and faculty together in the spirit of collaboration.

The Functional Data group researches methods to analyze data that are curves, surfaces, or random processes realized on continuous domains. The Statistical Education group focuses on improving techniques for teaching statistics courses, such as the use of technology.

The Spatial Statistics Reading group and Spatial Extremes Reading Group discuss publications in the field of spatial statistics and spatial extremes. Both of these groups also promote collaboration with the Statistical Analysis of Extremes in Geophysical Science group at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Colorado.

Contact the groups' organizers to learn more.

Dr. John Monahan Retires After 35 Years of Service

Dr. Fuentes and Dr. MonahanIt is with bittersweet feelings that we announce the retirement of Dr. John Monahan. Monahan has been with the department for 35 years and has served during that time as interim department head, director of the graduate program, computing support supervisor, and many other positions. The department honored Monahan's contributions at a ceremony on January 10, where numerous alumni and faculty shared their fondest memories of working with him.

Statistics win two Intramural Volleyball titles!

Team Gertrude M. (NSCU Recreation) Statistically Significant (NSCU Recreation)

On December 5, teams from the Statistics Department won NC State's volleyball intramural championships. Team Getrude M. (pictured left) won the Men's divison, and team Statistically Significant (pictured right) won the Co-Rec A division.

Along with the bragging rights, their respective victories came with the highly coveted championship t-shirts pictured above. Each team was comprised of graduate students, post-docs, and faculty from the department.

Alumni Spotlight: Cynthia Clark

Cindy Clark Cynthia Clark earned her Bachelor's degree in Statistics from NC State in 1976 and currently works as a financial advisor for Merrill Lynch. With more than 30 years of experience in the financial industry, Clark has helped numerous individuals and companies. Along with her husband Joe Hackley, Clark has been an avid supporter of NC State. We interviewed Clark about her experiences.

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