Spring 2012
From the Department Head
Montse Fuentes - Photo by Marc Hall
Welcome to the first issue of the NC State University Department of Statistics Newsletter. We are launching this publication to keep you updated on the department's accomplishments and initiatives. We would like you to feel that the department plays a valuable role in your life, career, and community, while we continue the legacy of excellence set by our predecessors. We hope you will welcome this newsletter as a resource and a venue to stimulate more interaction with our department.

I would also like to take this opportunity to invite you to our annual reception for our alumni and friends at the 2012 Joint Statistical Meeting in San Diego. Please click here for information on attending the reception. We look forward to seeing you there.

We appreciate you taking a few minutes of your valuable time with us and please stay in touch.
Celebrating our graduating students
Bob Starbuck - Photo by Alison McCoy
On May 12, the Department of Statistics celebrated its spring graduation ceremony. With 30 students receiving bachelor's degrees, 30 receiving master's degrees and 12 receiving their doctorates, it was one of the largest graduating classes in the department's history.
 
We were honored to have one of our distinguished alumni, Dr. Robert Starbuck, address the students during the ceremony. Dr. Starbuck recently received the American Statistical Association's prestigious Founders Award for his years of service to the ASA and his continued commitment to promoting statistics in industry, academia and government. Dr. David Vock, who was receiving his doctorate during the ceremony, also addressed the graduating class.

Congratulations to all of our graduates, and we wish you the best in your future endeavors! 
Welcome, new faculty!
SAS Hall - Photo by Roger Winstead
After a flurry of candidate searches and interviews, we are proud to announce five new faculty who will be joining the department (a sixth appointment is pending at the time of this publication). The new faculty members are Soumendra Lahiri (Texas A&M University), Webster West (Texas A&M University), Armin Schwarztman (Harvard School of Public Health), Rui Song (Colorado State University), Renee Moore (University of Pennsylvania), and Jessie Jeng (University of Pennsylvania).
 
Please join us in welcoming our new faculty. We look forward to seeing their future contributions to our department!
Climate of Colloboration: New initiatives to study the atmosphere and the environment
Earth Climate - Stock Photo
Under the guidance of Dr. Montserrat Fuentes, the Department of Statistics will be starting two new collaborative projects in the field of climate change and environmental health. The first project, funded by a $1.2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health, will analyze the impact of climate change on the effect of airborne pollutants on human health. The second project, funded by a $5 million grant from the National Science Foundation, will offer statistics students interdisciplinary training in atmospheric and oceanic science.
 
These projects will be collaborations with numerous universities and research institutes from across the nation. Click here for more information.
Graduate students shine in intramural sports
IM Champs - Photo Courtesy Univ Recreation
In addition to academic success, our graduate students made an impressive showing in intramural sports this year. During the fall semester, team's representing the Department of Statistics won championships in flag football, volleyball and ultimate frisbee, and were runners-up in soccer. Their success continued through the spring semester, as our teams won championships in basketball and softball, and were runners-up in bowling. We are very proud of our department's champions and look forward to seeing them dominate next year as well!
 
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