Welcome to the Department of Statistics at Colorado State University. Statistics is the science of inferring knowledge from data and describing uncertainty in those inferences. It plays a central role in scientific research, social policy, and governance. The Department of Statistics has a world-class record of success in education, research and service and has an out-sized impact on campus because of its engagement in educating students in all disciplines and interdisciplinary research.

Department Highlights

Ben Prytherch starts CSU Statisics Book Club

Statistics Instructor and Advisor Ben Prytherch, has started the CSU Statistics Book Club! The club started in January 2019, they read and discuss interesting topics from the world of data analysis and statistics that might not be emphasized in a stats class. Their first book was Deborah Mayo’s “Statistical Inference as Severe Testing”. In fall 2019, the club read Alex Reinhart’s “Statistics Done Wrong: The Woefully Complete Guide”. For spring 2020, they are reading Judea Pearl’s “The Book of Why”. The book club is open to anyone! If you have questions about the group, or if you want to join, send an email to ben.prytherch@colostate.edu. You can also learn more by checking out the CSU Statistics Book Club website, here. Happy reading!

CSU Students Win First Prize at CIDA Hackathon

Congratulations to our Statistics Department students who took home first prize at the 2020 Center for Innovative Design & Analysis (CIDA) Hackathon! The Hackathon was put on by the Colorado School of Public Health. The CSU team, called the B-team, took home first prize in the data science event. The team members were: Alex Fout (graduate), Mantautas Rimkus (graduate), Claudia Santillan-Lensink (undergraduate), and Mark Gardner (undergraduate). Great job team!

Data science program welcomes three new faculty

We live in a world of Big Data, and demand is growing for professionals trained in the theory and practice of manipulating and analyzing large datasets. In response, Colorado State University launched an undergraduate major in data science in Fall 2018 ­– the first program of its kind in the Rocky Mountain region. Read more here.

Department Chair Position

Professor and Department Chair – The Department of Statistics at Colorado State University (CSU) invites applications for Department Chair. The Department Chair serves as chief administrative and academic officer of the department and is appointed by the Dean of Natural Sciences. The Chair is expected to provide visionary leadership for 23 faculty members, including 14 tenure track and 9 non-tenure track faculty and instructors, conducive to excellence in research, teaching, and outreach. See link to job description here.

Open Faculty Positions

CSU Statistics department invites applications for two tenure-track faculty positions: an Assistant Professor position in environmental biostatistics and an Assistant/Associate Professor position in biostatistics to work with CSU’s Translational Medical Institute. See full job details here.

Prof. Dan Cooley writes opinion piece calling for increased inclusion of statisticians in climate science research

Prof. Dan Cooley along with colleague Dr. Michael Wehner (Lawrence Berkeley National Labs) wrote an opinion piece recently appearing in Eos regarding the importance of statistics to climate science. Cooley and Wehner argue that statisticians need to be integral members of interdisciplinary climate science research groups, and discuss current challenges that make doing so difficult. Read more here.

Henry Scharf Presented with Savage Award

CSU Statistics department alum Dr. Henry Scharf (PhD, 2018; advisor:  Mevin Hooten) was presented with the Savage Award for outstanding PhD dissertation in Bayesian statistics.  This prestigious international award is given to only two recent PhD graduates in the world each year by the International Society for Bayesian Analysis and the ASA Section on Bayesian Statistical Science (for details see: https://bayesian.org/project/savage-award/).  Henry (right in photo below from award ceremony) also presented his research entitled “Statistical Models for Dependent Trajectories with Application to Animal Movement” in a special award session at the JSM. Read more here.

Department News

Data science program welcomes three new faculty

Nate Blanchard, Andee Kaplan and Emily King are helping lay a foundation of growth for CSU’s data science program.

By storing ‘sketches’ of data, computer scientists seek to transform urban systems

A research team is developing a system for streamlining and managing vast datasets that could advance research in urban sustainability.

Recent Ph.D. Scharf receives Savage Award at Joint Statistical Meetings

CSU statistics alumni, faculty, and students were well represented at this year’s Joint Statistical Meetings held in Denver, Colorado.

Department of Statistics to host Institute for Mathematical Statistics workshop

Faculty members are organizing the workshop to promote interaction and networking among new researchers, as well as provide them with valuable insights from leaders in the field.


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