Samuel S Wilks Memorial Award
Congratulations to Visiting Professor Kanti Mardia on being awarded the Samuel S Wilks Memorial Award from the American Statistical Association this year. Previous winners include Peter Hall, Stephen Fienberg, Paul Meier, Donald Rubin, Bradley Efron, C.R. Rao, Theodore W. Anderson,W. Edwards Deming, George E.P. Box, and John W. Tukey.
Professor Kanti Mardia, Senior Research Professor at the University of Leeds, has recently been awarded the title of Visiting Professor in Statistics at Oxford and will be a regular visitor to our Department. Professor Mardia was awarded the RSS Silver Medal in 2003. He has wide-ranging research interests including Directional Statistics, Multivariate Analysis, Shape Analysis and Spatial Statistics with emphasis on applications. He is currently focusing on new Statistics of Structural Bioinformatics. He is the founder and the current Chairman of the Leeds Annual Statistical Research (LASR) workshops. The 32nd Workshop in this series takes place this year, 2-4 July.
Philip Leverhulme Prize
Congratulations to Dr Jonathan Marchini on winning a Philip Leverhulme Prize. These prizes, with a value of £70, 000 each, are awarded to outstanding scholars who have made a substantial and recognised contribution to their particular field of study, recognised at an international level, and where the expectation is that their greatest achievement is yet to come.
Lecture for sixth formers
The second of the Lecture Series in Mathematics and Statistics for sixth-formers took place at Magdalen College on 14 November 2012. Dr Dorothy Buck talked about The Knotty Maths of Medicine.
Professor Arnaud Doucet has been awarded an advanced EPSRC Fellowship, allowing him to concentrate on research for the next 5 years.
Gutiérrez Toscano Prize
The Gutiérrez Toscano Prize for the best performance in the MSc in Applied Statistics for 2012 was awarded jointly to Andreas Anastasiou and Alexander Bolton.
New members of staff
Professor Yee Whye Teh joined the Department in October 2012 as a University Lecturer in Statistics and Fellow of Jesus College. His research interests span statistics and machine learning.
Dr George Deligiannidis, who also joined the Department in October 2012, is a Departmental Lecturer with research interests in stochastic processes and probability.
New Head of Department
Dr Geoff Nicholls took over as Head of the Department of Statistics on 1 October 2012, from Professor Steffen Lauritzen. We all look forward to working with Dr Nicholls and wish him every success in this role.
Wellcome Trust New Investigator Award
Congratulations to Dr Simon Myers on receiving a Wellcome Trust New Investigator Award for his work in the "Development of statistical and experimental approaches to understand the roles of recombination and migration in human biology and disease risk".
Dr Myers was also awarded the 2013 Genetics Society Balfour award/lecture