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JSM Mentoring Program

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2011 JSM Mentoring Program

You are invited to take part in the 2011 JSM Cavell Brownie Mentoring Program! This is a mentoring program that will take place at JSM in Miami from July 30-Aug 3, 2011. The program will start off with a day-long workshop on Saturday, July 30,2011, with sessions on career success tips, success in graduate school, mentoring and networking. Each participant will be paired with a mentor from industry, government, or academia, depending on their interest, and will include mentoring activities throughout JSM, ending on Wednesday morning, August 3. The program is open to all: undergraduate and graduate students, postdocs and people in various stages of their careers. The focus is on increasing diversity in the fields of Statistics and Biostatistics, and connecting students, faculty, and practitioners from underrepresented groups. This is a great way to increase your professional network and to learn about work life, expectations, and how to prepare for careers in different types of institutions.  

To apply, please return the application form to Marcia Gumpertz at as soon as possible.  

The 2011 JSM Cavell Brownie Mentoring Program is sponsored by the ASA Committee on Minorities, ASA, the Section on Teaching Statistics in the Health Sciences, the Section on Statistics and the Environment, and the Section on Statistical Graphics.


Scholarships Available - ISSPR 2011

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10 Corporate Scholarships available towards discounted student registrations for 

Pattern Recognition Summer School organised in September 2011 in the UK.

4-9 SEPTEMBER 2011, Plymouth, UK

Registration deadline: 11th July, 2011

It is a pleasure to announce the Call for Participation to the 7th International Summer School on Pattern Recognition. I write to invite you, your colleagues, and students within your department to attend this event. In 2010, the 6th ISSPR School held at Plymouth was a major success with over 90 participants. The major focus of 2011 summer school includes:

- A broad coverage of pattern recognition areas which will be taught in a tutorial style over five days by leading experts. The areas covered include statistical pattern recognition, Bayesian techniques, non-parametric and neural network approaches including Kernel methods, String matching, Evolutionary computation, Classifiers, Decision trees, Feature selection and Dimensionality reduction, Clustering, Reinforcement learning, and Markov models. For more details visit the event website.

- A number of prizes sponsored by Microsoft and Springer for best research demonstrated by participants and judged by a panel of experts. The prizes will be presented to the winners by Prof. Chris Bishop from Microsoft Research.

- Providing participants with knowledge and recommendations on how to develop and use pattern recognition tools for a broad range of applications.

10 Corporate Scholarships are available towards discounted registration fee for students till 11th July, 2011 so this is an excellent opportunity for participants to register at an affordable cost. The fee includes registration and accommodation plus meals at the event. The registration process is online through the school website which has further details on registration fees. Please note that the number of participants registering each year at the summer school is high with a limited number of seats available, and therefore early registration is highly recommended.

Should you need any help, then please do not hesitate to contact school secretariate at

We look forward to welcoming you at the summer school.

ISSPR2011 Organising Committee

Travel and lodging funding is available for math students to attend the SACNAS National Conference "Empowering Innovation & Synergy Through Diversity", being held October 27 - October 30 in San Jose, California. Travel scholarship recipients will join us for four days of scientific research, professional development, networking, exhibits, and culture!

The spring deadline has been extended to June 20-July 21 for all students in the math fields. SACNAS requests your support in announcing this opportunity to all of your undergraduate and graduate students in the mathematics.


Math Conference Activities

Travel scholarship recipients will participate in professional development sessions, networking events, and receive priority for off site field trips. SACNAS will also feature various math and statistic focused scientific symposia sessions, including:
Mathematical Models: Current Research of Present-Day Role Models of the Underrepresented
Modern Statistical Approaches in the Context of High Dimensional and Spatio-temporal Data
Mathematical Models in a Collaborative Discipline
Interdisciplinary Algebra
Breakfast & Keynote Address: Who Wants to be a Mathematician?


Award Details

The SACNAS Travel Scholarship award includes:
Conference Registration* (includes meals)
Travel to/from San Jose, California
Lodging at a conference hotel
*Before registering for the conference, applicants must have student membership through at least 10/30/11. When registering for the conference math applicants should select the "Code 42-$300" option.


Eligibility for Applying

Undergraduates participating in a summer research program: Summer program director needs to first submit a Summer Research Program & Student Roster Form by June 17th.

Undergraduates NOT enrolled in a summer research program & graduates: Must follow the step-by-step instructions to submit an application.

There are 170 Travel Scholarships available specifically for students in the following disciplines:
Mathematics, pure mathematics, applied mathematics
Mathematical biology, biostatistics
Statistics, probability
Computer & information science (with mathematics minor)


Eligibility for Applying

Undergraduates participating in a summer research program: Summer program director needs to first submit a Summer Research Program & Student Roster Form by June 17th.

Undergraduates NOT enrolled in a summer research program & graduates: Must follow the step-by-step instructions to submit an application.

There are 170 Travel Scholarships available specifically for students in the following disciplines:
Mathematics, pure mathematics, applied mathematics
Mathematical biology, biostatistics
Statistics, probability
Computer & information science (with mathematics minor)  

The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the University of Washington will host a symposium to honor the contributions and achievements of Ross L. Prentice. This symposium, entitled "Emerging Methodological Issues in Population-based Chronic Disease Research", is to bring together researchers in biostatistics, epidemiology, genomics, and other quantitative fields, to discuss opportunities, analysis strategies, methodological challenges, and related issues surrounding the following specific topics: WHI and the population science research agenda; Survival analysis and clinical trials; Genetic epidemiology; Nutritional epidemiology, biomarkers, and measurement error.
The conference is from Thursday, October 20, 2011 to Friday, October 21, 2011 in Seattle.

The invited speakers include:
Garnet L. Anderson, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center;
JoAnn Manson, Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School;
Jacques E. Rossouw, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute;
Norman E. Breslow, University of Washington;
Jack D. Kalbfleisch, University of Michigan School of Public Health;
Steven G. Self, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center;
Mitchell H. Gail, National Cancer Institute;
Neil Risch, University of California San Francisco;
Bruce Weir, University of Washington School of Public Health;
Raymond J. Carroll, Texas A&M University;
Johanna Lampe, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center;
Charles Matthews, National Cancer Institute.
Please do consider joining us in Seattle in October for this exciting event, see and attached flyer for more information. Feel free to share this information with any interested colleagues and students.

May 19, 2011: Rao Prize Conference

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Please mark your calendars for Thursday, May 19, 2011.  On that day, the Department will host a one-day conference in honor of Professor James O. Berger, the recipient of the 2011 Rao Prize.

The conference will consist of one-hour lectures by Professors Berger, M. J. Bayarri (Universitat de Valencia ), Murali Haran (Penn State University), and Ed George (University of Pennsylvania).  The conference also will feature a student-poster competition related to efforts to provide funds for students to attend the Joint Statistical Meetings.

Professor Berger received his doctorate from Cornell University in 1974. He was a faculty member at Purdue University until 1997, at which time he moved to Duke University as the Arts and Sciences Professor of Statistics, the position he currently holds.  From 2002-2010 he was also the Director of the Statistical and Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute.

Professor Berger was president of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics from 1995-1996, chair of the Section on Bayesian Statistical Science of the American Statistical Association in 1995, president of
the International Society for Bayesian Analysis during 2004, and co-editor of the Annals of Statistics from 1998-2000.

Professor Berger is a Fellow of the ASA and the IMS and a recipient of Guggenheim and Sloan Fellowships.  He received the Committee of Presidents of Statistical Societies' President's Award in 1985, and the 1993 Sigma Xi Research Award at Purdue University.  He was the COPSS Fisher Lecturer in 2001 and the IMS' Wald Lecturer in 2007.  He was elected a foreign member of the Spanish Real Academia de Ciencias in 2002 and a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences in 2003, and was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science degree from Purdue University in 2004.

In due course, further details about the Rao Prize Conference will be circulated to the department.

[Time]    April  21 - 24, 2011

[Location]  Raleigh, NC, USA

[Official Site ]     [Conference registration is now open]
 IISA newsletter announcement: (p. 4-6)

[Early bird Deadline]  Jan 31, 2011


Department of Statistics at North Carolina State University is jointly organizing the 2011 International Conference on Probability, Statistics, and Data Analysis with the International Indian Statistical Association from April 21 to April 24, 2011 in Raleigh, NC. The objective of the conference is to bring together both well established and emerging young researchers from around the world who are actively pursuing theoretical and methodological research in statistics and their applications in various allied fields. The conference aims to provide a forum for leading experts and young researchers to discuss recent progress in statistical theory and applications, thereby provide new directions for statistical inference in various fields.


The plenary speakers are:


     * SRS Varadhan, New York University

     * Peter Hall, University of Melbourne

     * Michael Jordan, University of California, Berkeley

     * Sally Morton, University of Pittsburgh


A number of special invited and contributed paper sessions are planned covering advances in various topics in probability and statistics and on their interactions. Also, there will be a poster session on Day 2 of the conference. Anyone interested in presenting either a poster or a contributed paper, please contact the chair of the International Organizing Committee, Prof. Soumendra Nath Lahiri at


Award announcements: and


For further information about the conference please visit or write to conference organizers Sujit Ghosh and Subhashis Ghoshal at

Graybill announcement4.pdf

The Department of Statistics at Colorado State University and the ASA Section on Nonparametric Statistics are co-sponsoring the "2011 Graybill Conference on Modern Nonparametric Methods", to be held in Fort Collins on June 22-24. The focus of the conference is on nonparametric and semiparametric modeling and functional estimation methods, and the program consists of a short course, invited plenary talks and a contributed poster session.  The conference website is at


and a flyer is attached to this email.  We would appreciate it if you could display the flyer in your department and/or circulate this email. We expect that student travel support is going to be available.  For any questions about this conference, don't hesitate the contact the conference co-chairs Mary Meyer ( or Jean Opsomer (