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Spring 2013- Newsletter

Statistics Alumna Creates New Scholarship for Undergraduate Students

Statistics alumna Leslie Cavarra Buttorff has donated a $100,000 cash gift to the Department of Statistics to help students achieve degrees in statistics. Buttorff is CEO and President of Quintel Management Consultants, a company she founded in 2002.

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Message From the Chair

Dear Alumni and Friends of the Department of Statistics,

Welcome to this second edition of our revamped newsletter. We plan to continue publishing our newsletter in this new format twice a year, at the end of the fall semester and in early summer. We had a busy six months since the last newsletter, and I encourage you to read some of the stories in this newsletter. But first, let me talk briefly about some recent department happenings...

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Department Finished First Year of New Master of Applied Statistics (MAS) Program

Only a few months remain of the inaugural MAS year, which has been very successful. A total of 44 students are enrolled in the program, and seven on-campus students will complete the course at the end of June and be our first graduating class.

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Graduate Students Complete Their Degrees, Look Forward to New Challenges

This year’s 11 graduates from our MS and PhD graduate programs will be starting exciting new careers in academics and industry, with positions ranging from statistical consultant in Cheyenne, WY to assistant professor in University Park, PA.

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Undergraduate Student Profile: Melissa Francis

Melissa Francis, everyone’s favorite undergraduate student in the Department, is graduating after completing two degrees and three majors.

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Jay Breidt Named Professor Laureate of the College of Natural Sciences

Jay Breidt is one of two CSU faculty members to have been named the 2013 Professor Laureates by the College of Natural Sciences.

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Geof Givens Helps International Whaling Commission, Inupiat People Determine Quotas

Givens is estimating the abundance of the western Arctic bowhead whale population, a critical component in setting quotas for aboriginal whaling by the communities in northern coastal Alaska.


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2013 is International Year of Statistics

The International Year of Statistics is a year-long celebration of the discipline of statistics, intended to raise the awareness of this profession and the ways in which it provides advancements to our society.


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Department Introduces New Course to Prepare PhD Students

Don Estep is teaching a new course that aims to bridge the gap between the Master’s level and PhD level theory curriculum.

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Springer Publishes a Monograph on Functional Data by Kokoszka and Horvath

Last year, Piotr Kokoszka, Professor of Statistics, published a monograph on functional data with Lajos Horvath, professor at the University of Utah.

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Don Estep is Founding Co-Editor of New ASA-SIAM Journal on Uncertainty Quantification

ASA and SIAM jointly agreed to start the new “SIAM/ASA Journal on Uncertainty Quantification” last year. It is the brainchild of Don Estep, Professor of Statistics and Mathematics, and Jim Berger, Professor at Duke University.

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