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Fall 2012 - Newsletter

Remembering Professor Frank Graybill, founding Chair of the Department of Statistics at Colorado State University

Franklin Arno Graybill, Professor Emeritus and founding Chair of the Department of Statistics, passed away on February 17, 2012 at the age of 90. He is survived by his wife Jeanne, his children Dan and Kathy, three grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

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Message From the Chair

Dear Alumni and Friends of the Department of Statistics,

Welcome to the new departmental newsletter.  As you can see, it is in a completely revamped format, which should make it easier to read on the increasingly wide range of electronic devices we have access to nowadays.  We hope that you will like it, and we welcome your feedback.  A lot of events happened in the department in 2012, some good and some sad.  I will highlight some of them, but I encourage you to read the stories below as well...

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Joint Graybill/WNAR Conference in Fort Collins a Success

On June 17-20, the department held the 10th Graybill Conference. This year's conference was a joint event, also serving as the annual meeting of the Western North American Region of the International Biometric Society (WNAR). This was the first time WNAR came to Colorado State University.

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Professor Breidt awarded $1.1 million grant to study Molecular Structure

Funded by a $1.1 million grant from the NSF/NIGMS program, run jointly by the National Science Foundation and the National Institute of Health, an interdisciplinary team of faculty led by Jay Breidt is devising solutions to the problem of identifying complex biological molecules by examining images obtained from scattering X-rays.

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Department Launches New Degree Program: Master's of Applied Statistics (MAS)

Summer 2012 launches our new Master's of Applied Statistics Program. The MAS is a one-year, professional-type degree that emphasizes practical training in statistics. The program comprises 19 courses and 31 credits, and can be completed in 11 months.

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Undergraduate Enrollment in Statistics at All-Time High

Enrollment in our undergraduate degrees continues to grow, with 31 majors and 18 minors. The introductory statistics courses at the 200 and 300 level are also thriving, with over 5,000 students taking these courses during the last academic year, up from 3,200 just four years ago. To efficiently handle this increased interest in statistics, we are making some important changes in the Department.

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CSU Alumna Sunny Bak Hospital Participates in Innovative Educational Program in North Korea

Sun Bak Hospital (M.S. '10), traveled to North Korea with the apolitical organization Statistics Without Borders last summer to teach statistics courses at Pyongyang University of Technology and Sciences (PUST).


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CSU Undergraduate, Honglin Hu, Learns About Uncertainty Quantification at SAMSI Modeling Workshop

Honglin Hu, a senior majoring in Mathematics with a Concentration in Statistics, was selected to attend an undergraduate workshop at SAMSI in May. The workshop was an introduction to the field of uncertainty quantification (UQ) to students from the mathematical and statistical sciences .


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Department Welcomes Two New Faculty Members

Darren Homrighausen and Gerwyn Green will start in August as Assistant Professors in the Department of Statistics.

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Department Awards Honor Student and Faculty Achievements

Each year, the department honors its best students in a number of categories with awards made possible by the generosity of our alumni and friends. Seven students shared five awards this year.

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Distance Education in Statistics Evolves in New Direction

The department's Distance degree offering is switching from MS to MAS starting next year. We continue to improve the technologies used to deliver our courses via distance.

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