We are delighted to welcome three new faculty members in our department this year: Bailey Fosdick, Phil Turk, and Wen Zhou.
Bailey Fosdick is joining us as a new Assistant Professor, after spending a year as a post-doc at SAMSI. Bailey was born and raised in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, where she grew up ski racing and playing in the snow. She completed her undergraduate degree at CSU and her graduate work in Seattle at the University of Washington. Her research focuses on developing methodology for the analysis of network data and applications of Bayesian methods in the social sciences. In her own words, Bailey is "ecstatic" to be returning to Colorado and CSU as she has a heart for the mountains and sunshine. When Bailey is not working, she is an avid sports fan and competitor and enjoys spending time with her husband, dog and two cats.
Phil Turk is an Associate Professor and his primary duties in the Department will be with the Graybill Statistical Laboratory. His first MS degree was in Biology, after which he worked in the pharmaceutical industry for a while. Embarking on a new career path, he obtained his PhD in Statistics from Montana State University, after which he spent several years as an Assistant Professor at West Virginia University. His research interests include statistical computing, adaptive cluster sampling, response surface methodology, and statistical applications in natural sciences. According to Phil, he came to CSU because of the highly regarded reputation of the Statistics Department and because he enjoys interdisciplinary research and consulting. In his spare time, Phil enjoys writing and playing music.
Wen Zhou is also starting as a new Assistant Professor. Originally from China, Wen obtained a PhD in Applied Mathematics and a PhD in Statistics at Iowa State University. His research interests include statistical learning, high dimensional data inference, inverse problems and Bayesian statistics. Wen was hired as part of a College-wide initiative in computational biology launched by Dean Nerger a few years ago (other hires were in Computer Science, Mathematics and Biology). As Wen explains, his research focuses on constructing statistical methods to solve practical problems, particularly from biology, and is motivated by those challenging problems to develop interesting statistical techniques. He loves observing nature, fishing, hiking and basketball. He also enjoys cooking, traveling and reading, and likes playing poker.