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Monday, January 18, 2021

Professor Mary Hardy, recipient of the 2020 Distinguished Service Award from the Society of Actuaries

Mary Hardy

In 2020, Mary Hardy was recognized for her dedication and contributions to the Society of Actuaries (SOA) by being awarded their Distinguished Service Award.  Her award included the following annotations: 

“In recognition of her endless dedication to the advancement of the actuarial profession.”

“As a selfless individual, willing to work without recognition, she is a role model for all who have worked with her”

Society of actuaries

To learn more about about the award and past recipients, please visit the SOA website.

Thursday, January 14, 2021

Coding the future of finance

Chao Qian

Chao Qian is preparing for the trading environment of the future. More than 60 percent of stock volume is attributed to algorithmic trading, but older generations of traders have never learned to code. “In the future, I expect that everyone will need to be able to code and be comfortable with AI and machine learning,” he affirmed. “Thanks to the Masters of Quantitative Finance (MQF) program, I will be ready.”

Thursday, November 26, 2020

New funding will help rural and remote internet users

Cell phone tower in front of landscape

Internet users from Canadian rural and remote communities suffer from frequent Internet interruptions, which generally result from various network issues. The lack of human resources, expertise and support make these issues difficult to identifyand fix. Remote areas lack responsive and cost-effective operations or maintenance efforts.

Thursday, November 5, 2020

Asking the right questions

Eli Margolis sitting at a desk in front of a laptop

Eli Margolis learned to appreciate math at a young age. “There was always a right and wrong answer, always a correct way of figuring something out if you searched hard enough,” she reflected.

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Congratulations Wenyuan Li, Yechao Meng, and Jessica Dang on being awarded as the 2020-2021 James C. Hickman Scholars

Wenyuan Li, Yechao Meng, and Jessica Dang

The Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science would like to congratulate Wenyuan Li and Yechao Meng as being two of the three new recipients of The Society of Actuaries (SOA) James C. Hickman Scholar for 2020-2021, and to Ou (Jessica) Dang for having her stipend renewed. 

To learn more, read the full article on The SOA site.

Monday, October 19, 2020

Spotlighting the accomplishment of an exceptional Master's student

Grace Tompkins

When Grace Tompkins attended Waterloo’s Grad Visit Day in 2019, she was presented with an opportunity to combine her interests in public health with her research in mathematics.

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Investing in longevity of research

Johnny Li

Longevity risk is an essential concept for life insurance companies and reinsurance companies. A deep understanding of the risk is crucial, as an underestimation of longevity can seriously affect the financial healthiness of pension plans and annuity funds.

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Congratulations David Saunders for his new appointment at the Fields Institute

David Saunders

Statistics and Actuarial Science is proud to announce that David Saunders was appointed Director of the Centre for Financial Industries at the Fields Institute.

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

The Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science is pleased to welcome Glen McGee as an Assistant Professor

Glen McGee

Glen McGee holds a PhD in biostatistics from Harvard University. He is interested in developing statistical tools to solve problems in epidemiology, environmental health, and health policy. Currently, Glen is working on Bayesian frameworks for modelling multi-pollutant mixtures, corrections for informative presence in electronic health records, and designs for multigenerational studies.

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Matthias Schonlau elected fellow of the American Statistical Association

Matthias Schonlau

Professor Matthias Schonlau of the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science has been elected a Fellow of the American Statistical Association (ASA). His citation reads: "For notable contributions to survey methodology in both industry and academia, for serving as a connector between statistics and the social sciences via accessible publications, education, and software, and for service to the profession."

The designation of ASA Fellow has been a significant honor for nearly 100 years. Under ASA bylaws, the Committee on Fellows can elect up to one-third of one percent of the total association membership as fellows each year.

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