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Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Mary Thompson, SSC Honorary Member 2021

Mary Thompson

Mary E. Thompson, Distinguished Professor Emerita of Statistics at the University of Waterloo, has been named an Honorary Member of the Statistical Society of Canada (SSC). This award is intended to honor an individual who has made exceptional contributions to the development of the statistical sciences in Canada and whose work has had a major impact in this country.

To learn more about Mary's achievement, please see the full award annoucement on the SSC website.

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Congratulations Junhan Fang, winner of the 2021 Pierre Robillard Award!

Junhan Fang

The Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science would like to congratulate Junhan Fang as 2021 Pierre Robillard Award winner for her thesis "Matrix-Variate Regression with Measurement Error".  This achievement is awarded by the Statistical Society of Canada (SSC) each year to the probility or statistics PhD student who best defended their thesis at a Canadian University in a given year. 

To learn more about Junhan's thesis, please see the full award annoucement on the SSC website.

Monday, May 17, 2021

Waterloo students dive into data for 48 hours at 2021 ASA DataFest

Datafest

Starting Friday, April 30 at noon, 127 Waterloo undergraduate students found themselves knee-deep in data for 48 hours at the University of Waterloo’s 2021 American Statistical Association (ASA) DataFest.

Friday, May 7, 2021

Tobacco control researchers receive Governor General’s Innovation Award

Cigarette with smoke

Mary Thompson (Statistics and Actuarial Science), David Hammond, (School of Public Health and Health Systems), and Geoffrey Fong (Psychology), were jointly awarded a 2021 Governor General’s Innovation Award for the International Tobacco Control (ITC) Project.

The ITC Project is headed by Fong and conducts research into effective tobacco control policies such as graphic health warnings, smoke free laws, advertising bans and tobacco taxes. The Award celebrates excellence in innovation that makes a positive impact on quality of life in Canada.

Read the whole story on Waterloo News.

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Prioritizing experience

When Sacha Tihanyi was halfway through an undergraduate economics degree, he recognized a budding passion for mathematics. “I had many broad interests in school, but something flipped for me during that program,” he remembered. “I chose Waterloo because it had a reputation as the best mathematics school in Canada.”

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Changbao Wu Named Fellow of IMS

Changbao Wu

Changbao Wu, Professor of Statistics in the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science at University of Waterloo, has been named Fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics (IMS).

Dr. Wu is honored with the fellowship for his “important and original research contributions to survey sampling theory and official statistics, especially for the development of model-calibration theory and techniques, empirical likelihood methods for complex surveys, and robust inferential procedures for analyzing non-probability samples”.

Founded in 1935, the IMS is one of the world’s premier societies in statistics and probability. Each Fellow nominee is assessed by a committee of their peers and the election is based on “demonstrated distinction in research in statistics or probability, by publication of independent work of merit”. This qualification may be partly or wholly waived in the case of either a candidate of well-established leadership whose contribution to the field of statistics or probability other than original research shall be judged of equal value; or a candidate of well-established leadership in the application of statistics or probability, whose work has contributed greatly to the utility of and the appreciation of these areas.

The list of the 2021 class of IMS Fellows can be found at the IMS website.

Thursday, April 15, 2021

The story behind the data

Chris Salahub

As a master’s student, Chris Salahub completed a project focused on reducing the risk for cyclists on the busy streets of Zurich. His passion for leveraging data to solve real-world problems is what drew him back to the Faculty of Mathematics, where he previously earned a bachelor’s degree, to pursue a PhD in statistics.

Thursday, March 4, 2021

Professor Ruodu Wang to deliver a keynote speech at the virtual 24th International Congress on Insurance: Mathematics and Economics in July 2021.

Ruodu Wang

The International Congress on Insurance: Mathematics and Economics is the largest annual academic gathering in Actuarial Science. It has been hosted in Europe, North America, Asia, and Australia since 1997. The IME congress is, for the first time, hosted online this year on July 5-9, 2021 due to COVID-19. 

This virtual IME international congress is jointly hosted by the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and the Pennsylvania State University in the United States, Ulm University in Germany, and the University of New South Wales (UNSW Sydney) in Australia. 

Professor Ruodu Wang will deliver one of the five keynote speeches in this virtual congress. To learn more, please see the program for this event.

Thursday, March 4, 2021

The power of curiosity

Jennifer Haid

“I like to think I’m a curious person,” said Jennifer Haid (BMath’04), a native of the Waterloo Region. When she learned about Waterloo’s Math Day from her high school math teacher, she decided to attend in hopes of learning about a career path that would leverage her aptitude for mathematics in the business world. “I remember watching a professor deliver a presentation about actuarial science and thinking two things: It was challenging, and I could do it,” she shared. 

Friday, February 26, 2021

Ilia Sucholutsky, PhD student, awarded Waterloo.AI scholarship

Contratulations Ilia Sucholutsky winner of the Waterloo Artificial Intelligent (AI) Institute Graduate Scholarship 2021.   

This scholarship was awarded to at least one PhD and one Masters student from each of the University's six faculties; Applied Health Science, Arts, Engineering, Environment, Mathematics, and Science.  This year, Ilia Sucholutsky was the PhD recipient representing the Faculty of Mathematics. 

For more information about the scholarships, please visit Waterloo.AI site.  

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