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News archive - 2021

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.”

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