Wednesday, September 28, 2022

2022 K. D. Fryer Gold Medal winner Jalisa Karim crosses disciplines to advance women's health

Jalisa Karim

For Jalisa Karim, interdisciplinary work comes naturally. The 2022 K.D. Fryer Gold Medal winner graduates this fall with a BMath in Biostatistics and BA in Sexuality, Marriage, and Family Studies (co-operative program). She has also earned a Co-operative Education in Research Certificate, and is on the Dean's Honours List. 

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Monday, September 19, 2022

Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science is pleased to welcome Mikko Pakkanen as an Associate Professor

Mikko Pakkanen

PAKKANEN, Mikko (MSc (Mathematics), 2006, University of Helsinki; PhD (Applied Mathematics), 2010, University of Helsinki) will be joining the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science on September 19, 2022 as an Associate Professor. Before coming to Waterloo, Mikko held academic appointments at Imperial College London, most recently as a Senior Lecturer. At Imperial, he served also as Co-Director of the MSc in Mathematics and Finance and as Co-Director of the EPSRC Centre of Doctoral Training in Financial Computing & Analytics. Mikko's research is focused on data science, stochastic processes, and quantitative finance. His specific research interests include statistical modeling of high frequency financial data, volatility modeling, limit theorems for stochastic processes, and machine learning in finance. Apart from financial applications, Mikko has recently started working on stochastic modeling in epidemiology and is keen to expand his research activity in this area.

Monday, August 29, 2022

Fangya Mao awarded Student Conference Award at the 43rd Meeting of the International Society of Clinical Biostatistics

Fangya Mao

Congratulations Dr. Fangya Mao for being recognized with a Student Conference Award at the 43rd Meeting of the International Society of Clinical Biostatistics Meeting in Newcastle, UK. Fangya's presentation on Spatial Dependence Modeling of Latent Susceptibility and Time to Joint Damage in Psoriatic Arthritis on August 23rd involved the use of mixture models for fitting clustered failure time processes under intermittent observation. Fangya completed her doctoral program in the spring of 2022 under the supervision of Richard Cook. In September she starts a Research Fellowship at the Biostatistics Branch of the National Cancer Institute,  National Institutes of Health.

Learn more about the ISCB on their website.

Thursday, August 25, 2022

Math Alum Joy Jiang receives 40 under 40 Public Health Catalyst Award

Joy Jiang

Mathematics Statistics alumni Joy Jiang (PhD ‘18) has been named as one of the inaugural 40 Under 40 Public Health Catalyst Award recipients. The Boston Congress of Public Health recognized these 40 individuals as representatives of the next generation of leaders, entrepreneurs, researchers, scientists, activists, intellectual provocateurs, authors, and directors who inspire and catalyze a more just and equitable world.

Jiang was excited to be recognized, saying, “I’m extremely honoured to have received the award this year. This is a huge recognition for my work on bridging statistical methods with breast cancer research and big support to advancing method developments in women’s health. I look forward to leveraging this platform to develop and disseminate innovative and rigorous statistical methods leading to new pathways that can be targeted in breast cancer prevention and intervention trials to expand capacity for precision prevention.”

Learn more on the Math Faculty website.

Friday, August 5, 2022

Nathaniel Stevens and Mohammad Kohandel named winners of Faculty of Mathematics 2022 Awards for Distinction in Teaching

Nathaniel Stevens and Mohammad Kohandel

Nathaniel Stevens from the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science and Mohammad Kohandel from the Department of Applied Mathematics have been named winners of this year’s Awards for Distinction in Teaching from the Faculty of Mathematics.

The annual teaching award goes to faculty members who have consistently demonstrated outstanding pedagogical skills and a deep commitment to students. The winners are honoured by a public citation along with a cash prize.

Learn more about this award on the Math Faculty website.

Monday, August 1, 2022

Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science is pleased to welcome Lisa Gao as an Assistant Professor

Lisa Gao

GAO, Lisa (BMath (Actuarial Science, Statistics), 2016, University of Waterloo; PhD (Actuarial Science, Risk Management, and Insurance), 2022, University of Wisconsin-Madison), will be joining the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science on August 1, 2022 as an Assistant Professor. Lisa's research interests are in non-life insurance analytics problems involving predictive and dependence modeling. Her current work focuses on spatiotemporal modeling of insurance claims arising from weather-related property damage. As technological advances increase the availability and granularity of data, Lisa's research highlights the potential for analytics to support key operational areas in non-life insurance.

Friday, July 1, 2022

The Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science is pleased to welcome Zelalem Negeri as an Assistant Professor

Zelalem Negeri

NEGERI, Zelalem [BSc. (Statistics), 2011, Addis Ababa University; MSc. (Statistics), 2014, Addis Ababa University; MSc. (Statistics), 2015, McMaster University; Ph.D. (Statistics), 2019, McMaster University] has joined the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science on July 1, 2022, as an Assistant Professor. Zelalem was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at McGill University’s Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health from 2019 to 2021, and worked as a Biostatistician at Veristat, LLC, a global clinical research organization before joining the University of Waterloo. His research interest focuses on developing and validating statistical methods for applications in public health research, with an emphasis on both aggregate data and individual participant data meta-analyses of diagnostic and screening test accuracy studies.

Thursday, June 30, 2022

Congratulations Yue (Henry) Weng, winner of the 2022 Samuel Eckler Medal in Actuarial Science

Yue (Henry) Weng, Eckler winner

The Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science is pleased to announce Yue (Henry) Weng as the winner of the Samuel Eckler Medal in Actuarial Science. Henry graduated in Spring 2022 with a triple major in Actuarial Science, Statistics, and Combinatorics & Optimization.

Award description: 

This prize was established to recognize the contribution of Samuel Eckler to the actuarial profession and is provided by Eckler Partners. The medal, which is cast in gold, is awarded each year to the outstanding graduating student in Honours Actuarial Science.

"Henry is one of the most talented students I have taught at the University of Waterloo. His analytical skills are amazing. A well-deserved medal for him."

Jun Cai, Professor, Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science

Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Pengfei Li Won the 2022 CRM-SSC Prize in Statistics

Pengfei Li

Professor Pengfei Li of the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science at the University of Waterloo was the winner of the 2022 CRM-SSC Prize in Statistics. The award recognizes a statistical scientist’s excellence and accomplishments in research during the first fifteen years after earning his/her doctorate (or equivalent degree). It is awarded annually by the Centre de recherches mathématiques (CRM) and the Statistical Society of Canada (SSC) and is widely viewed as the most prestigious honor for mid-career researchers in the field of statistics in Canada. The citation of the award reads:

“To Pengfei Li, for ground-breaking and pioneering research contributions to the EM-test for the order of finite mixture models; for original and creative methodological developments in the areas of the empirical likelihood, density ratio models, statistical genetics, non-probability sampling; for exceptional research productivity; and excellence in statistical education.”

The award was announced at the 2022 Annual Meeting (virtual) of the Statistical Society of Canada. An article detailing the research and some personal stories of Professor Pengfei Li will become available later in the summer on the SSC website.

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Wayne Oldford elected Fellow of the American Statistical Association (ASA)

Wayne Oldford

Congratulations to Professor Wayne Oldford of the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science at University of Waterloo on being elected a Fellow of the American Statistical Association (ASA). The citation reads: "For major contributions to the development of statistical programming environments and visualization, for developing problem-based learning (PPDAC) approaches to teaching, for exceptional service, and for co-founding AISTATS, a conference in its 38th year of operation."

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.

The 2022 class of ASA Fellows can be viewed on the website.