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     January 27, 2000 Vol. 41 No. 2     
     Editor: Cheryl Bissett Winter 2000     


Malgorzata Bogdan, of Wroclaw University of Technology in Poland will be visiting until August to do research with Elizabeth Thompson.

Somesh Das Gupta, of the Indian Statistical Institute in India will be visiting through June 2000.

Chia-Chi "Vivian" Wang and Anton H. Westveld III, are students who have transferred into our Statistics Graduate Program this quarter. Chia-Chi is working for CSSCR and Anton is continuing as a TA for Stat 390.

Two Major Announcements:

Dr Jonathan Wakefield, Associate Professor in the Departments of Statistics and Biostatistics, has been awarded the Guy Medal in Bronze for 2000 by the Royal Statistical Society. The Guy Medals are the most prestigious awards made by the Society and are named for the eminent 19th century statistician, William Guy FRS. They are intended to encourage the cultivation of statistics in their scientific aspects. For the Bronze Medal, which is awarded annually, preference is given to researchers under the age of 35. The citation for Dr Wakefield refers in particular to his published research on the development of statistical methods, with applications to spatial epidemiology and to population pharmacokinetic modeling. It mentions the following three papers:

"Bayesian analysis of linear and non-linear population models using the Gibbs sampler", Applied Statistics 43 (1994), 201-221, with A.F.M. Smith, A. Racine-Poon and A.E. Gelfand);

"Gibbs sampling for nonconjugate and hierarchical models using auxiliary variables", Journal of the Royal Statistical Society B 61 (1998), 331-344, with P. Damien and S.G. Walker;

"Accounting for inaccuracies in population counts and case registration in cancer mapping studies", Journal of the Royal Statistical Society A 162 (1999), 363-382, with N.G. Best.

Thomas Richardson has been promoted to Associate Professor of Statistics with tenure.

Congratulations to Jon and Thomas for their outstanding achievements!

Statistics Seminars:
Thursday, January 27, 2000
(Joint with CSSS, School of Social Work)
Jennifer Hill, Department of Statistics, Harvard University
"NY School Choice: An example of the link between observational studies and randomized experiments."
School of Social Work, 4101 15th Ave NE, Room 306 A/B at 12:30 P.M.

Wednesday, February 2, 2000
(Joint with CSSS, School of Social Work)
Daniel Cork, Department of Statistics Carnegie Mellon University
"Crack markets and the diffusion of guns among youth."
School of Social Work, 4101 15th Ave NE, Room 26/30 at 12:30 P.M.

Thursday, February 17, 2000
David Denison, Department of Mathematics, Imperial College of Science Technology and Medicine, London
"Bayesian partition modeling."
Kane 120 at 12:30 P.M.

Monday, February 28, 2000
Robert E. Kass, Department of Statistics, Carnegie Mellon University
"Curve Fitting and Neuron Firing Patterns."
Smith 205 at 3:30 P.M.

Wednesday, March 1, 2000
(Joint with CSSS)
Pedro Domingos, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Washington
"Why Do Model Ensembles Work?"
Savery 209 at 12:30 P.M.

Out of Town:
Cliff Lunneborg
12/1 - 2/15/00, Univ. of Western Australia & Murdoch Univ., Perth
Elizabeth Thompson
1/27-28, Columbia Univ.
2/20-22, AAAS Annual Meeting
3/19-22, ENAR, Chicago
Werner Stuetzle
9/99 - 9/00, on sabbatical