Friday, August 8, 2014

“And to make an end is to make a beginning.” T.S. Eliot -  After 11 years as Department Head, we wish a fond farewell to Dr. John Stufken as he seeks new challenges as the Charles Wexler Professor of Statistics at Arizona State University. The impact he has had on our department is beyond words and his dedication to the department beyond measure. We wish him all the best in his future endeavors.

Beginning August 1, 2014, Dr. Nicole Lazar took the reigns as Interim Department Head for 2014-15 as a search is conducted over the next year for a permanent department head. Dr. Lazar earned her PhD in Statistics from the University of Chicago in 1996 and gained experience as an Assistant and later an Associate Professor at Carnegie Mellon University. She joined the Department of Statistics in 2004 and has since served on various committees including the Research Development Committee, the Personnel Committee, and the Graduate Committee; she has also served as head for the Capstone Course for six years. Dr. Lazar was recently named a Fellow of the American Statistical Association and she was recently named the next editor of The American Statistician.

We also welcome Dr. Paul Schliekelman as the new Associate Department Head who took over for Dr. Dan Hall on August 1, 2014. Dr. Schliekelman earned his PhD in Biomathematics from North Carolina State University in 2000 and joined the department in August of 2001.  He has been an active member of the department serving as a member of the Research Development Committee, the Infrastructure Committee and various search committees.

This next year will certainly be one of transition, but under the guidance of Dr. Lazar and Dr. Schliekelman, we are optimistic that the department will continue to grow and advance with the changing times.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014


Christine Franklin was presented the American Statistical Association's Founders Award at the Joint Statistical Meetings Tuesday, August 5, 2014.  The Founders Award is among the highest honors that the ASA bestows upon its members.  According to an August 6th ASA press release, Chris receives this honor for "her outstanding leadership and efforts in curricular development and teaching statistics; for her research, leadership and professional service in helping to grow the field of statistics education; for chairing the ASA-sponsored strategic initiative titled the Guidelines for Assessment and Instruction in Statistics Education; and for chairing and participating in numerous committees devoted to statistics education..."  Our warmest congratulations to Chris for this well-deserved honor!

View the ASA Press Release here!

View the UGA Press Release here!

Monday, June 23, 2014

We are excited to announce the partnership of the University of Georgia Department of Statistics and State Farm through State Farm's Modeling and Analytics Graduate Network (MAGNet) program.  The new program is set to begin this fall and will offer select master's degree students the opportunity to gain real-world experience while completing their degree. More information about this exciting opportunity may be found at

View the UGA press release here!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Congratulations to Dr. Sanjay Shete for being appointed the Barnhart Family Distinguished Professor at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center effective June 1, 2014.  Dr. Shete obtained his Ph.D. in Statistics under the guidance of Dr. T.N. Sriram in 1998.  According to Dr. Sriram, Dr. Shete has been "scaling new heights for some years now...Sanjay really makes us all proud."

Monday, May 12, 2014


Each year, the American Statistical Association (ASA) names select individuals as Fellows.  According to ASA, "the designation of Fellow has been a superlative honor in ASA for nearly 100 years."  This year, we congratulate Nicole Lazar for receiving this prestigious recognition!

View the ASA Press Release here!