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May 21, 2008, 12:00AM

Oxford University Press has published Jay Kadane's "Statistics in the Law", a collection of cases and articles on the experience of being an expert statistical witness. The topics include race and age discrimination, the death penalty, tax and patent law, examination copying, election fraud, and many more.

The book will serve primarily as a user's manual or desk reference for the expert witness-lawyer team and secondarily as a textbook or supplemental textbook for upper level undergraduate statistics students. It starts with two articles by masters of the trade, Paul Meier and Franklin Fisher. It then explains the distinction between the Frye and Daughbert standards for expert testimony, and how these standards play out in court. The bulk of the book is concerned with individual cases ranging over a wide variety of topics, such as electronic draw poker (does it require skill to play), employment discrimination (how to tell whether an employer discriminated against older workers in deciding whom to fire), driving while black (did the New Jersey State Police disproportionately stop...

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May 1, 2008, 12:00AM

Carnegie Mellon University has announced it has received a major gift from Bruce and Astrid McWilliams to establish the Bruce and Astrid McWilliams Center for Cosmology in its Mellon College of Science. Researchers at the center will strive to unravel the mysteries of the universe through multidisciplinary efforts in astrophysics, particle physics, computer science and statistics.

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"Ingrained into the basic DNA of Carnegie Mellon is its ability to work across the boundaries of its departments and schools to form cohesive teams toward a common goal. For this reason the Cosmology Center will thrive at Carnegie Mellon because like few other universities, the interdisciplinary research that will be needed to understand the Cosmos can work better here than at any other institution I know of," said Bruce McWilliams.

A member of Carnegie Mellon's Board of Trustees, Bruce...

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March 24, 2008, 12:00AM

PITTSBURGH- William F. Eddy, a professor of statistics at Carnegie Mellon University, has received the school's first John C. Warner Professorship of Statistics. A distinguished scholar, Eddy has published more than 100 research papers and authored or edited 20 books and monographs.

Since joining Carnegie Mellon in 1976, Eddy has worked in a variety of disciplines, with research covering theoretical probability, statistics and applied problems. His current research focuses on the data generated by functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI), a technique used by cognitive neuroscientists to chart brain activity. Eddy is studying other types of imaging as well.

"For more than 30 years, Bill Eddy has had an enormous impact both on Carnegie Mellon, on the field of statistics, and on science," said John Lehoczky, dean of the University's College of Humanities and Social Sciences. "He has been a leader in statistical computing and graphics, and he is widely recognized for his contributions to neuroscience and brain imaging. This chair recognition is richly deserved."

In addition to his faculty post in the University's Statistics Department, Eddy holds...

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March 24, 2008, 12:00AM

Associate Teaching Professor of Statistics Oded Meyer has been named the winner of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences' 2007-2008 Elliott Dunlap Smith Award, which is presented annually in recognition of excellence in undergraduate teaching.

October 16, 2007, 12:00AM

On Friday October 19 from 10-11:30 am please join us for a pre-workshop session of invited talks by some of Steve's former Ph.D. students to celebrate Steve Fienberg's 65th birthday. For more information please follow:

September 15, 2003, 12:00AM

The Department of Statistics had a pretty good summer. In fact, that may be something of an understatement.

The department has received a five-year, $2 million grant from the National Science Foundation to fund its Vertical Integration of Research and Education in the Mathematical Sciences (VIGRE) program, a national initiative to increase the number of U.S. citizens who pursue and complete doctor's degrees in the mathematical sciences. Statisticians are in demand because of the increasing amount of data generated by scientific research, as well as the growing complexity of that information, said Rob Kass, head of the Statistics Department.

The overriding objective of Carnegie Mellon's VIGRE program is to train students to solve a scientific problem by translating it into a statistical question, then explaining the results so that they can be understood by the scientific community. The program also prepares graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to be university-level statistics instructors.


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September 9, 2003, 12:00AM

Friday September 12, 2003 at 4:15 pm, University of Chicago Professor Steve Stigler will deliver the Seventh Morris H. DeGroot Memorial Lecture at 4:15 p.m., Friday, Sept. 12, in McConomy Auditorium, University Center. A reception follows in McKenna/Peter/Wright Rooms.

This biennial event is hosted by the Department of Statistics to honor the memory of its founding Head, Morris H. DeGroot. The lecture is in conjunction with the seventh workshop: "Case Studies in Bayesian Statisics," Friday Sept 12 - Saturday Sept 13. Further information at

September 2, 2003, 12:00AM

AAAS, the science society, today announced startling new estimates on the number of people who "disappeared" or were killed in Peru during a 20-year battle between government forces and Maoist insurgents that ended in the late 1990s.

A final, peer-reviewed version of the AAAS analysis, released today, "doubles earlier, incomplete estimates of how many people were killed," said Patrick Ball, Deputy Director of the AAAS Science and Human Rights Program. Ball served as co-author of the AAAS report, "How Many Peruvians Died?--An Estimate of the Total Number of Victims of the Internal Armed Conflict, 1980-2000," along with Jana Asher, a statistical consultant for AAAS, and David Sulmont, with Peru's Truth and Reconciliation Commission."

Some 69,280 people (in a confidence interval from 61,007 to 77,552) were murdered or disappeared during the turmoil in Peru, the AAAS report concludes.

The new estimates will be examined during discussions with Peruvian scientists, journalists and the report co-authors. "This exchange is important for the credibility of the report," Ball noted.

To come up with the death toll, the authors used statistical projections from...

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August 8, 2003, 12:00AM

Statistics Professor Brian Junker has been named editor of Psychometrika, the official journal of the Psychometric Society. The journal is devoted to the development of psychology as a quantitative rational science. Junker was previously associate editor of the journal.

July 24, 2003, 12:00AM

Thoughts from
Rob Kass

What can I tell you? Well, for starters, the folks (faculty and staff) you knew during your time here are nearly all still around. Possibly a bit wiser. Definitely a bit older. I myself this year passed a major milestone: I turned 50. To most of you who may be looking ahead with some curiosity about this age let me just say that it's really a wonderful time of life, particularly if you think you'll enjoy having a colonoscopy. I don't want to complain too much about my bodily functions, and the inevitable slowing down, but the other day I asked my school-aged son Nico if he wanted to go for a little jog with me, and he said, "Sure, Dad, but can I bring a book?"