Invited Speaker Series

The Department of Statistics sponsors the Invited Speakers Series.  Faculty, staff, and students are able to engage with prominent members of the statistics community.

Full invited speaker schedule

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Stats and Stories

  • Explaining Bayes Better

    Episode 65: Explaining Bayes BetterKerrie Mengersen (@KerrieMengersen) is Distinguished Professor at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, and past-President of the  there is a problem handling links. . Her research spans Bayesian statistics, computational statistics, environmental, genetic and health statistics

    For more information on the Explaining Bayes contest submit your entry below and tweet @statsandstories with the #BetterBayes.

    Listen to the full podcast here.

  • Reading, Writing, and Risk Literacy?

    Gerd Gigerenzer

    Episode 64: Reading, Writing And Risk Literacy?

    Release Date: 08/23/2018

    Guest: Gerd Gigerenzer

    Gerd Gigerenzer is Director of the Harding Center for Risk Literacy at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin and partner of Simply Rational - The Institute for Decisions. Gigerenzer has trained U.S. federal judges, German physicians, and top managers in decision making and understanding risks and uncertainties.

     Listen to the full podcast here.

  • R R R R R ... not just for pirates anymore

    Episode 63: R R R R R ... not just for pirates anymore

    Release Date: 08/09/2018

    Guest:Nick Thieme

    Nick Thieme (@FurrierTransform) is a researcher and freelance reporter with writings appearing in Slate Magazine, BuzzFeed News, Significance Magazine, and Undark Magazine. Both his writings and research focus on technology, science, and statistics. Currently, he's working at New America's Open Technology Institute investigating fair internet usage and net neutrality. 

    Listen to the full podcast here.

  • Stats and Stories: R R R R R ... not just for pirates anymore

    Hadley Wickham

    Episode 62: R R R R R ... not just for pirates anymore

    Release Date: 07/26/2018

    Guest:Hadley Wickham

    Hadley Wickham (@hadleywickham) is Chief Scientist at RStudio, a member of the R Foundation, and Adjunct Professor at Stanford University and the University of Auckland. He builds tools (both computational and cognitive) to make data science easier, faster, and more fun. His work includes packages for data science (the tidyverse: including ggplot2, dplyr, tidyr, purrr, and readr) and principled software development (roxygen2, testthat, devtools). He is also a writer, educator, and speaker promoting the use of R for data science ( ).>.

    Listen to the full podcast here.

Alumni Interviews

  • Brian Sampsel

    Class of 2003

    "A Fantastic Education"

  • Bryan Bell

    Class of 2004
    "Work Your Hardest in Whatever You Do"

  • Lisa Werwinski

    Class of 2013
    "The Meaning of Love and Honor"