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Statistics Faculty Member featured in NISS News

Statistics Faculty Member featured in NISS News

Statistics Faculty Member Murali Haran featured in NISS news for his continued commitment to research at Penn State Statistics.

Stefanie Austin receives Diversity Award

Eberly College of Science Climate and Diversity Award is given to those working to enhance our environment of mutual respect and diversity.

Greater Rates of Mitochondrial Mutations Discovered in Children Born to Older Mothers

Statististicians participate in a large study of mutations in mitochondrial DNA. A multidisciplinary Penn State and UC Berkley team including researchers in genomics, bioinformatics, medical sciences, forensic sciences and statistics produced and analyzed breakthrough data on mutations that accrue as human mitochondria are passed from mothers to children. These mutations are involved in a large number of diseases. The findings that mitochondrial DNA molecules undergo a small bottleneck, and that mutations are more common in children of older mothers, are therefore critical for genetic counseling.

Big Data methods in biobehavioral health goal of training grant

A National Institutes of Health Big Data to Knowledge Program grant to Donna Coffman, research associate professor in Penn State's College of Health and Human Development and principal investigator at the Methodology Center, targets the development of big data methods for biobehavioral change and maintenance. This training grant is for more than $500,000 over three years.

Interdisciplinary team aims to predict the future of Antarctic ice

Interdisciplinary team aims to predict the future of Antarctic ice

The National Science Foundation's Division of Mathematical Sciences has awarded more than $500,000 to Penn State to develop new statistical methods needed for predicting the future of Antarctic ice sheets.

Penn State launches new online graduate certificate in applied bioinformatics

The breakthrough of sequencing the human genome created a need for professionals with backgrounds in life and computer sciences to analyze vast amounts of biological data for developing gene-based drugs and treatments.

Stat Club to hold Second Annual Career Exploration Event

Stat Club to hold Second Annual Career Exploration Event

October 11 at 9:30 a.m. in 327 Thomas Building

Dennis Lin  wins the William G. Hunter Award

Dennis Lin wins the William G. Hunter Award

The William G. Hunter Award, presented annually in honor of the founding chair of the Statistics Division of the American Society for Quality to a person whose qualities mirror those of Bill Hunter.

Naomi Altman to co-write for "Nature Methods"

Naomi Altman to co-write for "Nature Methods"

This summer "Nature Methods" launched a new column ‘Points of Significance’ devoted to statistics, a topic of profound importance for biological research, but one that often doesn’t receive the attention it deserves.

DNA study gives insight into the evolution of food crops, other flowering plants

DNA study gives insight into the evolution of food crops, other flowering plants

Publication of the newly sequenced genome of the Amborella plant has shed new light on a major event in the history of life on Earth -- the origin of all major food crops and all other flowering plants. The research addresses the question of why flowers suddenly proliferated on Earth millions of years ago.

Book on Statistics in Astronomy Wins PROSE Award for Cosmology and Astronomy

Book on Statistics in Astronomy Wins PROSE Award for Cosmology and Astronomy

Penn State University scientists Eric Feigelson and G. Jogesh Babu have been awarded the American Publishers Award for Professional and Scholarly Excellence (PROSE) in cosmology and astronomy for their book Modern Statistical Methods for Astronomy with R Applications. The book is published by Cambridge University Press. The PROSE award was established in 1976 to recognize the best in scholarly publishing as judged by publishers, librarians, and academics. The award was announced in an event held in Washington D.C. during 2013.