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Xue Received the 2019 Bernoulli Society New Researcher Award in Mathematical Statistics

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Xue Receives the 2019 Bernoulli Society New Researcher Award in Mathematical Statistics Lingzhou Xue, assistant professor of Statistics at Penn State University, has been selected to receive the Bernoulli Society New Researcher Award in Mathematical Statistics

This award, which includes a monetary prize, is based upon Xue's outstanding research, publication record, and the impact he is making in the field of mathematical statistics. The Bernoulli Society’s award committee applied a challenging selection procedure to choose Xue from a list of 34 active new researchers worldwide.

Xue will deliver an invited lecture at the 62nd ISI World Statistics Congress to be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia during August 18-23, 2019, at which time he will receive the award. Xue has diverse research interests in mathematical statistics and machine learning, with applications to the biological sciences, environmental sciences, economics, and finance. Xue focuses his research on developing new theory and methods in high-dimensional statistics, statistical machine learning, and large-scale optimization, where major challenges arise in the analysis of massive complex and high-dimensional data. Xue has contributed extensively to high-dimensional hypothesis testing, nonparametric or semiparametric methods, the estimation of large covariance matrices, non-convex statistical learning, graphical models, and network analysis. His methodological and theoretical research has been published in top-tier journals in statistics, econometrics, and machine learning, including The Annals of Statistics, Biometrika, the Journal of the American Statistical Association, the Journal of Econometrics, Neural Computation, and the Proceedings of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

Xue’s interdisciplinary research includes the analysis of mechanical information and its conversion to biochemical signals to study the formation of blood clots at the molecular scale, change-point analysis of sulfate and barium concentrations in studies of the environmental impact of shale gas development, and the statistical investigation of tropical cyclone (TC) and environment to improve the predictability of cyclone intensity changes over six-hour periods. Xue’s research in mechanobiology, published in eLife, is believed to be the first detailed study on the sensing and transducing into biochemical signals of mechanical forces acting on a single molecule on a platelet; this research was also featured as the Top Story of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Science360 News in August, 2016. Xue has also provided administrative leadership and service to the profession. He was a member of the Big Data Research and Development Initiative Working Group of the American Statistical Association (ASA) from 2013 to 2014 and co-authored an ASA white paper entitled “Discovery with Data: Leveraging Statistics with Computer Science to Transform Science and Society” to discuss the importance of statistics in Big Data challenges and how statisticians can advance Big Data research. In 2017, Xue was named an Assistant Director of the National Institute of Statistical Sciences (NISS) to promote the field of statistics and deliver high-impact research on pressing issues in science and public policy. Xue has co-chaired the organizing committee for the C. R. and Bhargavi Rao Prize Conference (2015, 2017), the Russell E. Marker Lecture in Statistical Science (2017), the Clifford C. Clogg Memorial Lecture in Sociology and Statistics (2018), the John M. Chemerda Lectures in Science (2018), and the NISS Writing Workshop for Junior Researchers in Statistics and Data Science (2018). Xue earned in 2008 a bachelor's degree in statistics from Peking University in Beijing and in 2012 a doctoral degree in statistics from the University of Minnesota. Before joining the faculty at Penn State in 2014, he was a long-term visitor at the Institute for Mathematics and its Applications at the University of Minnesota and a post-doctoral research associate at Princeton University. Xue is an Elected Member of the International Statistical Institute (ISI). The Bernoulli Society was founded in 1975 as a Section of the ISI. Established in 1885, the ISI is one of the oldest scientific associations. The objectives of the Bernoulli Society are the advancement of the sciences and applications of probability and mathematical statistics. The Bernoulli Society established the New Researcher Award to recognize innovative research by new researchers.