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

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Lingzhou Xue, an 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. Xue was chosen by the award committee through the extremely challenging selection procedure from 34 active new researchers of mathematical statistics in the world. Xue will deliver a 30-minute invited talk at the 62nd ISI World Statistics Congress to be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia during August 18-23, 2019.


Xue has diverse research interests in mathematical statistics and machine learning and in their applications to biological science, environmental science, economics, and finance. He focuses his statistical research on developing new theory and methods in high-dimensional statistics, statistical machine learning, and large-scale optimization, where major challenges are arising from analyzing massive complex and high-dimensional data. He has contributed extensively to high-dimensional hypothesis testing, nonparametric or semiparametric methods, large covariance matrix estimation, nonconvex 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, Journal of the American Statistical Association, Journal of Econometrics, Neural Computation, Proceedings of the IEEE, etc. 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, the changepoint analysis of sulfate and barium concentrations to study the environmental impact of shale gas development, and the statistical investigation of tropical cyclone (TC) and environment to improve the predictability of the 6-hour TC intensity change. Xue’s work in mechanobiology was published in eLife, which is believed to be the first detailed study on how mechanical forces acting on a single molecule on a platelet are sensed and transduced into biochemical signals. This work was also featured as the Top Story of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Science360 News in August 2016.


Xue has also demonstrated his 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 the 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, he was named as 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. He has chaired or co-chaired the organizing committee for C. R. and Bhargavi Rao Prize Conference (2015, 2017), Russell E. Marker Lecture in Statistical Science (2017), Clifford C. Clogg Memorial Lecture in Sociology and Statistics (2018), John M. Chemerda Lectures in Science (2018), and NISS Writing Workshop for Junior Researchers in Statistics and Data Science (2018).


Xue earned a bachelor's degree in statistics from Peking University in Beijing in 2008 and a doctoral degree in statistics from the University of Minnesota in 2012. Before joining the faculty at Penn State in 2014, Xue was a long-term visitor at the Institute for Mathematics and its Applications (IMA) and a postdoctoral research associate at Princeton University. He 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 (including stochastic processes) and mathematical statistics. The Bernoulli Society established the New Researcher Award to recognize innovative research by new researchers.