A multidisciplinary team of statisticians, computer scientists, and environmental engineers, led by Associate Professor Amanda Hering of Baylor University, has received a $1.157 million award from the National Science Foundation. Joint with Colorado School of Mines, a novel, introductory data science course and undergraduate summer research program will be designed to motivate students early in their academic studies to pursue careers in data science by connecting them with authentic projects and stakeholders. The data-rich industry of water and wastewater treatment (W/WWT) will provide an extensive portfolio of tractable projects. Although data are easy to collect and abundant in the W/WWT industry, methods of monitoring, maintenance, and sensor calibration lag behind the state-of-the-art. This project will produce the next generation of data scientists who are ready to fill “mid-level” data science positions and will help W/WWT facility operators reduce costs and improve water quality by utilizing the information in their data.
This award is given for significant and outstanding contributions to the environmental statistical and quantitative research as proved by the number and quality of publications in the statistical literature. She has strong interdisciplinary connections with other scientific communities, especially with respect to important environmental problems. She is also the recipient of highly-rated, externally-funded research projects. She has had long-term involvement with the Environmetrics community, together with being an Associate Editor for the Environmetrics journal.
We had in informal meeting of current Baylor faculty and students at the Joint Statistical Meeting in Denver recently. The alums traveled in from Washington, DC, Los Angeles, CA and numerous spots in between. It was great seeing everyone there!
“Congratulations to Dr. Grant Innerst who has successfully defended his dissertation ‘Contributions to Algebraic Statistics’ under the direction of Dr. David Kahle. Dr. Innerst has accepted a tenure track position in the Department of Mathematics at Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania.”
WACO, Texas (May 14, 2019) – Baylor University has partnered with four Department of Energy laboratories and more than a dozen universities in a research alliance to address the country’s water security issues through desalination.
The Tom Bratcher Memorial Lecture was founded to honor Professor Tom Bratcher, a Baylor professor who passed away unexpectedly in the fall of 2011. He was instrumental in founding the Department of Statistical Science in 2004 at Baylor and also for establishing the Conference of Texas Statisticians, which has now been running annually for almost 40 years. This marks the fifth lecture named in his honor since his death. The goal of the lecture series is to bring to campus internationally and nationally recognized scholars in the field of statistics who are known for bringing clarity to difficult concepts and whose research is of interest to Baylor at large.
Main Draws for Sarah - The size of Baylor's stats department and the genuine interest that the faculty take in the success of their students were the two main aspects that led me to this program. Initially, Baylor was not even on my radar, but after visiting and talking with some of the students, I realized that the supportive environment and emphasis on collaboration were exactly what I was looking for.