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NHJ tenure case

NHJ tenure case

With the general support of STOR faculty, the STOR chair sent the following letter to the UNC Board of Trustees...

Massey Award

Massey Award

Eight Carolina employees will receive the 2021 C. Knox Massey Distinguished Service Award one of the most prestigious distinctions for faculty and staff...

Poster prize

Poster prize

Ph.D. student Alex Touzov won a second prize in the poster session at the 2021 Mixed Integer Programming Workshop...

Faculty Honors

Faculty Honors

The UNC Faculty Council recently honored our Department Manager, Shayna Hill, for her work as chair of the Employee Forum...

Tanner Award

Tanner Award

Our M.S. student Wonkyung Jang, who is also a Ph.D. student in the School of Education, has been honored by the Office of the Provost with...

ICSA award

ICSA award

Dr. Guan Yu of the University at Buffalo has been selected by the International Chinese Statistical Association as their...

ASA award

ASA award

STOR Ph.D. student Yiyun Luo has won the American Statistical Association's Business and Economic Statistics Student Paper Award...

Research Week

Research Week

University Research Week 2020 took place October 19-23, 2020. STOR organized some short research talks in our classes to share...

AAAS Fellow

AAAS Fellow

Dr. Richard Smith has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, one of few...

Winning Elections

Winning Elections

In two of the last five U.S. Presidential elections, the winner received fewer popular votes than his opponent...

Pandemic Research

Pandemic Research

Professor Serhan Ziya is applying his expertise in operations research to help hospitals and emergency departments allocate...

Alumnus

Alumnus

Citing his "outstanding contribution" to small area estimation, the theory and practice of Bayesian statistics as well as...

Newsletter

Newsletter

Welcome to the inaugural annual issue of STORies. STORies aim to share, celebrate and record STOR happenings in the year’s past...

COVID-19

COVID-19

Professors Nilay Argon, Yufeng Liu and Serhan Ziya, together with graduate student Qian Cheng, have developed a tool...

Nobel Promoted

Nobel Promoted

The Department is pleased to announce that faculty member Andrew B. Nobel has been appointed as the Robert Paul Ziff...

IMS Fellows

IMS Fellows

The Institute of Mathematical Statistics has selected their cohort of new Fellows for 2020, and we have learned...

Weibin Mo Wins

Weibin Mo Wins

PhD student Weibin Mo has been selected as a winner of the Statistical Learning and Data Science Student Paper Award competition. In addition to a cash prize...

Research Week

Research Week

Professors Jan Hannig and Mario Giacomazzo, from STOR, along with Nhan Pham and Aleksandr Touzov, two of our Ph.D. students, and Tiffany...

NBA Presentations

NBA Presentations

STOR seniors Spencer Siegel, Dan Barlow and James Bury have recently made presentations at two sports analytics conferences...

Boston Marathon

Boston Marathon

Faculty member Richard Smith and STOR senior Spencer Siegel visits the Boston Athletic Association, organizers of the Boston Marathon...

Giving Back

Giving Back

One of the things I've taken away from this internship is that there are lots of ways to get involved in local government, not just from a staff perspective...

Argon Interview

Argon Interview

Nilay Tanık Argon is a professor in the Department of Statistics and Operations Research within the UNC College of Arts & Sciences. She researches stochastic systems...

Older News

Annual department awards

February 10, 2021
While we were unable to hold an in-person gathering to celebrate the end of year holidays, the Statistics and Operations Research Department...
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Congratulations 2020 Graduates

May 8, 2020
Congratulations class of 2020!  We are so proud of you!
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Professor Argon Quoted in Scientific American

March 23, 2020
Research by Professors Nilay and Ziya, in collaboration with Dr. Huiyin Argon, a 2016 graduate of STOR, now an Assistant Professor at Hong Kong...
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New courses for undergraduate students

March 18, 2020
The STOR Department is pleased to announce new courses coming soon (as early as Fall 2020) as well as some changes in some...
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Bin Yu to deliver Hotelling Lectures

February 25, 2020
The Hotelling Lectures are an annual event in the Department of Statistics & Operations Research at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill...
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North Carolina ASA Chapter recognizes Steve Marron

February 12, 2020
The North Carolina chapter of the American Statistical Association presented a Senior Statistician award to Dr. Steve Marron...
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Graduate Student Website

November 22, 2019
Our amazing graduate students have created their own website which is designed to be a place to have all your questions about student life answered...
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An interview of Kai Zhang on scientific reproducibility

August 23, 2019
Dr. Zhang was interviewed about his work on post-selection inference...
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Kai Zhang receives NSF grant

August 23, 2019
Dr. Kai Zhang has recently been awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation. "Binary Expansion Statistics: A Nonparametric Inference Framework for Big Data"...
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Shayna Hill on Search Committee

August 5, 2019
Our own Department Manager, Shayna Hill, will be serving as a member of the search committee for UNC-Chapel Hill's new Chancellor...
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STAN major internship on Chapel Hill's sustainability initiative

July 31, 2019
Town Council intern, rising junior Daniel Bowen is making his adopted hometown of Chapel Hill a better place to live. Working alongside...
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Jan Hannig receives NSF grant

July 30, 2019
Dr. Jan Hannig has recently been awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation...
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Commencement Ceremony

May 21, 2019
The Statistics and Operations Research Department held its annual Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, May 12, 2019 in the...
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Annual Talent Show

May 10, 2019
The Statistics and Operations Research department's annual Talent Party was held at the home of Dr. Vidyadhar Kulkarni...
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UNC Team Tarheelytics takes second place in SOA challenge

April 23, 2019
Congratulations to the team of five UNC undergraduates who finished second among all competitors in the Society of Actuaries (SOA) Case Study...
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Congratulations new Phi Beta Kappa members

March 28, 2019
The Statistics and Operations Research department offers congratulations to our undergraduate majors who were recently...
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Summer School Update

March 15, 2019
This year we are increasing our Summer School offerings to include STOR 320, Intro to Data Science.  This immensely popular class...
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Hotelling Lecturer Announced

March 1, 2019
The Hotelling Lectures are an annual event in the Department of Statistics & Operations Research honoring the memory of Professor Harold Hotelling
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Zhengling Qi wins Student Paper Competition

January 11, 2019
Zhengling Qi, a PhD student in Statistics under advisor Yufeng Liu, has recently been selected as one of five winners of the 2019 Statistical Learning...
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Professor Kai Zhang addresses "reproducibility"

December 17, 2018
To help people understand some of the new challenges in statistics, Dr. Kai Zhang has recently published an article...
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2018 Holiday Party

December 7, 2018
The Department of Statistics and Operations Research held its annual Holiday Party on December 6th.  Amid the food and fellowship...
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New Phi Beta Kappa members

November 27, 2018
The Department of Statistics and Operations Research would like to congratulate undergraduate students...
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Melody Zhu wins at Optimization Day

November 13, 2018
Melody Zhu, 4th year Ph.D. student in Operations Research, has received a poster prize for her talk...
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UNC to host Triangle Lectures in Combinatorics

September 7, 2018
The Triangle Lectures in Combinatorics is a series of combinatorial workshops held each semester on a Saturday in the...
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Welcome new faculty members

August 15, 2018
The Statistics and Operations Research Department would like to welcome our newest faculty members...
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Yifan Cui, Ph.D. (2018) receives Laplace Award

August 10, 2018
Congratulations to recent graduate Yifan Cui, recipient of the 2018 Laplace Award. The Laplace Award is...
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New fund announced

May 21, 2018
The Department of Statistics and Operations Research recently received a generous gift from...
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Commencement 2018

May 16, 2018
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill held its Commencement Ceremony on Sunday May 13, 2018.  Afterwards...
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Department Commencement Speaker

May 7, 2018
Manoj Chari of SAS, Inc. will deliver the department's commencement address this year...
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Hotelling Speaker Announced

March 8, 2018
This year's Hotelling Lectures will be presented by Steven N. Evans, Professor of Statistics and Mathematics at the...
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New Phi Beta Kappa Inductees

March 8, 2018
The Alpha of North Carolina Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa has announced that the following STOR students will be initiated...
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Call for applications

March 5, 2018
Applications are invited for a full-time fixed-term position at the Teaching Assistant Professor level, beginning July 2018...
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Dean's Graduate Fellows Announced

March 5, 2018
Ph.D. students Iain Carmichael (Statistics) and Yang Yu (INSTORE) are among 31 UNC graduate students selected as Dean’s Graduate Fellows...
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Yifan Cui receives ASA award

January 24, 2018
The department congratulates Ph.D. student Yifan Cui, who has won an award for his paper from the American Statistical...
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Dr. Yufeng Liu awarded grant

December 12, 2017
Dr. Yufeng Liu has recently been awarded a $1.6 million grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences...
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Carolina Grad Named Schwarzman Scholar

December 4, 2017
Congratulations to our 2015 MDS alum Min Yang on being selected for this prestigious program!
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Dr. J.S. Marron to be Visiting Lecturer

October 3, 2017
During the month of October Professor Steve Marron will be the Al-Kindi Distinguished Statistics Lecturer at King Abdullah University...
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Faculty search - Assistant Professor

September 19, 2017
The Department of Statistics and Operations Research at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has an opening for a tenure-track position...
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Dr. Yufeng Liu Named IMS Fellow

September 16, 2017
Yufeng Liu, Professor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has been named Fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics...
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Dr. Vladas Pipiras awarded competitive Senior Faculty Research and Scholarly Leave

August 22, 2017
Professor Vladas Pipiras received a competitive Senior Faculty Research and Scholarly Leave for Fall 2017 semester...
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UNC Team Places 3rd, Earns Grant

May 8, 2017
A team of five students recently competed in the Society of Actuaries 2017 Student Case Study Challenge, finishing third...
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Dr. Vladas Pipiras received NSF grant on “Statistical models, inference and computation for multidimensional time series data”

May 3, 2017
Numerous data are nowadays collected over time and across multiple, often large number of sources, for example, the BOLD time signals across...
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Mark He awarded competitive DoD Fellowship

April 26, 2017
The department congratulates Ph. D. candidate Mark He, who has been awarded a National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship...
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UNC team wins big at Duke Datathon

April 24, 2017
Ph.D. candidates Yunxiao Liu, Iain Carmichael, and John Palowitch, along with Yiming Hu, a Ph.D. candidate from Yale Biostatistics, took first place...
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The article "Bad semidefinite programs: They all look the same" by Professor Gabor Pataki is chosen as a featured article by SIAM Journal on Optimization

March 21, 2017
The article by Gabor Pataki, "Bad semidefinite programs: they all look the same" has been chosen as a "Featured article" by SIAM Journal...
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Hotelling Lectures to be presented by Aad van der Vaart

February 23, 2017
This year's Hotelling Lectures will be presented by Aad van der Vaart, Professor and Scientific Director of the Mathematical Institute of...
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Dr. Kai Zhang received NSF BIGDATA grant on "Statistical Theory and Methods Beyond the Dimensionality Barrier"

February 18, 2017
With recent advances in technology, it is now possible to measure and record significant numbers of features on a single individual. The volume...
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Dr. Andrew Nobel received NIH collaboration grant on "Multi-tissue and network models for next-generation eQTL studies"

February 17, 2017
Expression quantitative trait loci (eQTL) studies seek to identify genomic variants that influence the expression of particular genes, and...
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Dr. Jan Hannig and Dr. Steve Marron received NSF grant on "Statistical approaches to big data analytics"

February 17, 2017
The major challenges to be studied in this grant include Data Integration, Data Heterogeneity and Parallelization.  Data Integration is a recently...
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Dr. Shankar Bhamidi and Dr. Andrew Nobel received NSF grant on "Iterative Testing Procedures and High-dimensional Scaling Limits of Extremal Random Structures"

February 17, 2017
Over the past ten years there has been a great deal of work in the statistics community devoted to the problem of testing and estimating associations...
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Dr. Kai Zhang received NSF grant on "Geometric Perspectives on the Correlation"

February 16, 2017
In modern statistical analysis, datasets often contain a large number of variables with complicated dependence structures. This situation is...
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Dr. Nilay Argon and Dr. Serhan Ziya received NSF grant on "Distribution of Patients to Medical Facilities in Mass-Casualty Events"

February 16, 2017
Mass-casualty events such as terrorist attacks and natural disasters can affect hundreds to thousands of people and place significant burdens...
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Dr. Quoc Tran-Dinh received NSF grant on "Efficient methods for large scale self concordant convex minimization"

February 15, 2017
Recent progress in modern convex optimization provides a powerful tool for scientific discovery. In theory, many classical...
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Dr. Shankar Bhamidi received NSF grant on "Dynamic network models on entrance boundary and continuum scaling limits, condensation phenomena and probabilistic combinatorial optimization"

February 15, 2017
The last few years have witnessed an explosion in the amount of empirical data on real networks motivating an array...
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Dr. Yufeng Liu received NSF grant on "Foundations of Nonconvex Problems in BigData Science and Engineering: Models, Algorithms, and Analysis"

February 15, 2017
In today's digital world, huge amounts of data, i.e., big data, can be found in almost every aspect of scientific research and human activity...
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Dr. Andrew Nobel received NSF collaboration grant on "Random dynamical systems and limit theorems for optimal tracking"

February 15, 2017
The proposed research investigates the structure of families of dynamical systems from two complementary points of view...
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Hannan gift

February 8, 2017
Department of Statistics and Operations Research received a generous gift from the estate of Dr. James Francis Hannan and...
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Dr. Yufeng Liu given Breiman award

January 23, 2017
Professor Yufeng Liu was selected for the Inaugural Leo Breiman Junior Awards by the Section on Statistical Learning...
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Two papers by STOR graduate students selected as winners in American Statistical Association competitions

January 20, 2017
Two of our graduate students, Jianyu Liu and Zhengling Qi, have won paper competitions sponsored by the American Statistical Association...
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Dr. Jan Hannig explains lottery cheating in "What Matters in North Carolina"

December 9, 2016
Professor Hannig was a guest interview on "What Matters in North Carolina" to discuss his statistical assessment of people who have won the lottery...
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Dr. Vladas Pipiras’ work on extreme values of ship motions is discussed in the US Navy news

October 17, 2016
Prof. Vladas Pipiras from the Department of Statistics and Operations Research has been collaborating with...
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Dr. Jan Hannig explains lottery odds to The Charlotte Observer

September 30, 2016
Some NC lottery players win so often, their good fortune defies logic. Are they gaming the system?
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Welcome new faculty members

September 29, 2016
The Statistics and Operations Research Department would like to welcome our newest faculty members...
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Dr. Shankar Bhamidi's first year seminar gets a visit from the Dean

September 28, 2016
Every year the STOR department offers a number of First Year Seminars. These are meant to introduce incoming first year students to...
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New research grants received by STOR faculty

September 23, 2016
With the start of the 2016-17 school year, faculty members in the Department of Statistics and Operations Research have received a number of...
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Ryder Best receives CASE scholarship

July 15, 2016
Congratulations to Ryder Best, an undergraduate student of Mathematical Decision Sciences and Economics, who has received the 2016...
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Dr. Walter L. Deemer Excellence in Teaching Award

June 15, 2016
A new award to recognize excellence in teaching by faculty and graduate students has been established in STOR. This has been made possible by...
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Dr. Jan Hannig named ASA Fellow

May 15, 2016
Professor Jan Hannig has been named a fellow in the American Statistical association (ASA). He will receive the certificate at a ceremony August 2...
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Dr. Nilay Argon featured in UNC spotlight: Women in Stem

April 6, 2016
Professor Nilay Argon has been featured in UNC spotlight: Women in Stem. This UNC Research timeline spans the past 116 years...
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MDS students initiated into Alpha of North Carolina Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa

March 22, 2016
MDS students Damien Gu, Devon Francis Martin and Rachel Lee Nesbit will be initiated into Alpha of the North Carolina Chapter of...
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