Here is a partial list of talks in the Amherst College SDS Colloquium Series.

September 23, 2013

Inferring Causation without Randomization

Casey Pattanayak (Wellesley College)

Monday, March 24, 2014

Taking a Passion for Statistics to the Classroom, into the MOOC World and Back Again

Lisa Dierker (Wesleyan University)

Monday, October 20, 2014

Making Do With Less: The Mathematics of Compressed Sensing

Kurt Bryan (Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology)

Friday, October 30, 2015

Statistical tools and challenges for monitoring migratory birds

Emily Silverman (Division of Migratory Bird Management, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service)

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Statistics and Policy Making – The Case of Greece

Andreas Georgiou (Amherst College)

Monday, November 16, 2015

Statistical Analysis of Big Genetics and Genomics Data

Xihong Lin (Harvard University)

Monday, February 22, 2016

Protein Data Analysis at Scale in R

Aaron Coburn (Amherst College)

Monday, April 11, 2016

Statistics and Bayesian Inference in Neuroscience

Rob Kass (Carnegie Mellon University)

Monday, October 17, 2016

Communicating the Value of Statistics

Jessica Utts (University of California, Irvine)

Friday, October 28, 2016

Did the Military Interventions in the Mexican Drug War Increase Violence?

Valeria Espinosa (Google)

Friday, February 3, 2017

Activity Monitors: Some interesting data and challenges

John Staudenmeyer (University of Massachusetts, Amherst)

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Lessons for official statistics production around the world from the experience of Greece

Andreas Georgiou (Amherst College)

Monday, November 27, 2017

Lessons for official statistics production around the world from the experience of Greece

Joseph Hogan (Brown University)

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Spurring Innovation and Diversity in Interdisciplinary Biomedical Data Science through Hackathons in Puerto Rico

Patricia Ordonez (University of Puerto Rico Río Piedras)

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Estimating the Impact of Cluster-Based Interventions

Laura Balzer (University of Massachusetts, Amherst)

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Data Science for Political Campaigns

Matthew Rattigan (University of Massachusetts, Amherst)

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Inference from Multivariate Respondent-Driven Sampling Data

Krista Gile (University of Massachusetts, Amherst)


Talks in the Statistics and Data Science Colloquium are free and open to the public. They are intended to be accessible to a broad audience with some background in statistics and data science. Junior and senior statistics majors are expected to attend talks in the SDS Colloquia. Please reach out to Professor Nicholas Horton in case of conflicts.


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