Statistics News and Events
Academic Year 2007-08
MSCS welcomes a new postdoctoral fellow!
Professor Jim Scott joined the Statistics Program in the fall of 2007 as a 2-year postdoctoral fellow. Professor Scott earned a PhD in epidemiology at University of California Berkeley this past spring. His thesis research focused on the transmission of infectious diseases through social networks.
Professor Scott joins two other 2-year post-doctoral fellows, Professor Christine Kohnen '00 and Professor Kathryn Ziegler-Graham. Scott and Ziegler-Graham both taught statistics courses and participated in the Center for Interdisciplinary Research this past year.
Activities during 2007-08
This past year was a very busy one for statistics students. They worked in many different areas and presented their results at a number of different venues. Statistics concentrators also distinguished themselves outside the realm of statistics, per se.
Students present to an International Expert Panel at WHO in Geneva
In January 2007, students worked with World Health Organization researchers to estimate the global burden of foodborne disease. Three students, Laura Boehm '08, Brianna Hirst '08, and Sommer Wild '09 continued to work in this area and were eventually invited to present to an international expert panel at WHO in Geneva in November 2007.
Young alumnus wins economics award for paper
OCTOBER 30, 2007 — David Vock '07, a statistics concentrator, recently won first place in the annual writing contest sponsored by the Minnesota Economic Association for his paper, "The Effect of school Inputs on Dropout Rates in Minnesota School Districts" (download the paper here ). Among the many things discussed in his detailed analysis of dropout rates, Vock compares the consequences of earning a high school diploma and the effects it has on the economy. The award was presented to Vock during the association's conference Oct. 26 at Macalester College.
St. Olaf Prof leads a Workshop on Statistics Programs
A workshop entitled Building (UP) an Undergraduate Statistics Program was presented by Julie Legler, St. Olaf College Robin Lock, St. Lawrence University at the San Diego Convention Center, in San Diego, California Saturday, January 5th, 2008.
APRIL 3, 2008 — St. Olaf senior men's cross country and track runner and statistics concentrator, David Swanson recently received an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship. The $7,500 one-time grant honors student-athletes who excel academically and athletically. Swanson is one of just 29 male fall athletes in all of Division I, II and III to receive the scholarship.
St. Olaf senior earns NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship
St. Olaf students win CAUSE competition
Nicole Novak '08 and David Swanson '08 won an honorable mention in a competition sponsored by the Consortium to Advance Undergraduate Statistics for their }}