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  • Meeker released the second edition of his book 'Statistical Methods for Reliability Data' along with authors Luis A. Escobar and Francis G. Pascual. He also released the book 'Achieving Product Reliability' with authors Necip Doganaksoy and Gerald J. Hahn.

  • Professor Philip Dixon was appointed to the National Academy of Science Committee on Independent Scientific Review of Everglades Restoration Progress. The Committee meets two to three times annually to receive briefings on the current status of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan, scientific issues involved in implementing the plan, and natural system restoration progress.

  • In July, Professor Xiongtao Dai received a grant award from the National Science Foundation. The grant funded Xiongtao's collaborative research with Sara Lopez-Pintado from Northeastern University and their research titled "Halfspace Depth for Object and Functional Data."

  • Kathy Kiesling began working as the administrative assistant for the Department of Statistics.

    Kathy was previously employed at Iowa State as a secretary for both the Department of Genetics, Development and Cell Biology and the Roy J. Carver Department of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology.  She is originally from Chicago and has lived in Ames for the past 20 years.  Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with family (especially two grandchildren), camping, hiking, cycling, kayaking, and cheering for the Cubs. 

    Kathy can be reached in person in 1121B Snedecor Hall, by phone at 515-294-7738, or via email at  Her hours are 7:30-4:00 (summer) and 8:00-5:00 (academic year).

  • In summer 2021, Sarah Nusser retired after more than three decades at Iowa State.  Following her obtainment of both bachelor's and master's degrees in botany from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and North Carolina State University, Sarah earned MS and Ph.D. degrees in statistics at ISU.

  • The Department of Statistics held a celebration to honor the student award recipients from the spring semester. The event celebrated the achievements of several students for various awards. The Research Excellence Award recipients were Qinglong Tian, Hengfang Wang and Geoffrey Thompson, awarded for their outstanding research accomplishments. The Teaching Excellence Award recipients were Kanak Choudhury, Kellie McClernon, Marie Hardt, Grant Cabrera, Debosmita Kundu, Charlotte Roiger, Hana Lee and Nathan Friedrichsen, awarded for their outstanding teaching achievements. 

    The department extends sincere congratulations to all of the awardees.

  • Tetsuro Motoyama dropped by the department in May to say hello.  Dr. Motoyama earned a Ph.D. in Psychology and Statistics at ISU and was the co-winner (with Paul Gibson) of the Bancroft Award in 1978.  The Bancroft Award honors T. A. Bancroft, who was department head and director of the Statistical Laboratory from 1950-1972.  The Bancroft Award is given to the most outstanding Ph.D. candidate with a co-major or minor in Statistics.  Dr. Motoyama is pictured here in the main office next to the plaque that records the names of the Bancroft Award winners from 1973 to the present.

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