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When Myles Hollander was hired by FSU in 1965, the university didn't know what to expect from a young Brooklyn native with a Ph.D. in Statistics from Stanford. Certainly, no one at the time could have predicted all of the success that Hollander would achieve while at FSU, or that 33 years later he would receive the university's highest faculty honor, the Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor award.
Among some of Hollander's other achievements at FSU are a Professorial Excellence Program award in 1997 and a Distinguished Research Professor award in 1996. Hollander also served as Chair of the Department of Statistics from 1978 to 1981. He is a Fellow of both the American Statistical Association and the Institute of Mathematical Statistics, and is an Elected Member of the International Statistical Institute. In 1996, he ended a three-year term as the editor of the Theory & Methods section of the Journal of the American Statistical Association. He has co-authored three books on statistics, one of which, "The Statistical Exorcist: Dispelling Statistics Anxiety" ( written with Frank Proschan, Lawton Professor, 1984- 85), is used to teach our entry level "Statistics Through Example" class. His current research involves the development of probability models for research projects that will have applications in a variety of areas, including biostatistics and reliability.
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Li received his B.S. in Mathematics and his M.S. in Statistics from Peking University before enrolling in the Ph.D. program at the University of California, Berkeley. About his decision to enter into a career in statistics, Li says he was drawn to statistics because of his fondness for "mathematics and abstraction" and his desire to study and work on a variety of topics with applications in the real world.
While at Berkeley, Li has had a unique opportunity to combine his training
in applied statistics with his background in theory while working on the
Human Genome project - an ongoing project conducted by faculty and researchers
at the University of California in collaboration with the Human Genome
Centers at Lawrence Berkeley Labs and Lawrence Livermore National Labs.
Li's current research on the project involves the DNA base-calling problem
in genetics. The use of innovative statistical methodology in the genome
project is expected to have a great impact that reaches far beyond statistics.
Li's other areas of research interest are time series analysis, signal processing, statistical modeling, model selection, computation and algorithms. In March of this year, Li presented a talk, "A Statistical Model for DNA Base-Calling" to our department as part of our colloquium series. His first opportunity to share his knowledge of statistics as an instructor at FSU will be in STA 5126, Introduction to Applied Statistics, this Fall.
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Before his return to the Netherlands, Einmahl said about his visit,
“Visiting here is a great experience! I enjoy my stay very much,
both the professional and the social part, including all the nice trips
I made with my wife, Fia, and two children during the weekends. In
particular, we love all the nature and wildlife here. Apart from
the fact that both Florida and the Netherlands have no mountains and a
lot of water, everything is quite different here from back home.
Not surprisingly, the weather is somewhat better here than in Eindhoven.
Last but not least, I want to mention that I am pleasantly surprised by (and grateful for) the kindness and helpfulness of all the members of the department. In conclusion, it is annoying that my visit here is almost over and I sincerely hope to be able to come back soon.”
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Huang, L.-S., Testing
goodness-of-fit based on a roughness measure, Journal of the American Statistical
92, 1399-1402, 1997.
Huffer, F.W. and Wu,
H., Markov Chain Monte Carlo for autologisitic regression models with application
distribution of plant species, Biometrics, 54(2), 70-85, 1998.
Huffer, F.W. and Lin, C.-T., Computing the exact distribution
of the extremes of sums of Consecutive Spacings,
Computational Statistics and Data Analysis 26, 117-132, 1997.
Huffer, F.W. and Lin, C.-T., Approximating the distribution of
the scan statistic using moments of the number of
clumps, Journal of the American Statistical Association 92, 1466-1475, 1997.
McKeague, I.W., Introduction
to Aalen's "Nonparametric inference for a family of counting processes,"
Breakthroughs in Statistics, Volume III, (N.L. Johnson, S. Kotz, eds.), 1997, Springer, New York.
McKeague, I.W. and van der Laan, M., Efficient estimation from
right-censored data when failure indicators are
missing at random, The Annals of Statistics, 26, 164-182, 1998.
Niu, X.-F., Edmiston,
H.L., and Bailey, G.O., Time series models for salinity and other environmental
factors in the
Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve, FSU Department of Statistics technical report No. 900, 1998.
A portion of this paper was presented at the Joint Statistical Meetings held in Chicago in 1996 (the paper will
soon appear in Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Sciences).
Srivastava, A. and Fuhrmann,
D., Gradient flows on projection matrices for subspace estimation,
In Proceedings of
the Annual Asilomar Conference on Signals, Systems & Computers, 1997.
Srivastava, A. and Grenander, U., Metrics for target recognition,
In Proceedings of the SPIE, Applications of Artificial
Neural Networks in Image Processing III, 1998.
Duane Meeter gave a talk on “True Stories of Statistical Consulting”
to the Department of Mathematics at the University
of Mississippi, Oxford on March 6, 1998.
Jayaram Sethuraman presented
the paper “Further Properties of Dirichlet Measures” at the Bernoulli Society
Meeting in Calcutta, India in December, 1997.
Doug Zahn presented the
paper “Requests, Promises, Complaints, and Apologies” with his wife, Andrea,
International Conference of the International Alliance for Learning, Irvine, CA, January, 1998.
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Funding Source: US Army
Investigators: Jayaram Sethuraman and Anuj Srivastava
Grant Period: 3/98-2/99
Researchers in computational statistics have long desired to develop systems which match human ability in recognizing known and unknown objects from camera pictures. There has been only limited success in the pursuit of this goal. In this research we propose to derive efficient algorithms for Automated Target Recognition (ATR) using images obtained from standard remote sensors such as videos, radars, and infrared cameras.
Using statistical models for military targets, remote sensors and surrounding clutter, a Bayesian framework is developed for target detection, tracking and recognition. This framework is general enough to include situations with multiple targets, multiple sensors, and their relative motions. Important issues, such as ATR performance analysis, accuracy of models and computational efficiency of algorithms, are under study. Under this project, we have established a high-performance network of graphics intensive Silicon Graphics Octane and O2 workstations. Also, along with Prof. Ulf Grenander of Brown University, we have prepared an instructional CD, titled Bayesian Automated Target Recognition. This CD will be distributed free of cost to academic and government researchers working on similar problems.
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Funding Source: National Institutes of Health
Investigator: Myles Hollander
Grant Period: 7/98 - 6/01
The research is joint with Edsel Pena (Bowling Green State University) who has also received a similar grant from NIH. The research is for the development and analysis of models that govern the occurrence of recurrent events in medical settings (e.g. recurrence of angina pectoris in patients with coronary disease, epileptic seizures, migraine headaches, ear infections
in infants,etc.) The models will take into account medical intervention. Due to such intervention, the inter-arrival times of the recurrent events typically will not be identically distributed and may not be independent. These complications necessitate the development of new models and new statistical techniques for estimation and for model-validation.
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In 1997 Professor
Li-Shan Huang was awarded a NSF
Research Planning Grant for Women Scientists and Engineers .
The grant includes summer salary and professional travel and allows Huang
to devote more time to her current research projects and to the development
of future grant proposals. Her current research projects are:
“Meteorologically-dependent Trends in Urban Ozone” joint with Richard L. Smith (UNC, Chapel Hill). This project presents a new approach to the problem of assessing the ozone trends to analyze the effect on ozone regulations as imposed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
“Testing the Adequacy of a Linear Model via Critical Smoothing” A new test is proposed for testing the goodness-of-fit of a simple linear model; the test is based on critical smoothing in local linear regression, bootstrapping to assess the significance, and a visual error criterion to measure nonlinearity of a bootstrap sample.
“Goodness-of-Fit Test for Parametric Regression Models” joint with J. Fan (UNC, Chapel Hill). This project develops new some tests, the adaptive Neyman test and the wavelet thresholding test, for examining the adequacy of a family of parametric models against large families of nonparametric alternatives.
Huang received her M.S. and Ph.D. in Statistics from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill after receiving her B.S. in Mathematics from the National Central University in Taiwan. She was awarded a First- Year Assistant Professor Research Award from FSU in 1996. She will be on leave visiting Peter Hall at the Australian National University during 1999.
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|Zahn in front of Buckingham Palace, Summer 97|
M.S. student Karla Mutuc was married on August 31, 1997 to Dmitriy
Blaginin (M.S. in Math ‘97 and currently working on a second Master’s
degree in Computer Science).
Cedric Brown, Ivo Dinov, Steven Katz, Jade Lee, Selena Menchan, Lihong Qi, and Hocine Tighiouart received
M.S. degrees this Spring. Dinov, who also received a Ph.D. in Math, is currently a post-doctoral research fellow at the UCLA Medical School. Lee (who will be married on June 25th to Robert Freeman) is with the EPA in Washington, DC. Selena is working for Lockheed Martin in Orlando, FL. Qi will be in the Ph.D. program in Biostatistics at the University of Washington this Fall. Tighiouart is continuing into the Ph.D. program in our department.
1994 Ph.D. graduate Hulin Wu welcomed his new daughter, Isabella Jenny Wu, into the world on November 8, 1997. Pictures of Isabella can be found at http://members.aol.com/tonychang/hulin.htm. Hulin, a senior biostatistician with the Statistical & Data Analysis Center in the Harvard School of Public Health, also recently received the First Independent Research Support and Transition (FIRST) Award from NIH (National Institutes of Health) to support his research project “Models and Inferential Tools for HIV-1 Dynamics In Vivo”.
Theresa “Teri” Berceli (M.S. 1996) was recently married to Gabriel Jimenez (FSU Law School graduate 1997). Teri has been working at Pratt & Whitney in West Palm Beach since her graduation.
Emily Niu, daughter of Professor Xufeng Niu, recently won the local “Math Counts” competition, placing first in the region. Emily, 14, is a student at Deerlake Middle School in Tallahassee. With a Statistician for her father and an accountant for her mother, Emily naturally credits her parents with teaching her their math skills and encouraging her to succeed.
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About Our Funds...
The Statistics General Development Fund was created to provide general support for our department in a variety of areas. The fund has most recently been used for providing lunch for invited speakers, refreshments for the departmental colloquium series, and for meetings of the faculty and graduate teaching assistants. Other uses of the fund in the past include funding for travel, supplies, and equipment expenses for the use of graduate students; the purchase of audio equipment for classroom use; and, emergency loans for graduate students.
The Ralph A. Bradley Student Award was named for our department’s founder, Dr. Ralph Bradley. The award is presented to a graduating Ph.D. student who has demonstrated outstanding achievement, culminating in the presentation of the best doctoral dissertation of the year. Since its inception in 1979, 17 graduate students have received the award. They are: Ramon Leon, 1979; Carlos A. B. Pereira, 1981; Harry S. Joe, 1982; Frank M. Guess, 1984; Wai T. Chan, 1985; Edsel A. Peña, 1986; James A. Sconing, 1986; James H. Clair, 1988; Brett D. Presnell, 1989; B. Narasimhan, 1991; T.V. Kurien, 1991; Gang Li, 1992; Yanqing Sun, 1993; Hulin Wu, 1994; Crisanto Dorado, 1995; and Jeffrey Stein, 1997.
The Yongyuan and Anna Li Fund was established in October 1997 by Anna Li in memory of her husband Yongyuan Li who died from cancer on April 7, 1997. Yongyuan was a promising Ph.D. student in our department and the Yongyuan and Anna Li Award was created to commemorate that promise by recognizing our current and future outstanding graduate students with an award for the student who presents the best student colloquium each year in our department’s colloquium series. Ph.D. candidate, Mourad Tighiouart, was the first recipient of the award in 1997.
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