The NSW branch of the Statistical Society of Australia (SSAI) held the 19th Annual J.B. Douglas Awards on Wednesday 28th November 2018 at UTS.

The Awards are in honour of the contributions to the profession made by Professor Jim B. Douglas. The purpose of the Awards is to provide a visible platform to showcase the depth, breadth and excellence of research performed by Ph.D. students in Statistics and related fields and an opportunity to network with peers across all areas of interest such as medical statistics, bioinformatics, government statistics, marketing, econometrics, finance and many more.  This year, 8 postgraduate students from across 7 universities presented their research.

A group of 8 UOW NIASRA staff and postgraduate students attended the event.  Ph.D. candidate Luke Mazur (2nd from right in group photo), was our UOW representative and did an excellent presentation entitled: Optimizing the fitting of Linear Mixed Models using Supernodal Methods and Linear Algebra Libraries.  Congratulations Luke for representing SMAS UOW with enthusiasm!

As usual the standard of presentations was very high. This year’s prize was awarded to Tea Uggen (4th from left in group photo) from the School of Mathematical Sciences at UTS.

The awards are followed by the Annual guest lecture and dinner; this year Professor Ray Chambers from the Centre for Sample Survey Methodology in NIASRA was invited to give the lecture.  The title of his lecture was:

Nudging a Pseudo-Science towards a Science: Enhancing Rainfall in Oman.

Research students with their certificates (Luke Mazur is 2nd from right) with SSA NSW branch Council President, A/Prof Jake Olivier (far left).

Professor Ray Chambers presents the Annual Guest Lecture.

More details can be found at the event page.