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Dr Russell Evans wins Provost's Excellence Award

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The Department's Admissions & Examinations Administrator, Dr Russell Evans, has been chosen to receive one of the inaugural Provost’s Excellence Awards. Russell was a winner in the Excellence category of the scheme, which recognises UCL staff showing truly exceptional levels of customer service, by going the extra mile.

Work by Professor Rumana Omar and Dr Kate Walters on a risk model to predict dementia receives coverage in UK national press

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Professor Rumana Omar collaborated with Dr Kate Walters and others from the UCL Department of Primary Care and Population Health to develop a risk model to predict dementia. This research funded by the National School of Primary Care Research has drawn attention from the press.

Dr Ioannis Kosmidis' article "Bias in parametric estimation: reduction and useful side‐effects" features in top ten most accessed articles of WIREs Computational Statistics in 2015.

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The review article "Bias in parametric estimation: reduction and useful side‐effects" by Dr Ioannis Kosmidis is one of the ten most accessed articles published in WIREs Computational Statistics in 2015.

Handbook of Cluster Analysis co-edited and co-written by Dr Christian Hennig published

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Chapman & Hall/CRC have published their new Handbook of Cluster Analysis, edited by Christian Hennig, Department of Statistical Science, UCL; Marina Meila, University of Washington; Fionn Murtagh, University of Derby and Goldsmiths University of London, and Roberto Rocci, University of Rome Tor Vergata. Christian Hennig also wrote the chapter on Clustering Strategy and Method Selection and was co-author of four further chapters.

Dr Gareth Peters and Professor Tomoko Matsui publish two new books on Spatial Temporal Modelling

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Over the last three years, UCL and the Institute of Statistical Mathematics (ISM) have run a series of international workshops on Spatial Temporal Modelling in Tokyo, Japan. Jointly with colleagues from these workshops, Dr Gareth Peters and Professor Tomoko Matsui have produced a compilation of important ideas that arose as outcomes of the discussions in the meetings.

Dr Kai-Lan Chang awarded a prestigious postdoctoral fellowship by the United States of America's National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

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The US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Fellowships Office has awarded an NRC Postdoctoral Research Associateship to Dr Kai-Lan Chang, PhD graduate of the Department of Statistical Science in 2015, supervised by Dr. Serge Guillas. The objectives of the NRC Research Associateship Programs are (1) to provide postdoctoral and senior scientists and engineers of unusual promise and ability opportunities for research on problems, largely of their own choice that are compatible with the interests of the sponsoring laboratories and (2) to, thereby, contribute to the overall efforts of the laboratories.

Dr Afzal Siddiqui offers game-theoretic critique of security policy in a letter to Foreign Affairs

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In response to a recent article in Foreign Affairs that advocates American disengagement from the India-Pakistan conflict, Dr Afzal Siddiqui draws upon game theory to explain why such a move would only increase regional instability. Instead, American diplomatic involvement is necessary for reducing the range of strategic decisions that might be appealing to both participants in the conflict.

Work on robust clustering by Dr Pietro Coretto and Dr Christian Hennig to appear in JASA

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The Journal of the American Statistical Association has accepted the paper "Robust improper maximum likelihood: tuning, computation, and a comparison with other methods for robust Gaussian clustering" for publication. The authors are Dr Pietro Coretto, University of Salerno, a former PhD student of the Department of Statistical Science, UCL, and Dr Christian Hennig of the Department of Statistical Science.

Professor Valerie Isham to give keynote address at Fields Institute workshop

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Professor Valerie Isham will give the keynote address at the Workshop on Evolving Marked Point Processes with Application to Wildland Fire Regime Modeling, to be held at the Fields Institute for Mathematical Sciences in Toronto, Canada on 26-27 November 2015.

Research by Dr Paul Northrop and Professor Richard Chandler featured in The Climate CIRCulator

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Methodology and findings from Dr Paul Northrop and Professor Richard Chandler’s paper "Quantifying Sources of Uncertainty in Projections of Future Climate" (Journal of Climate, volume 27, pp 8793–8808) are featured in The Climate CIRCulator, a newsletter written by climate researchers and communicators at the Climate Impacts Research Consortium and the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute in the United States of America.

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