We’re Hiring!

The School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences at Clemson University is actively looking for a School Director, to start in Fall of 2019. Review of applications begins on Jan 2, 2019. See the posting here:

https://www.mathjobs.org/jobs/jobs/12872

We are also looking for TWO tenure-track faculty in the area of Applied Statistics to start in Fall 2019. The deadline for these applications is November 30. More information can be found here:

https://www.mathjobs.org/jobs/jobs/12784

Feel free to email me or the department directly with any inquiries about these positions.

We’re a School Now

As of October 1, the Department of Mathematical Sciences at Clemson University is now the School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences. The restructuring is part of a broader restructuring and growth the University has had recently, and to align it with the strategic goals of the relatively new College of Science.

Clemson has changed and grown a lot even in the short time that I’ve been here.Exciting times lately!

UQ and Neuroimaging Talks On Deck

Next week I will be presenting some recent work on nonparametric functional calibration of computer models at the SIAM Conference on Uncertainty Quantification in Anaheim, CA. It’s kind of funny because I’ve only been to California once previously, and I stayed about three blocks from where I’m going to be this time (when I found Disneyland by accident just walking around.)

I am also planning to don my neuroimaging outfit again in a couple of months at the Statistical Methods in Imaging (SMI) conference in Philly. I will talking about some ongoing work on Bayesian label fusion that I have been doing lately with Chris McMahan, Kristin Linn, and Taki Shinohara.

I’m looking forward to seeing old friends and making new ones at both of these conferences!

Appreciating our Donors

I was fortunate enough to help represent the Department of Mathematical Sciences (along with Chris McMahan) at the Clemson University College of Science Donor Appreciation reception. This was a pleasant evening in which we thanked some key donors to our college who make scholarships and research possible. The wide array of research presented is an assurance that those gifts are not wasted.

Some photos from the event can be found here. Apparently I have a ninja-like ability to hide in crowds, so you can’t really tell I was there from the pictures. Fortunately, we do have one conspicuous piece of evidence that’s not on the flickr site:

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I think I missed the memo about wearing a tie.

Departmental Research Snapshot

Recently, I was featured in our department’s newsletter for our NSF grant on Simulation-based Design of Polymer Nanocomposites for Structural Applications. You can check it out here. While you’re there, be sure to read up on a couple of other interesting projects involving other faculty in our department.

New NSF Grant

I am pleased to share that the National Science Foundation has recently approved funding for another project on which I am a Co-PI. This award is part of the NSF INCLUDES program in support of its initiative to broaden participation of currently underrepresented groups in STEM fields. See here for an NSF news release with more information. This is a state-wide collaboration involving Clemson University, the University of South Carolina, South Carolina State University, and The Citadel.

I am excited to be a part of this intensive study of STEM field participation in the state of South Carolina. We hope to collect huge amounts of relevant data and to identify latent factors that affect a person or group’s participation, and to use this information to form a plan to increase the involvement of these underrepresented groups, because we need them!

EDIT: Here is Clemson’s press release concerning the project.

EDIT 2: More press, including coverage from SC Now Morning NewsThe Greenville Journal, Anderson Independent, and Fox Carolina

Solar Eclipse!

Clemson has the fortune of witnessing a total solar eclipse for approximately 2 minutes and 38 seconds on Monday, August 21. We’re expecting traffic similar to a home football game (which is a lot!), so that part could be annoying. The good news is that the view will pretty much be the same no matter where you are in the city, so I’ll probably stay home and walk out in the backyard for it.

I’m not bragging about anything, since we literally did nothing. The universe just happened to work out that way this time. But it is a once-in-a-lifetime event!

Maybe I’ll have some Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd playing while I stare at the sun (with safety glasses, of course!).