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NESS 2010 Sponsors:

Faculty of Arts & Sciences
Harvard University

Department of Statistics
Harvard University



Harvard NESS 2010
Planning Committee:

Edo Airoldi (Program Chair)
Department of Statistics
Email: airoldi at

Dale Rinkel (Local Co-Chair)
Department of Statistics
Email: symposia at

Steve Finch (Local Co-Chair)
Department of Statistics
Email: symposia at


The Department of Statistics of Harvard University will host the 24th New England Statistics Symposium on Friday and Saturday, April 16-17, 2010, to bring together statisticians from all over New England at a central location. Invited keynote speakers are Iain Johnstone of Stanford University and Jennifer Chayes of Microsoft Research New England.

There will be four mini-courses on Friday, April 16, 2010. One on "Quantitative Financial Modelling in the Post-Lehman Landscape" presented by Stephen Blyth of Harvard University and Harvard Management Company; one on "Statistical Methods and Software for Genomic and Clinical Data Analysis" presented by Curtis Huttenhower of Harvard University and Florian Markowetz of Cancer Research UK Cambridge Research Institute and University of Cambridge; one on "Statistical Elements of Complex Networks" presented by Edo Airoldi and Joe Blitzstein of Harvard University; and on "Research Cultivation and Culmination: How to Get Your Paper Published (Eventually)" presented by Joe Blitzstein and Xiao-Li Meng of Harvard University. Here is detailed information on the Short Courses.

The theme of the symposium is "Statistics in the Sciences". There will be several invited special theme sessions ranging from statistics in the biological sciences (including systems-biology and genomics) to statistics in the physical sciences (including astrophysics), and form statistics in healthcare and economics, to statistics in educational assessment and evaluation. More information about these sessions can be found in the Invited Sessions section of this website.

In addition, students are encouraged to submit papers for consideration in the Best Student Paper Competition. Interested students should submit their paper no later than Monday, March 15, 2010, following the instructions in the Call for Papers section.

Click here to view a PDF file of all Symposium talks (abstracts, speakers, times and locations).

Several options for sponsorship opportunities are available.

This year marks the 24th anniversary of the New England Statistics Symposium. The first New England Statistics Symposium was held at the University of Connecticut, which traditionally hosts the Symposium on alternate years. For a list of previous host institutions and keynote speakers, click here.