Wenxuan Zhong receives $1.44 million NIH grant

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

DNA methylation has been newly discovered as a key controller in gene transcription too. Aberrant DNA methylation changes can cause a number of human diseases such as developmental diseases (ICF syndrome, Prader-Willi and Angelman syndromes etc), ag- ing related diseases (i.e. Alzheimer’s disease), heart disease, diabetes, and autoimmune diseases. Moreover, large amount of evidence implicated that DNA methylation is a key player in cancer development. Dr. Zhong will develop a suite of statistical models to broaden our understanding of how methylation patterns are established and maintained during normal development and under different environmental conditions.  Click here to read more.



SCC SAS Analytics Shootout Team Wins First Place

Tuesday, October 21, 2014


It was announced Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at the SAS Analytics 2014 Conference that the UGA Statistical Consulting Center’s 2014 SAS Analytics Shootout team has won first place in the competition.

Congratulations again to all involved!

Congratulations to the SCC's SAS Analytics Shootout Team!

Monday, September 15, 2014

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A team of students from the Statistical Consulting Center, led by Wenbo Wu (with faculty advisor Dr. Jaxk Reeves), has placed in the top three teams in the SAS Analytics Shootout. The winner will be announced at the SAS Analytics 2014 Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, held on October 20 and 21. The top three teams’ universities also receive donations from SAS of up to $5,000.00. This year’s project required the team to model various crimes as a function of time, weather, demographic information, and other phenomena in multiple cities, and to recommend plans of action to prevent and deter these crimes based on future prediction of those variables.

Other team members included Hejiao Hu, Linwei Hu, Lina Liao, Fei Liu, Xijue Tan, and Guannan Wang. This is only the second year that an SCC team has participated in the Shootout.

Congratulations to our team, and good luck at the Analytics 2014 Conference!

Kim Love-Myers Selected as 2014-2015 CTL Writing Fellow

Thursday, September 11, 2014


Kim Love-Myers is one of nine faculty to participate in the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) Writing Fellows Program for the 2014-2015 academic year.  Writing Fellows have the opportunity to implement initiatives that will strengthen the writing skills of UGA students.  According to CTL, “The Writing Fellows will meet approximately every three weeks to discuss research that substantiates the best practices for helping students develop as writers.”  Writing Fellows are selected from a broad range of academic disciplines.  While Statistics is a mathematical science, the ability to communicate is a necessity and engendering strong writing skills amongst our students can make them more successful in their future careers.  We look forward to seeing the benefits Kim’s experience as a Writing Fellow will bring to her, to her students and to our department as the year progresses.  

More information about the CTL Writing Fellows Program may be found at http://www.ctl.uga.edu/faculty/writingfellows.

Pengsheng Ji Named 2014-2015 Teaching Academy Fellow

Thursday, September 11, 2014


The Teaching Academy Fellows Program is an early career mentoring program at the University of Georgia. Only twenty faculty members are selected for the Fellows Program which is coordinated by UGA’s Teaching Academy with funding support from the Office of the Provost and PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. The mission of the Teaching Academy is to promote and celebrate excellence in teaching, and to foster learning through inquiry. The Fellows Program specifically addresses the Academy’s goal of fostering a community of scholars who are committed to teaching by working with a select group of early career faculty to discuss teaching.   The selection of Pengsheng for this program is a mark of his amazing potential and we wish him our warmest congratulations.

More information about the history and mission of the Teaching Academy may be found at http://teachingacademy.uga.edu/about/origins-at-uga/.