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Han Liu and Arend Kuyper Join the Faculty

July 18, 2018


Han Liu, Associate Professor of Statistics and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, will join the faculty on September 1, 2018. He uses computation and data as a lens to explore science and intelligence.

Arend Kuyper, Assistant Professor of Instruction, joined the faculty in September 2017, focusing on the development and application of statistical methods in education and the Department's Data Science initiatives.

Elizabeth Tipton joins the Faculty

July 18, 2018


Elizabeth Tipton will join the Faculty as Associate Professor of Statistics and Fellow at the Institute for Policy Research (IPR) on September 1, 2018. Tipton's research focuses on the development of statistical methods and tools for making ‘causal generalizations’.


Congratulations to our newly hooded PhD graduates!

June 28, 2017


From left to right: Yi Gao, Xiaofei Hu, Zach Seeskin, Wendy Chan, Qingyang Zhang

  • Cheng Li (PhD 2014) has accepted a position as a tenure-track assistant professor at the Department of Statistics and Applied Probability, National University of Singapore.
  • Statistics Chairman Larry Hedges was appointed by President Obama to serve on the National Education Science Board.  The Board helps establish policy and priorities for the research arm of the US Department of Education. Read more about the Board at:

  • Beth Tipton (PhD 2011), Assistant Professor at Columbia University, was awarded the American Educational Research Association’s Early Career Award for Quantitative Research in Education for 2016.

  • Yuan Liao (PhD 2010) will be appointed as Associate Professor of Economics at Rutgers University this fall.

  • Statistics professors Bruce Spencer and Ajit Tamhane were elected as Fellows of the International Statistical Institute.

  • Wendy Chan (PhD 2016) has accepted a position as a tenure-track assistant professor at the University of Pennsylvania.

  • Postdoc Nathan VanHoudnos received the award for the outstanding doctoral dissertation among all predoctoral training fellows supported by the US Institute of Education Science.

  • Jiangtao Gou has accepted a tenure-track assistant professor position at Hunter College of CUNY.

  • Qingayng Zhang has accepted a tenure-track assistant professor position at University of Arkansas.

Professor Donald B. Rubin receives an honorary degree

June 16, 2017

Donald Rubin

Professor Donald B. Rubin receives an honorary degree from Northwestern on June 16, 2017 at Northwestern University’s 159th commencement ceremony. Read more about it here


JSM 2016 Alumni reunion

July 29, 2016

NU Statistics alumni JSM reunion
Ph.D. alumni gathered together with faculty members Larry Hedges, Ji-Ping Wang, Hongmei Jiang, and Beth Andrews for dinner after the JSM conference on August 1.

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Zach Seeskin has been awarded a US Census Bureau Dissertation Fellowship for 2015/2016.

July 15, 2015


Professor Larry Hedges was recently awarded the Sells Award for Distinguished Contributions to Multivariate Research by the Society for Multivariate Experimental Psychology in 2014.

November 19, 2014

Faculty member Larry Hedges receives research grant from the US Institute of Education Sciences to study statistical disclosure control in state longitudinal education data systems.

November 11, 2014

Professor Sandy Zabell has been elected to serve on the Washington, DC Department of Forensic Science Advisory Board, 2014.

October 20, 2014

Professor Sandy Zabell has been selected by the US National Institute of Standards and Technology to be a member of its DNA Analysis Subcommittee, which supports the development of forensic science by the development of standards and guidelines.

October 8, 2014

Fengqing (Zoe) Zhang was appointed Assistant Professor at Drexel University.

August 21, 2014

Professor Bruce D. Spencer was named to the 2014-15 Faculty and Administration Honor Roll

July 19, 2014
Professor Bruce D. Spencer was named to the 2014-15 Faculty and Administration Honor Roll by Northwestern University's Associated Student Government (ASG). The recognition honors his work in the classroom and with students. He was also recognized in 2012-13.

James Pustejovsky (PhD 2013) receives outstanding dissertation award from the American Education Research Association for his dissertation Operationally Comparable Effect Sizes for Meta-Analysis of Single-Case Research.

June 16, 2014

JiPing Wang receives a grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences to study a Computational Biology Approach to Mapping Nucleosomes in Stem Cells.

June 11, 2014

Nathan VanHoudnos accepts postdoctoral fellowship in the department. Nathan received his PhD in statistics from Carnegie Mellon University in 2014.

June 9, 2014

Faculty member Larry Hedges gives the Inaugural Robert P. Vecchio Lecture on Business Analytics at Notre Dame University.

June 5, 2014

Kenneth McCullum (PhD 2014) accepts posdoctoral position at Columbia University.

June 3, 2014

Zach Seeskin was invited to comment on NBC Chicago's streetlights and crime story based on his research.

March 13, 2014


Faculty member Larry Hedges receives grant to fund Summer Institute on Randomized Field Trials from Education Sciences for established researchers.

November 14, 2013

New PhD Yu Zhao accepts position at

October 16, 2013

New PhD Dong Xi, accepts position at Novartis, Inc.

August 15, 2013

James Pustejovsky (PhD in 2013) is appointed Assistant Professor at the University of Texas at Austin.

May 15, 2013
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