While forecasters with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are predicting a 75-percent chance that the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season will be nearÂ or above normal, experts at Rice University say Houston is little better prepared for extreme weather than it was last summer when Hurricane Harvey devastated the region.
Philip Ernst, assistant professor of statistics at Rice University, is the recipient of a Young Investigator Award from the Mathematics Division of the Army Research Office (ARO). The award includes a three-year, $235,617 grant.
Daniel Kowal, Rice University assistant professor of statistics, won an honorable mention from the American Statistical Associationâ€™s section of Business and Economic Statistics. His Ph.D. thesis, â€śBayesian Methods for Functional and Time Series Data,â€ť was submitted for the Arnold Zellner Thesis Award in Econometrics and Statistics and received the only honorable mention given this year.
Garrett Grolemund, who is a data scientist and educator, received the Outstanding Young Alumni Award, in recognition of the achievements of engineering graduates who are younger than 40. After graduation, Grolemund joined RStudio, the free and open-source integrated development environment for R, a programming language for statistical computing and graphics.
A National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant will allow Rice, the city of Houston and the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) to develop an environmental health and housing registry. The goal is to help the community understand the impact of storms like Harvey on public health.
Carly Fagnant, second-year Ph.D. student in statistics, has received an honorable mention from the National Science Foundationâ€™s (NSF) 2018 Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP).
Garrett Grolemund works at RStudio as a data scientist and educator. When he joined the company, it was a startup with three employees and no income stream. Now itâ€™s a multi-million dollar firm.
Rice University researchers, including Provost Marie Lynn Miranda and STAT professor Kathy Ensor, have won a prestigious National Institutes of Health grant to build data analysis tools and analyze how exposure to mixed toxins in the environment affects a population, especially children.
IE is the sixth-most popular engineering masterâ€™s degree in the U.S., with 3,538 granted in 2014-15. Nationally, more than twice as many masterâ€™s degrees are awarded in IE than in chemical engineering.