Seminars & Working Groups
Seminars: The Department of Biostatistics has weekly seminars on Wednesdays at 1:30. Students are required to attend Biostatistics seminars and the discussion session that immediately follows the seminar. The discussion session is lead by a faculty member and is intended to be an open forum where students can ask questions and frankly discuss the seminar. For faculty leading the discussion session, a description of the goals are here. The seminar schedule is here.
Biostatistics Clinics: The Department of Biostatistics offers free statistics clinics at noon every day. Clinics offer an open forum for investigators who need statistical advice about planning or analyzing a study, or who would like to discuss a particular statistical method. Students are required to attend and participant in at least 12 Biostatistics clinics each year. Details on the Biostatistics clinics can be found here.
Chalk-talks: The goal of the summer ‘chalk-talk’ series is to expose students to faculty research and generate thoughtful discussion outside a structured learning environment. Faculty prepare a short overview of their area of expertise and stimulate discussion regarding potential avenues of research. Four to six sessions are held each year.
Summer Book Club: Every summer the book club chooses a book to work through, as a group, over the course of 8 to 10 weeks. Past books include Efron’s Large Scale Inference (in 2013), van Buuren’s Flexible Imputation of Missing Data (in 2014) , and Davidson & Hinkley’s Bootstrap Methods and their Applications (in 2015).
Journal Club: The Journal club meets at least once month to discuss interesting articles and topics of interest. Details can be found here.
Statistical Computing Series: The statistical computing series is a weekly gathering for learning various aspects of modern statistical computing from practitioners in the Department of Biostatistics. Details can be found here.
Software Carpentry Bootcamp: This short course covers basic concepts and tools, including program design, version control, data management, and task automation. It is offered in the summer. Details can be found here.