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Katherine Bennett Ensor
Professor
Professor of Statistics
 
e-mail:ensor@rice.edu
 
  • B.S.E. Mathematics (1981) Arkansas State University
  • M.S. Mathematics (1982) Arkansas State University
  • Ph.D. Statistics (1986) Texas A&M University
 
Primary Department
   Department of Statistics
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Department Affiliations
 
  • Center for Computational Finance and Economic Systems
  • George R. Brown School of Engineering
  • Ken Kennedy Institute for Information Technology
  • Kinder Institute for Urban Research
  • Rice 360*: Institite of Global Health Technologies
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    Websites
     CoFES
     K. Ensor Webpage
     Rice Environmental Statistics and Health
     
    Research Areas
     Time series including categorical time series, spatial statistics, spatial-temporal methods, stochastic simulation, hierarchical modeling and information integration, stochastic process modeling and estimation, population health based studies, sampling. Application areas of financial modeling, risk management, energy, environmental statistics, and recently environmental epidemiology
     
    Teaching Areas
     Theoretical foundations and advances in statistics, probability and statistics for civil and environmental engineers, methods for statistical finance and risk based solutions to engineering challenges. Dependent data; time series and spatial processes.
     
    Selected Publications
     Refereed articles
     

    Emilian Vankov, Michele Guindani and Katherine B. Ensor "Stochastic Volatility Filtering and Estimation with Intractable Likelihoods." Bayesian AnalysisIn Revision

     
     

    Loren Raun, Laura Campos, Elizabeth Stevenson, Katherine B. Ensor, David Persse, Gwen Johnson "Analyzing Who, When and Where: Data to Better Target Resources for Schoolbased Asthma Interventions." Journal of School Health

     
     

    Michael Schweinberger, Sergii Babkin "HIgh-Dimensional Multivariate Time Series with Additional Structure." Journal of Computational and Graphical Statistics

     
     

    Michael Schweinberger, Sergii Babkin, Katherine B. Ensor "High-Dimensional Multivariate Time Series with Local Dependence." Journal of Computational and Graphical StatisticsIn Revision

     
     

    Reid, Margaret and Gunn, Julia and Shah, Snehal and Donovan, Michael and Eggo, Rosalind and Babin, Steven and Stajner, Ivanka and Rogers, Eric and Ensor, Katherine B and Raun, Loren and others "Cross-Disciplinary Consultancy to Enhance Predictions of Asthma Exacerbation Risk in Boston." Journal of Public Health Informatics, Vol 8, No. 3

     
     

    Ginley, M., Scott, D.W., and Ensor, K.E. "Simulation of Leveraged ETF Volatility Using Nonparametric Density Estimation." Journal of Mathematical Finance (Sept, 2015) In Press

     
     

    Raun, L. H., Ensor, K. B., Campos, L. A. and Persse, D. "Factors Affecting Ambulance Utilization for Asthma Attack Treatment: Understanding where to Target Interventions." Public Health, 129 (2015) : 501-508.

     
     

    Ensor, K. B. and G. M. Koev "Computational finance: correlation, volatility and markets,." WIRES, 6 (2014) : 326-340.

     
     

    K. Ensor, B. Ray and S. Thomas-Charlton. "Point Source Influence on Observed Extreme Pollution Levels in a Monitoring Network Atmospheric Environment." Atmospheric Environment, 92: 191-196.

     
     

    Raun, L. H., K B. Ensor and D. Persse "Using community level strategies to reduce asthma attacks triggered by outdoor air pollution: a case crossover analysis." Environmental Health, doi:10.1186/1476-069X-13-58, 13:58: 1-14.


    http://www.ehjournal.net/content/13/1/58
     
     

    Ensor, Katherine B., Loren H. Raun and David Persse "A Case-Crossover Analysis of Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest and Air Pollution."  (2013)

     
     

    K. Ensor "Time Series Factor Models." WIRES Computational Statistics , 5:97-104 (2013)

     
     

    K. Ensor with LH Raun, LS Jeffereson and D. Persse "Geospatial Analysis for Targeting Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest Intervention." American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 45: 137-142.

     
     

    Ensor, Katherine B. "Discussion on an approach for indentifying and predicting economic recessions in real-time using time-frequency functional models." 

     
     

    Ensor, Katherine B. "Dynamic Factor Model on directional drilling system."  (May 2012) : 1-7, 23-25.

     
     

    Ensor, Katherine B. with L. Raun "Association of Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest with Exposure to Fine Particulate and Ozone Ambient Air Pollution from Case-Crossover Analysis Result: Are the Standards Protective." 

     
     

    Ensor, Katherine B. With Sarah Thomas and Bonnie Ray. "A Model-based Approach for Clustering Air Quality Monitoring Networks in Houston, Texas." Environmetrics (2010) Submitted

     
     

    Ensor, Katherine B. with Kamal Hamidieh "Simple Method for Time Scaling Value-at-Risk: Let the Data Speak for Themselves." Journal of Risk Management in Financial Institutions. (2011) In Press

     
     

    Ensor, Katherine B. with Loren Hopkins Raun and David Persse "A Case-Crossover Analysis of Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrest and Ambient Multipollutant Atmospheres on a Fine Temporal and Spatial Scale." The Journal of the American Epidemiological Association (2011) Submitted

     
     

    Ensor, Katherine B., with Alejandro Cruz Marcelo and Gary Rosner "Estimating the Term Structure with a Semiparametric Bayes Population Model: An Application to Corporate Bonds." The Journal of the American Statistical Association (2011) In Press

     
     

    Ensor, K.B., with Loren H. Raun, Elena M. Marks "Detecting Improvement in Ambient Air Toxics: An Application to Ambient Benzene Measurements in Houston, Texas." Atmospheric Environment, 43 (20) (2009) : 3259-3266.

     
     

    Ensor, Katherine B. with Ginger M. Davis "Cascading Losses: The Role of Complex Dependence." the Proceedings of the Eubank Conference on Market Inefficiency (2009) In Press

     
     

    K.B. Ensor. With G.M. Davis "Multivariate Time Series Analysis with Categorical and Continuous Variables in an LSTR Model.." Journal of Time Series Analysis, 28 (2008) : 867-885.

     
     

    Ensor, K.B. With G.M. Davis. "Outlier Detection in Environmental Monitoring Network Data: An Application to Ambient Ozone Measurements for Houston, Texas.." Journal of Statistical Computation and Simulation, 76 (2006) : 407-422.

     
     

    Ensor, K.B., Bridges, E. and Raman, K. "The Impact of Need Frequency on Service Marketing Strategy." The Service Industries Journal, 23 (2003) : 40-22.

     
     

    Friedfeld, S., Fraser, M., Ensor, K.B., Tribble, S., Rehle, D., Leleux, D. and Tittle, F. "Statistical Analysis of Primary and Secondary Atmospheric Formaldehyde." Atmospheric Environment, 36: 4767-4775.

     
     Articles
     

    M. Schweinberger, S. Babkin, K. B. Ensor "High-Dimensional Multivariate Time Series with Local Dependence." arXiv, 1405.4323 (2015)

     
     

    Vankov E. And K. B. Ensor "Stochastic Volatility Filtering with Intractable Likelihoods." arXiv.org (2014)

     
     Book reviews
     

    Ensor, K.B. "Time Series Analysis and It's Applications." Journal of the American Statistical Association, 97 (2002) : 656-657.

     
     Refereed conference papers
     

    Pires, B, Gizem Korkmaz, Katherine Ensor, David Higdon, Sallie Keller, Bryan Lewis and Aaron Schroeder,  (2015). Towards an in silico Experimental Platform for Air Quality: Houston, TX as a Case Study, Computational Social Science Society of America Conference, Santa Fe. New Mexico. http://computationalsocialscience.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/CSSSA_2015_submission_24.pdf 


    http://computationalsocialscience.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/CSSSA_2015_submission_24.pdf
     
     

    Raun, L., K. Ensor and D. Persse "Out of hospital cardiac arrest based on the levels of ozone and fine particulates: tracking and predicting at a temporal scale of one hour and a continuous spatial scale." Center for Disease Control (September 14, 2011)

     
     Other
     

    Emilian Vankov, Michele Guindani and Katherine B. Ensor "Approximate Bayesian Computation for Non-Tractable Likelihoods." Bayesian AnalysisIn Revision

     
     

    Ensor, Katherine B. with Sarah Thomas and Bonnie Ray "Multivariate Zero Inflated Poisson Regression with Application to System Risk in the Bond Market." Submitted

     
    Presentations
     Conference Committee Member
     

    "Southern Regional Council on Statistics 50th Anniversary Summer Research Conference." http://srcos2014.rice.edu, Galveston, TX. (June 2014)

     
     

    "Joint Statistical Meetings." Organized half-day long workshop for CAUCUS for Academic Heads of Statistics and Biostatistics Ph.D. granting departments, (August 2013)

     
     

    "Organized and hosted day-long meeting with senior leadership from Goldman Sachs." Rice leadership and students, (February 2013)

     
     

    "Southern Regional Council on Statistics 50th Anniversary Summer Research Conference." (June 2014)

     
     Invited Talks
     

    "Urban Analytics and the Role of Statistical Thinking, Distinguished Speaker." MIDAS First Annual Data Science Conference, University of Michigan. (November 2016)

     
     

    Ambient Air Quality and Acute Health. National Academy of Sciences Committee on Applied and Theorectical Statistics, October 2015. 

     
     

    Dynamic Factor Models for Asynchronously Observed Time Series. Indo-US Workshop on Time Series Analysis. Organized jointly by IISER, Pune India and SAMSI, USA. Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Pune, May 25-30, 2015.

     
     

    Introduction to Time Series. Indo-US Workshop on Time Series Analysis. Organized jointly by IISER, Pune India and SAMSI, USA. Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Pune, May 25-30, 2015. Opening presentation. 

     
     

    Stochastic Volatility Filtering and Estimation with Intractable Likelihoods. Joint Statistics Meetings, 2015, Seattle, WA. Work is in collaboration with Emilian R. Vankov. 

     
     

    "Ambient Air Quality and Human Health: Understanding the link." American Institutes for Research Board Meeting, Chicago. (June 2014)

     
     

    "Ambient Air Quality and Human Health: Understanding the link." Cornell University, Ithica, NY. (April 2014)

     
     

    "Ambient Air Quality and Human Health: Understanding the link." Conference in Hone of H.N. Nagaraja, Dallas, TX. (March 2014)

     
     

    "Ambient Air Quality and Human Health: Understanding the link." University of Missouri, Columbia, MO. (October 2014)

     
     

    "Estimating Stochastic Volatility Models with Intractable Likelihoods." Department of Statistics at Baylor University, With Joint work with Emilian Vankov

     
     

    "Joint Statistical Meetings, Caucus of Academic Representatives Workshop." Boston, MA. (August 2014)

     
     

    "Member of the Big Data Panel: Ambient Air Quality and Human Health: Understanding the link." American Institutes for Research Workshop, Washington, DC. (April 2014)

     
     

    "Presented to the JASON U.S. Government Study Group on A Robust Health Data Infrastracture." San Diego, CA. . (June, 2014)

     
     

    "AAAS Annual Meeting." Organized Symposia: Spatially distributed environmental factor and health effects, Presented Association between ambient ozone and cardiac arrest. This work received over 100 citations in the international news media, Boston, MA. (February 2013)

     
     

    "Ambient Air Quality and Human Health: Understanding the link." Conference in Honor of H. N. Nagaraja, Dallas, TX. (March 2014)

     
     

    "Association between ambiant ozone and cardiac arrest." Houston-Galveston Area Council, (April 2013)

     
     

    "Association between ambient ozone and cardiac arrest." Houston Endowment, (April 2013)

     
     

    "Energy Exploration: Understanding the probability of success." University of Texas. (October 2013)

     
     

    "Probability and Statistics Beginning to Advanced Short Course." Exxon Mobil, Houston, TX. (June 2013)

     
     

    "SRC 2013, Modern Statistics, Investing and Wealth." Tennesse. (June 2013)

     
     

    Sponsor, Organizer and Speaker.  "Modern Statistics, Wealth and Security." The Third Eubank Conference, Rice University, Houston, TX. (10/17/2011)

     
     

    "Estimating the Term Structure With a Semiparametric Bayesian Hierarchical Model: An Application to Corporate Bonds." Department of Statistics, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah. (February 10, 2011) With Alejandro Cruz-Marcelo and Gary L. Rosner

     
     

    "Improved Pricing for Wind Energy." Second Eubank Conference: Modeling Financial Markets in a World of Fiat Money, Rice University, Houston, TX. (October 18, 2010) With Beth Bower

     
     

    "Invited Speaker, Houston Air Quality: The interplay between science and policy.." Joint Statistical Meetings (JSM), Vancouver. (August 2009)

     
     

    "Late Breaking Invited Session: Organized, the Role of Statistics in the Nation's Financial Recorvery and Stability." JSM - Joint Statistical Meetings, (August 2009)

     
     

    "Army Conference of Applied Statistics." Department of Statistics, Rice University. (October 15-19, 2007)

     
     

    "Risk: Diversification and Performance Precursors for Stocks." Computation and Applied Mathematics Department, Rice University. (November 2005)

     
     

    "Risk: Diversification and Performance Precursors for Stocks." Army Conference on Applied Statistics, Naval Post Graduate School, Monterey CA. (October 2005)

     
     

    "The Future of Statistics." ASA/SRCOS Summer Research Conference, Clemson University, Georgia. (June 2005)

     
     

    "Dynkin Martingale Estimators for Discretely Observed Continuous-Time, Time-Inhomogeneous Markov Chains." NSF/NBER Time Series Conference, Dallas, Texas. (September 2004)

     
     

    "Outlier Detection in Monitoring Network Data." Conference on New Developments of Statistical Analysis in Wildlife, Fisheries, and Ecological Research, University of Missouri. (October 2004)

     
     

    Keynote speaker.  "Statistics: The Language of Discovery;The Quanification of Risk." Sonya Kovalevsky High School Mathematics Day, Mississippi State University. (April 2003)

     
     

    "Modeling, Inference and Forecasting in the Age of Fast Computers." Frontiers of Statistical Research: A Celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the Department of Statistics at TAMU, College Station. (2002)

     
     

    "Modeling, Inference and Forecasting in the Age of Fast Computers (talk two)." CoFES 2002 Symposium, Rice University. (11/08/2002)

     
     

    "Outlier Detection in Environmental Monitoring Networks." Department of Statistics, North Carolina State University, North Carolina. (April 2002)

     
     

    "Outlier Detection in Environmental Monitoring Networks (talk two)." 2002 SRC/ASA SRCOS, (2002)

     
     

    "Air Quality Modeling and Analysis." Society for Rice University Women, Houston, Texas. (2001)

     
     Keynote Speaker
     

    "Women Scientist and Engineers: We change the world and we have a blast.." Expanding Your Horizons Annual Workshop for Middle School Girls, (March 6, 2010)

     
     Lectures
     

    "Ambient Ozone Levels and Cardiac Arrest: Is there a link? Rice University, Department of Statistics, (January 2012)."

     
     

    "Data Driven Estimates of Air Quality in Houston with Continuous Spatial and Temporal Resolution." 6th International Conference on Environmental Science and Technology, Keynote Speaker, Houston, TX. (June 2012)

     
     

    "Energy Analytics." Rice University Energy Symposium, (April 2012)

     
     

    "Joint Statistical Meeting - A Case-Crossover Analysis of Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrest and Ambient Multi-pollutant Atmospheres on a Fine Temporal and Spatial Scale. With Loren Raun (presenter) and David Persse.."

     
     

    "Joint Statistical Meetings - Multivariate Time Series Analysis with Categorical and Continuous Variables in an LSTR Model, with G. Koev (presenter).."

     
     

    "The Fifth John C. and Susan Wierman Lecture on Air Quality: Houston Air Quality: A simultaneous examination of multiple pollutants. Johns Hopkins University.." The Fifth John C. and Susan Wierman Lecture, Johns Hopkins University, Department of Mathematics and Statistics. (November 2009)

     
     Other
     

    TV Interview.  "Improving Your Odds to Win Mega Millions." Channel 13 (ABC), Houston, TX. (January 2011)

     
     

    Organizer and host.  "Rice Statistics Reception at the Joint Statistics Meeting." Joint Statistics Meeting, Vancouver. (August, 2010)

     
     

    Organizer.  "SRCOS - Southern Regional Council on Statistics." Southern Regional Conference on Statistics Annual Business Meeting, Houston, TX. (October 8-9, 2010)

     
     

    "Organized, The Role of Statistics in the Nation's Financial Recovery and Stability." Joint Statistical Meetings (JSM), (August 2009)

     
     

    "A Strategy for Investigating Energy Policy Impact and Forecasting Local Energy Crises." Presented to Vice President Cheney's Energy Task Force, Washington D.C.. (March, 2001) With Thompson, J.R., Brown, B.W., Hartley, P., Perry, D., and Drobot, A.

     
     

    "Time Modeling." 2000 Invited Short Course in Space, La Sapienza, University of Roma. (June 2000)

     
     

    "Concentrate on Your Work and Everything Else will Fall into Place?." Conference for Women in Science and Engineering, Texas A&M University. (February 1999)

     
     

    "Estimation for Continuous Time Markov Chains." Texas A&M University. (February 1999)

     
     

    "Criteria Air Pollutant Modeling." 1998 Joint Statistical Meetings, Dallas, TX. (August, 1998) With Calizzi, M.

     
     

    "Personal Exposure to Ambient Ozone in the Houston Area." Texas Economic and Demograhic Association Workshop on New Statistical Methods, Houston, TX. (October, 1998) With Hopkins, L.P.

     
     

    "Statistical Improvements to CAMx Modeling Efforts of Houston Area Ozone Conentration Levels." Department of Environmental Science and Engineering, Rice University. (October, 1998) With Callizi, M. and Hopkins, L.P.

     
     

    "The Analysis of Categorical Time Series." Dept. of Statistical Science, Southern Methodist University. (March, 1998)

     
     

    "The Analysis of Categorical Time Series." Dept. of Mangement Science and Info. Systems, University of Texas. (May, 1998)

     
     

    "What Can We Learn from Sea Surface Temperatures off the Coast of Southern California?." 1998 ASA/SRCOS Summer Research Conference, Navarre Beach, Florida. (June, 1998) With Baggett, S.

     
     Panelist
     

    "Data-Driven City Planning and Policy." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine Committee on Applied and Theoretical Statistics Winter Meeting Symposium, Washington, DC, Helped organize and moderated the panel discussion.

     
     

    "Program organizer and panelist, Exploring Statistical Issues in Financial Risk Modeling and Regulation Focusing on Success in Modeling of Operational Risk and Credit Risk." NISS/Department of Treasury OCC Exploration Workshop, (February 2009)

     
     

    "Program organizer and panelist, Exploring Statistical Issues in Financial Risk Modeling and Regulation Focusing on Success in Modeling of Systemic Risk and Market Risk." NISS/Department of Treasury OCC Exploration Workshop, (October 2009)

     
     Posters
     

    Organizer and chair.  "2010 World Statistics Day Houston Area Research Symposium." World Statistics Day, Rice University, Duncan Hall. (October 20, 2010)

     
     Session Chair
     

    "Joint Statistical Meetings." Organized session on Environmental Statistics and Health,

     
     

    "Stochastic Models in Business and Economics."

     
     Workshops
     

    Chair.  "Committee on Federally Funded Research Business Meeting." Joint Statistical Meetings, Miami Beach, FL. (08/02/2011)

     
     

    Chair and Organizer.  "Federal Funding for Statistics in 2011." Joint Statistical Meetings, Miami Beach, FL. (07/31/2011)

     
     

    Chair and Organizer.  "Quantile Regression, Time Series, and Extremes with Applications to Business Forecasting and Risk Management." Joint Statistical Meetings, Miami Beach, FL. (08/01/2011)

     
     

    Organizer.  "Rice University Reception." Joint Statistical Meetings, Miami Beach, FL. (08/02/2011)

     
    Editorial Positions
     Editor, WIRES Computational Statistics. Wiley. (2016 - 2019)

     Editor, Applied Stochastic Models in Business and Industry, Theory Editor. John Wiley & Sons. (2016 - 2019)

     Other, ASA-SIAM Book Series. (2003 - 2003)

     Other, Committee to select Editor for JASA-Reviews. (2009 - 2009)

     Other, Editorial Board, Encyclopedia of Environmentrics 2nd Edition; Section Edition, Stochastic Modeling. (2012 - 2012)

     Other, EPA Science Advisory Board on Hydraulic Fracturing and Water Quality and Quantity. (2012 - 2014)

     Other, Southern Regional Council on Statistics 50th Anniversary Summer Research Conference, Galveston, TX. (2014 - 2014)

     Member of the Editorial Board, Section Editor, Encyclopedia of Environmetrics. Wiley. (2010 - 2010)

     Associate Editor, Journal of the American Statistical Association. American Statistical Association. (2010 - 2010)

     Associate Editor, Journal of the American Statistical Association. (2009 - 2009)

     Member of the Editorial Board, ASA-SIAM Book series. (2001 - 2001)

     Member of the Editorial Board, ASA-SIAM Book Series. (2002 - 2002)

     Member of the Editorial Board, ASA-SIAM Book Series. (2003 - 2003)

     Associate Editor, Technometrics. (1999 - 1999)

     Associate Editor, Journal of Statistical Computation and Simulation. (1999 - 1999)

     Other, NSF Review Panel. Spring-Verlag. (2003 - 2003)

     Other, NSF Review Panel. Wiley. (2003 - 2003)

    Supervised Theses & Dissertations
     Nancy Glenn, Ph.D. Robust Empirical Likelihood. (2002) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Stephen Friedfield, Ph.D Statistical Analysis of Primary and Secondary Formaldehyde. (2002) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Stephanie Glenn, Ph.D. Ground Water Modeling with Local Recharge Parameters. (2002) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Jie Lin, Ph.D Testing Shade Tolerence as a mechanism of dynamics in three forests of Big Thiscket National Preserve. (2002) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Evan Brott, M.A. An Unconditional Test for the Single-Sample Binomial. (2003) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Kalatu Davies, Ph.D Inverse Decision Theory with Medical Applications. (2004) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Gretchen Fix, Ph.D Corporate Propensity to Pay Dividends. (2004) (Thesis Director)

     Jason Deines, Master of Arts Using Simulation to Assess Predicition Performance Change with Simulated Annealing on Probability Arrays. (2004) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Ginger Davis, Ph.D. Topics in Multivariate Time Series. (2005) (Thesis Director)

     Gretchen Fix, Ph.D. Corporate Propensity to Pay Dividends. (2005) (Thesis Director)

     Xian Zhou, Ph.D. Bayesian Inference for Ordinal Data. (2005) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Kalatu Davies, Ph.D. Inverse Decision Theory with Medical Applications. (2005) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Krzyaztof Rudnicki, Ph.D. A Dynamic Model for Survival Data with Longitudinal Covariates. (2006) (Thesis Director)

     Ph.D. The Analysis of Limit Orders Using the Cox Proportional Hazards Model with Independent Competing Risks. (2008) (Thesis Director)

     Talithia Williams, Ph.D. Real-Time Estimation of Rainfall: A Dynamic Spatio-Temporal Model. (2008) (Thesis Director)

     Darrin Gershman, Ph.D. Ultra High-Frequency Data in Finance. (2009) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Sarah Thomas, Ph.D. Model Based Clustering: Applications in Finance and the Environment. (2010) (Thesis Director)

     Beth Bower, PhD Energy Finance and Risk Based Investing in Wind Power. (2011) (Thesis Director)

     Xin Zhao, Ph.D. Mixed Sampling Frequency in Multivariate Financial Time Series with Grainger Causality and Sparse Structure. Applications in finance and energy. (2015) (Thesis Director)

     Yu Han, Ph.D. The Role of News in Market Micro-Structure. (2016) (Thesis Director)

     Oleg Melnikov, Ph.D. Multivariate bi-spectral analysis for identifying sparse structure in high-dimensional time series; applications in finance, energy and the environment. (2016) (Thesis Director)

     Sergii Babkov, Ph.D. Time dependent graphical models for high-dimensional time series; applications in finance, energy and the environment. (2016) (Thesis Director)

     Julia Schedler, Ph.D. Spatial Point Process Models for Acute Health Effects. (2019) (Thesis Director)

     Kim Raath, Ph.D. Time Series and Energy. (2020) (Thesis Director)

     Duncan Wadsworth, Ph.D. Bayesian Nonparametric Methods for the Analysis of Microbiome Data, Directed by Marina Vannucci. (Thesis Committee Member)

     Oleg Melnikov, Ph.D. Dynamic Dimension Reduction for Multivariate Time Series (targeted completion August 2017). (Thesis Director)

     Robert Kosaar, Ph.D. Skewers 'n Such, Directed by D.W. Scott. (Thesis Committee Member)

     Matthew Ginley, Ph.D. Gaussian Process Models for Probability of Corporate Default (targeted completion May 2017). (Thesis Co-Director)

     Julia Scheidler, Ph.D. Spatial Point Process Models for Environmental Epidemiology. (Thesis Director)

     Emilian R. Vankov, Ph.D. Approximate Bayesian Computation in Multivariate Stochastic Volatility Models for Markets. (Thesis Director)

     Sergii Babkov, Ph.D. Time Dependent Graphical Models for High-Dimensional Time Series; Applications in Finance, Energy and the Environment, Directed by Michael Schweinberger. (Thesis Committee Member)

     Alejandro Cruz, Ph.D. Estimating the Term Structure of Corporate Bonds via Dirichlet Process Mixtures. (Thesis Director)

     Brad Ochocki, Ph.D. TBA, Biology, Directed by Tom Miller. (Thesis Committee Member)

     Krzysztof Rudnicki, Ph.D A Dynamic Model for Survival Analysis Data With Longitudinal Covariates. (Thesis Committee Member)

     Ginger Davis, Ph.D Time Varying Parameters in Non-Linear Time-Series Models. (Thesis Director)

    Awards, Prizes, & Fellowships
     Julia Miles Chance Award for Excellence in Teaching, Rice University (1998)

     Paul Minton Service Award, Southern Regional Council on Statistics (2014)

     Graduate Student Association Teaching Award, Rice University (1998)

     H. O. Hartley Award, Texas A&M University (1998)

     Elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), AAAS (2012)

     Fellow, American Statistical Association, American Statistical Association (1998)

     Received a second grant from Houston Endowment to study air quality and health in Houston, Houston Endowment

     Fellow of the American Statistical Association, American Statistical Association (1998)

    Positions Held
     Rice Leaders. (2009 - 2009)

     Director, Kinder Institute for Urban Research Urban Data Platform. (2016 - 2017)

     Director, Center for Computational Finance and Economic System. (2016 - 2017)

     Chair, Department of Statistics. (2010 - 2010)

     Vice President, American Statistical Association . (2016 - 2019)

     Faculty lead, Environmental Analysis and Decision Making, Professional Science Masters Program. (2010 - 2010)

     Professor, Department of Statistics. (2010 - 2010)

     Founding Director, Center for Computational Finance and Economic Systems. (2002 - 2002)

     Founding Director, Center for Computational Finance and Economic Systems. (2010 - 2010)

     Lead Member, NSF Review team for SAMSI. (2005 - 2005)

     Program Chair, ASA Section on Statistics and The Environment. (2000 - 2000)

     Board Member, NSF Institute for Mathematics and Its Applications. (2004 - 2004)

     Member, American Statistical Association. (2006 - 2006)

     ASA Representative to the Southern Regional Council on Statistics, American Statistical Association. (1998 - 1998)

     Member, American Society for Engineering Education. (2006 - 2006)

     Secretary-Treasurer, ASA Section on Business and Economic Statistics. (2004 - 2004)

     Chaired and Organized Invited Session, Joint Statistical Meetings, San Francisco, CA. (2003 - 2003)

     President, Southern Regional Council on Statistics. (2002 - 2002)

     President Elect, Southern Regional Council on Statistics. (2000 - 2000)

     Co-Organizer, 1999 SROCOS/ASA Summer Research Conference in Statistics. (1999 - 1999)

     Secretary, Southern Region Committee on Statistics. (1998 - 1998)

     Chair, ASA Section on Statistics and the Environment: Awards. (2004 - 2004)

     Organizer, CoFES 2002 Symposium, Rice University. (2002 - 2002)

     President Elect, Southern Regional Council on Statistics. (1999 - 1999)

     Member, Institute of Mathematical Statisitcs. (2006 - 2006)

     Member, CAUCUS for Women in Statistics. (2006 - 2006)

     Member, Houston Area Chapter of the American Statistical Association. (2006 - 2006)

     Board Member, NSF Institute for Mathematics and Its Applications. (2006 - 2006)