Category Archives: In The News

LAS Gallery of Excellence

The first 25 selections for the 100 Years of LAS Gallery of Excellence (  This virtual gallery highlights some of the most prominent people and events throughout LAS history, which dates back to 1913.

Two notable statisticians/mathematicians made the list: Prof. Joseph Doob (the namesake of our department library) and Prof. David Blackwell.

What's Your Major? (Planet Money podcast)

Sure, some college degrees lead to higher paying jobs than others. But what’s shocking — at least, it was shocking to us — is just how big the gap can be.

The most lucrative majors typically lead to jobs with salaries over $100,000 a year. The least lucrative lead to salaries of around $30,000.

On today’s show, we run the numbers. We talk to people who majored in the most- and least-lucrative subjects. And we hear from an economist who says, when it comes to income, choosing a major is more important than choosing a college.




Anheuser-Busch lab taps into campus talent

The world’s largest brewer will be opening its first permanent residence on a university campus at the University Research Park.

Anheuser-Busch InBev will open its “Bud Lab,” a data analytics center, sometime this month.

Director Rafael Pinterich will oversee the lab, selecting and implementing real-world experimental problems and also working closely with students. Bud Lab researchers will focus on developing data research and innovation to find creative solutions to programs ranging from assortment optimization, social media and market trends to large scale data initiatives, according to a press release.

Chance News: Issue #94

Chance News reviews current stories in the news compiled by CAUSEweb that involve probability or statistical concepts. (

Contents in Issue #94


Statistics Dept Professor named Centennial Scholar!

We are extremely proud of Prof. Xiaofeng Shao and this incredible honor! See below.


Ten faculty have been named Centennial Scholars in honor of the 100th anniversary of the creation of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Illinois.

The faculty come from a wide range of academic units, and they were selected for their scholarly productivity and contributions to the educational mission of the College of LAS. Executive officers also made a point to select faculty who are at the midpoint in their careers and demonstrate exciting potential in their work.

The Centennial Scholars were nominated for the appointment, and a committee submitted recommendations to the dean of the college. Each scholar will hold his or her appointment for three years and receive $10,000 for research during each of those years.

The Centennial Scholars are:

  • Antony Augoustakis (Classics)
  • Adrian Burgos (History)
  • Kara Federmeier (Psychology)
  • Lilya Kaganovsky (Slavic Languages and Literatures)
  • Leanne Knobloch (Communication)
  • Hyun Joon Kong (Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering)
  • Xiaofeng Shao (Statistics)
  • Tracy Sulkin (Political Science)
  • Ted Underwood (English)
  • Shaowen Wang (Geography and Geographic Information Science)

“These scholars represent the best of the liberal arts and sciences at the University of Illinois,” says Brian Ross, interim dean of the College of LAS. “We are thrilled to have them on campus as the college reaches this symbolic milestone.”

(See for more information.)


U. of I. students, recent alumni named Fulbright Scholars

Dear Fellow Advisors,
Thank you so much for your support of our top students in pursuing opportunities such as the Fulbright.  From your nudges to get them to apply, to the letters of reference you painstakingly develop, you are helping these young scholars to aim high. We thought you might be interested in hearing about ten of these student’s recent successes in being named student Fulbright grantees (link to article).
The next Fulbright application deadline is September 3, so please continue referring students who would benefit from an international experience our way!
David Schug, Director
National and International Scholarships Program  |  University of Illinois
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