30th New England Statistics Symposium

Steffen Ventz, PhD, of the Statistics Faculty at URI was invited to be a session speaker at this year’s meeting of the New England Statistical Symposium (NESS) held at Yale in New Haven. His talk was entitled “Adding Experimental Arms to Ongoing Clinical Trials” given at the Recent Advances and Challenges in the Design and Analysis of Clinical Trials afternoon session.
Our Department also sent 6 students presenting 4 posters on “The Relationship Between Attitudes Toward Statistics and Examination Scores”, “Sentiment vs. Statistic: Rival Strategies for NCAA Bracket Prediction”, “Dirichlet Process Mixture of Voigt Profiles with Application to Peak Detection in X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy Data” and “Network-Based Statistical Methods for the Analysis of Association Network of Stock Return”. Professor Gavino Puggioni, PhD also attended in support of his student, Anton Lobach, and their poster took the Conference’s Student Poster Award. This marks the the second consecutive year that a poster made by a URI student has won a prize at NESS.

NESS 2016 Attendees

Left to Right: De Pace, Wu, Amin, Breard, Lobach, Puggioni


Steffen Ventz
Gavino Puggioni


Gabriel De Pace
Zidan Wu
Daven Amin
Greg Breard
Anton Lobach
Hilary Aroke