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Public Lectures

Overview on Foreign Exchange and Capital Markets, January 26, 2009, Arnold Miyamoto (CitiGroup, Managing Director CitiFX)

Regents Lecture, An Idiot's Guide to Option Pricing by Dr. Bruno Dupire, Bloomberg and NYU. April 26, 2007, Corwin Pavilion, 4:00 PM. Slides Photos Poster Video

"Derivative Pricing and Risk Management in the Energy Markets: the Role of Mathematics", May 16, 2003, Rene Carmona, Paul Wythes Professor of Engineering and Finance Bendheim Center for Finance and ORFE, Princeton University.

Business Careers for Math and Statistics, Robert C. Lowes, Corwin Pavilion, May 8, 2003


Annual Sobel Lectures

The 13th Annual SOBEL LECTURE, May 18, 2016 Dr. Emmanuel Candes (Stanford University) Around the Reproducibility of Scientific Research in the Big Data Era: The Knockoff Filter

The 12th Annual SOBEL LECTURE, April 22, 2015 Dr. Barry Arnold (UC Riverside) Some Alternatives to the Classical Multivariate Normal Model

The 11th Annual SOBEL LECTURE, April 16, 2014 Dr. Hans Mueller (UC Davis) Modeling Nonlinear Functional Data

The 10th Annual SOBEL LECTURE, May 7, 2013, Dr. Peter Hall (University of Melbourne & UC Davis) Nonparametric Methods for Estimating Periodic Functions, with Applications in Astronomy

The 9th Annual SOBEL LECTURE, May 9, 2012, Dr. David Aldous (UC Berkeley) Reflections on devising a "Probability in the Real World" course

The 8th Annual SOBEL LECTURE, May 4, 2011 Dr. Brad Efron (Stanford University) Tweedie's Formula and Selection Bias

The 5th Annual SOBEL LECTURE, April 30, 2008, Dr. Michael Newton (University of Wisconsin-Madison) Dirichlet orderings, differential expression, and gene sets

The 4th Annual SOBEL LECTURE, May 23, 2007: Dr. Scott Zeger, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Micronutrient Supplementation, Birth Weight and Infant Mortality; On Estimation of Percentile-Specific, Mediated Intervention Effects

The 3rd Annual SOBEL LECTURE, Raymond Carroll, Texas A & M University. March 14, 2006: Measuring Diet; March 15, 2006: Semiparametric methods for gene-environment case-control studies

The 2nd Annual SOBEL LECTURE, April 19, 2005, Elizabeth Thompson, University of Washington, Seattle, Fuzzy p-values in the detection of genetic linkage

The 1st Annual SOBEL LECTURE, April 20, 2004, Rudy Beran, Statistics Department at UC Davis, 'Beyond ANOVA: Superefficient Fits to Discrete Multi-way Layouts.'

Faculty Awards

Congratulations to Professor S. Rao Jammalamadaka, recipient of the 2016-2017 UCSB Outstanding Graduate Mentor award.

Congratulations to Prof. Ian Duncan, recipient of SOA 2016 Outstanding Volunteer Award!

Congratulations to Dr. Roger Hayne, elected as Vice President of the CAS International!

Interview with Professor Ian Duncan (pp. 56-61).

Professor Ian Duncan is one of eight experts interviewed by New York Times.

Professor Jammalamadaka was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the Indian Society for Probability and Statistics

Congratulations to Tomoyuki Ichiba, winner of the 2014 SIAG/FME Junior Scientist Prize! photo

An Interview with Professor Jammalamadaka on Statistics as a Discipline and his Career

Professor Jean-Pierre Fouque is appointed as the Editor-in-Chief for the SIAM Journal on Financial Mathematics, starting January 1, 2015.

India International Friendship Society, New Delhi has awarded Professor S. Rao Jammalamadaka the “Bharat Gaurav (Pride of India) Award” for the year 2014 for his research and professional accomplishments.

NBC News Science quotes professor Jammalamadaka Read more

Professor Jean-Pierre Fouque is named to Treasury Department Advisory Committee on Financial Research. Read more.

Professor Jammalamadaka is the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from the Faculty of Forest Sciences, the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. Read more.

Professor Ian Duncan, FSA FIA FCIA MAAA, has been elected to the SOA Board of Directors. Congratulations!

We are pleased to announce that Dawn E. Holmes and Lakhmi C. Jain (Eds) have published Data Mining: Foundations and Intelligent Paradigms: Volume 2: Statistical,Bayesian,Time Series and other Theoretical Aspects.

We are pleased to announce that Dawn E. Holmes and Lakhmi C. Jain (Eds) have published Data Mining: Foundations and Intelligent Paradigms: Volume 1: Clustering, Association and Classification

S. Rao Jammalamadaka received a Distinguished Service Award from the International Indian Statistical Association (IISA) with the citation "For distinguished contributions to Statistics and dedicated service to the Association". He served as its President, the Chair of several Program Committees, and most recently as the Chair of the Nominations Committee.

Jean-Pierre Fouque has been named a Fellow of the Society for Industrial & Applied Mathematics, SIAM.

Congratulations is in order for Dawn Holmes on her elevation to IEEE Senior Member. This is an elite group in IEEE, Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineers, which recognizes significant professional technical accomplishments.

We are pleased to announce that S. Rao Jammalamadaka has been honored with Advances in Directional and Linear Statistics: A Festschrift for Sreenivasa Rao Jammalamadaka. This volume of papers published by Springer-Verlag, consists of articles written by students, colleagues, and collaborators from over 20 countries and covers a variety of research topics of particular interest to him.

Congratulations is in order for Michael Ludkovski, he has been elected Program Director of the SIAM Activity Group in Financial Mathematics.

Professor Jean-Pierre Fouque, Director of the CRFMS, has been elected Fellow of the IMS (Institute of Mathematical Statistics) and Chair of the SIAM (Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics) Activity Group on Financial Mathematics and Engineering (SIAG/FME), Spring 2009.

Congratulations to Professor S Rao Jammalamadaka who was named as an adjunct professor at the C.R. Rao Advanced Institute for Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science at the Central University of Hyderabad, India

We are pleased to announce that Professor Dawn Holmes along with Lakhmi C. Jain (Eds) have published, Innovations in Bayesian Networks: Theory and Applications.

Congratulations to Dr. Dawn Holmes, honored with 2007-08 Distinguished Teaching Award by the UCSB Academic Senate. The Distinguished Teaching Award acknowledges the efforts of Senate faculty members who have successfully united teaching and research.

Professor David Hinkley's paper, "Bootstrap diagnostics and remedies" (joint with A. Canty, A. Davison, and V. Ventura) was awarded the 2006 Canadian Journal of Statistics Prize for outstanding paper.

Professor Yuedong Wang Elected Fellow of the American Statistical Association 2006

Student Awards

Congratulations to Wawanesa Scholarships Winners: Zariluz Alvarado, Benjamin Ku, Stephanie Lee, Amanda Mazanians, and Ganesh Tilve

Nhan Huynh, Class 2016, received the first place prize for her presentation at the 2016 Actuarial Research Conference. Congratulations!

Congratulations to our actuarial students Stephanie Lee, Myranda Flores and Anthony Castillo, winners of the 2016 Actuarial Diversity Scholarship awarded by The Actuarial Foundation!

Congratulations to Nhan Huynh'16, Dylan Robbins-Kelley'16, and Holly Fallah'16, awarded Honorable Mention for their poster presented at the UCSB Undergrad Research Colloquium!

Congratulations to Gary Wang, Class 2016, selected for the SOA Student Summer Internship Program!

Congratulations to Annie Dong, Class 2016, BS/MS in Actuarial Science, recipient of the 2015-2016 Dean of Undergraduate Education Award in CL&S

Congratulations to 2016 Rama Thogarati Award Winners: Isaac Bjorke, Mason Delalla and Elizabeth Riedell

Dr. Nicklas Karlsson is a recipient of the UCSB Mechanical Engineering 2015 Alumni Award. Dr. Karlsson holds two degrees from UCSB: Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering and M.A. in Statistics.

Congratulations to Sun Jung, Class 2016, recipient of 2014-15 Steven Vaziri Scholarship in Statistical Programming

Congratulations to Jimmy Risk, 2015-16 SOA James C. Hickman Scholar!

Congratulations to the 2015 Rama Thogarati Prize winners: Faris Barudi and Chloe Watson

Congratulations to Kyle Bechler, finalist for the SIAG/FME Conference Paper Prize. Good luck Kyle!

Alex Terenin, Class 2014, Student Commencement Speaker

Congratulations to Michael Nava, nominated for and Awarded the 2013-2014 GSA Excellence in Teaching Award Honorable Mention from UCSB Graduate Division

Congratulations to Cody Pulliam,  winner of the ARC 2014  poster presentation:  “Pure Premium Trend Analysis for Auto and  Home Insurance Coverages

Congratulations to Ruimeng Hu, the recipient of the 2013 Abraham Wald Memorial Prize

Congratulations to Alexander Terenin, Class 2014, Statistical Science, Student Commencement Speaker and the recipient of the 2013-14 Dean of Undergraduate Education Award in the CL&S

Congratulations to 2014 Rama Thogarati Prize winners: Allie Moat and Alex Terenin

Congratulations to Andrew Mackenzie'13 and Tiffany Sun'13, winners of the 48th Actuarial Research Conference (ARC) Presentation Prize

Congratulations to Daniel Mena-Martinez, Class 2013, Student Commencement Speaker

Congratulations to 2013 Rama Thogarati Prize winners: Daniel Mena-Martinez, Matthew Rainey and Michael Logonov

Congratulations to 2012 Rama Thogarati Prize winners: David Graham and Casey Hahn.

Congratulations to our undergraduates, Dario Biasini, Filip Branitchev and Garth Johnson, and their mentor, Prof. Mike Ludkovski, whose research project "Pricing Options on Life Insurance" won the first prize at the 2011 Undergraduate Research Colloquium in the area of Science/Engineering. Sponsored by the College of Letters and Science, UCSB.

Congratulations to Ryan Doria, the Rama Thogarati Prize winner! The award, commemmorating Statistics graduate student Rama Thogarati, who died in an airplane accident, is awarded annually to a graduating senior for high academic achievement.

Congratulations to our 2010-2011 Robert & Barbara Lowes Scholarship recipients, Joshua Harwood and Dario Biasini

Graduate student Li-Hsien Sun received the Abraham Wald Memorial Prize for his excellence in graduate study in 2009.

Congratulations to our 2009-2010 Lowes Scholarship recipients: Adi Dror & Eric Buron.

Graduate students Qunying Shen and Bin Ren both received the Abraham Wald Memorial Prize for their excellence in graduate studies in 2008.  Douglas Vestal was awarded the Ruth and Joe Gani Prize for his dissertation research.

The 2007-08 Ruth and Joe Gani Prize was awarded to Deepali Paradkar. The Gani prize is awarded to a graduate student for best dissertation.

Congratulations to the winners of the 2007-08 Lowes Scholarship: Christie O'Hara and Lindsey Aspel. The Lowes Scholarship is awarded each year to outstanding Financial Mathematics and Statistics majors.



May 19-21, 2017: CFMAR 10th Anniversary Conference

July 13-16, 2014: UCSB hosts the 49th Actuarial Research Conference flyer

2013 Southern California Probability Symposium, Saturday, December 7, 2013 USC (Organized by UCSB)

2009 Southern California Probability Symposium, Saturday, December 5, 2009 UC Irvine (Organized by UCSB)

The Third Western Conference in Mathematical Finance, November 13-15, 2009, Santa Barbara, California

NSF/CBMS Regional Conference on Convex Duality Method in Mathematical Finance, June 22-27, 2008


Held at UCSB Sunday, June 26, 2005

2003 Southern California Probability Symposium, Sunday, November 23, 2003, UCLA (Organized by UCSB)

1998 Southern California Probability Symposium, Saturday, December 6, UCLA (Organized by UCSB)

Film screening: Wolfgang Doeblin a mathematician rediscovered, May 5, 2008 

Center for Research in Financial Mathematics and Statistics (now called the Center for Financial Mathematics and Actuarial Research ) Inauguration, October 16, 2006. Poster Press Release Video

Actuarial Program Highlights

UCSB hosts California Actuarial Student Summit on January 14, 2017. Poster

Congratulations to our actuarial students Stephanie Lee, Myranda Flores and Anthony Castillo, winners of the 2016 Actuarial Diversity Scholarship awarded by The Actuarial Foundation!

UCSB Actuarial Program ranked #1 in the nation by the Online Accounting Degrees in 2016

UCSB is one of the four winners of the Casualty Actuarial Society (CAS) University Award in the program's inaugural year (read more)

UCSB 4th Annual Actuarial Career Fair: October 8, 2015 (flyer)

Congratulations to Stephanie Lee, Class of 2018, winner of the 2015 Actuarial Diversity Scholarship awarded by The Actuarial Foundation

UCSB Annual Actuary Day, Friday, May 29th , 1:00pm-4:30pm SRB-MPR Flyer/Project

UCSB Actuarial Program was recognized as a Center of Actuarial Excellence (CAE) by the Society of Actuaries

First California Actuarial Student Conference: April 4,2015

UCSB 3rd Annual Actuarial Career Fair: October 16, 2014 Flyer

Read about ARC 2014 at UCSB: Coaching Actuaries Blog, UCSB Current, Noozhawk

June 5, 2014: UCSB Current article about our Actuarial Program

UCSB Annual Actuary Day, Friday, April 25, 1pm-3:30pm Theater & Dance West 1701 flyer

Congratulations to Andrew Mackenzie'13 and Tiffany Sun'13, winners of the 48th Actuarial Research Conference (ARC) Presentation Prize! Michael Loginov'13 won the 47th ARC Presentation Prize last year.

October 10, 2013: UCSB 2nd Annual Actuarial Career Fair Flyer

UCSB Annual Actuary Day April 26 Program

Thank you Towers Watson for your generous support of our Actuarial program!

October 23, 2012: visit to UCSB by Brad Smith, FSA, MAAA, President of SOA, and the Chairman, Milliman Inc.

October 11, 2012: UCSB Actuarial Career Fair

Congratulations to Michael Loginov, Class'13, for presenting a research paper at ARC 2012.

Congratulations to Daniel Mena-Martinez, Class of 2013 winner of the 2012 Actuarial Diversity Scholarship awarded by the Actuarial Diversity Scholarship Committee of The Actuarial Foundation.

Congratulations to Matthew Montero, Class 2010, for publishing two papers with his NCCI colleagues: Indemnity Benefit Duration and Obesity, Bayesian Trend Selection

UCSB Actuary Day April 27, 2012

Undergraduate Research Colloquium 2012



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