Press Releases


SAMSI Poised to Help Hone Gravitational Wave Astronomy, Astronomers' New Sense

SAMSI will soon help astronomers take the next steps to make the most of the most recent and future gravitational wave theory discoveries.

Ghosh Receives Honorary Degree from Thammasat University

SAMSI’s Deputy Director and Professor of Statistics at North Carolina State University (NCSU), Sujit Ghosh, received an honorary doctoral degree in statistics from Thammasat University (TU) in Thailand.


Emergency Department Simulator Uses Analytics to Help Administrators Make Data-Driven Decisions

Emergency departments (EDs) are under growing pressure to make their departments more efficient. To make matters worse, the number of ED visits have sharply increased, while the number of EDs serving this need has actually decreased.

In order to help alleviate this pressure, a group of researchers from SAMSI and the University of Florida have created an online simulator to help hospital ED administrators understand how analytics and simulation can be used to inform decisions in the ED.

SAMSI Appoints New Directorate Members

The Statistical and Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute (SAMSI) is pleased to announce the appointments of three new members of the Directorate.

Researchers Help Boston Marathon Organizers Plan for 2014 Race

Read about how SAMSI Director, Richard Smith, former postdoctoral fellow Dorit Hammerling recently published a paper in PLOS ONE after helping Boston Marathon organizers figure out what the finish times might have been for the runners who were not able to complete the race in 2013.

Researchers Receive IJERPH Best Paper Award 2014

In work started at The Statistical and Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute (SAMSI) and later completed with colleagues at North Carolina State University, Howard Chang studied the effect of simultaneous changes in temperature and ozone, using simulations from climate models.The resulting paper was awarded the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (IJERPH) Best Paper Award 2014.


Air Pollution, Climate Change and Their Effect on Human Health Focus of Simons Public Lecture

As part of the Simons Public Lecture Series celebrating MPE2013 (the Mathematics of Planet 2013) and the International Year of Statistics 2013, SAMSI is hosting Dr. Francesca Dominici, Professor of Biostatistics in the Harvard School of Public Health and Associate Dean of Information Technology, in a public lecture to be held at the UNC Friday Center in Chapel Hill on Wednesday, April 24 at 7 p.m. Her talk will be "The Public Health Impact of Air Pollution and Climate Change", and is sponsored by the Simons Foundation.


SAMSI Director Involved with Board on Environment Change and Society for National Research Council

Richard Smith, Director of the Statistical and Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute, (SAMSI) is participating on the Committee on Assessing the Impacts of Climate Change on Social and Political Stresses for the National Research Council. The committee released a report recently that looks at climate change and possible security threats that could arise from extreme weather events.

SAMSI Renewed for Another Five Years by NSF

The Statistical and Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute, (SAMSI) has been renewed by the National Science Foundation (NSF) for five years. This is the second renewal the grant has received by NSF.

Snehalata Huzurbazar Named as Deputy Director of SAMSI

Snehalata Huzurbazar, Associate Professor of Statistics at the University of Wyoming, has accepted the position of Deputy Director of the Statistical and Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute (SAMSI) for the next two years. Huzurbazar will take a leave of absence from the University of Wyoming while she performs her duties at SAMSI, starting on July 9, 2012.


Power Grid Expert Thorp Speaking Nov. 9

Professor James S. Thorp, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering from Virginia Tech, will be speaking at North Carolina State University (NCSU), SAS #4201 on Tuesday, November 9 at 3 p.m. The lecture is sponsored by the Statistical and Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute (SAMSI) and the Department of Mathematics at NCSU.

Richard L. Smith Named as Director of SAMSI

Richard L. Smith is joining the Statistical and Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute as its new director, beginning in July 2010.