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Congratulations to Stefan Stein for winning a IMS Hannan Graduate Student Travel Award and a Honorable Mention in ASA's SLDS Student Paper Award competition
Stefan Stein has recently been selected to receive an Institute of Mathematical Statistics (IMS) Hannan Graduate Student Travel Award. This award will cover travel expenses up to 750USD to enable Stefan to attend any IMS co-sponsored meeting.
We are also glad to share that Stefan's paper "A Sparse Beta Model with Covariates for Networks" has won an Honorable Mention in the Student Paper Award competition organised by the Statistical Learning and Data Science section (SLDS) of the American Statistical Association (ASA). Stefan's entry was selected out of 69 papers.
MORSE student has been selected to represent United Nations Women UK
Dhruv Kulshreshtha, a first year MORSE student, has been selected to represent UN Women UK as a delegate to the 65th session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, taking place in March 2021. The UNCSW that is typically held in the United Nations Headquarters in New York will be a fully digital conference this year because of the covid-19 pandemic.
Through his participation in the CSW, Dhruv aims to promote the need for more men to actively participate in gender equality movements pertaining to domestic violence, harassment, and discrimination against women. As a member of the #heforshe campaign, he also hopes to learn about, and contribute to, the main theme of CSW21: "Women in Public Life - Equal Participation in Decision Making."
AS&RU and The National Archives finalist in Digital Preservation Coalition prize for research and innovation for a probabilistic decision support tool for preservation of the nation’s digital heritage
AS&RU researchers, Dr Martine Barons, Dr Thais Fonseca and Prof Jim Smith have developed a decision support system (DiAGRAM) in collaboration with The National Archive (TNA) for the digital archiving community. The project – called “Safeguarding the nation’s digital memory” built on research by Prof Smith, Dr Manuele Leonelli and Dr Martine Barons to develop a probabilistic model to allow archives of different sizes and structures to assess risk levels for their digital collections and how the risk levels change under proposed interventions. TNA states that the nation’s digital heritage is rich, complex and fragile. This material – born-digital records (in a variety of formats), web archives, digitised archival materials – is under threat from rapidly evolving technology, outdated policies and a skills gap across the archives sector. To preserve this heritage for future generations, we must understand and navigate a vast and ever-shifting risk landscape. This tool, launched in November 2020, was developed with input with a number of partner archives and with input from archives across the world, including Brazil, USA, Australia and more. It was shortlisted as a finalist in the worldwide Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) Awards and has already received a request to translate into Turkish!
There were nominations from 14 countries for the DPC Awards. The winners in the research & innovation category were ‘Introducing levels of born digital’ https://www.dpconline.org/blog/introducing-levels-born-digital-access .