David Blackwell had a distinguished career while living an extraordinary life. Against the backdrop of the Great Depression, World War II, the Cold War, and the Civil Rights Era, Blackwell’s life is one of inspiration. From the very beginning, Blackwell overcame insurmountable odds to become an influential contributor to the world of mathematics and statistics.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded $15.5 million to four universities in Illinois, including the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, to create an institute to bring powerful mathematical ideas to bear on key contemporary scientific and technological challenges.
Students like Ajay Jain embody what is so unique, important, and binding of students within the field of statistics. The Statistics and Computer Science student at the University of Illinois double majors in Political Science and has his sights set on giving a voice to underrepresented individuals through his work.
In the late hours of November 2, 2016, the Chicago Cubs clinched their first World Series win since 1908, a defining moment for any Chicago Cubs fan. For new University of Illinois student Charlie Young, it would prove life changing.
One of the most appealing aspects of statistics for me was the realization that I could apply analytics and statistical learnings to just about any area of interest—finance, insurance, health, or sports, to name a few.