During our Chinese New Year Banquet this week, I received an award for publishing in a top journal: The E.SUN Academic Award (see news coverage). This generous award, established by E.SUN bank, is given to faculty at the top four management schools in Taiwan who publish in one of the few top journals in their field. NTHU joined the program in 2015.
Yesterday was a moving day for me: I was awarded permanent residency in Taiwan, receiving the Plum Blossom Card (for senior professionals). It was especially moving because the director of Hsinchu immigration, along with a delegate of immigration officers and a TV reporter visited me at my NTHU office to award me the card in person. I was extremely touched and amazed. I learned of the intended visit only in the morning, and serendipitously my family was able to join the occasion.
Last week on Teacher's Day (coinciding with Confucious' birthday in Taiwan) I was awarded Distinguished Professor by President of National Tsing Hua University. A joyful event with lots of group photos, balloons, and peppy music.
Inbal Yahav just received her PhD in Operations Research and Data Mining. Her work combines OR, statistics, and data mining approaches and methods for healthcare decision support systems. She received the Golub award for her dissertation and is now a visiting Assistant Professor at the Smith School of Business.
My co-authors Ravi Bapna and Wolfgang Jank and I have just been notified that our paper Consumer Surplus in Online Auctions (ISR, 2008) was selected as one of the five best Information Systems papers published in 2008. We're all very excited about the news!
Prof Shmueli will present two talks as the guest of Statistics Week at ASU, March 20-21. The topics of the talks are:
1. Statistical Challenges in Modern Biosurveillance,
2. Explanatory vs. Predictive Modeling in Scientific Research.