A big congrats to Francis Hui, winner of this year's J.B.Douglas Award for best post-graduate talk by a statistics student in New South Wales. Apparently the standard was very high this year and Francis wow'd them with his new group penalties for mixture models, motivated by the problem of multi-species distribution modelling - predicting where a species is as best we can, borrowing strength across species. Well done, Francis!
UPDATE (9th December): another gong for Francis: runner-up prize at Biometrics at the Canals, the biennial International Biometrics Society (Australasian Region) conference. Nicely done Francis!