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Eric Vance

Education:
A.B., University of California, Berkeley, 1997 (Triple major in Mathematics; Economics; Statistics)
M.S., Duke University, 2005 (Statistics and Decision Sciences)
Ph.D., Duke University, 2008 (Statistical Science)

Eric Vance
Eric Vance, director of Virginia Tech's Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis, developed the idea for LISA 2020 and then set about making it happen by applying for available grants. As LISA Director, he leads a team of faculty and student statistical collaborators with the mission of training statisticians to become interdisciplinary collaborators and promote the value of statistical thinking in all phases of scientific research by helping researchers design experiments; collect, analyze, and plot data; run statistical software; interpret results; and communicate statistical concepts to non-statisticians.

Tonya Pruitt

Tonya Pruitt

Education:
B.S. Biochemistry with Chemistry Minor, Virginia Tech, 2008
B.S. Agricultural and Extension Education, Virginia Tech, 2008

Tonya Pruitt, LISA administrative specialist, provides administrative support for LISA and the LISA 2020 project. She is in charge of website development, fellows applications, and publicity. She also provides direct support for project leadership and fellows.


Ian Crandell

Education:
Ph.D. Statistics, Virginia Tech, expected 2015

Ian Crandell is a LISA lead collaborator from Virginia Tech. He will be visiting Olawale Awe at Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) in Nigeria to help establish the newly formed statistical collaboration laboratory LISAC(Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis and Collaboration).

Olushina Olawale Awe

Education:
B.S. Statistics (University of Ilorin, Nigeria) 2003
M.S. Statistics (University of Ibadan, Nigeria) 2007
Masters of Business Administration (Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria) 2010
Ph.D. Statistical Science (University of Ibadan, Nigeria) expected 2015

Olawale Awe was the first LISA Fellow. He is a statistics lecturer at Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) in Nigeria, and is still pursuing his Ph.D. in Statistics the University of Ibadan. He worked with LISA for one year learning how to communicate and collaborate with non-statisticians. When he returned to OAU he created LISAC (Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis and Collaboration) and is currently training the next generation of collaborators in Nigeria.


Mohammed Djedour

Education:
B.S. McGill University (Canada), 1963
M.S. Montreal University (Canada), 1966
Ph.D. Montreal University (Canada), 1970

Mohammed Djedour
Mohammed Djedour is a professor in the Department of Probability-Statistics in the Faculty of Mathematics at the University of Science and Technology Houari Boumedienne (USTHB) Algeirs, Algeria. He visited with LISA for two weeks to sit in on various meetings and get a feel for how LISA works at Virginia Tech. He will be working to establish a statistical laboratory at USTHB that meets the needs of Algeria.

Ayele Taye Goshu

Ayele Taye Goshu

Education:
B.S. Mathematics, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia, 1990
M.S. Mathematics, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia, 1994
Ph.D. Statistics, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway, 2003

Ayele Taye Goshu is an Associate Professor at the School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences, Hawassa University, Ethiopia. He is a LISA 2020 fellow as part of his research leave. When he gets back, he shall establish a Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis and Collaboration at his university that can serve researchers and graduate students with the role of collaborations.


Benedicto Kazuzuru

Education:
B.A. Statistics, University of Dar es salaam, 1997
M.S. Biometry, Reading University, 2004
Ph.D. Economics, University of Dar es salaam, 2013

Benedicto Kazuzuru
Benedicto Kazuzuru is a LISA Fellow from Tanzania. He visited with LISA for 5 and a half months and has returned to Sokoine University of Agriculture in Tanzania to work with Emanuel Msemo in establishing a statistical collaboration laboratory.

Emanuel Msemo

Emanuel Msemo

Education:
B.A. Economics & Statistics (University of Dar es salaam, Tanzania)
M.S. Statistics (Virginia Tech, 2014)

He is financially supported by the Innovative Agricultural Research Initiative (iAGRI), which aims to strengthen training and collaborative research capacities of Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) and the Tanzanian National Agricultural Research System (NARS) with the goal of improving food security and agricultural productivity in Tanzania. Emanuel worked with LISA while he was pursuing his M.S. in statistics at Virginia Tech. After he graduated, he returned to SUA to establish a statistical collaboration laboratory.


Richard Ngaya

Education:
B.S. Statistics
M.S. Statistics, Virginia Tech, expected 2016

Richard Ngaya
Richard Ngaya is pursuing his M.S. in statistics via the Innovative Agricultural Research Initiative (iAGRI), which aims to strengthen training and collaborative research capacities of Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) and the Tanzanian National Agricultural Research System (NARS) with the goal of improving food security and agricultural productivity in Tanzania. Richard will work with LISA while he pursuing his masters. After graduation, he plans to return to SUA to work in the statistical collaboration laboratory that Benedicto Kazuzuru and Emanuel Msemo are working to establish.

Jingli Xing

Jingli Xing

Education:
B.S. Mathematics (AnQing Normal University, China), 2008
M.S. Economics(Chengdu University of Technology and Information, China), 2012
Ph.D. Exchange Business and Finance(Fu Jen Catholic University, Taiwan), 2014
Ph.D. Statistics (Renmin University of China, Beijing), expected 2015

Jingli Xing is a LISA Fellow from China. She is a Ph.D candidate in statistics the Renmin University of China. She will work with LISA for six months learning how to use statistical methodology in other research fields and how to communicate and collaborate with non-statisticians in preparation for her return to China where she will create a statistical laboratory based on what she learned working with LISA.