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  • LISA 2020 Symposium Emanuel Msemo, Dr. Benedicto Kazuzuru, and Adam Edwards at SUALISA Dr. Olusanya Olubusoye of UI-LISA Dr. Olawale Awe of LISAC Dr. Carla Vivacqua (left) with LEA Dr. Ayele Taye Goshu, Dr. Eric Vance, Dr. Zeytu Gashaw, and the head of department at HwU SCC LISA 2020 invites you to our 2017 Symposium! July 14-15, 2017 Atlas Medina Hotel in Marrakech, Morocco (July 14)prior to the International Statistical Institute's World Statistics Congress (July 16-21) Complete an application form. LISA 2020 is a program established by LISA (Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis) now at the University of Colorado Boulder, USA to train statisticians and data scientists from developing countries to enable and accelerate research to solve real ...
    Posted May 4, 2017, 9:45 AM by LISA ‎(Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis)‎
  • My Experience at the IISA Conference Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 11:51 pm Thoughts before the trip: I wasn't sure what to expect. I had been invited to teach a workshop on collaboration skills at the IISA Conference in Pune by Amarjot Kaur, who knew me as a member of the American Statistical Association's Committee on Applied Statisticians in her role as its chair. The last time I had been to India was in 1999, almost 17 years ago when I backpacked up and down and back and forth taking public transportation across many parts of India. That time in India I traveled very fast and very cheaply. In 89 days of traveling around the country I spent the night in 51 different places ...
    Posted Mar 31, 2016, 9:10 AM by LISA ‎(Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis)‎
  • World Statistics Day Celebration Guest Speakers Thanassis Rikakis Executive Vice President and Provost Eric Vance Director of LISA Ron Fricker Department of Statistics Head Ian Crandell LISA Ambassador to Nigeria Karl Markgraf Associate Vice President for International Affairs Envisioning the 21st Century Global Land Grant University to Build Research Capacity in Developing Countries Tuesday, October 20, 2015 - World Statistics Day 5:00-7:00 pm Goodwin Hall Auditorium Free and open to the public This event was available via WebEx for those who were uanble to attend in person. The LISA 2020 Program helps scientists, government officials, businesses, and NGOs discover local solutions to local problems by applying statistics and data science. The LISA 2020 goal is to build a global network of 20 ...
    Posted Apr 16, 2017, 10:30 AM by LISA ‎(Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis)‎
  • The 60th World Statistics Congress Monday, August 24, 2015 - 9:57 pmLast month Nina and I were in Rio de Janeiro for the International Statistical Institute's 60th World Statistics Congress. The ISI holds their WSC every two years. In 2013 the 59th WSC was in Hong Kong. In 2017 the 61st WSC will be in Marrakech, Morocco. In the mornings for the weeklong conference of 1700 statisticians, Nina would walk along the beach (Barra da Tijuca) while I would board the bus for a 40-minute ride through Olympic construction zones to the massive convention center. I'm writing this email because $1000 of the trip's cost will be paid for by the Vice President of Research at Virginia Tech, out of ...
    Posted Mar 31, 2016, 7:40 AM by LISA ‎(Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis)‎
  • LISA 2020 Advisory Council Application Announcement Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 2:33 pmThe LISA 2020 program is seeking to establish an Advisory Council to assist with the creation and sustaining of a global network of statistical collaboration labs ("stat labs") in developing countries (see below for more information about LISA 2020). We are specifically looking for contributors who can apply their passion and expertise in the areas of: 1) communication and publicity; 2) organization of the mentoring network; 3) securing funding; 4) organization of non-university stat labs; 5) regional coordinators; 6) organization of stat labs in N. America; 7) statistics capacity building; and 8) development or delivery of training content. We are also open to new ideas on how you could support the LISA ...
    Posted Mar 31, 2016, 7:39 AM by LISA ‎(Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis)‎
  • Three Country Trip Part #7: Catching up my second time in Tanzania Thursday, June 11, 2015 - 6:01 pmI arrived in Tanzania (after a short layover in the Addis Ababa airport) from Nigeria at 2AM. I was grateful that a driver from my hotel was waiting for me with a sign with my name. I stayed at the Blue Pearl Hotel in Dar es Salaam. Choosing that hotel was a minor crisis itself. My contact at the University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM) recommended it for its proximity to UDSM, its security, and its price. I checked reviews of the hotel online during a few of the sixty or so minutes I was online during my entire week in Nigeria. Actually, nevermind. I had downloaded the TripAdvisor CityGuide app for Dar ...
    Posted Mar 31, 2016, 7:38 AM by LISA ‎(Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis)‎
  • Three Country Trip Part #6: Catching up my time in Nigeria Wednesday, June 10, 2015 - 1:37 pmAfter spending one week at Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) and the SUALISA in Tanzania, I spent one week at Hawassa University and saw the first client of the newly created Statistical Collaboration Center there. Then I spent a week in Nigeria, visiting LISAC at Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) in Ife, Nigeria and the UI-LISA at the University of Ibadan. For the past four days I've been in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Returning to Nigeria was great. Olawale and Ian met me at the airport in Lagos. After the four hour drive we went to a three-hour church concert and morality pantomime/play for the entering freshmen at OAU. It ...
    Posted Mar 31, 2016, 7:37 AM by LISA ‎(Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis)‎
  • Three Country Trip Part #4: First day at Hawassa University Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - 2:05 pmHawassa University (HwU) was created in 1999. I think it has six campuses around the city. The School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences is on the main campus. There are around 25,000 students and 1,300 academic staff, of whom 18% have a Ph.D. There are 6 Ph.D. programs at HwU. One of them is in math. Another is in Statistics. The statistics program in the School of Math and Stat has around 350 Bachelor's students in statistics, 50 Master's students, and 15 Ph.D. students in two cohorts (Year 1 and Year 2) as their Ph.D. program is only two years old. I think it's ...
    Posted Mar 31, 2016, 7:36 AM by LISA ‎(Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis)‎
  • Three Country Trip Part #3: First day in Ethiopia Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - 1:29 pm I arrived in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Saturday night. Girma, a driver from Hawassa University, picked me up at my hotel at 7AM. The 4.5-hour drive from Addis to Hawassa provided my first surprise in Ethiopia. The roads were much, much, much better than I expected. The first main highway out of Addis Ababa was the best road I've been on in Africa. In 2002 I observed that South Africa had modern highways similar to this one, but with shepherds grazing their livestock on the medians. The highway from Addis partway to Hawassa was a modern, 6-lane freeway with oleander in the median rather than grass, so shepherds were ...
    Posted Mar 31, 2016, 7:35 AM by LISA ‎(Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis)‎
  • Three Country Trip Part #2: First day in Tanzania Sunday, May 17, 2015 - 6:00 amYesterday I figured out my purpose and role for this trip. My purpose is to strengthen and grow the LISA 2020 Network. My role is to be a collaborative statistician who makes observations and asks questions to understand the problems, brainstorms methods to solve the problems, and helps implement solutions. To be an effective, collaborative, traveling statistician one must be flexible. What I mean by "flexible" is not being annoyed by differences between one's experience and one's expectations. My trip so far: I flew all day on Thursday just within the US, then flew all night to get to Zurich. Adam and I had a layover in Zurich of less than ...
    Posted Mar 31, 2016, 7:33 AM by LISA ‎(Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis)‎
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