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ASA Traveling Course on Spatio-Temporal Data - March 3, 2017

The Colorado/Wyoming Chapter of the American Statistical Association will host the ASA's traveling course, Introduction to Statistics for Spatio-Temporal Data at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder on Friday, March 3, 2017, 8:30-4:30.

The ASA covers a substantial portion of the cost of the course, which keeps the registration fee very low -- $25.  Course materials (presentation slides) will be made available to participants, and light refreshments will be served.  Please advertise this to your colleagues!

Abstract:  The course gives a contemporary presentation of spatio-temporal processes and data analysis, bridging classic ideas with modern hierarchical statistical modeling concepts. From understanding environmental processes and climate trends to developing new technologies for mapping public-health data and the spread of invasive-species, there is a high demand for statistical analyses of data that take spatial, temporal, and spatio-temporal information into account. This course presents a systematic approach to key quantitative techniques for the statistical analysis of such data that features hierarchical statistical modeling, with an emphasis on dynamical spatio-temporal models. The material follows the book by Cressie and Wikle, Statistics for Spatio-Temporal Data (2011) - John Wiley and Sons, Hoboken, NJ.  Many examples will be included, along with some basic applications from various R packages.

Prerequisite:  Anyone with a Masters or PhD degree in Statistics is suggested, but required background assumes Masters level probability and statistical inference and good understanding of matrix algebra.

About the InstructorChristopher K. Wikle is Professor of Statistics at the University of Missouri, with additional appointments in Soil, Environmental and Atmospheric Sciences and the Truman School of Public Affairs.  He received a PhD co-major in Statistics and Atmospheric Science in 1996 from Iowa State University.  He was research fellow at the National Center for Atmospheric Research from 1996-1998, after which he joined the MU Department of Statistics.  His research interests are in spatio-temporal statistics applied to environmental, ecological, agricultural and federal survey applications, with particular interest in dynamics.  Awards include elected Fellow of the American Statistical Association, Distinguished Alumni Award from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences from Iowa State University, ASA ENVR Section Distinguished Achievement Award, the MU Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Research and Creative Activity in the Physical and Mathematical Sciences and the Outstanding Graduate Faculty Award from the UM Graduate School.  His book Statistics for Spatio-Temporal Data (co-authored with Noel Cressie) was the 2011 PROSE Award winner for excellence in the Mathematics Category by the Association of American Publishers and the 2013 DeGroot Prize winner from the International Society for Bayesian Analysis.  He is Associate Editor for several journals and is one of six inaugural members of the Statistics Board of Reviewing Editors for Science.

CALL FOR SPEAKERS by March 10th:  Colorado/Wyoming Chapter of the American Statistical Association - Spring Meeting, April 21, 2017

While everyone is invited to speak, we would especially like to encourage students from our colleges and universities to take this opportunity to speak to a supportive crowd.  All talks will be ~15 minutes.  If you are interested in speaking, please send a brief abstract to Brandie Wagner at by March 10th.  This is an excellent opportunity to give a talk with a friendly audience. Don't be shy.

The meeting will be at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder on Friday, April 21st.  Details regarding the rest of the meeting will be made available in mid-March.  Generally, the meeting will run from 9:30 until ~4:00, with ample time for lunch.  We will arrange a tour of the VisLab or super computer room as an optional lunch activity, and likely some of us will go to the Southern Sun for a beer afterwards.  If you haven't visited the NCAR's Mesa Lab, it is possibly the nicest place on the front range to spend a Friday in April - and of course the talks will be great. 

New MS Track in Statistical Genomics and Genetics

The Department of Biostatistics and Informatics is pleased to announce a special designation for MS students who focus on statistical methods for analyzing genomics and genetics data.  This "track" recognition helps with subsequent employment and other opportunities.  Learn more about the MS Track in Statistical Genomics and Genetics.

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