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Conference to attract statistics
Statisticians from throughout South Carolina, the Southeast and beyond
will converge on Charleston June 8-11 to participate in the Southern
Regional Council on Statistics (SRCOS) Summer Research Conference. This
year's annual conference is hosted by MUSC’s Department of
Biostatistics, Bioinformatics and Epidemiology (DBB&E) on behalf of
SRCOS and the American Statistical Association.
The conference, which is expected to attract more than 120
biostatistics experts, statistical educators and students, gathers in
the Holy City for the first time in its 44-year-old history. Statewide
statistics educators, biostatisticians and students from MUSC,
University of South Carolina, College of Charleston and Clemson
University also will attend the four-day event at the Embassy
Suites-Historic Charleston hotel.
The event’s location in Charleston also is significant as it recognizes
the 40th anniversary of DBB&E, an institution that has been a
member of SRCOS organization for more than 38 years.
“I am especially delighted that we are hosting this long-standing
summer research conference in this 40th anniversary year of our
department at MUSC,” said Barbara C. Tilley, Ph.D., Distinguished
University Professor and DBB&E chair. “The keynote speakers are
leaders in this research area and I am confident that the conference
will foster a lively and productive exchange of ideas that will help to
shape new research directions.”
The conference brings together statistical researchers from all levels
interested in learning about investigation and trends in statistics and
statistics education. The conference is divided into morning, afternoon
and evening sessions and includes a June 10 poster session and banquet.
This year’s event features an array of keynote speakers from throughout
SRCOS and outside the southern region who are considered international
superstars in the field of statistics. They include Raymond J. Carroll,
Texas A&M; Malay Ghosh, University of Florida; Michael Kosorok,
UNC-Chapel Hill; Xihong Lin, Harvard; Thomas Louis, Johns Hopkins
University; and Pranab K. Sen, UNC-Chapel Hill.
“The talks will focus on cutting-edge research presented by each of the
speakers related to the conference theme on semiparametric methods,”
said Elizabeth Slate, Ph.D., DBB&E professor and co-chair of the
six-member team managing the conference’s scientific organizing
In statistics, researchers rely on parametric or non- parametric
methods to help understand and quantify an association between a
predictor variable and a response. In applying the semiparametric
approach, both models are brought together for interpretation.
“It’s believed that the semipara-metric method helps unfold different,
complex and intricate relationships or data that unveil different
relationships between predictors and responses,” said Dipankar
Bandyopadhyay, Ph.D., DBB&E assistant professor and event co-chair.
A June 9 panel session, featuring four leaders in this field, will
focus on teaching semiparametric methods. All graduate students and
junior faculty are invited to participate in the June 10 poster session
where their work will be judged by an anonymous panel with an
awards presentation to follow. Awards will be presented for the Clint
Miller Award (best poster) and other SRCOS named awards. Miller, a
prominent statistician, was the founder of MUSC’s DBB&E in 1968.
Additionally, Tilley will present a special new award for the Best
Innovative Biomedical Application.
For information on the SRCOS Conference, visit http://www.musc.edu/dbbe/srcos2008/.
Friday, June 6, 2008
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