Dr. Eric Vance gives talk "Building a Network of Statistical Collaboration Laboratories"
- Tuesday, March 7, 2017 from 12:15pm to 1:15pm
- Chemistry and Biochemistry Building, Byker Auditorium - view map
Dr. Eric Vance, Director of the Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis at the University of Colorado Boulder, will be presenting his talk called "Building a Network of Statistical Collaboration Laboratories." The base of this talk is that statistics, analytics, and data science provide powerful methods, tools, and ways of thinking for solving problems and making decisions, but not everyone who could benefit from applying statistics and data science to their research has the knowledge or skills to apply it correctly. The Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis (LISA) is a statistical collaboration laboratory recently moved from Virginia Tech to the University of Colorado Boulder that generates, applies, and spreads new knowledge throughout the state, the nation, and the world. LISA's mission is to train statisticians to become interdisciplinary collaborators, provide research infrastructure to enable and accelerate high impact research, and engage with the community in outreach activities to improve statistical literacy. LISA has learned how to create statistical collaboration laboratories to train students to become effective statistical collaborators and to provide research infrastructure for the university. LISA is spreading this knowledge globally through the LISA 2020 Program to help scientists, government officials, businesses and NGOs in developing countries discover local solutions to local problems through collaborations with statisticians from newly created statistical collaboration laboratories. The LISA 2020 goal is to build a global network of 20 statistical collaboration laboratories in developing countires by 2020. So far five stat labs have been created in developing countries to train students to become effective interdisciplinary collaborators and enable researchers and government officals to solve problems and make better decisions.