Southern California Hosts Fall Kickoff
The Southern California Chapter held its annual fall kickoff November 7 at the Institute of Pure and Applied Mathematics of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). This year’s event was co-hosted by the Los Angeles UseR’s Group and well attended by both groups. Approximately 50 people participated.
Speaker Hadley Wickham from the department of statistics at Rice University presented two interactive lecture sessions. In the first, practical applications of the R software graphics package ggplot2 (written by Wickham) were demonstrated. In the second, the audience was led through a conceptual activity illustrating the “grammar of graphics,” which underlies ggplot2.
In the afternoon, Tiffany Himmel, a student at UCLA, gave a talk titled “Analysis of Hormone and Protein Levels in Breast Duct Lavage,” and Victor Louie, also a UCLA student, presented “Recent Trends in Methane: A Spacio-