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2016 Educational Ambassador from Nigeria Attends JSM

1 October 2016 18 views No Comment

Adedayo Adepoju of the department of statistics at the University of Ibadan attended the Joint Statistical Meetings in Chicago, Illinois, as the 2016 Educational Ambassador to participate in continuing education (CE) courses.

The Educational Ambassador Program is an ASA outreach effort launched by the Committee on International Relations in Statistics to foster international collaboration and enhance statistics education worldwide. The program subsidizes an ambassador from a developing country to attend JSM and take CE courses. It also provides a one-year ASA membership.

Adepoju Participated in the Following JSM Courses:

  • Introduction to Bayesian Methods, Computation, and Modeling
  • Bootstrap Methods and Permutation Tests for Doing and Teaching Statistics
  • Modeling Ordinal Categorical Responses, with Examples Using R
  • Improve Your Regression with Modern Regression Analysis Techniques: Linear, Logistic, Nonlinear, Regularized, GPS, LARS, LASSO, Elastic Net, MARS, TreeNet Gradient Boosting, Random Forests
  • Candidates are required to have a PhD in statistics and an interest in teaching, as well as to be open to study in new areas of research. After attending CE courses in an emerging area of research, the educational ambassador returns to his or her country and teaches the subject matter learned in the CE course(s) within the next year to at least 10 students.

    “My nomination as educational ambassador gave me the unique privilege of attending the 2016 Joint Statistical Meeting (JSM) in Chicago for the first time,” said Adepoju. “The JSM—being the largest gathering of statisticians in the world with more than 6,000 attendees from different countries and close to a thousand sessions—afforded me the opportunity of interacting with researchers, colleagues, practitioners, and professors from my area and other different areas of specializations in statistics,” she continued. “There was a unique opportunity of exchange of ideas and possibility of further collaborations with researchers from other countries. My fervent desire is to transfer the skills and knowledge acquired during the training to colleagues and students in the department.”

    She plans to teach content from Bootstrap Methods and Permutation Tests for Doing and Teaching Statistics at the postgraduate level for the next two semesters. “I strongly believe that the knowledge gained will help the students in no small measure, especially when they start writing their research projects,” said Adepoju.

    Since the program launch in 2005, the committee has chosen educational ambassadors from Argentina, Ethiopia, Vietnam, Morocco, Armenia, Costa Rica, Botswana, Colombia, Bangladesh, and Nigeria.

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