eUSR Conference 2016 - Program

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12:00 - 1:30 Plenary talks by USPROC Award winners (undergraduate students). Moderated by Prof. Vittorio Addona (Macalester College)

12:00 - 12:15 Logistic Regression and Classification Trees on Customer Churn in Telecommunication, Ying Long, Trang Nguyen and Inara Sunan Tareque, Grinnell College

12:20 - 12:35 Validating Cattell's Sixteen Personality Factor Model with Exploratory Factor Analysis, Krit Petrachaianan and Hanh Thi Duc Pham, Grinnell College

12:40 - 12:55 Variable Screening via Distance Correlation and Complete Least Squares, Kong Wenjun, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

1:00 - 1:15 Multilevel Models and Missing Data Models for Crowdsourced Bicycle Route Ratings, Will Jones, Reed College

1:30 - 2:15 Keynote address by Rob Gould; Session moderated by Prof. Kelly McConville (Swarthmore College)

Title: Statistician or Data Scientist?

Abstract: Statistics, the discipline, has long struggled with identify issues.  Leo Breiman compared and contrasted the predictive culture with the inferential culture in 2001, but long before, in the 1940's, Demings and Hotelling differed about  whether mathematical theory or practical application was the best preparation for future statisticians.  Today, with the advent of data science majors and data science MS degrees, students might feel torn by the need to choose between two data identities: statistician or data scientist.  In this talk, we'll discuss these pathways so that, hopefully, you will be better prepared to choose.

2:15 - 3:30 Virtual poster session (contributed undergraduate student project presentations)

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3:30 - 4:30 Professional development panels (Graduate school and industry); Session moderated by Prof. Chris Malone (Winona State University)

3:30 - 4:00 Graduate school panel
Kurt Cogswell, Prof and Chair of the department of Mathematics and Statistics, South Dakota State University
Lance Waller, Prof and Chair of the department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics, Emory University

4:00 - 4:30 Industry careers panel
Davina Durgana, Walk Free Foundation
Tim Hesterberg, Google
Stacy Winham, Mayo Clinic