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eUSR 2018 - Program

11:30 a.m. – 12:20 p.m. (ET)
Virtual Video Presentation Session

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12:20 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. (ET)
Opening Remarks

By Kelly McConville, Assistant Professor of Statistics, Reed College

12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. (ET)
Plenary Talks by USPROC Award Winners

12:30 - 12:50pm: Jonathan Che, Amherst College

12:50 - 1:10pm: Zihao Xu, Pomona College

1:10 - 1:30pm: Jessica Wert, Smith College

1:30 - 1:50 pm: Tim Renier, St. Olaf College

Moderators: Charlotte Fowler, Yekaterina Kelly, and Katherine Jolly, Macalester College

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (ET)
Keynote Address by Hilary Parker, Data Scientist, StitchFix

Cultivating Creativity in Data Work

Traditionally, statistical training has focused primarily on mathematical derivations, proofs of statistical tests, and the general correctness of what methods to use for certain applications. However, this is only one dimension of the practice of doing analysis. Other dimensions include the technical mastery of a language and tooling system, and most importantly the construction of a convincing narrative tailored to a specific audience, with the ultimate goal of them accepting the analysis. These "softer" aspects of analysis are difficult to teach, perhaps moreso when the field is framed as mathematics and often housed in mathematics departments. In this talk, I discuss an alternative framework for viewing the field, borrowing upon the past work in other fields such as design. Looking forward, we as a field can borrow from these fields to cultivate and hone the creative lens so necessary to the success of applied work.

Moderators: Winifred Igbokwe and Rosa Garza, California State University, Monterey Bay

3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. (ET)
Graduate School Information Session

By Jennifer Hoeting, Professor of Statistics, Colorado State University

Watch Recording

Moderators: Samantha Bothwell, Colorado State University

3:45 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. (ET)
Panel Discussion About Careers in Industry and Government


  • Wendy Martinez, Director of the Mathematical Statistics Research Center and 2019 ASA President-Elect, Bureau of Labor Statistics
  • Alex Whitworth, Data Scientist / Applied Scientist, Facebook
  • Qianyi Yang, Data Scientist, Lyft

Watch Recording

Moderators: Sam Weiner and Travers Parsons-Grayson, Vassar College

4:30 p.m. – 4:40 p.m. (ET)
Closing Remarks

By Kelly McConville, Assistant Professor of Statistics, Reed College